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Battle of the Books

March 27, 2020


Proctor Students and Families,


We are excited to let you know of some things we’ve been working on in regards to Battle of the Books.  I know many of you have worked very hard to qualify for the Battle of the Books, and the last thing we want to do is cancel another activity this school year. 

 

We will tentatively be moving the 3rd-5th grade “Battle” date to Friday, May 15th. 

2nd grade Battle of the Book Jr. will be held Tuesday, May 19th

 

Please note, due to these unprecedented circumstances these dates are subject to change! 

Remember the Battle of the Books is an enrichment program only and not a requirement.

 

Also, parents, due to these unique times, I will need all of you more than ever to make this event successful. 

Please save the date and be on the lookout for a Signup Genius!  


In regards to summaries, you will have two choices.


  1. Use the summary form link Google Summary Form and fill out the form online
  2. Or you may use this link, Summary, to print off more summaries so that you can hand-write them as usual.  Then take a photo of the completed work and email to me. You may also hold on to them until we return to school in May.

Please note audio books are perfectly acceptable.


We will make virtual “announcements” weekly through Smores for those who qualify.  


The deadline for completed summaries will now be May 6th for all grades.  


Below are links for some of the books. The best resource we have found so far is the National Emergency Library.  You will need to set up a free account for your student, but then you are able to access thousands of books, including the Battle of the Books books!  Check it out!

 

Also, our very own Alameda County Library has some “Battle” e-books that you can borrow. If you don’t currently have a library card you can always create an e-account. 

 

There are a few other links that are useful.  


National Emergency Library

Alameda County Library


4/5 Books:

Worth


3rd Grade Books

My Father's Dragon or Mr. Poppers Penguin


2nd Grade Books:

John, Paul, George and Ben 


If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.  Thank you all for your support, and let’s get reading!!


Battle of the Books Team

thejavamom@yahoo.com
 
 
As a reminder below are the required book lists for this year:

 

 

4th and 5th Grade Books:

 

Title

Author

Title

Author

Wanted…Mud Blossom

Betsy Byars

Snow Treasure

Marie McSwigan

The Million Dollar Shot

Dan Gutman

The Courage Of Sarah Noble

Alice Dalgliesh

Ralph S. Mouse

Beverly Cleary

Hachiko Waits

Leslea Newman

All About Sam

Lois Lowry

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

John Grisham 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

Roald Dahl

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

Worth

A. LaFaye

The Best School Year Ever 

Barbara Robinson

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin

Each Little Bird That Sings

Deborah Wiles


3rd Grade Books:

 

Title

Author

Title

Author

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Richard Atwater

Freckle Juice

Judy Blume

A Lion to Guard Us

Clyde Robert Bulla

Muggie Maggie

Beverly Cleary

Tornado

Betsy Byars

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr

Molly’s Pilgrim

Barbara Cohen

My Father’s Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

Boxcar Children

(the first one in series)

Gertrude Warner

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White

Little House in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

2nd Grade Books

 

John, Paul, George and Ben

Lane Smith

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Kate DiCamillo

Magic Tree House #1 Dinosaurs Before Dark

Mary Pope Osborne

Ivy and Bean #1

Annie Barrows

Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day

Betty G. Birney

Time Warp Trio #1 Knights of the Kitchen Table

Jon Scieszka

 

Dear Proctor 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Families,

:: What is Battle of the Books ::

America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does a Student Participate?

This program is voluntary. A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's Battle of the Books. Students may count books they have read before. However, they may not count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book!

Does a Student Need to Read All the Books to Participate?

No, students do not need to read all the books, but students are required to read at least half of the books on their grade-level list (6 for 3rd grade and 7 for 4th/5th grade) and fill out a short summary form for each one. Of course the more they read, the more they can help their team!

Where Do the Students Get the Books?

The classroom, Proctor's school library, local libraries.

When Do the Students Read the Books?

Our school battle will be held Spring 2019 date and time TBDour.  The students will have until April to read the books.

What is the "Battle?"

Our "Battle" will be an afternoon tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The day of the competition the students are assigned to a team and sent to their first round of the "Battle." Over the course of the Battle they engage in three styles of competition – Friendly Family Feud, Relay Style, and Super Challenge – each against a different team. At the end of the afternoon, points are totaled and the two teams with the most points may be invited to a "Grand Battle” with the other teams as their audience. 

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. The top teams will earn a medal and small prize. Last year our Scholastics Book Fair generously donated gift certificates to our participants as well. We are hoping they are able to do the same again this year, encouraging our super readers to read even more!

How Does It Benefit My Child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books and sharing ideas with friends, parents and teachers. It all culminates in a fun day of playing in the "Battle."

Parental Involvement:

We need parent volunteers to act as Readers and Time-Keepers/Scorers/Judges on the day of the Battle.

We also plan to have a series of book clubs in the school library so that the students may get together and talk about the books in the program. More information about these book clubs may be found in the school library.

Below are the book lists for 3rd grade and for 4th/5th grades.  Click HERE for a Printable Version.

These lists are also available on the Proctor PTA website:

4th & 5th Grade Book List:  2019-20

TITLE

AUTHOR

Wanted… Mud Blossom

Betsy Byars

Ralph S. Mouse

Beverly Cleary

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

The Courage Of Sarah Noble

Alice Dalgliesh

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

John Grisham

The Million Dollar Shot

Dan Gutman

Worth

A. LaFaye

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin

All About Sam

Lois Lowry

Snow Treasure

Marie McSwigan

Hachiko Waits

Leslea Newman

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

The Best School Year Ever

Barbara Robinson

Each Little Bird That Sings

Deborah Wiles

3rd Grade Book List:  2017-18

TITLE

AUTHOR

Boxcar Children

(the first one in series)

Gertrude Warner

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White

Freckle Juice

Judy Blume

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

A Lion to Guard Us

Clyde Robert Bulla

Little House in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Molly’s Pilgrim

Barbara Cohen

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Richard Atwater

Muggie Maggie

Beverly Cleary

My Father’s Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr

Tornado

Betsy Byars

 

All participants must have a signed permission slip to compete on the day of the Battle. Please return the attached permission slip to your child’s classroom no later than Friday, November 22nd so they can officially begin reading books and join the Battle!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please feel free contact me.

Thanks and we’ll see you at the Battle!

Kathryn Cook

thejavamom@yahoo.com

510.331.0180