PTO | Battle of the Books
Grades 1-2 Information:
This year our school has decided to participate in the BATTLE OF THE BOOKs! However, there is no program for the younger grades. We have created our own “Battle of the Books” as well as an alternative to meet all reading levels and needs. Please read through each track and sign up below which one you prefer your student to participate in. You will be allowed to switch tracks at Christmas Break if you wish, but they CAN NOT participate in both!
Track 1 – Battle of the Books: Your child will be given a list of 30 books. On this list will be some picture books as well some “easier” chapter books. Your child will be required to read any 15 books. However, you are welcome to read more than the 15 required books. Your child will be working on this in class as well as at home. For example: if they are reading a book at school that is on the list with their teacher it will count towards their battle books. Teachers will let parents know which books they are reading at school. After reading a battle book they will fill out a graphic organizer to help them remember the story. Students will be given a folder to keep track of all their graphic organizers. For every book that your child completes they will be given a small reward on a keychain. In the spring students will be divided into teams for a competition. Larger prizes will be given for the winners then.
*This is a great route if your child is already an exceptional reader!
Track 2 – Wifi Store: Your child will be given a reading calendar at the beginning of each month. You will keep track of the daily minutes that your child reads and does Lexia. (Lexia counts as reading minutes also!) For every 100 minutes your child spends they earn $1.00 to use at Wifi’s Reading store. At the beginning of the next month your child will have an opportunity to go down to the store and pick out prizes using the money that they earned from reading. *PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED THE SAME DAY!
Grades 3-5 Information:
We are excited to introduce a new reading program to our school this fall. It is called America’s Battle of the Books. It is a national program and has been around for several years. This program is NOT in the normal school curriculum but is just a fun addition to our PTO sponsors school programs.
What is it:
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program to encourage kids to read a high quality and a high quantity of books. They are grade appropriate with easy and more difficult books within each grade level lists. Students will read about 6-7 (or all if they want) out of the 12 books on a provided list. Reading can begin in the summer and needs to be finished by April. The battle will take place in April or May. Teams will be made up of 3-4 students per team. Teachers may require participation or make it optional. Some details are still in the works. We will also have an adapted battle for the younger grades, those lists will be provided at the beginning of the school year.
What kids need to do:
Get one of the books on the provided list from the school librarian and read! If they want to get started this summer they are welcome to do so but books will not be provided until school starts. They are familiar titles and you may own them already or you can check them out from the public library. Encourage them to read for understanding so they don’t rush through to quickly.
What is the Battle:
It is basically a game show type question battle. Teams will be asked a question regarding a book and they must say the title of the book and the author to get the points. We will most likely do a classroom round and grade level round. It is a lot of fun!
Prizes and Incentives will be awarded throughout the year and the day of the Battle.
If you have any questions, please email Jamie West at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get started on these books!
Crimson View PTO
1st & 2nd Grade List
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Are you my Mother by P.D. Eastman
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
- If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long
- Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
- The Princess Knight by Corelia Funk
- The Stinky Cheeseman by John Sciezka
- Skippy Jon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner
- The Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
- The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
- Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
- A Bot Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
- Frindle by Andrew Clements
- Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
- Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
- Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Lane Smith
- Beatrice Zinker by Shelley Johannes
- Hardy Boys The Missing Mitt by Franklin W. Dixon
- Nancy Drew Scream for Ice Cream by Carolyn Keene
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
- Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
- Who was Walt Disney? By Whitney Staurt
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Restart by Gordon Korman
3rd & 4th Grade List
- The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde R. Bulla
- Miss Rumpus by Barbara Cooney
- Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher By Bruce Coville
- Moo by Sharon Creech
- The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson
- Bearstone by Will Hobbs
- Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret
- Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other… by Lenore Look
- All About Sam by Lois Lowry
- The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
5th Grade List
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
- City of Ember: the First Book of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
- The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman
- Found by Margaret P. Haddix
- Worth by A. LaFaye
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination… by Bill O’Reilly
- The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling