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Lake View Elementary Library: Battle of the Books

4th Grade Titles

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

What Is It?

A super opportunity:

  • to read great books
  • to expand your usual reading habits
  • to test your memory and comprehension skills
  • to have fun working as a team
  • to represent your class, grade level, and maybe even your school!

Who Can Compete?

Any 4th or 5th grade student who joins a team and reads at least 1 book from the grade-level list.

How Are Teams Formed?

Teams must have 4 members who are all from the same grade level, but who may be from different classes.  Teachers will help set up teams so that everyone who wants to participate will have an opportunity. 

How Does The Competition Work?

  • Teams sit at tables in the LMC.
  • Parents sit in chairs towards the back of the room.
  • 4th and 5th graders who are not competing sit on the floor.
  • Scorekeepers and Judges sit at the front table.
  • Ms. Furman stands in front of room and asks the teams questions.
  • The team will have 30 seconds to come up with an answer, and then the spokesperson for that team answers.
  • Each question is worth 5 points for the correct title, plus 3 extra points for the correct author. 
  • Play continues for 9 rounds or 1 hour.
  • In the case of a tie, there will be a playoff between the tied teams. At this point, the rounds become written and teams get the same questions until a winner is determined.
  • The first place team represents Lake View at the Northside competition against Sandburg, Lindbergh, Gompers, and Mendota.

    When Are The Competitions?

    Lake View School Competition in the Lake View LMC:

    End of February, 2021

    5th Grade Competition Time TBA 
    4th Grade Competition Time TBA

    Northside Competition at the Lakeview Public Library: (TBA - Virtual Learning)

    March 2021

    4th Grade Competition 9:20 - 10:00 a.m.
    5th Grade Competition 10:15-11:00 a.m. 

    (Times at the public library are approximate as it depends on the bus schedule and how long the first competition takes.)

    Where Can The Books Be Found?

    All of the books are available in the LMC on the shelf leading into the nonfiction side of the library.  Some may also be available on tape, CD, or Playaway.  Ask Ms. Furman or your teacher if you want to listen to a book.   In addition, most books are likely available at the public library.  The books are listed in the outside columns on this page.  Click on the titles to read more information about each book. 

    What Are Some Helpful Hints For Doing A Great Job?

    • Use the team planning sheet to make sure that all the books get read by at least one member.
    • Fill out an information sheet for each book read so that it can be used to study from in the week or two before the competition. 
    • Each team member should read as many books as possible.
    • Encourage each other: happy teams tend to do better.
    • Teams should rotate the job of spokesperson and work to include every member.
    • Relax and remember to have fun!

    5th Grade Titles