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Marquette Library Portal: Book Bowl

Book Bowl

What is the Book Bowl (aka Battle of the Books)?

Book Bowl is a reading competition for fourth and fifth grade students in Wisconsin. The East Side Book Bowl group has our own list, which you can see on this page.  To participate in the competition, students read books from the Book Bowl list. Then, teams answer questions about the books in an exciting competition!  Marquette will have their battle in February, with the multiple school competition occurring in March.  Marquette Elementary will send one group from each grade to represent our school in March.

Who can participate in Book Bowl?

Fourth and fifth graders who are eager to read and test their reading skills! Students will form groups of four to read, study, and compete. Each group is responsible for reading twelve books, and coming up with a plan to distribute responsibility. Students who are having trouble finding a group should let Ms. Heindel know and she can help. The top scoring group from
Marquette at each grade level will move on to the East Side Super Book Bowl competition.

Why should I participate in Book Bowl?

The purpose of
the Book Bowl is to motivate students to read, monitor their own comprehension, and work collaboratively with friends.  Book Bowl encourages students to read quality literature on a variety of topics and themes.  We have designed this competition to promote the important character education goals of teamwork, respect, and good sportsmanship.  

When does it Start?
Right before Winter Break students will form teams and check out the books.  I have many copies of the Book Bowl titles. The BB book will be in addition to their four regular checkouts. All the Book Bowl books will be reserved only for BB partitipants. Students are also encouraged to check the public library for copies if what they need is not available.

BOB Tips

So you are getting ready for your first book and you are a little worried about the Book Bowl. Here are a few tips.

  1. Search Destiny Quest and utilize Title Peek. Here is an example from The View from Saturday.

  2. All BB books are in Destiny Quest, use the interface to review or comment on BB books. Maybe a fellow student is reading the same book.

  3. Search the book or author you are currently reading on the internet. or might be good places to start.

  4. Get together with your group or other students who are reading the same book.  Ms. Heindel will offer Book Bowl Lunch Bunches in January and February.  Listen for the morning annoucements!