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Schenk's Library Portal: Book Bowl

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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!  Schenk will have their battles in February. Schenk Elementary will send one group from each grade to represent our school in March at the east side championship matches. More information about these events will be shared with parents and students in January.

Who can participate in Book Bowl?

Fourth and fifth graders who are eager to read and test their reading skills should consider participating! Students will form groups of 4 to read, study and compete. Each group is responsible for reading the twelve books on the list and coming up with a plan to distribute responsibility. Students who are having trouble finding a group should let Mrs. Skar know and she will help. The top scoring group from
each grade level at Schenk 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 themes of teamwork, respect and good sportsmanship.  

When does it Start?
In December interested students will form teams and check out books from the BB list.  The school library has many copies of each of the Book Bowl titles. Students are also encouraged to check the public library or Sora 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. Some meetings will be held during lunch or recess times. You can meet with your team, other teams reading the same book, or Mrs. Skar at this time to discuss the books you have been reading which will help you prepare for the competition.

Book Bowl Practice Form

5th Grade BB