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Battle of the Books

[Battle of the Books has been postponed this year due to COVID-19.  We are excited to bring the Battle of the Books back during the 2021-2022 school year.]

New Reading Program

We are excited to introduce a new ​voluntary reading program WILD ABOUT READING and wanted you to know how the program works, so you can support your student at home.

Your student will receive a reading passport with a map of the 7 continents on the back. Each continent is labeled with an animal and a type of book they will need to read. For example, Europe is labeled “Non-Fiction” with a picture of an elephant, Asia is labeled “Mystery” with a picture of a tiger. All of the books they read need to be a minimum of 100 pages. Once they read the book, they will ask one of the librarians for a story map to complete. Once completed, they will return it to us, during their library time only, and earn a pin for that continent, a stamp in their reading passport, and either a pencil, bookmark or eraser. They will earn those items for every continent/type of book they read. Once they have all 7 continents stamped off, they will get to come to the prize mobile in the media center and select a prize.

This program is also available for our online students. We are attaching a copy of the story map for your online student to complete and scan back to ​Rebecca.Holdorf@jordandistrict.org​. Once the story map has been reviewed, you will be notified to stop by the school office to pick up your students prize. Please do not come to the office until you are notified to do so. We are also attaching a copy of the passport for your child to reference and keep.

Story Map

Battle of the Books

This is the fifth year our 3rd-6th grade students will participate in the reading challenge called the Battle of the Books. Students will be grouped into teams of 4-5 students from their class that will participate in competitions against other teams answering questions from the books on their book list. The more books they read, the higher their chances are of winning the March Madness tournament that will be taking place during the last couple weeks of March. Below are the tentative book lists for 2019-20, please note that the lists may have some changes till the Fall.

Book List 5-6 Grades 2020-21:

Author Title
Christopher, John The White Mountains (Tripods Series #1)
Christopher, Matt Ice Magic
Edwards, Roberta Who Was Neil Armstrong?
Fritz, Jean What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain
Grabenstein, Chris Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Jones, Kelly Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Korman, Gordon Masterminds
L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted
Lowry, Lois Number the Stars
Magras, Diane The Mad Wolf's Daughter
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
Roberts, Willo Davis Scared Stiff
Ryan, Pam Munoz Esperanza Rising
Sachar, Louis Holes
Vernick, Audrey Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Wiles, Deborah Love, Ruby Lavender
Winthrop, Elizabeth The Castle in the Attic

Please note: Titles on booklists may change due to availability until 9-15-20.  Please check at https://www.battleofthebooks.org/book-list/medium-20-book-list-5-6-grades-2020-21.php.

Book List 3-4 Grades 2020-21 :

Author Title
Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan
Atwater, Richard Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Barretta, Gene Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare
Blume, Judy Freckle Juice
Brown, Tricia Bobbie the Wonder Dog: a true story
Byars, Betsy Tornado
Cleary, Beverly Muggie Maggie
Davies, Jacqueline The Lemonade War
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie
Dowell, Frances Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!: The First Experiment
Fleming, Candace Boxes for Katje
Gannett, Ruth Stiles My Father’s Dragon
LaReau, Kara The Infamous Ratsos
Orr, Wendy Nim’s Island
Pennypacker, Sara Clementine
Scieszka, Jon Knights of the Kitchen Table
Tarshis, Lauren I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919
Warner, Gertrude Boxcar Children
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web
Winter, Jonah You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Please note: Titles on booklists may change due to availability until 9-15-20.  Please check at https://www.battleofthebooks.org/book-list/medium-20-book-list-3-4-grades-2020-21.php.

Our reading totals for the 2018-19 school year with the BOB books:
  • 3rd = 74,037 pages
  • 4th = 89,139 pages
  • 5th = 87,893 pages
  • 6th = 125,819 pages
    Grand total = 376,888 pages!!!!!!