Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a statewide program available to 4th and 5th grade students sponsored by WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association).

From the WEMTA Battle of the Books site:
The "Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books". "It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school district's throughout the state in encouraging students to read."

Students form teams of 3 to 4 and work together to read the 20 chosen titles for the year. Reading may be split up, but teams that work to read all of the titles typically do much better. Student teams keep track of the books they have read on a Google spreadsheet. A link to this spreadsheet will be emailed to your child. Students can access the spreadsheet from home if they login to their district account. (Please remember: district email accounts are only to be used for educational purposes.)
Our school library orders several copies of each book through a gracious donation from our PTO, however, I encourage you to also utilize the public library to increase your child's access to the books. Depending on the number of students that participate and the length of the books, there can often be a waiting list to check them out from school.

Here is a link to the 2020-2021 Battle of the Books booklist for your reference. Want a bookmark with the titles so you can check them off as you read them? Click here!

Want to know a little about each selection? Not sure which one to read first? I've got you covered! Check out my Battle of the Books Digital Library below to find out a little about each of this year's selections. Click on each of the book covers to view a YouTube book review or video trailer. (Sorry, no links available for: We Don't Eat our Classmates or King Baby)

Our Battle of the Books teams will meet in December and a couple of times in January during recess to check in, practice matching authors and titles and to do a few practice battles, however, the reading is to be done on your child's own time ~ either at home or during independent reading time at school. Please be sure your child understands this commitment before signing up.

Starting the end of January/beginning of February, we will have school-based 'mini-battles' which will give students practice using the information from the books.  Our final school battle which will take place in mid-February will be used to determine which team will represent our school in the online state competition which is held the last week of February.

The questions for battles follow this format:
Question: Name the book in which a young boy goes off to wizardry school.

The answers are always the name of the book AND the author so it's important that students know both of these pieces of information. Students DO NOT have to memorize the spellings of the authors and titles.

If you're looking for a way to practice the authors and titles at home, here are a couple of resources for you:

Here is a set of flashcards with the titles and authors that you can print off. Cut the titles and authors apart practice matching the correct author to their book.

* Share settings are open for anyone to access. Having trouble opening the file? Please contact your IT dept. *

Another option is to check out this Quizlet link (coming soon). You can access Quizlet online or download the free app from the App Store or Google Play. If you download the app, search for WEMTA Battle of the Books Elementary Division for the current year.

There are several options you can try on Quizlet. I would recommend using:

Flip cards back & forth. Authors are on one side, titles are on the other

Fun matching game. See how fast you can match the titles with the authors. If you pick the wrong match, extra time is added.  See if you can beat your own time!

As you answer questions correctly more consistently, Learn will advance questions from easier (multiple choice) to harder ones (written response) *Remember students do not have to know how to write responses on the Battle test so this practice option will challenge your child.

Here's the Quizlet Match game test your title/author knowledge right now! Just click Start Game (This is last year's but will give you an idea of  how this site works- an updated game for this year's books will be COMING SOON)

We will also utilize Kahoot games and Moodle (a secure, online learning environment) created by WEMTA with various practice activities as well.

Here is a practice Battle that you can do online to get the idea and feel of how the battles will look. Give it a try and see how you do!