Elementary's third grade Battle of the Books
team recently competed in Alaska's
state-wide competition and tied for second place.
Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading
incentive program for students in grades three through 12. Participants read 12 pre-selected books and then work in teams to answer questions about what
third grade teacher Chris Hicks coached the successful team.
-- (B.O.B. 1 "That's
quite a ... about the results.")
This is Hicks fifth year as a Battle of the Books
coach. He said that the team of four nine-year-olds competed with 40 other
schools on their way to the second place tie.
-- (B.O.B. 2 "I've
taken kids ... we want to.")
Knowledge, teamwork and
concentration are the keys that Hicks emphasized with the students. It's a
formula that paid off for them during the grueling, day-long, state
the final round for the third and fourth grade division had five tie-breaker
questions before a winner was decided. During those "sudden death" tie breaker
rounds, teams had just 15 second to get the key word of the title and the last
name of the author down on paper.
Representing Peterson at the state competition were team members Finley Walden,
Taylor Andry, Emma Bentley, and Laura Glover.
-- (B.O.B. 3 "I'm
Findley Walden ...they're cut throat! laff")
The jerky that was mentioned is
the coach's homemade goose jerky. Some of the students are convinced that this
special "brain food" gives them an edge in competition.
Hicks says his other students
also share an enthusiasm for both goose jerky and the Battle of the Books. Fellow third graders
made up questions and games to help prepare the team. The whole school followed
the team's progress with excitement.
-- (B.O.B. 4 "It
really is ... thing reading is.")
Alaska's Battle of the Books is
sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians or the AKLA. The book
titles for next year's competition will be selected this weekend at an AKLA
workshop in Anchorage.