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Battle Resources

TeachingBooks.net provides original, in-studio movies of author and illustrators, a wealth of multimedia resources on K-12 books to support library and reading activities for all grades and content areas.  TeachingBooks.net, a database provided by DPI via Badgerlink, has created customized links for each of the division booklists.

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Bookmarks and Videos

 

Elementary Level Bookmark shared by Judy Stangel

Elementary Level Animoto shared by Jeff Carpenter

Middle Level Animoto shared by Debra Walters

Middle Level Bookmark

Senior Level Bookmark shared by Michelle Tryggestad

 

Senior Booklist (includes summaries from Titlewave and links to book trailers) shared by April L von Buren

 

 

Battle of the Books Activities

FIRST LINES GAME Submitted by Sandra Wurdeman, Library Media Specialist, Mosinee   

Procedure: Type a list of the first lines for each title from the battle booklist.  Students work with about ten titles, depending upon the amount of time we have to play.  Since most of the books are in use, I make a color copy of all of the covers.  Students use the color covers matching the first lines of each book.

 

MATCHING GAME (2016-17 Middle divisionSubmitted by Tammy Sivertson

Procedure: Cut the document apart into book titles, authors, first lines, and book covers.  Place one copy of each in ziplock bag and give each to a participant/team.  The participants/teams match up what goes together.

 

CREATION OF TEAMS  Submitted by Kathryn A. Wickmann

Procedure: Teams register to participate during their lunch period.  We take pictures of each team and post them on the bulletin board.  The BB is updated as teams withdraw or get eliminated.  We post enlarged picture of the top three teams.   At the end of our school competition, we hold a "before school" breakfast for all of the teams that participated in at least one elimination round.  The breakfast is just cinnamon rolls and apple juice.  It is our "food and feedback" time.  We also vote for the Golden Archer Award and get input for book recommendations.

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TOURNAMENT Submitted by Bridget Hill, Hingten El, La Crosse  

Procedure: I use the practice questions (available on Moodle) in my tournament.  I print the questions, then cut the questions apart into strips.  I spread them out into twenty piles on a table by title, then randomize into groups of ten and put them in envelopes.  One envelope is used for each battle and the envelope is important.  At the beginning of the battle we have a coin toss, and the winner decides if they want to go first or to choose the envelope.  I keep score on the envelope.  Since the teams names are written there I know which students have heard those questions.  That allows me to reuse some groups of questions if we run short before the end of the tournament.  When we have established our school championship team, I put all the questions together for their final days to practice before the state contest.

BOOK TALKS BULLETIN BOARD AND PA ANNOUNCEMENTS  Submitted by Sharla Neville

Materials/Supplies: Colored construction paper; white drawing paper;  crayons, colored pencils, or markers; paper & pen; computer.

Procedure: After read a book, students draw a "cover" to illustrate the story.  They write a book talk and type it (they can do a book together with each student responsible for a section/part).  Typed book talks are attached to illustrated book covers and displayed on a bulletin board for all to read.  Check with your Principal and have students read their book talks during morning announcements over the PA system.  My battle students had a good time doing it.

Rules:  Neat work!!

Additional related activities: Students have made PowerPoint presentations using their book talks.  They have also videotaped each other when reading their book talks and then we have used that video to introduce classes to the Golden Archer nominees.

 

PICTIONARY  Submitted by JoAnn Belanger

Materials/supplies: 3 or 4 small dry erase boards & a variety of colors of dry erase pens; tissue to wipe the boards; blank 3 x 5 cards; optional: slips of paper and pencils for writing answers.

Procedure: Write the name of an object that pertains to a book; such as the locket from Wait til Helen Comes, on one of the blank cards along with the book title.  Do this for each book - some titles have several objects that will work.  The coach and/or students may come up with the list of objects.    When practicing with the students, divide the children up into groups of 3 or 4.  Each group receives a dry erase board & a few colored dry erase pens & a tissue to clean the board.  Have the children decide who will be the first to draw (each team rotates who will draw so all get a chance).  Each teams sends the designated person to the ooach who shows them a card.  Those who are drawing return to their seats.  When the coach says "go", the drawers begin drawing.  The other team members must watch and decide on the name of the object and the name of the book.

Rules: 

  1. Those whose turn it is to draw may not talk nor express any action, facial or with body movements; they only draw.
  2. The first team to approach the coach with the correct name of object and title of the book (which may be verbal respones or a written one), wins and receives a point.
  3. The game is over when a team reaches a specified number of points or whichever team is ahead when time runs out.

Comments/Reflections: Writing the answers helps keep the noise level down.  It also helps the children realize that they must be quiet or a near-by team may overhear their discussion.

HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE PROCEDURES Submitted by Sandra Wurdeman, Mosinee 

Battle is promoted in November with a poster of book titles through each English classroom.  Teams signup adding their email address making this a true ebattle.  I use their email addresses to communicate with them and send battle questions.  Answers are given to the high school library assistant.  A correct answer wins a small prize.

As high students they are very independent. I only meet with them four times.  Once as an introduction to the program, and then three intra-school battles.  The first battle is a fun, "shout out the answer" battle, one is a pencil and paper battle, the last is the Moodle Final Practice Battle. Scores are posted on a large chart in the library. During the final online battle the most improved team also attends to cheer on the winning team and join in after school snacks.

 

END OF BATTLE SEASON CELEBRATIONS  Submitted by Jeff Carpenter, Appleton    Email

I'm proud to say for most years that the best way has been to celebrate with a pizza party for all those involved.  Some years I've asked the students to read a minimum number of books to be able to attend, while this has brought some stress it has emphasized that reading is part of the program.  I've always been concerned that students will sign up for BOB just to eat pizza with no intent of reading the books.  Since the PTA usually funds the party, I feel asking the students to read a minimum number of books is okay.  The purpose of the party was to create a celebration type atmosphere, thus reducing the impact to the students who didn't win. It's all part of life.

Certificates are also a nice way to recognize everyone's efforts.  I purchase the certificate paper at Office Depot or Office Max.  Some years I've created a ticket using the label making paper stating this card is good for one bump, and could be used by a student waiting on a list to check-out a new book or one that's on a waiting list because it was book talked.

Purchasing trophies can become expensive and what does one do with them down the road. I know many schools that struggle with what to do with plaques 20-30 years down the road when these students are long gone.  I personally like perpetual plaques where the students' names can be engraved on a plaque that can be removed down the road making room for new ones.  The old plates with names can be placed in a scrap book or tossed.  I have three plaques recognizing 1st place (brass), 2nd place (silver), and 3rd place (bronze).  I really like that there is a place to display a team photograph.  Speaking of pictures, I'm thinking of adding a group picture in either 5x7 or 8x10 of all participants.  This would be easy to do as a group picture is already and put in the school memory book annually.