26 teams of 5th and 6th grade students from across Granite School District converged on Rosecrest Elementary last Thursday, April 19, for the 2018 Battle of the Books District Competition.
Each team of 3-4 students engaged in three rounds of “Family Feud”-style competition in classrooms throughout the building, answering trivia questions taken from the fifteen books on the 2017-2018 Battle of the Books Reading List. After these round-robin competitions, all teams gathered in the cafagymatorium for prize drawings and to watch the four teams with the top average scores battle it out over two final rounds to determine the 3rd and 1st place winners.
If you are interested in seeing the two top teams in action (as well as how a round works) we have some slightly rough but complete video of the final round, in which the Truman Golden Dragons battled the Crestview Ladies in Reading, here:
Here are the winning teams with their prizes!
Here are the Top 15 participating teams from this year’s competition:
|1||Golden Dragons||Truman Elementary|
|2||Ladies in Reading||Crestview Elementary|
|3||Skewampus Narwhal Squad||Jim Bridger Elementary|
|4||The Storms||Rosecrest Elementary|
|5||Knights to the Library||Crestview Elementary|
|6||Griffins||Fox Hills Elementary|
|7||Turtles||Calvin Smith Elementary|
|8||Burnt Cookies||Rosecrest Elementary|
|9||Yeti Crab||Hillside Elementary|
|11||Pandacorns||Jim Bridger Elementary|
|13||Plot Twisters||Fox Hills Elementary|
|15||Golden Potatoes||Lake Ridge Elementary|
|16||The Inevitable||Twin Peaks Elementary|
We thank all the students who so enthusiastically read and practiced for this year’s competition, as well as parents, teachers, media clerks, and other coaches and volunteers who helped them along the way. Special thanks to Nikki Gregerson, Elementary Library Media Specialist in the Educational Technology Department, who conceptualized and organized the Battle of the Books program for Granite School District and did much of the behind-the-scenes work to make the program a success. We also recognize special help from secretaries and assistants in the Educational Technology department that made the competition possible: Trinda Burdett, Alyssa Carraway, Colleen Hughes, and Debbie Singer.
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Battle of the Books is DONE. Phew. 108 kids from 17 different schools all over the district battling as teams to answer questions about the 15 books on our list. Every year I think the stress of putting this all together is going to kill me, but I am still alive (and stuck in a drive thru on my way home), so that is reason enough to celebrate. Thank you and GOOD NIGHT! 💤😴 #gsdbob18 #battleofthebooks #gsd #gyalfesthereicome
We will be publishing the 2018-2019 reading lists soon, but here is a sneak peek —
(This article was also published on the Educational Technology Department Blog: https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/2018/04/granite-battle-of-the-books-2018-competition-recap/)