May 30, 2014 Leticia Fehling Aldine Area, Caraway Intermediate, Carroll Academy, Eisenhower Area, Escamilla Intermediate, Harris Academy, Hill Intermediate, Jones Elementary, MacArthur Area, Magrill Elementary, Nimitz Area, Oleson Elementary, Raymond Academy, School News, Smith Academy 0
Name That Book is a districtwide academic competition. Name That Book serves to familiarize students with classic literature as well as contemporary award-winning books in a variety of genres.
To prepare, students read 30 books during the school year. They also worked with a coach and learned how to work together as a team. The students then compete in teams of six to name the book based on a quote or question.
The main goal is to enhance students’ experiences with books. They not only become exposed to some wonderful children’s literature but also improve their reading and comprehension skills.
The schools advanced to the final rounds by placing first at their vertical level competition. This year, 22 schools participated at the kindergarten through second grade vertical level and 25 campuses competed in the third through fourth grade vertical level. This was the inaugural year for an intermediate (Grades 5-6) competition; six intermediate schools participated.
Grades K-2 Division
1st Place — Magrill Elementary School
2nd Place — Carroll Academy
3rd Place — Raymond Academy
4th Place — Smith Academy
Grades 3-4 Division
1st Place — Jones Elementary School
2nd Place — Carroll Academy
3rd Place — Oleson Elementary School
4th Place — Harris Academy
Intermediate School Division
1st Place — Escamilla Intermediate School
2nd Place — Caraway Intermediate School
3rd Place (tie) — Hill Intermediate School & Stehlik Intermediate School
Cindy Buchanan, program director for library services, shared that students enjoy participating in this event.
“I’ve had several children tell me that participating in this event has widened their reading interests,” said Buchanan. “Because of Name That Book, they have read and enjoyed books they wouldn’t normally choose.
I remember one student in particular. As he left the vertical competition, he looked up at me and said, ‘I’m just going to keep on reading!’ I found out later he was reluctant to move from easy-reader books to more difficult texts until he was on the team. This is exactly what any educator and literacy specialist wants to see. We want students to develop a love of reading.”
Buchanan also lauded the students involved for all their work. She added that the students all demonstrated exemplary team work and good sportsmanship.
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