Waupaca Learning Center’s Battle of the Books Team tied for fifth place ouf of 166 schools throughout Wisconsin.
The statewide program is designed to promote a love of reading among students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters and settings of the books.
Students read the books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state.
The elementary division is fourth through sixth grade. The elementary division reads the nominated Golden Archer winners for the primary and intermediate levels plus a variety of other award winning titles.
This year’s books were Jeremy Thatcher-Dragon Hatcher, Art and Max, Turtle in Paradise, Ruby Holler, The Last Olympian, Knights of the Kitchen Table, Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny, Poppy, Sick Day for Amos McGee, The Magicians Elephant, Mockingbird, The Orphan of Ellis Island, Knuffle Bunny Free, Interrupting Chicken, Heat, Granny Torelli Makes Soup, Because of Winn-Dixie, Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and Framed.
Here are some questions the students had to respond to:
• In what book is a special signal three sharp sneezes in a row?
• In what book do you learn that “huzzah” means “hooray?”
At WLC, a group of students participate weekly in the Battle of the Books. Four students represent the school and compete in the state competition in late February.
The program is coordinated by Brad Hedtke and Kathy Elgersma.