Dear Fourth Graders and Families,
It’s time for the fourth grade Battle of the Books. The Battle of the Books is a reading motivational program which strives to encourage the pleasure of reading. For the next ten weeks, you will be part of an exciting challenge that requires reading and teamwork. We have ten amazing titles on the list this year. The books will be read independently for pleasure and to help their team. The book titles were introduced this week during student’s library class.
The purpose of the Battle of the Books is:
  • To build reading fluency and comprehension
  • To work cooperatively as a team
  • To create a shared experience with the grade level
  • To expose students to some new authors/series
Students will be place on a balanced team of 4-6 students from their class. In the “battle”, each team will be asked ten different questions. All questions begin with “in what book…” and relate to character, plot, events and setting. Points are awarded for the correct title and author. The team members have thirty seconds to confer and give their answer. The students will take turns answering the questions. They should use their special bookmark to study the titles of the books and the authors.
Every student is expected to read at least three of these books over the next ten weeks. However, keep in mind that the more books you read, the better prepared you will be to help your team win. Classroom battles will take place in the library the week of April 6. The team that wins from each class will compete in a final battle. All students will receive a certificate for participation.

Mrs. Campbell

2015 List for the 4th Grade Battle of the Books

Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
Ashley, who has recently moved from Baltimore to a new town with her widowed mother, finds an antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden and discovers she can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-century world by going through a hole in the hedge.

I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis
Barry's family prepares to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits, but when his little sister gets very sick, they are forced to stay home and face the floodwater that sweeps Barry away.

Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.

Who was Amelia Earhart? by Kate Boehm Jerome
This book examines the life of Amelia Earhart,a pioneer female aviator who mysteriously disappeared during an around-the-world flight in 1937.

Nicky Fifth’s Garden State Adventure by Lisa Funari Willever
Just when Nicky Fifth was getting used to living in New Jersey, he received the worst possible news. Instead of a vacation in Orlando, Florida, his parents plan a vacation...exploring New Jersey. Even though they have invited his best friend, T-Bone, along, Nicky prepares for the worst vacation ever.

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman
When Eddie Ball finds out about the Finkles poetry contest—a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot during halftime at the NBA Finals—he realizes it could be the end to his and his mother’s problems.

The Secret Soldier by Ann McGovern
This book is a brief biography of the woman who disguised herself as a man and joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

Who Stole the Wizard of Oz by Avi
Becky and her brother use some ingenious clues to identify the person who stole five children's books from the town's library.

Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar
More humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, where students learn to tango, face the cafeteria's dreaded Mushroom Surprise, and study a hobo during Show and Tell. Sequel to "Sideways Stories from Wayside School."