Morrill Elementary hosts first annual Battle of the Books

A total of 26 Morrill Elementary students in fourth and fifth grade tested their literacy knowledge at the school’s inaugural Battle of the Books on April 5.

Students were divided into seven teams of up to four people for the book trivia contest. The questions were based on the 20 Texas Bluebonnet nominee books, which consist of a variety of genres from scary to realistic fiction.   

Morrill Elementary Librarian Desiree Benavides decided to host the trivia to encourage students to read outside of their comfort zone.

“Events like these not only help promote reading, but also instill a love for reading for our students,” she said. “My goal is to help create lifelong readers who explore a diverse selection of high quality books.

During the trivia contest, Benavides used the Web 2.0 tool, Kahoot, to select questions at random for student to answer on iPads. It scored the teams based on how quickly they answered the questions correctly and gave students bonus points if they answered the questions right in a row.

“I encouraged students to divide up the number of books each of them read among the group to even the reading load, although we had students read more than their share of books,” Benavides explained.

At the end of the contest, every student received a book and a trophy or a medal for a job well done.

Benavides looks forward to having a district level Battle of the Books next year.

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