The local test is March 5, 2018 . The results will be shared after P-T conferences.

Dec. 27, 2017

We have begun our local Battle of the Books unit. There are 21 third graders and 20 fourth graders participating.





Aug.

The Battle of the Books list didn't change. You may look below to determine which books are read in third grade and which books are read in fourth grade.




We did a great job! Our 4 teams did wonderfully well. One of the third grade teams won first place so we have a plaque. Each of our teams earned a trophy or a medal for being one of the top 4 teams at their grade level. I was very proud. We skyped with the author of Being Teddy Roosevelt. It was a fun day!

March 4
The Regional competition is March 24 in Bettendorf. It will be an all day field trip so all participants need to bring a cold lunch and $3 to buy a treat at McDonalds. We will stop there on our way home. We will celebrate our hard word in this unit.


We have taken our local test to determine which 8 students from each grade advance to the regional competition. It has a been a nice unit. The third graders were able to skype with 2 authors. We skyped with the author of The Lemonade War and with the author of The Stolen Sapphire.The fourth graders will Skype with 2 authors. We skyped with the author of One Handed Catch and with her husband who was the main character in the book. Soon we will skype with Avi, the author of Iron Thunder. The students advancing to the regional competition will skype with Claudia Mills, author of Being Teddy Roosevelt.

Feb. 12
the 3rd graders and I, along with available4th graders will be skyping with the author of The Lemonade War. We learn so much about how writing is approached and various ways authors plan out their books. It is so interesting.

Feb. 3
The local Battle of the Books test will be Friday, Feb. 24th during class. The written test will be completed individually by each student. I plan to check all the third and fourth grade Battle of the Books tests over the weekend so I can announce the results on Monday. The test will consist of 4 questions over each book.
The 8 students in each grade with the highest scores will advance to the regional level. They will receive a special note with information about the regional competition soon after the results are announced.


Jan. 30
The third grade Battle of the Books participants, some of the 4th graders and I enjoyed our Skype visit with Sarah Buckey, the author of Stolen Sapphire. She mentioned some websites she used for her research.

www.mysticseaport.org/explore/vessels/ Great place to visit and learn about old-fashioned ships

https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org Offers more information about ships; found plans for old passenger ships here

http://www.amnh.org/ has an exhibit featuring the Star of India sapphire. It was amazing to see it in real life!

https://www.tenement.org/ Offers fascinating information on the lives of poor immigrants, like Jamie O'Connor and Nellie's family, who lived in New York City in early 1900's.

Dec. 21
We are off and running in the Battle of the Books. The students have given their list of book titles and both classes went through how to fill out the note taking form.

The note taking form is further down this page if you want to print a copy for your child to use. I also have the forms available in my classroom.

I highly recommend having your child complete the form over each book read. There are a lot of important characters to keep track of. It's easier to review from sheets of paper than from reviewing multiple books.

The books are available at the Camanche Public Library and the elementary school library. Also, the Clinton Public Library has many of the 4th grade titles. I have copies of many of the titles also. The participants can borrow my books, too. At this stage, it is generally easy to find the books your child needs to read. When your reader is down to the last few books, it's nice to know multiple sources of books.



Nov. 25

Both third and fourth grade will be starting Battle of the Books in December. Notes will go be given to the students during the first day of class. If your child is interested in being a Battle of the Books participant, start reading the titles. I am waiting for all the nominations from the third and fourth grader teachers. Stayed tuned for more information as it becomes available.



Sept. 24,
We will officially begin the Battle of the Books in November. However, your third or fourth grader can start reading the books now. The books are available at the Camanche Public Library and at the school library. At the Camanche Public Library, you need to ask the librarian for the books.

We greatly appreciate the support of the Camanche Public Library. It was generous of them to purchase the books read as part of the Battle of the Books. This insures better access to the books for the students!

Scroll down the entries to find the titles of the books for each grade.


March 25
Such a fun day!
We skyped with Jennifer Jacobsen (Winnie at Her Best), (Brenda Ferber Julia's Kitchen) and Linda Urban (A Crooked Kind of Perfect). We loved our Q and A with these authors. What a learning experience.

Camanche 4th grade earned 1st and 2nd place.
Earning 1st place was: Rece Taylor, Rae Curtis, Emily Olsen, and Josh Wiersema
Earning 2nd place was: Trey Hartung, Mason Duritza, Kaci Ebensberger, and Elli Davison
The scores were very close.

Camanche 3rd grade earned 1st and 3rd place.
Earning first place and setting a new bowl record with a perfect score: Isaac Benavides, Jeorgia Neumann, Grant Hagemeier, and Frank Reuter.
Earning third place by just a couple of points were: Matthew Dunlay, Ian Witt, Cameron Dorsey, and Alex McClung.

I am so proud of all the students' hard work and effort.
One round we used paper and pencil. The other round we did using Kahoot. The paper and pencil round was untimed and in Kahoot teams are scored based on accuracy and speed.

Thank you to each chaperone. Our wonderful chaperons helped supervise the kiddos, set things up and take things down. I appreciate all their help.






March 1, 2016
Today the fourth graders and I skyped with author, Avi. He wrote Iron Thunder. We learned many things about him and the writing process. Some highlights were:
why he writes using the name Avihow many times he rewrites and edits a bookhow long it takes to write and have a book publishedhow many books he works on at a timewhat he uses for his research ( internet for quick facts, books for indepth work)




March 1, 2016
Congratulations to the members of our Battle of the Books regional teams. The students worked hard to make the team. The test scores were close.
Our team members are:
3rd grade: Jeorgia, Matthew, Grant, Cameron, Ian, Isaac, Frank, and Alex
4th grade: Josh, Mason, Emily, Kaci, Rece, Rae, Trey, and Elli.

This event will be held March 18 at the Area Education Agency (AEA) in Bettendorf. We will leave at 8:15 and travel via school bus to the AEA. Our estimated time of return is 2:00 so your child needs to bring a sack lunch and drink. We will stop at a fast food restaurant such as McDonald’s to celebrate our results so please send $3.00 with your child so he/she can purchase a treat. I would like the students to wear a Camanche school shirt or a shirt that is blue or red.

The third graders will be competing against third grade teams from various areas schools. The fourth graders will be competing against fourth grade teams from various schools. Those teams have read the same 10 books at their grade level as we have.

Chaperones are welcomed. I am in charge of the whole Eastern Iowa Battle of the Book Bowl so having parents present would be great. Let me know if you want to ride in the school bus with us. Otherwise, feel free to follow the bus or to meet us at the AEA.

The tentative schedule is:
8:15 leave school
9:30 instructions and start of Round 1. The students will be competing in teams.
10:00 Skype with author Jennifer Jacobson
10:20 Snack and activity break
10:50 Skype with author Brenda Ferber
11:20 Start Round 2
11:50 Lunch break/clean up
12:00 Skype with Linda Urban
Finish lunch.
Results shared. Prizes awarded. Teams leave the AEA.
Short restaurant visit for a treat to celebrate our accomplishments.

The teams are composed of 4 students so I have 2 teams. I will decide which individuals are on which teams based upon their local test scores over the 10 books and their work in class. I will decide that shortly before March 18.






Feb. 2
The individual local test is Feb. 26. There will be 4 or 5 questions over each of the 10 books. The results will be shared the following week. The top 8 scoring students will advance to the regional competition.



Nov. 28
The third graders have officially started their Battle of the Books units. The fourth graders start on Nov. 30. I am thrilled that so many participants have started reading the books already. That initiative is great!

Scroll down this website to see the names of the books and see where the books can be found. The note taking form is available on this site near the bottom. It is the same form as last year.

The students and I will meet once a week to discuss the books. The participants need to read the books outside of class. Filling out the note taking form is optional but highly reccommended.

All the local participants will take a test in late February over the 10 books. The 8 students with the highest scores will advance to the regional competition. The regional competition is in a team format. We will face teams from other area schools who have read the same books in the same grade. It is a day long event held in Bettendorf at a neutral site. Notes will be sent home to families of the students who qualified for the regional team.


Sept. 3, 2015
The list of third grade books and fourth grade books are the same for the 2015-16 year as they were for 2014-15. Feel free to start reading! The list of books is posted outside of my classroom for easy reference.



March 28, 2015
The kids did a wonderful job yesterday at the Eastern Iowa Battle of the Books Bowl. The fourth graders earned first and second place in their age division. Check out the team plaque they earned when you walk in the main doorway to our school. The third graders earned third and fourth place. The scores were extremely close in the third grade division. I think there were 3-4 points difference between first and third place. I thought we might need to get out the tie breaker questions.
Below are some photos of the fun event. Debbie Dorsey took the photos. I appreciate all the help from our wonderful chaperones. There is much to do at this event. Everyone pitched in to make an enjoyable and challenging day for the participants. The kids were so proud of their accomplishments and I am so proud of them!! It was a memorable day. Thank you to the students, parents, and teachers who worked so hard to make it all happen.


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An engineering activity. Mrs. Kennedy is always sneaking in STEM activities even in a Battle of the Books competition.

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Then we were off to McDonalds where we celebrated our accomplishments!!

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March 24, 2015


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Our Battle of the Books team! We are looking forward to Friday. The bus leaves at 8:15 AM. Students need to bring the cold lunch, some money for a snack, and wear a Camanche shirt or a shirt that is red or blue.

Jan. 7, 2015

The reading continues in force. By now the fourth graders needed to have completed at least 2 books. I am thrilled to share that more battlers have completed 5 or more. We meet once a week to discuss the stories. The test to determine which students advance to regionals will be March 3 for the third graders and Mar. 2 for the fourth graders.



Oct. 26, 2014

Battle of the Books will begin November. The classroom teachers will nominate students based on their SRI scores, their completed reading minutes, and demonstrated student interest. Mrs. Kennedy will select participants based upon the nominations. Students, check the November Insights calendar in your classroom to see which days we meet.


August 7, 2014
Battle of the Books is open to skilled readers in third and fourth grade. The participants need to read as many of the 10 books listed for their grade as they can before March. Starting in the latter part of December, we will meet weekly to discuss the books' events and characters. The students can set their own pace for reading the books. In early March the local test will be given. The 8 students in each grade who score the most points on the local test will advance to regionals. At regionals, the students will compete in teams against students from other schools in the same grade who have read the same books.

This year the local test will be in late February/early March and the Regional event is Friday, March 27.

These books are Iowa Children's Choice winners. They are all available at the elementary school library and the Camanche Public Library.

Third grade books:

Abduction
Detective Camp
Friendship According to Humphrey
Liberty Porter, First Daughter
Lost and Found
Million Dollar Putt
No Dogs Allowed
The Lemonade War
The Stolen Sapphire
Winnie at Her Best

Fourth grade books:

A Crooked Kind of Perfect
A Dog’s Life
Being Teddy Roosevelt
Iron Thunder
Julia’s Kitchen
No Talking
One-Handed Catch
The Homework Machine
Two Minute Drill
Zoo Break

The students are not required to take notes over what they have read. However, many of the successful students find out how useful it is to write down some information from the books as they read the books. Listed below is the note taking form I encourage the students to use.



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March 28, 2014
We had a great day at Battle of the Books! The kids were great. They worked hard and their hard work paid off as you can see by the photos below. The third graders earned first and second place out of 6 teams! The fourth graders earned 1st and 2nd place out of 7 teams! The scores were very close! We look forward to getting our first place plaques hung in the entry way of our school building!
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Working on the tests! We had a break time between tests Round 1 and Round 2 where we had some fun activities.

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Our terrific third grade teams- first and second place!! Awesome job!!

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What a talented group of readers!!

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Fantastic Fourth graders- Winning 1st and 2nd place!!

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Mr. Grey came to cheer us on!


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Congratulations to third grade- Paul, Mackenzie G, Hannah, Kayla, Taylor, Ethan S., Madeline and Kane
fourth grade- Sofia, Jeanelle, Rubie, Emily, Michael, Ethan, Korrel, and Bridgette

They earned the highest scores on our local Battle of the Books test so they qualified for the Eastern Iowa Battle of the Books Bowl. That is a great accomplishment earned through hard work and effort along with support from home. This event will be held March 28 at the Area Education Agency (AEA) in Bettendorf. We will leave at 8:30 and travel via school bus to the AEA. Our estimated time of return is 1:30 that afternoon so the participants need to bring a sack lunch and drink. We will stop at a fast food restaurant such as McDonald’s to celebrate our results so please send $3.00 with your child so he/she can purchase treat. I would like the students to wear a Camanche school shirt or school colors.
The third graders will be competing against third grade teams from various area schools. The fourth graders will be competing against experienced fourth grade teams from various schools. Those teams have also read the same 10 books at their grade level as we have.

Thank you to everyone who is chaperoning. I am in charge of the whole Battle of the Books Bowl so having parents present would be great.
The tentative schedule is:
8:30 We leave the school.
9:30 instructions and start of Round 1. The students will be competing in teams.
10:15 End of Round 1. Snack/recess/activity break
10:30 Start Round 2.
Results of Round 1 will be shared when available.
11:15 End of Round 2.
Lunch break/ Recess/clean up
Results shared. Prizes awarded. Teams leave AEA.
Short restaurant visit for treat to celebrate our accomplishments.
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Battle of the Books is open to skilled readers in third and fourth grade. The participants need to read as many of the 10 books listed for their grade as they can before March. Starting in the latter part of December, we will meet weekly to discuss the books' events and characters. The students can set their own pace for reading the books. In early March the local test will be given. The 8 students in each grade who score the most points on the local test will advance to regionals. At regionals, the students will compete in teams against students from other schools in the same grade who have read the same books.

This year the local test will be March 4 and the Regional event is Friday, March 28.

These books are Iowa Children's Choice winners. They are all available at the elementary school library and the Camanche Public Library.

Third grade books:

Abduction
Detective Camp
Friendship According to Humphrey
Liberty Porter, First Daughter
Lost and Found
Million Dollar Putt
No Dogs Allowed
The Lemonade War
The Stolen Sapphire
Winnie at Her Best

Fourth grade books:

A Crooked Kind of Perfect
A Dog’s Life
Being Teddy Roosevelt
Iron Thunder
Julia’s Kitchen
No Talking
One-Handed Catch
The Homework Machine
Two Minute Drill
Zoo Break

The students are not required to take notes over what they have read. However, many of the successful students find out how useful it is to write down some information from the books as they read the books. Listed below is the note taking form I encourage the students to use.


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