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When I was in elementary school and working with Battle of the Books, the
media specialists chose the books and each created approximately 25
questions for each book.  One person coordinated the questions for the
district contest.

At my own school, in addition to the team going to the contest, I had a web
team of 5th graders who created a web page about each book.  We also had
BOB's Museum in the commons area display cases.  Students (any student who
had read the books could participate) could be curators and create displays
pertinent to the books and cards about each object they found or created for
the museum.  Examples included:  a pencil with the word FRINDLE replacing
the brand name and card explaining, a bunch of plastic grapes with a card
stating that Esperanza in Esperanza Rising helped pick grapes, a burka
(brought in by a parent--many students were from Iraq) on the school
skeleton with a note that said women in Afghanistan were required to wear
burkas, maps detailing locations in the BOB books and other items the
students thought explained the books.

Being on any part of the BOB team was a big honor--the kids came and ate
lunch with me in the library to discuss the books and practice, they got
T-shirts stating they were team members (district created shirts), and were
recognized at school assemblies and in letters home to parents.

I am sure there are a lot of other great ideas out there--I thought the kids
got a lot out of the museum myself.

Cheryl Youse, MLS
Media Specialist
Colquitt County High School

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