Monday, September 18, 2017

Reading Bowl Info

We will meet on Mondays after school from 4:00 to 4:45. 

At the beginning, we will mostly spend this time reading, discussing books and creating a bank of trivia questions of the books we have read. The most critical practice sessions are in December and January, when we are actively practicing trivia questions with our buzzer system.

I expect to have more info about our meet with APS soon. It is usually the last weekend in January.

Here is the list of books.

Here is the summary form students will fill out for each book that is read.

Here are the rules and expectations:

  • Students will read at least 5 of the 20 books. The more one reads, the better.  READ. READ. READ. Students may be assigned certain books to be sure we have our bases covered.
  • Students will fill out a summary/trivia form for the books that they read.
  • Students should come to team practice as often as possible. Those who have occassional schedule conflicts may still practice by reading, filling out the summary/trivia form and keeping in touch with Ms. Linahan about absences.
  • Students will behave accordingly at team practice: stay focused, support others and have fun. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Team players for the actual bowl will be determined by the level of participation and knowledge gained over the next few months. Students may rotate rounds of player/alternate at the meet.
  • Students who do not walk/ride bikes should be picked up at 4:45 or go to after-care.

Here are a list of meeting dates:

Sep 18, 25
Oct 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 27
Dec 4, 11, 18
Jan 8, 15, 22

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reading Bowl 2017-18

You can find a link to the official Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) informational page in one of the tabs above, but for specific ANCS info, read on.

Students must commit to reading at least 5 of the 20 books. Once finished with a book, students will need to submit 5 trivia questions to Ms. Linahan.

We will meet for practice on Monday afternoons from 4:00-4:45 in the library. During this time, we will read, discuss the books and create and practice trivia questions. If a student is unable to attend practice because of schedule conflicts, notify Ms. Linahan and we can work something out - however, each team member should try to make it at least 1 team practice per month before the meet in January. The team will utilize Google Classroom and shared files to keep track of our trivia practice. 

The team will consist of 5 players and 5 alternates. The selection of players/alternates will be based on:

The number of books read.
The number of practices attended.
The amount of work you put into trivia creation and practice.

Here is a list of the HRRB books for this year.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Reading and Math 2017

See our summer reading here!

Here is the summer and math handout.

Book #1: Read at least one of the four required book options
Book #2: Read at least one of the other four required book options, the suggested reads or one of your own choice (must be a grade level book).

Please note, this list includes suggested grade ranges. A few books may be more appropriate for 7th or 8th graders. Links to more thorough reviews are provided. It is up to the family to decide.

Also, Amazon links are included for informational purposes. Books may be previewed, and other editorial reviews are available on this site. We encourage you to shop Little Shop of Stories and Barnes & Noble Edgewood, or utilize your neighborhood library, too.

Any questions, please ask.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fact Checking

With "fake news" being the big news while I try to teach our kids how to search smarter, I was thrilled to hear about Google's new search tool. It is a feature to alert users of news stories that have been fact-checked by independent organizations like Politifact or Snopes. It is a useful way to verify if what you are reading has been verified as true or not.

In my excitement, I immediately searched Google for one of my all-time favorite urban legends, The Kentucky Fried Rat. Unfortunately, no fact-check tags popped up at the the top of my search. Instantly suspicious, I did some fact-checking research to be sure this Google feature was not fake news itself. What I learned was while this tag certainly doesn't apply to every search, it will apply to more relevant, widely viewed news articles. It will be interesting to see how this develops over time as more fact checks from different sources come into play.

For now, this is what you can expect when you see a fact-checked tag:

Recent "news" that some well-meaning Facebook friends urgently shared.

And for you informed reading pleasure, add a shortcut or bookmark to this Snopes category. All the latest fact-checks at your fingertips! (And, no, Malia Obama was not expelled from Harvard.)

GA Children's Book Award Nominees (and new Reading Bowl List!!)

It is always exciting to see what our Reading Bowl books for the next year will be, and it looks like we have a great crop to sow!