Overview of Enrichment Programs offered through the Library
Battle of the Books Reading Club
Battle of the Books is a reading motivation program. The goals of this program are to encourage and to recognize students who enjoy reading and to broaden reading interests.
Lists of books are chosen for grades three/four, five and six. New lists are compiled each year and every effort is made to ensure a range of type, genre and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books. Students read the books independently and then discuss them, complete reading logs, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of three to correctly answer questions based on the books. The questions used all begin with “In what book…” so that the answer will always be the title of the book. The teams work together to earn points in order to participate as finalists that represent Watson Road at the district final battle every year in April.
Battle of the books has proven itself to be effective in its specified purpose- to stimulate and maintain interest in reading throughout the grades. Keep in mind this is an enrichment program so the books may be challenging. We want this to be a positive experience for students, not overwhelming.
Please be aware that you may need to visit the public library to sign out battle books if we do not have any in the library when you need them.
Here are the lists for the 2016-17 school year. Watson Road will also be hosting the District Battle April 20th, 2017.
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
Nasty, Stinky Sneakers by Eve Bunting
Prince of the Pond by Donna Napoli
Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris
The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Contest by Caroline Stellings
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by C. Fleming
The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
Sister's Grimm by Michael Buckley
White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson
Grad e 6
Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters
Grefor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
The Hobbit (graphic) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Holes by Louis Sachar
Invitiation to the Game by Monica Hughes
The Last Dog on Earth by Daniel Ehrenehft
Loot by Jude Watson
Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Maas
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Red Cedar Book Award Club
The Red Cedar is British Columbia’s Young Reader’s Choice book award.
Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from the nominated lists of non-fiction and fiction titles and vote for their favourite.
The purpose of the program is threefold:
1. To enrich and broaden students’ reading experiences,
2. To promote literacy through the reading of quality Canadian literature
3. To encourage students’ thoughtful evaluation of these reading materials.
Students set goals to read at least 5 or more books in one genre or both if they choose. By reading at least 5 books they are eligible to vote for their favourite book at the end of April.
In the Red Cedar Club students learn how to evaluate both fiction/non-fiction books, how to create interesting “book sells” or reviews to post on the website and share their thoughts or recommendations with other students, write to their favourite authors and many other challenging book related activities.
History of the Red Cedar Book Awards
The Young Readers’ Choice Awards (YRCA) Society of BC launched the first Red Cedar
Book Award Program on December 1, 1996. The purpose of the Red Cedar program is to
encourage children to read, develop their ability to judge the quality of published works,
and create an awareness of the works of Canadian authors/illustrators.
Each year, BC children in grades 4 to 7 join registered Red Cedar reading groups hosted
by their schools, home schools or libraries. These Red Cedar readers have until BC Book
and Magazine Week (end of April) to read, discuss and evaluate a selection of Canadian
fiction and information books. At the end of April, Red Cedar readers cast their ballots, and
their votes will see one fiction and one information book named winners of the Red Cedar
The Red Cedar Book Award logo uses an open-book motif to create a stylized tree. The wavy lines at the base were adopted from the provincial flag to represent both the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. In keeping with the spirit of involving children as much as possible, the Society asked children in Richmond and Victoria to suggest a name for the award. In recognition of both their ideas and the official status of the provincial tree, the Society chose the name Red Cedar in December 1996. The process that saw the Red Cedar named our provincial tree also involved BC’s children. In 1987, the BC Ministry of Forests sent a questionnaire to BC schools for suggestions on a tree that best symbolized the province. Based on the results of that survey, and the historical and cultural significance of the Western Red Cedar, the province proclaimed it the provincial tree in February 1988.
Math Challenge Club
The goal of this club is to build student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems. Contest problems are designed to cover a range of mathematical knowledge for each grade level. All of the problems on each contest require no additional knowledge of mathematics beyond the grade level they test.
Students receive a booklet of practice contests/solutions to work their way through independently. The goal is to practice and sharpen their mathematic skills and be prepared for the two different contests that take place in the spring. As a club we meet periodically to complete practice tests and discuss the contests.
All of the contests can add interest and excitement to any mathematics program. All of the questions in the 4th and 5th grade cover basic curricular topics, including: properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, time and calendar questions, shapes, perimeter, money, basic ratio and percent, rounding numbers, remainders, integers, and more. These contests challenge students to show their understanding of basic principles through numerical and word problems that encourage an open, flexible approach to problem solving. The 6th grade contests questions cover material appropriate to grade level. Questions may cover: fractions, decimals, ratios, percent’s, angle measurement, perimeter, area, circumference, basic roots, patterns, sequences, integers, triangles and right triangles, and other topics.
UNESCO declared a few years ago that the learning of mathematics, centered on problem resolution activities, was the most efficient way to develop lasting mathematical skills and the best way to prepare a person to meet the challenges of the workplace in the 21 st century. Problem resolution is the focus of these contests and represents a powerful motivational tool that can help promote mathematical ability. These contests encourage a variety of problem-solving skills and methods, to improve students' abilities and understanding of mathematical connections, while having fun!
Students are selected for these programs if they are in grades 4-6. Teacher and parents should approve that students are able to do their regular classroom work and will have time for extra work. Preparation for the math contests is to be done by the student, on his/her own time. I will meet periodically with students to exchange study packages, and give practice tests.
If you are unsure of terms this is a great website to assist you.
Contest Dates are listed below:
Good websites for math terms
Gr 4 contest April
Gr 5 contest April
Gr 6 contest late February
The Great Canadian Geography Challenge
This challenge is a question/answer competition designed to test a student's knowledge of geography. First there will be a series of nine rounds of geography quizzes to determine who will receive the highest score in each classroom. These students will compete in the final competition in the gymnasium. Then at the challenge final, first, second and third place students will receive award certificates and prizes. This is a fun and enriching way to spark students’ interest and enthusiasm about Canada, the world and geography.