Wednesday, January 18, 2006


My oldest is in fourth grade. There are about 15 kids in the class, six girls and nine boys. From my observation, the girls are better students. The boys tend to clown around more, and seem to be a lot more hyper than the girls.

Tonight was the Battle of the Books, hosted by the Southfield Library, where teams of kids read books, and answer questions based on those stories. My oldest asked me to be the team captain, and I agreed, but i may have been the world's worst captain. We met three times in total, and didn't seem to accomplish very much at our meetings.

Still we met, and the kids seemed like they were reading the books like they were supposed to.

My oldest got together with his friends, five of the boys in his class, to form the team. The class had a second team in the event, with the top girls in the class.

Our team meetings consisted of me reminding the kids that when I said to get comfortable, it didn't mean they were supposed to put their feet on the table.

I did not have very high hopes for this group.

But children surprise you. Even when you think you now them, know what they are all about, and can't believe that they would ever even pick up a book, they read the books, and remember everything about them.

There were 35 questions in the battle, chosen from all seven books. The team had to write down the answer and the author's name. The author was worth 1 point; the correct answer 4. There was a total of 175 points available.

Our team, Akiva Book Bros, knew we had done well when they started reading out the scores, and skipped over our team.

Five teams were called up to the podium. Our team, the other Akiva fourth grade team, and three other teams. In third place, the MC dramatically called out, there were two teams tied. The fourth grade girls had done well, claiming third place.

There were now three teams standing at the front of the room. In second place, with 159 points, Akiva Book Bros. We beat the girls. We may not have won it all, but at least our team was the best in the class.

We got 31 of the 35 questions correct, and the four that we missed, we got the one point for the author. A very immpressive showing by a group of boys who are not known for their academic prowess.

I don't know how other teams divided up the books, but each member of our team chose one book, to be the expert on that book, and a second book to read as a backup. And somehow, they read the books they were supposed to, remembered the answers, and did really well.


Blogger Krunk said...

Congrats!Just out of curiosity,what books were they?

January 18, 2006 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant wait for the movie.

January 19, 2006 3:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's awesome - congrats! who took first place?

January 19, 2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I stopped paying attention to who won once we were in second place and the other team that we knew was in third place.

January 19, 2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger 2R said...

Congrats! My Battle team didn't do that great...

January 19, 2006 1:08 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

There were seven books in total. Some were cute, soem were very easy reads, and soem were tough books.

Word Eater
Mister and Me
Stink Files
When the Circus Came to Town
The Boy who Saved Baseball
Rotten Eggs (cant remember the exact title of this one)

January 19, 2006 1:21 PM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

I'm guessing your boy was the expert for " The Boy who saved baseball"

January 19, 2006 1:38 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Nope. most of the kids didnt like that book. I think he was the expert for word eater.

January 19, 2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger da shevster said...

omg battle of the books!! our team won 3rd place...but that was back in my antisocial stage when i readall day and had no friends...interesting...
lol, we were the page turners, we even made tshirts. good times good times...

January 19, 2006 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so much for ultraothodoxy isolating itself.

and im glad to hear that left once enjoyed school.

January 22, 2006 3:06 AM  
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