Several times a year, Ms. Lisa Lucas visits each class during their library time to highlight an author’s work or pitch books from a certain genre. This time is also used to promote lunchtime book discussion titles and to promote Book Battles. For younger readers, a story is read aloud followed by a few questions.
Four book discussions are offered during the school year to 2nd graders, 3rd graders, and 4th & 5th graders combined. Book discussions are held during students’ lunch times and students must have read the book to participate. Participation in discussions is optional.
Toward the end of the school year, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders compete in teams of the same grade level in a game show-like competition called Book Battles. A reading list is distributed at the beginning of the school year and interested students read each book on the list. Once there is a winning Highland Oaks team in the participating grade levels, the team will go on to compete against teams from the other 5 Arcadia elementary schools. The championship round is held at the Arcadia Public Library in June.
4th Grade Book Battle Titles
5th Grade Book Battle Titles
“Little Dog, Lost” by Marion Dana Bauer
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mark wants a dog very badly but his mom will not let him have one.
Buddy is a dog who really needs a boy who will understand him better than his last owner.
Mr. LaRue is alone all the time in a huge old house.
One night during a summer thunderstorm and one crazy town council meeting, these three characters cross paths and come together in a marvelous way.
“The Flame of Olympus (Book 1 of the “Pegasus” series) by Kate O’Hearn
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
When something out of the ancient tales of mythology crashes onto a New York roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Emily is thrust into the center of a battle between the Roman gods and a race of stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a mortal boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus - before the Olympic flame burns out.
“The Zoo at the Edge of the World” by Eric Kahn Gale
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Marlin is not slow, or mute - he is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. He is also is the younger son of the world-famous explorer Ronan Rackham, the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the globe can come to experience the last bit of the wild left at the end of the nineteenth century.
In order to impress a powerful duke who comes to visit the zoo, Marlin's father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of it, including Marlin. Soon, Marlin finds himself with a terribly difficult choice to make and, finally, something to say. If only he can figure out how to say it.