Literature Enrichment ProgramDid you know that there is a Literature Enrichment Program at Highland Oaks? The program has three main activities developed to engage young readers and encourage a life-long love of reading.
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. Copies of the book battle list can be found in the library and coming soon to the school website.
Book Discussion RemindersThe next book discussions are coming up soon! The sign-up sheets are now in the library and students need to sign up before the deadline. Students who wish to attend must have read the book before signing up.
Upcoming Book Discussions for late January or early February
For 2nd Graders – White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
Life is never dull for Zoe and Alice. Their mother rescues Great Pyrenees dogs until a new home can be found for them. The family is always kept busy and it is never quiet in their home. Across the street a new family has moved in but the young boy named Phillip is always quiet. In fact he never speaks anymore. What happened that would cause Phillip to stop speaking? Maybe, just maybe, Zoe can help Phillip break his silence – with the help of a furry, 100 pound dog.
For 3rd Graders – Malcolm at Midnight by Richard Beck
When Malcolm the rat arrives as a new class pet at McKenna School, he is thrilled with his new home. Soon he finds out about the Midnight Academy, a secret group of classroom pets that keeps the kids safe at school. There’s just one problem - rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and show that even rats can be good guys. This book is part fantasy, part adventure and part mystery. Check it out!
For 4th & 5th Graders – The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Taran is desperate for adventure. Being a lowly Assistant Pig-Keeper just isn't exciting. That is, until the magical pig, Hen Wen, disappears and Taran embarks on a death-defying quest to save her from the evil Horned King of the Underworld. During his perilous adventures Taran encounters many memorable friends: a grumpy dwarf, a silly bard, a strange hairy beast and the hot-headed Princess Eilonwy. Together, they face many dangers, from the deathless Cauldron-Born warriors, dragons, witches and the terrifying Horned King himself. The Book of Three is the 1st book in the 5-book Chronicles of Prydain series. You can find all five of the books in the the Highland Oaks Library.
Book Battle Titles
3rd Grade Book Battle Titles
4th Grade Book Battle Titles
5th Grade Book Battle Titles