Are you ready to rumble? Thirteen Alvin ISD elementary school students sure were on Tuesday, May 19 at Rodeo Palms Junior High where the 2nd annual Bluebonnet Rumble was held.
Each year, the Texas Bluebonnet Award selection committee chooses books to be put on the master list for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Students in the 3rd through 6th grade are encouraged to read the books and then vote on their favorite.
Alvin ISD librarians took it one step further to encourage the kids to read and understand the books.
“At Marek, we had kids sign up in the fall, choose and name their team and practice on their own, writing questions, reading the books, making notes, etc. In February, we started to meet with the teams weekly by grade level to write questions first. Next, we used pre-published questions about the books and modeled it after the district competition. Students worked as teams to answer questions and the teams accumulated points through the winter. We selected the team with the most accumulated points to go to the district competition, which was Duncan’s Crayons, named in honor of the Bluebonnet book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt,” said Marek Elementary Librarian Anita Phipps.
The competition consisted of two rounds of 12 questions each. Each team had a librarian as their scorekeeper. The first round consisted of fill in the blanks and multiple-choice questions while the second round was quotes and excerpts from the books and the students had to name the book it came from. The prompter asked the questions and the students had 45 seconds to discuss and write the answer on their dry erase boards. If they got it correct, they got a point.
At the end of the competition, Savannah Lakes Elementary and Mary Marek Elementary were tied and had to go to a sudden death round. In the end Mary Marek Elementary pulled ahead for the win. Savannah Lakes finished second and Duke Elementary and Walt Disney Elementary tied for third.
“I love having time to focus on great books with kids! This program really allows kids to know these high quality books in a meaningful way. This was a great experience,” Phipps stated.
The team from Marek says, “We regret that we have but one year to give to our school for Bluebonnet Rumble, but can’t wait to join the program at the junior high level next year.”