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Book Talk Tournament of Books Activity

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3rd - 6th
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  1. The purpose of these bundled resources is to engage your students in reading through the use of a Book Talk activity. These monthly activities are intended to encourage your students to read books that relate to a specific genre or theme. Students will be asked to respond and reflect to a book (or b
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The Tournament of Books is a great way for students to read high quality literature and pick their favorite books! Students will become engaged in this month-long reading activity as they fill out a book bracket and vote for their favorite books. Students will be asked to respond and reflect to a book (or books) they read. Students will also complete a project to help encourage others to read the book, which is a key component to Book Talk. Book Talk is proven to improve student success because it is designed to help students find engaging books to read. By carefully selecting high interest books that your students have recommended or enjoyed throughout the year, students are sure to be highly engaged.


Included in this Resource:

  • Tournament of Books Resource Links and Teacher Tips (4-pages; PDF)
  • Tournament of Books Reading Reflection (1-page; Google Slides™)
  • Tournament of Books Reading Reflection (1-page; PDF)
  • Tournament Bracket (1-page; Google Slides™)
  • Tournament Bracket (1-page; PDF)
  • Book Talk Q & A (1-page; PDF)*
  • Book Talk Project Choices (1-page; PDF)*
  • Monthly Reading Introduction (1-page; PDF)*
  • Reading & Writing Survey (1-page; Google Slides™)*
  • Reading & Writing Survey (1-page; PDF)*
  • Certificate of Achievement (1-page; 2 per page; PDF)*
  • Student Book Talk Form (1-page; Google Slides™)*
  • Student Book Talk Form (1-page; PDF)*
  • Understanding Lexiles (1-page; PDF)*
  • Books I Want to Read (1-page; PDF)*
  • My Book Log (1-page; PDF)*
  • Classroom Library Checkout Form (1-page; PDF)*

Note: The resources indicated with an asterisk (*) are found in other similar Book Talk resources.

Note: If you purchase more of our Book Talk resources, some of the same book titles may be included as they may fit into different genres/themes.

Why Use this resource?

  • It includes several paperless activities.
  • Several resources are easily accessible using Google Drive™.
  • Your students will work directly on the digital document.
  • It’s a way to integrate technology into instruction.
  • Students are highly engaged in their work.

Downloading Digital Resources:

  1. First off, if you haven’t created a free Google account, you will need to do that before downloading this digital resource. Each student will also need their own account.
  2. You can download the digital resources in the Resource Links and Teacher Tips document.
  3. When you click on the link, you will come to a screen that says “Copy document”. In order to transfer this file to your own Google Drive™ account, click the blue button that says “Make a copy”. Note: If you have several Google Drive accounts with multiple email addresses, make sure you take note which email address is selected in the top right corner of the screen so you can easily find the file in the future.

Tournament of Books Teacher Tips:

  1. Tournament Bracket- Using the Tournament Bracket template provided (PDF or digital), fill out the top 16 books that you feel students have enjoyed throughout the year. Type or write each title in the document.
  2. Hype it up! This can include creating the brackets on a wall in your classroom before the tournament starts. If possible, print off the book jackets for the 16 books and then make the brackets on a classroom or hallway wall using blue painters’ tape (easy to remove). Place the book jacket titles in the appropriate places. If you want, you can do a short book talk on each book to refresh students’ memories.
  3. Voting- Inform your students that they will vote on which books are the favorites for each round. To make it easy for data collection and to show students the results, you can create a Google form where students can vote for each round. Students will vote on which one of two books will advance to the next round. For example, if the two books were Wonder and Rules, students will need to vote on which book is the most popular among their classmates. So, in Round 1, students will have eight votes (Wonder vs. Rules, etc.). Be sure that students only vote once. When the voting is done for each round, you can look at the results in pie graph format and share it with students. Then you can move the book titles onto the next round on your classroom wall, and students can score their sheets.
  4. Fill Out Bracket- Make copies of the brackets with the titles for each student (or send them a digital copy that you have already added book titles and points to). Have them fill out their own bracket. Students should fill out the entire bracket, including the champion book. If you use printable version, have the students write in pen so they can’t change their book choices.
  5. Points- As students are filling out their brackets, let them know the points for each round. A suggestion is that Round 1 is worth one point, Round 2 is worth two points, Round 3 is worth four points, and the winner is worth 8 points! Do one round per week, so this will take four weeks to complete.
  6. Leaderboard- If possible, keep a leaderboard in your classroom of who is in first through fifth place. After each round, update the leaderboard based on how the students do. For some extra engagement, have some school staff fill out brackets and share with the students.
  7. Prizes- At the end of the tournament, you can hand out certificates for the top places (and maybe even for all the participants if you choose to do so). You could even provide a treat to all participants. This is all up to you.

Book Talk Activities:

  1. Tournament of Books Book Talk Slideshow (Intro)- Unlike several of our other Book Talk resources, there is NO slideshow for this activity, as students’ interests vary greatly.
  2. Monthly Reading Introduction (Optional)- Included is a Monthly Reading Introduction (PDF and digital versions). We have created more than enough resources for each month (September-May). This introduction mentions that students are to read two books, but you may change this requirement based on the abilities of your students and the fact that books vary in length. If you decide to use the PDF, simply print off a copy and write down the genre/theme focus for each month. If you use the digital version, simply click on the link from the previous page, type in the genre/themes for each month, and share it with your students. There is a suggested order for the Monthly Reading, if you choose to do one for each month, in the Tournament of Books Resource Links and Teacher Tips document.
  3. Tournament Reflection- The Tournament Reflection is something students will share with you at the end of the month. Read through with your students. Both PDF and digital versions are included.
  4. Book Talk- The most important part of the Book Challenge is having students share, in a unique way, about the Tournament of Books they have read. For more information on Book Talk, please refer to the Book Talk Q & A document that is included. For at least one Tournament of Books a student reads, they will need to complete an activity from the Book Talk Project Choices handout. Be sure to read through each choice with your students. One of the choices is the Student Book Talk Form. Both PDF and digital versions are included. Read through this form with your students. Note: It is VERY important that your students do not share with others how a book ends. That is one of the most important components of Book Talk, as Book Talk is intended to pique students’ interest.
  5. Book Talk Sharing- Like what was stated above, the goal is to get students excited about reading all sorts of different types of books. You can decide how you want your students to share the books that they have read and their project choices. This can be done as a whole group or in smaller groups. After a week or so into the month, you may also want to take a few minutes each day for students to share. Or, you can set aside 2-3 project sharing days throughout the month.
  6. First Chapter Fridays (Optional)- One optional way to introduce books is to highlight a Tournament of Books book by reading the first chapter out loud to the class each Friday. Another option, instead of reading the first chapter, is to read the summary of the book without sharing the ending- sort of like a cliffhanger. Once again, short internet videos may help with this.
  7. Reading & Writing Survey (Optional)- There are several other documents included in this resource. One of them is the Reading & Writing Survey. This is available in both PDF and digital formats. Use this to gain an understanding of your students’ enjoyment of reading and writing.
  8. Additional Optional Documents- Also included are some other optional documents that may help you and your students. Understanding Lexiles will help explain the Lexile levels of books. Book I Want to Read is intended to help students focus on certain book titles once they are introduced. My Book Log contains a chart for students to write down the books that they have read. The Classroom Library Checkout Form is where students will record any book they checkout from your classroom library. The Certificate of Achievement can be awarded to students who meet the monthly goal.

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