by Channel 2 News staff
Thursday, February 11, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The battle is on and the competition is fierce. Students get to show what they know in Battle of the Books.
The statewide competition challenges elementary students to read 12 to 15 books in just a few months.
Thursday, fifth- and sixth-grade teams were at West High School to compete.
Judges ask the teams questions about the books they read and teams score points for answering correctly.
The goal is to practice reading comprehension and make reading fun.
"When these kids come into the classroom they're so enthusiastic about the books and they're so proud of themselves for reading and recalling the details, and it's for all levels, it's for kids that are struggling readers and high readers, it's just a really great program," said Heidi Tsukada, a Battle of the Books judge.
Two teams from each school will compete at the district-wide level.