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Grace Church and School
Updated 9/17
by Ms. Holm

Round 1 Dates
In-School Competition: Wed., Nov. 29

All-Schools Competition: Fri., Dec. 8

Round 1 Books
Almost Homer by Bauer

Among the Hidden by Haddix

Because of Winn Dixie by DiCamillo

Behind the Bedroom Wall by Williams

Dash by Larson

Fuzzy Mud by Sachar

Ghost of Fossil Glen by DeFelice

Wait Till Helen Comes by Hahn

The War that Saved My Life by Bradley

5th Grade Reading Olympics
Reading Olympics is an optional enrichment activity for those who want a reading challenge. In this student-directed program, fifth-graders form teams of three to read nine Reading Olympics titles. They compete with other teams from their class by answering detailed questions about the books.

The winning team gets to represent Grace at an All-Schools Reading Olympics Competition with the winning 5th grade teams from the Oak Park and River Forest public schools, and several local private schools.

There are three rounds during the school year. Students may participate in any or all the rounds.

Helpful Forms
Participation Form
Round 1 Graph - Chart your or your team's progress

Helpful Links
Biblionasium - Complete the Challenge
Destiny Quest - Need a bookfrom our school library? Reserve it here
Quizlet - Play games to learn the authors' names

Learn the Titles & Authors

Tips for Doing Well in the Competition

  • The strongest teams have each member read all nine books.
  • Read the books more than once. You'll remember different details every time.
  • Look for unique, funny or touching events --these might make good Reading Olympics questions.
  • Remember --questions are written by teacher librarians. They want to have an entertaining competition. Funny incidents, library related events, music, etc. all can end up in questions.
  • Look for similarities and differences in the setting. Often you can figure out the answers by process of elimination. The time period can really help eliminate books.
  • Keep a list of characters and their descriptions. Names are usually not in the questions. The word "character" is used often in the questions.
  • Quotes are used in some Reading Olympic questions. Try to hear the tone of the writing.
  • Write questions for you and your team to quiz each other.
    Remember the authors' names.
  • Have fun!