Global Reading Challenge 2016-2017

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Get the permission form! (Due Nov. 15th)

This year, Cascadia’s 4th and 5th graders have the option to participate in the Global Reading Challenge sponsored by Seattle Public Library! 4th and 5th grade students will be introduced to the Global Reading Challenge when their class comes to the library in November.

The program is similar to “Battle of the Books”: teams of seven students read 10 books representing a wide variety of reading levels. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading. After reading 10 books, children take part in a “Quiz Bowl” game to determine the winner for the city of Seattle. Working with their team, students answer specific, fact- and content-based questions about the books.

 Following are Global Reading Challenge objectives:
* Promote a love of reading 
* Introduce children to a wide variety of literature and multicultural reading materials
* Encourage reading for retention 
* Encourage group activities and team work while having fun!
* Provide a positive experience between children, librarians, teachers, parents and books

On February 8th, a Seattle Public Librarian will moderate Cascadia’s in-school challenge. One Cascadia team will advance to the all-school challenge on March 6th at SPL’s downtown library. From there, two teams from two different schools will compete in the City Finals at SPL’s downtown library on March 21st.

In order to participate, students must return a permission form to the Cascadia library by Nov. 15th.

Dates to remember:

November 15th: return permission form to the Cascadia library. December 2nd: teams posted outside of the Cascadia library.
February 8th (2:15-3:15 p.m.): in-school challenge.
March 6th (10:30 a.m.): Semi Final, SPL downtown library.
March 21st (7:00 p.m.): City Final

Check Out this Year’s Books!


CEO: Cleo Edison Oliver Playground Millionaire
by Sundee Frasier

5th grader Cleo Edison Oliver is
full of money-making ideas, and her 5th grade Passion Project is no different. Things get more complicated when she has to keep her business running, be a good listener when her best friend needs her, and deal with the bully teasing her about being adopted.


The Bamboo Sword
By Margi Preus

In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s visit to Japan, Yoshi—a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day—learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Includes historical notes and glossary.


becoming-naomi-leon-coverBecoming Naomi Leon
By Pam Munoz Ryan

When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.






outofmymindOut Of My Mind
By Sharon Draper

´Considered by many to not be capable of learning, a brilliant, impatient 5th grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.




By Kirby Larson

When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash. As her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world—the letters from the kind neighbor who is caring for Dash.



turtleofomanThe Turtle of Oman
By Naomi Shihab Nye

When Aref, a 3rd grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.



watsonsgotoThe Watsons Go To Birmingham
By Christopher Paul Curtis

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.



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secretcodersSecret Coders
By Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Attending an elite school where enterprising students are challenged to solve a variety of clues and puzzles using computer programming, Hopper and her friend, Eni, resolve to crack the school founder’s most elusive mystery together.





Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

´Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin as well as in his 5th grade classroom. He longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.



porcupineyearThe Porcupine Year
By Louise Erdrich

In 1852, forced by the United States government to leave their beloved island home, 12-year-old Omakayas and her Ojibwe family travel in search of a place to live. Heading north in hopes of joining Omakayas’ aunt in a new settlement, the family faces violent raids, freezing weather, and near-starvation—but they never lose hope.

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