Reading Olympics

  • The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase the quality and quantity of books students read for enjoyment. Teams of students collaborate to read forty to fifty books that have been selected by a committee. The Olympics are primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. Since the teams generate much excitement about this reading event, the experience is rewarding for everyone involved.

    The event includes students of all reading levels (elementary, middle, and high school) who have met the challenge of joining their teams in reading from the selected list of books, The students participate in a "book club" at their school throughout the year in order to prepare for the competition. The majority of titles on the book lists are already included in the school and county libraries. Following the year-long preparation, students will compete in a county-wide competition in the spring of each school year. Students will be asked basic questions about the Reading Olympics books. During the competition, each team competes in three rounds of questioning with three different teams. Teams are never eliminated. At the culmination of the eventing, each participating student will receive a ribbon. The number of points each team scores will determine the color of the ribbon.

     

    2019 Competition

    The 2019 DCIU Reading Olympics competition will take place on April 1-3, 2019. Elementary, middle, and high school teams from Delaware County schools are invited to compete.

    Below are links to the book lists for the 2019 Reading Olympics and other important information about this year's competition. Coordinators also received an emailed copy of the reading lists.

     

    Dates and Location Information

    Location: Northley Middle School - Penn Delco School District, 2801 Concord Road, Aston, PA 19014

    Dates: April 1-3, 2019

    Building Coordinators Presentation

     

    Reading Lists

    2019 Elementary Book List

    2019 Middle School Book List

    2019 High School Book List


    Information for Moderators and Scorekeepers

     

    Moderators

    Moderators should pick up the questions for all three rounds at the Check-In Table.

    Reminders

    • Room setup: Push chairs to the perimeter of the room. Students sit in a huddle on the floor and parents/guests sit in the chairs. Put the room back together after round three.
    • Each team is asked 20 questions. Make sure you ask the questions designated for each round.
    • At the beginning of each round, shuffle the order of the questions for that round.
    • Teams have 20 seconds to answer a questions. If a team is trying to earn points after the other team misses the question, they must answer immediately. There is no time for deliberation.
    • Remind parents that when students are conferring, it is important that the room remain quiet (i.e. no cell phones, no texting, if small children are disruptive, kindly ask them to step into the hall, etc.).
    • Each team is permitted to have 12 students participate in each round. If a team has more than 12 students, the extra students will need to sit out of the round.
    • The first round will be slightly longer than the second and third rounds to allow everyone additional time to acclimate themselves to the competition format.
    • The moderator guidelines state that you must repeat each question and answer twice. Please use your judgment to decide if this is necessary.
    • If you finish a round early, please tell all the teams to remain in the classroom until the announcement is made to move to the next round. This will prevent other rooms from being distracted by noise in the hallways.

     

    Scorekeepers

    Reminders

    • Room setup: Push chairs to the perimeter of the room. Students sit in a huddle on the floor and parents/guests sit in the chairs.
    • Teams have 20 seconds to answer a question. Please assist the moderator with keeping time so the night runs on schedule.
    • Write each team’s score on their official score card at the conclusion of each round.
    • You will NOT receive a packet of the questions when you register. They will only be given to the moderators.
    • If you finish a round early, please tell the teams to remain in the classroom until the announcement is made to move to the next round. This will prevent other rooms from being distracted by noise in the hallways.
    • The first round will be slightly longer than the second and third rounds to allow everyone additional time to acclimate themselves to the competition format.
    • Remind parents that when students are conferring, it is important that the room remain quiet (i.e. no cell phones, no texting, if small children are disruptive, kindly ask them to step into the hall, etc.).
    • Remind team leaders to return their score cards to the team check-in desk (gym/auditorium). It is their responsibility to turn in their scores.
    • At the end of round three, please make sure the room is put back the way you found it. After Round Three Please bring the following items to the check-in area (lobby):
      • Giant laminate scorecards
      • Plastic bag with dry erase maker and push pins