Bluebonnet Program (3rd-5th)
Update on Awards for Bluebonnet due to COVID Quarantine:We are extending the deadline for our Bluebonnet Awards until August 2020. We will no longer be having tests required, but students can finish up their books by filling out the bookmarks (below) and submitting them to Mrs. Gwinn in August when we start our new year. Mrs. Gwinn had to alter the awards a bit in order to accommodate this change, so please look at the awards levels. For students in grade 5, Mrs. Gwinn will bring all the awards in the fall to Nolan Ryan (or other AISD junior highs). If a student moves, she will mail the awards to them.Before the Quarantine:Students will read the Bluebonnet books and then take a 10 question test per book in the library. They can be limited in the amount of tests they take per day (depending on the books), but the maximum per day is three. Students must make 80% or better to receive credit for having read the book. Students can only retake a Bluebonnet test twice until the end of January before we form our Bluebonnet Rumble teams (see below). This is to ensure that our Rumble teams are well-versed on at least 5 of our Bluebonnet books. Once our Bluebonnet Rumble teams are formed, they can retake Bluebonnet tests as often as they would like. But new tests for the Bluebonnets will be taken starting in January. All tests must be completed by April 17, 2020. Use the link below to help keep track of the stories you read!Bluebonnet nominees are chosen for students grades 3-6. Content and difficulty level of the books will vary. www.commonsensemedia.org and https://www.kirkusreviews.com/ are wonderful resources to give you an overview of the topics that are touched on in a book. If you or your child are uncomfortable with any of the books and they would like to read all 20, we do have two alternate books each year.Please also go to my book nook for more information. You can find book trailers on that site, as well as reading logs and such. The link to my book nook is:ALTERNATE TESTSIf requested by a parent, an alternate book can be read and tested on. Our alternate books are: Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. The students will be required to take the test on these, as well, though.AWARDS GIVEN AT THE END OF YEARPlease also go to my book nook for more information. You can find book trailers on that site, as well as reading logs and such. The link to my book nook is:Level 1: There are two options for Level One. Please choose one of the options below:Option 1: Bluebonnet Book PacketsFill out a Bluebonnet Bookmark Packet on at least 5 of the Bluebonnet books.Can attend VOTING PARTY in January if 5 of the bookmarks are turned in by the end of DecemberCertificate at Awards Ceremony in MayOption 2: Read and pass 5 Bluebonnet TestsCan attend VOTING PARTY in JanuaryCan join a Bluebonnet Rumble Team if the 5 tests are mastered by the end of DecemberCertificate at Awards Ceremony in MayLevel 2: Read and pass 10 Bluebonnet TestsCan attend VOTING PARTY in JanuaryCertificate and Medal at Awards Ceremony in MayLevel 3: Read and pass 15 Bluebonnet TestsCan attend VOTING PARTY in JanuaryAWARD - Certificate and Medal at Awards Ceremony in MayLevel 4: Read and pass 20 Bluebonnet TestsCan attend VOTING PARTY in JanuaryAWARD - Certificate, Medal, Trophy at Awards Ceremony in MayBluebonnet Rumble DatesGroup A - Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10Group B - Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11Elimination Round (everyone) - Feb. 18th - Down to 20Group A - Feb. 24, March 2Group B - Feb. 25, March 3Elimination Round (everyone) - March 17th - Down to the final 10Final 10 Dates - March 24, March 31, April 14Competition for the 5 finalists: April 21st @ Heritage ComplexFinal 10 Party - April 28thBLUEBONNET POSTER CONTESTWhen we have 10 students who have passed a Bluebonnet test, that particular book is up for a STAR reading poster nominee. From the names of the students that passed the test, we will draw one name and that student will be on that book's READ poster. The READ posters will be displayed in the library and in the classroom of the student that is on the poster.
Each year, schools form Bluebonnet Rumble teams to compete against other elementary schools in May. To be eligible, each student must read at least 5 books and pass those 5 tests by December 17th. Then, at the voting party at the end of January, students will be sent a request to join a Bluebonnet Team. Mrs. Gwinn, the librarian, will give out forms and permission slips at that time. Wilder teams will be narrowed down to the final 10 contestants. Tthe top 10 will continue working with Mrs. Gwinn until the competition in May. The top 5 members will compete for Wilder and the next five contestants will be the alternate team. The winning team of 5 will go on to represent Wilder in the district competition in May.
Please go to Mrs. Gwinn's Bluebonnet webpage on her Book Nook for updated information and for book trailers on all the Bluebonnet nominees: Bluebonnet Webpage on Mrs. Gwinn's website