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March Madness Book Tournament

By Lily Iatridis  March 24, 2016

March Madness Book Tournament

March Madness has begun! This weekend college teams play for the Sweet Sixteen. Are your kids as excited as mine are?

Well, there’s a way to combine March Madness with a love of reading— a March Madness Book Tournament!

The purpose of this activity is to get kids excited about discussing books they’ve read and to inspire them to read more.

While many schools run these sorts of tournaments for larger groups during the entire month, they can easily be adapted to your homeschool.

The only requirement is that you have at least three kids voting on books to break a tie if necessary.

Here’s how to do a simplified version for your homeschool:

1) Pick sixteen titles of your kids’ favorite books. These should be popular books in your homeschool that most, if not all, of the kids participating have read.

Note: If your kids aren’t avid readers, choose eight books for the tournament only.

2) Create a bracket wall display for the books, an 8 x 11 inch bracket printout, or do both. Pair books against each other as you see fit. For detailed directions on how to make a bracket display, click here to see a blog post by Brown Bag Teacher.

3) Kids determine winners for each round by voting for the books they feel should advance to the next round. You determine the deadline for each round of voting. However, kids only get to vote for books they’ve read. This should inspire them to read the tournament books they haven't read.

To set your voting deadlines, follow the college basketball tournament dates. The NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen is decided by March 25th, the Elite Eight by March 28th, the Final Four on April 2nd, and the championship is won on April 4th.

4) Count the votes for each round after each deadline, and determine which books get to continue until a championship winner is determined!


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