for the May 2014 Philadelphia Reading Olympics
- Schools may register up to 2 teams.
- Teams are made up of 6 to 12 students in grades 4 through 6. Teams are encouraged to be inclusive and have a mix of gender, age, and reading ability.
- Teams may include 2 alternates. No more than 14 students per team may attend the competition in May.
- Teams will be asked questions about each of the 20 books; team members collaborate on the answers and one team member (the team captain or designee) responds.
- Teams have only 15 seconds to answer the question.
- Each team participates in 3 rounds and will be asked 20 questions per round. Each question answered correctly earns one point for the team.
- If the first team cannot answer their question in 15 seconds, the second team will have an opportunity to do so, earning an additional point for their team.
- Team scores are cumulative. The total number of points earned at the end of the third round determines the color ribbon (blue, red, or green) each team member receives.
- Teams are encouraged to come up with a team name such as “Reading Rascals.” Teams are provided official Philadelphia Reading Olympics t-shirts which must be worn to the competition, usually over school uniforms.Teams are encouraged to decorate the back of their official Philadelphia Reading Olympics t-shirt with their team name and logo to help create unity and excitement.
- Considerate and courteous behavior is expected from all participants. Your team represents their organization or school.
- Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the competition as spectators.
The goals of the Philadelphia Reading Olympics are to foster a love of reading and to teach cooperation and teamwork.
One of the major responsibilities of the team coach is to set the appropriate tone for the competition by reinforcing the two goals of the Philadelphia Reading Olympics: to instill a love of reading and to teach cooperation and teamwork.
A team coach:
- Meets with the team periodically to coordinate the books to make sure all 15 books are being read before the competition in May. It is the expectation that teams will practice at their center, library or school by using practice questions, creating their own questions, and holding book discussions on an ongoing basis.
- Accompanies the team to the Olympics event and supervises the team participants.
- Encourages parents to support at-home reading, offer to serve as escorts, and to attend the event.
- Prepares the team by practicing the competition protocol.