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Free Online Trivia Game about Books and Literature—Fun Educational Activity for Kids, Families, Teachers   

Connections Academy’s Quiz Bowl Trivia Challenge is an Interactive Learning Activity and a Great Way to Gear Up for Read Across America Day

Connections Academy's Books and Literature Online Quiz

BALTIMORE (February 15, 2011)—Educators at leading virtual school Connections Academy are offering a fun, free, online trivia game (www.ConnectionsAcademy.com/quiz) about books and literature to help kids, families, and teachers get ready for National Read Across America Day, which is celebrated each year on Theodore Geisel’s (the beloved, Dr. Seuss) birthday on March 2nd.

Connections Academy’s Quiz Bowl Trivia Challenge features twenty trivia questions of varying degrees of difficulty, and promotes lively and educational discussion between parents, students, and friends of all ages. The Quiz also serves as a handy resource and learning activity for teachers looking to kick-off Read Across America efforts in the classroom.

The Quiz Bowl Trivia Challenge can be “played” online and a printable version may be downloaded for free by visiting www.ConnectionsAcademy.com/quiz. The online version includes a special “challenge your friends” feature intended to promote discussion on the topic while sparking friendly competition.

The special Books and Literature Edition is available for free to the public and is inspired by Connections Academy’s year-long Quiz Bowl Challenge – a popular extra-curricular school activity designed to educate and recognize students during the school year. It is also one of the many clubs and activities students at the virtual school enjoy.

“The benefit of reading to, and with, children is widely recognized as one of the most valuable ways to build essential reading and vocabulary skills -- while fostering a love of books and reading,” commented Patricia Hoge, Ph.D., and Chief Academic Officer for Connections Academy. “For younger readers, a great rule of thumb to follow in terms of how much time to set aside for reading together is ’30 minutes a day,’ however, it really depends on the student. Also know that it is OK to stop reading in order to define vocabulary words. And don’t be afraid to engage in ‘sideline’ discussions that arise from the book you are reading – these are what educators refer to as ‘teachable moments’ and they provide an incredible opportunity for learning.”

SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Who wrote the James Bond novels?

A. Clive Cussler
B. Ian Fleming
C. Ken Follett
D. John le Carré

Which of these books tells the story of a dare where the prize is $50?

A. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
B. Frindle
C. How to Eat Fried Worms
D. The Great Brain

Which of these authors wrote Maniac Magee, Stargirl, and The Library Card?

A. Jerry Spinelli
B. Beverly Cleary
C. Katherine Paterson
D. Christopher Paul Curtis

Answers: Ian Fleming, How to Eat Fried Worms, Jerry Spinelli

To take the Connections Academy Quiz Bowl Challenge or to download the complete list of questions, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com/quiz. To learn more about K-12 public and private virtual school and Connections Academy’s personalized approach to education, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, full-time and part-time private school programs, and turnkey online programs for bricks and mortar schools, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2010–11 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming through its public school programs. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com