Spell Bowl is an academic competition for 4th and 5th-graders. Practices starts in mid September and ends in November. Students cover 75 words a week and talk about strategies for spelling as well. We build a team of 8 students with up to 4 alternates. Our competition in November is held at a school in DeKalb County all schools are divided by class according to school size and if our team has 4-6th grade or 4 and 5th graders. Students spell the words on paper, so it does differ from a spelling bee. All the words that are spelled correctly count towards our teams total. We open this program to anyone that would like to join, they get a free T-shirt, an awards certificate, and if we place in the top three then each student on the team will get a ribbon.