Oregon Battle of the Books
Our mission at Taft Elementary for OBOB 2020-2021 is to focus on reading the books and meeting biweekly with all interested readers and our staff coaches after school on Zoom to discuss the books being read.
We are not focusing on competitions or questions. Due to the fact we are starting mid-year, we are going to enjoy the connections and relationships we create together to these amazing books.
Schedule for the meeting times and link are to come by the end of Jan. Check this website page, facebook, and/or ask your teacher for up to date information.
1. Fill out the google form that you are interested in joining and can commit to meeting once every two weeks on zoom after school. Google Form Link
2. Check out books through our Library. Details how are just below.
How to check out Books at Taft
1. Click Class link
2. Click Library Services
3. Click Destiny
4. Click top right sign in button on Destiny
5. Sign in with Student Google Account
6. Find a book you want and click the hold button on the book.
What is OBOB?
Oregon Battle of the Books, OBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints(Pg 4).
In OBOB for the school year, students commit to reading at least 4 out of the 16 books from the list in their division. Our main focus is to promote reading, create a commitment in readers, and to inspire that reading is fun!
Teams are decided after students are committed and several books are read. Teams can be chosen for them by a coach or the student can form their own team of four, them included.
With their team of 4 members, students will begin the OBOB competition at Taft Elementary, and then depending on how well they do on these competitions, students will progress onward to Regionals and State.
3rd-5th Grade Division Books
Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Changeling by William Ritter
The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Power Forward by Hena Khan
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
6-8th Grade Division Books
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Moving Target by Christina Díaz González
New Kid by Jerry Craft
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin
Where can you get the books?
Our Taft Elementary Library has sets for both divisions for students to check out.
The library has a pick up available and ebook option.
Anyone who doesn't have a library card can receive a "closure card" that will allow access to library's ebooks and other resources while we're closed. Kids/their parents can apply online here: http://www.driftwoodlib.org/closure_card.php
Our ebooks and e-audiobooks are available on https://library2go.overdrive.com. Patrons just need to sign in with their library card number and library card password, and choose "Oceanbooks" as their home library.
They have an awesome tutorial to explain.
OBOB for full time in person expectations:
Commit to reading at least 4 books from the OBOB list for the year
Meet with Coach (Will be assigned in beginning of school year by Mrs. LaMarche)
Creating level one comprehension questions from each book read
Answer questions from books from teammates or coach
Be able to work with a team of students
Be willing to compete in School Competition in February of school year