OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) Information

OBOB Information

Is your child interested in participating in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) at Centennial Elementary School? They are, Excellent!

OBOB s a sponsored, statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program.

OBOB’s mission is to:

  • Encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading
  • Broaden reading interests
  • Increase reading comprehension
  • Promote academic excellence, cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

Students create teams consisting of 4 members. Members of a team must be in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.  Your child should pick up an OBOB Contract from the library and get it signed by a parent/guardian. Teams then begin reading the 16 books on this year’s list. (Start right away!) Team members can divide responsibility of who reads which books but teams need to make sure that all of the books are read by January. Each team member is expected to read at least 4 books off of the list. Teams can meet on their own time and discuss the books they’ve read, study the practice questions (this will come later), and work together to make sure all 16 of the books are being read. Each team member is responsible for reading 4 different books than their teammates, that way, all 16 books are read, and it isn’t too overwhelming.

Right now, the teams should be busy reading the OBOB books.  As they finish reading the books they’ve agreed to read, they can check them off their Divy Sheet.  In the library, there are Book Notes Sheets that they can use to write down any important details from the books as they read. We have 5 or 6 copies of each OBOB book in our library and students on a team can check out up to 2 books per 2-week checkout period.

There’s a link on the library home page to some “games” that help the students learn the book titles and authors’ names. In January, a link to some practice OBOB questions will be posted on the library page. You can access the library home page through Centennial’s school website.

Around the middle of January, each team should be finished reading all 16 books because that’s when we start the OBOB Tournament at our school!  (If the kids haven’t finished reading by then, they can still participate and they should keep reading!) Each team will have one practice round. These practice rounds are held  for students to learn how an OBOB battle is run and will also help when the teams are seeded into the Official 3-game guarantee school tournament bracket (3 game-guarantee INCLUDES practice round).

The official tournament bracket begins after the practice rounds are complete. These practice battles are chosen randomly by putting all teams into a drawing, and choosing them one-at-a-time. All battles will be held in the library and parents and other spectators are welcome to come and watch.  The bracket is a double elimination competition, which means after one loss, teams have an opportunity to play again in the “second-chance bracket”.  If teams end up in the second chance bracket but keep winning their future battles, they still have a chance to get into the championship battle. The final championship battle will be held in February and the winner of that goes on to the Regional Tournament in March.

Being on a team is a commitment. It will be expected that your child work with their team and read the books that they agree to read thoroughly.  In January, teams will “battle” each other by answering questions about the sixteen books. The top team from Centennial will then go on to the Regional Competition in March.

Good news–your child doesn’t have to be a terrific reader to participate!  Most of the OBOB books can found in audio format on Overdrive, which is Springfield Public School’s digital library.

If you have any questions about OBOB or if you want to volunteer to help, you can contact

Centennial’s Library Manager, Chris Phillips, at chris.phillips@springfield.k12.or.us.

 

Kids who are interested in participating in OBOB form a team of 4 members and generally meet on their own as a team to discuss the books they’ve read.

Right now, the teams should be busy reading the OBOB books.  As they finish reading the books they’ve agreed to read, they can check them off their Divy Sheet.  I’ve provided Book Notes Sheets that they can use to write down any important details from the books as they read. We have 5 or 6 copies of each OBOB book in our library and students on a team can check out up to 2 books per 2-week checkout period.

I have a link on our library home page to some “games” that help the students learn the book titles and authors’ names. In January, I’ll post a link to some practice OBOB questions they can study. You can access the library home page through Centennial’s school website. If you have trouble finding the link, come to the library and I’ll show you how to find it.

Around the middle of January, each team should be finished reading all 16 books because that’s when we start the OBOB Tournament at our school!  (If the kids haven’t finished reading by then, they can still participate and they should keep reading!) Each team will have one practice round. These practice rounds are held  for students to learn how an OBOB battle is run and will also help when the teams are seeded into the Official 3-game guarantee school tournament bracket (3 game-guarantee INCLUDES practice round).

The official tournament bracket begins after the practice rounds are complete. These practice battles are chosen randomly by putting all teams into a drawing, and choosing them one-at-a-time. All battles will be held in the library and parents and other spectators are welcome to come and watch.  The bracket is a double elimination competition, which means after one loss, teams have an opportunity to play again in the “second-chance bracket”.  If teams end up in the second chance bracket but keep winning their future battles, they still have a chance to get into the championship battle. The final championship battle will be held in February and the winner of that goes on to the Regional Tournament in March.

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