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OBOB Information

Hello Bethany Bobcats,  

Do you love reading? Do you love trivia?  

Well, here is a fun team building competition that combines reading and trivia - Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). You can read a set of books put together by Oregon Association of School Libraries for grades 3-5 and “battle" against other teams from our school using trivia questions from the books. The winning team gets to represent and compete for Bethany Elementary at the OBOB Regional competition. 

The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles, genres and viewpoints. OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. 

Who can participate? Any student at Bethany in grades 3,4 and 5 can make a team. All teams should have at least 4 members from the same grade. 

Teams should find a unique name before registration begins at the end of October. Every student who is participating in the competition should fill out a registration form online which will be managed by Ms. Hussain at the Bethany Elementary library.  

What is a battle? A typical battle is a tournament or game, somewhat like Jeopardy, in which teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the OBOB book list. At Bethany Elementary, the plan is to start the battles after the winter break in January in order to find a winning team to represent our school at the Regional OBOB competition in March. Battle schedules will be communicated to participating teams by Ms. Hussain via email before the winter break.  

Teams will first battle other teams from their grade level, and then during the elimination rounds, battles will take place between grade levels.