2017-2018 was the first year that Cesar Chavez 3rd to 5th graders had the opportunity to participate in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). OBOB is a reading program designed to motivate students and get them excited about reading and competing in quiz show style “battles.” Interested students form teams of 4 and work together to read the 16 books on the OBOB book list. The book list is quite varied, exposing students to different genres, styles and subject matter. Ideally, there is something to interest everyone.
In “battles” two teams go head-to-head competing to answer questions in to earn the most points. There are two types questions. 1) In which book questions. For example, “In which book is the main character wanted for treason? 2) In this book questions. For example, “In the Door by the Staircase, what is the name of Madame Z’s horse?”
The PTA literacy committee raised money from parents, community members, and The Portland Reading Council. Thanks for the generosity of parents and the work of 4th-grade neighborhood teacher Ordella Reynolds, we raised enough money to buy 22 set of books. These books have been shared between the library and 3rd to 5th-grade classrooms. Students are free to take them home and read them. At the end of the year we plan to donate the books to classroom libraries, likely pooling them so a single class would have around 20 copies of a book.
We will be sending the winning team from Cesar Chavez to the regional OBOB competition on the 10th of March.
We plan to participate in OBOB in 2018-19 and hopefully see the interest grow amongst Chavez students.