Elementary OBOB – 2019-2020 Book Titles

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

About OBOB

Students form their own teams of 4-5 students; there are sign-up rosters posted in 4th and 5th grade classrooms, as well as in the library. Students will bring home permission slips for parents and students to join the OBOB email distribution list.

Teams read 16 books, divided as the team chooses and battles take place during school hours; practice battles are in January and official battles in February.

A parent volunteer should be designated for each team. This volunteer can optionally host/organize team meetings. The volunteer for the winning teams would need to attend the Regional battle (March, date and location TBD) and the State Battle, if applicable, with the team (April 4th at Chemeketa Community College in Salem).

For more information on OBOB, visit http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Woothtakewahbitty at franklinpta.OBOB@gmail.com.

Read details on last year’s OBOB!

Middle School OBOB – 2019-2020 Book Titles

6th to 8th Grade Division

  • The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
  • Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  • Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • House Arrest by K.A. Holt
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
  • The Novice by Taran Matharu
  • The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
  • The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck

About OBOB

Students form their own teams of 4-5 students; there are sign-up rosters posted in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature classrooms, as well as in the library. Students will bring home permission slips for parents and students to join the OBOB email distribution list.

Teams read 16 books, divided as the team chooses and battles take place during school hours; practice battles are in January and official battles in February.

A parent volunteer should be designated for each team. This volunteer can optionally host/organize team meetings. The volunteer for the winning teams would need to attend the Regional battle (March, date and location TBD) and the State Battle, if applicable, with the team (April 4th at Chemeketa Community College in Salem).

For more information on OBOB, visit http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Woothtakewahbitty at franklinpta.OBOB@gmail.com.

Read details on last year’s OBOB!

Middle School Greek Fest

Greek Fest exemplifies an integrated approach of teaching and learning across disciplines, a hallmark of the Core Knowledge approach. Students study topics in Art, Social Studies, and Literature, which correlate and complement each other. 6th grade students will showcase projects, favor audiences with skits, and participate in games that demonstrate what students have synthesized in their studies of Ancient Greek civilizations. Younger students will visit Greek Fest, supporting curriculum taught in 2nd and 4th grades.

Middle School Mathcounts Club!

Congratulations to all of our math whiz kids! Thank you to everyone who has supported Mathcounts! The Franklin Mathcounts team came first in the regional competition and the team has qualified for the state competition. Huge thanks to coach Kris Warloe in getting the team prepared for the competition, to the PTA for sponsoring the kids and to Ms. Huang for her support in school and in arranging for the Cheldelin and Franklin teams to go up together by bus. The 6th graders who went as individual participants also had a great time!