As J.L.'s Teacher-Librarian, I have the pleasure of working with all of our students, grades K-5. Providing them with instruction and library services affords me the ability to observe first-hand students' academic and personal growth--to watch students develop and hone a budding interest in reading a variety of literature and informational texts. Jason Lee’s K-5 student body is diverse--culturally, linguistically, and academically. Many of our student's primary access to a print-rich environment is their school's library, making the library space a cultural and social center of the school community.
JL students are avid readers, always browsing the new book cart, online catalog, and shelves for books they haven't read yet.
Students visit the library before, during, and after school in addition to their classrooms' weekly visit. Throughout the school year, you will find students participating in the library after school clubs and events. At JL, the library is where students make friends, discover interests, and develop a life-long love of reading.
At J. L. many students look forward to participating in our local Battle of the Books program as well as the school principal's lunchtime reading club. Both school programs are modeled after the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB), which is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program.
Book Battles and reading clubs encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, help broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students (oregonbattleofthebooks.org).
Having multiple copies of each title on the OBOB selected reading list ensures our school has enough books for many teams to participate in book battles and lunchtime reading clubs that prepare them for participation in the state-wide competition. Without the books on this list, students will not be able to apply their local battle and club efforts toward the statewide OBOB program.
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