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School Library System - WSWHE BOCES: BOTB Resources

Information and Resources for School Librarians

Annual Planning Schedule

JUNE

  • Booklists available

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

  • Student Enrollment - registrations (locally see your librarian)
  • Begin reading!!
  • Bookmarks with book lists for each grade will be sent out.
  • Librarians can form teams.
  • Meeting with Coaches to go over rules and answer any questions.

NOVEMBER

  • Continue reading!!
  • Lunchtime and after-school discussions recommended.
  • See your school policies for getting approval for Team transportation and participation in the March Battle.

JANUARY

  • Sample questions for the "in-school" battles are distributed to all schools who have registered.
  • Teams are encouraged to practice with self-created questions.
  • Continue reading required books!!
  • Meeting with Readers and Coaches to go over rules and explain how the day will be run.

FEBRUARY

  • Complete reading of booklists!!
  • In-school battles held to determine team members.
  • Team captains chosen (only the captains can speak for the team in the competition). Choose alternate captain and team member(s).
  • Names of team members should be sent to WSWHE BOCES: jpfeiffer@wswheboces.org
  • Schedule for Battles

MARCH

  • District permission slips sent home for signature.
  • March - Let the games begin!

APRIL/MAY

  • Committee will meet to review competition and make suggestions for following year

Rules 2017

Teams & Coaches

List of District Buildings, Grade Teams and Coaches will be available in November 2017.

General Information

GENERAL INFORMATION


Organized by our local librarians to:

* Select 10 books per grade level to make this manageable and realistic - see Lists in left column
* Add 1 new title per grade each year (remove 1 title)
* Align with CCSS Curriculum
* Align with new NYS recommended Lexile levels
* Include non-fiction as well as fiction material (at the correct Lexile targeted range by NYS)

Librarians and teachers are provided bookmarks with the book titles. Contact SLS to get sets of printed bookmarks, or click the "Resources" tab at the left to download your own.

Here's an overview:
 

If there are more than 10 students per grade, it is up to the school to run "elimination" battles

  • Librarians can serve as the contact person, but the BOTB could be run by a teacher, parent or other adult.
  • We recommend "scrimmages" along the way at your school to decide who will best represent your district.
  • Your library will be the teams' "training camp" or "home base".
  • The teams will be:
    • Third Grade
    • Fourth Grade
    • Fifth Grade
    • Sixth Grade
  • Questions will be recall and recognition.
    • A complete set of rules can be found in the column on the left.
    • The questions will be based on 10 books: five fiction and five non-fiction. The books have been carefully chosen by this, and previous, committees. We have chosen half non-fiction to support the emphasis of building knowledge and reading texts carefully for comprehension and factual learning. 
    • There will be trophies and banners awarded to the winning schools for 1st and 2nd Place at each grade level. 3rd and 4th Place will receive banners.
    • Trophies and banners will be passed from one year to the next to the winning school.

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