To encourage a closer investigation of books during library checkout, I promote my OBI method in my school library! OBI stand for Open, Back, and Inside Flap; I review this technique with my second grade students, but upper grade students can benefit from this technique as well. Students are able to make better choices when selecting their library books because they've gone beyond looking at the front cover.
This resource includes 3 single-sided pages. 1) Use the mini-poster as a visual reference when reviewing the concept. 2) Students can take home the included OBI bookmarks; it serves as a nice reminder for parents and caregivers as well. 3) Finally, students can use the OBI Investigator sheets to put the OBI technique into practice while they choose books for checkout. The Investigator sheets helps the students to think more deeply about their reading preferences and serves as a nice exit ticket.
The OBI Investigator sheets and bookmark templates are in black and white; I photocopy the bookmarks onto color card stock - you could also laminate them. There are two identical bookmarks per sheet.
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