Hello friends! Here is one project I was able to tackle in my classroom this week: my classroom library. The bins and baskets came from the dollar tree, so they were really affordable.
They have worked really well because the students take the bin and set it on the ground to browse through the books and then put it back up when they are done.
We have all heard the research that says students should be reading books “on their level” every day during independent reading time. But, we've also heard the research on the importance of teaching kids to love to read and the importance of students being able to read books that interest them.
For these two reasons, I have organized my classroom library into two sections: On Level Books and Interest Books.
Let's Take a Look!
On Level Books
When I have students book shop, I have them choose two books from their level first. I really like these leveled book bin labels because you can add student names or notes in the white space.
Having their names on their bin makes book shopping a lot more independent for my first graders.
Behind this shelf (on a window seal) we keep our “book hospital”. This is a bucket where students can put books that need a little special attention for ripped pages, etc. This is a life saver because students are no longer interrupting my small group to tell me that a book is ripped.
We also keep our big books on the left side of this book shelf. Students can take a big book out during the listening station and read it with a partner if they want to.
I greatly underestimated how much my students would like using big books. When I started using them a few years ago, I realized that my students LOVE them.