It’s time for another monthly “Bright Ideas” link up and I thought I’d kick off the summer series with something I spent years developing and might give some ideas to others as to how to organize your classroom library.
Now this became a necessity for me once my addiction to books became too ridiculous to hide anymore. As my library grew and grew, I needed a way for students (and me!) to be able to FIND books that were good fits for them and to be able to PUT THEM BACK!
A decade ago, I had lots of leveled bins but as I learned more and more about teaching reading I started to abandon that. After all, students need to learn how to pick a “just right” book, not reach into a bin of books that are assigned a level based on word count or other formula. (See my post HERE about issues related to text complexity!). I do still have 3 leveled bin in my room for my most struggling readers so they do have “go to” places to access books.
So how is my library organized? Here goes…classroom library organization–photojournalism style!
|Each bin has a label and a number…
|Each book that “lives” in a bin has a number written on it to match. That way students can EASILY put books back by matching either the author/series/topic OR the number!
|I use labels like this to attach to some of my bins. Others have the label stuck on with contact paper. This summer one of my “Monday Made It” projects is going to be to redo all of my labels!