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Classroom Library: Cheap way to add books!

January 21, 2011 2 Comments

Classroom Library: Cheap way to add books!

January 21, 2011 2 Comments
Hi everyone! I posted about our Leveled Labels and Leveled Bins over the past couple of days. Tonight I wanted to share how I added even more books to our collection. Well, temporarily at least!

Our school has a really nice selection of leveled books used for guided reading. This year, I decided to take less than I normally do for guided reading groups…instead I borrowed single copies of a ton of books across many different reading levels. I made sure I took from books that had lots of copies in the book closet, so I wouldn’t take too many away from teachers who might need them.

This instantly increased our library!

My only concern was how to get the kids to keep these leveled books in the right bins when returning them. The books do have a letter written on the back in Sharpie, but I wanted something that stood out a bit more (in hopes they would be more likely to return the book to the right place).

I ended up using those little Post-It flags, because they’re tough little guys and are reusable to a degree. It didn’t take too long to write up the labels ahead of time (one of those mindless teacher-tasks you can do in front of the TV–ya know??).


I just stuck them to the back cover of the book. Actually, it was easy enough that the kids could help me stick them on–and they did!
I think I mentioned before that I do let my students take a book home to read for their homework…but only if I bought it, not if it’s a school-owned book. These little flags make it easy to see which books cannot be taken home–an added bonus!

This could also be done with library books, if your school doesn’t have a leveled library. I’m thinking of borrowing and organizing some books over our next vacation.

Well, I am off to repeatedly check the weather…another potential snow day tomorrow!! Happy almost Friday!

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  • Ms.M January 21, 2011 at 1:53 am

    What a good ideas. I like thos post it tabs a lot. Your right they are sturdy. I think I will have to do this to ALL of my books. I like how visual it is. I don't know if that makes sense but it did in my head.

    Ms. M
    http://www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

  • Ladybug Teacher January 21, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Hi Ms. M, thanks! I know exactly what you mean. They do hold up really nicely. 🙂

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    • Anyone else using iReady this year?
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I’m looking to add a little more accountability/motivation for my students, so this week we are going to start tracking our usage. My fourth graders will store their sheets in their binders so their data is kept private, then I’ll send it home in our weekly folders so parents can see progress as well.
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What do you do for iReady accountability? I would love to hear more ideas!
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    • This closet!!! It has NEVER been organized in all my years in this classroom!
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Honestly, I would pile things in there and slam the door fast, in hopes the pile wouldn’t collapse 😂
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So I FINALLY got some shelving and sorted everything into bins...and I am in heaven.
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Now if only all bins were the same color blue...
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    • Need a last-minute valentines gift for your class?
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Or is it just me who is frantically doing this now? 😂
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These are some editable coupons I shared years ago on my blog that are perfect for those no-cost presents. I’ve been saving our scholastic points, so everyone is getting a coupon to choose a book for our classroom library tomorrow. 📖❤️
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Please click the link in my profile if you would like a copy! I hope some of you can use them!! (http://bit.ly/EditableValentinesCoupons)
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    • Binders, folders, or notebooks?
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Over the years I’ve become a binders kind of girl...I tried to go with notebooks again this fall and it wasn’t the same. There’s just something about having everything all in one place.
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So in January, I switched back to binders and I’m so glad I did. I use prenumbered tabs which saves A TON of time in setting them up (see the last pic). I try to number the handouts in the bottom corner to match the tab number it belongs in (when I remember to 😉) but really it’s a great exercise in following directions as papers are handed out if I don’t remember to number them.
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My fourth graders LOVE their binders...my students from last year mention them when they come back to visit (it was actually thanks to them I got binders again, since they enjoyed them so much). Next fall, it’ll be binders from the start for us!
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Do you like binders, folders, or notebooks? Or a combination?
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    • I received a few questions on how to get the day count on @planbookcom, so I wanted to share it here (it’s super quick!).
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If you go into the Display settings, you will find a drop down menu under “Date Styling”.
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Click the check box next to “show school day counter” and you should be all set!
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I have a couple of blog posts about planbook and I’m working in some updated ones to share soon...anything in particular you’d like to see more about?
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    • Did you know you can add little check boxes to Google Sheets? ✅
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I’m REALLY trying to get more ahead in my lesson planning so I can have my weekends free...and this little check box tool is helping with just that!
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I set up a Sheets doc with each subject area I need to plan for. In the second column, I added the check boxes (you can find them under Insert).
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It’s a really nice feature for those little checklists you want to reuse each week! Now back to lesson planning 😬
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