Monday, June 5, 2017

Organizing Your Classroom Library?

Tosha and I decided this year, in an attempt to be able to quickly hand students books at their "right fit level'" to get our library organized.   Our students also do AR so we decided we would label the AR books also in our process.  So our books were all put in one area of the classroom in piles... (it has to get worse before it gets better...don't be discouraged.)  We recruited parents who were willing to help.  We did a quick training on how to label the books.  Parents first looked up the books on  If they were Accelerated Reader they were labeled with the number.  Then we had parents look up the BAS level and we leveled each book.  We had students that wanted to help pitch in too... they quickly gained ownership in the process and in the care of the classroom library.  Resources can be found at the end of this post.

Once all the books were labeled we assigned volunteer students to each level of the library.  This helped with organization and maintenance of the library.  I made up tags and each student attached it to their section of the library.  We made a bucket for "book reshop" where students  could place books they found in their section that do not belong.  The students also checked daily the "reshop" bucket to see if there were any books that needed to be put in the section they were in charge of.

We have done some minor tweaking but basically this is our finished product along with some benches on both sides now that also hold books.

1.  Prints several copies of these AR Book Tags (very important: put on FRONT of the book)
All downloadable template can be found on our Two Sassy Apples for Educators Closed Facebook Page.  We used Avery Address Ink Jet Labels, 1 x 2-5/8 Inches, White, 30 Up, 10 Sheets 

2.  We used AR Book Finder to find AR number and then, because our school uses Fountas and Pinnell BAS, we used our conversion chart to convert the BL to BAS.

3.  We met with each student individually and shared their reading level.  We used a Reading Goal ladder type tracking system as a visual for students to see their goal.  Doing this help us significantly increase reading levels this year.  Students had a visual of where they were and where they needed to be.  Student would keep pushing for the next level.   On the right (in the bubbles) we showed students their NWEA Scores and talked about their goals.  On the right (looks like a building with floors) we put their initial level in the bottom floor and would continue to write their levels in the next floor as they increased.  

Again, all downloadable template can be found on our Two Sassy Apples for Educators Closed Facebook Page.