I am so excited to be linking up with a few of my upper elementary teaching blog friends for our Upper Elementary Back To School Blog Hop! We will be sharing our back to school tips, along with freebies, and a great giveaway!
No Checkout System
I tried a few different systems from paper based to apps on my phone, but I ultimately abandoned them all. Students can grab any book they like, as long as they promise to return it. I even allow students from other classes to borrow books. You should see the looks on their faces when I tell them that!
Return Your Books Here Bin
I used to allow my students to reshelf their own books, but no matter how I labeled them, or how often I REMINDED them, they never seemed to get the books back to the right places. I started a new system at the end of last school year that I will continue this year. I made a "Return Your Books Here" bin where the students return their books (just like a regular library). I then spend a few minutes each day returning the books to their proper places. It has saved a lot of time looking for books for students who only want to read a particular author, or who left their book out and someone else put it away who knows where. Now my books are all in the right place.
Levels are for books - not readers. I use bins that are labeled by author or category. Sometimes my students suggest categories (such as mystery, funny guy books, or princess books) as our collection grows.
Since my books are floating around the school, I need a way to insure that they come back. I use labels from Scholastic book orders and some I have printed on my own. This year I am thinking of purchasing a stamp from Vistaprint.
Because I teach upper elementary, most of my books are chapter books, but I also have a variety of picture books. I encourage all of my students to check these out, not just my lower readers. Even adults love picture books! I don't separate these by author because, frankly, that would be too much work, and I just don't have enough space.
|This is what happens when I let students put books away! LOL!|
I do have labels on these books for AR. I do this for two reasons:
1. As a scaffold for my lower readers who struggle to find good fit books.
2. To show that some picture books have higher reading levels and ARE good fit books for some of my higher readers.
I like to get to know my students as well as I can in order to decide what books they might be interested in. I have uploaded the form I use as a freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers here.
Now time for the giveaway! Win a $50 Teacher Pay Teachers Gift Card! Perfect for Back to School!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now head on over to Kayla's blog, Coach and Teach to get her tip and freebie!