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Organizing and Labeling Classroom Library Books and Some Linkys!

Well, it’s the last day of Winter Break [crying and pounding fists].  Okay, I am really not that upset, but being out of school for over a week makes it difficult to want to start up again.  I don’t know about you, but I have developed  some bad habits (sleeping until 10:00, staying up until 1:00, sitting on the couch ALL day in my comfy clothes without showering, obsessively learning about blogging, etc.).  But I am looking forward to seeing my students and their bright-eyed smiles!

Before I jump into more about how my library is organized, I’ll share my resolutions from A Peach for the Teach’s  Resolutions Link-Up!  Here are mine – click the image to link-up yours!

Resolutions

 

I also found Tara’s post from 4th Grade Frolics about “Me”…not me…but you…focussing on you for the New Year…lol.  Check out her blog!  I’m linking up with her today and sharing!  Just like her, I tend to pour everything into my job.  Now that I have also discovered the world of blogging, I am not sure where I will fit everything in!  The one thing for me this year is to find balance.  I am not sure how I will do that…any suggestions are greatly appreciated!  How do you all do it and do it all well?

One for Me Linky

Onto the next topic!  I thought I would share how I label my library books as they are the most precious item in my classroom!  If you didn’t catch my post showing my library and how I organize the bins, you can check it out here!

My individual book labels are just printed on average mailing address labels.  As mentioned in an earlier post, I label each of the bins in my library by genre.  I made my own labels that fit the Sterilite bins from Target – grab them here in my TPT store for free!

The bin labels are colored coded to help kids find things!

  • Blue – Non-Fiction
  • Green – Chapter Books
  • Pink – Picture Books
  • Red – Other (Jokes, Poetry, Short Story Anthologies, etc.)

Classroom Library Genre Labels

Each of my individual book labels match the genre bin label.  Each individual book label also has a small colored sticker that represents the Fountas and Pinnell level.

Classroom Library Book Labels

Here is how I divided up the levels by sticker color:
Green Stickers – Levels A  through H
Blue Stickers – Levels H through N
Yellow Stickers – Levels O through R
Red Stickers – Levels S through Z

I organized my library this past summer and I actually wish I would have broken up the blue sticker levels a bit more.  I would have added another color for levels M and N because there is such a big jump in difficulty between the H-N range.  Anyway, it works for now.  Here are a few pictures!  If I know the exact F&P level, I write it on the sticker.  If I don’t know the exact level, I just make a guess at what color sticker I think it would be and leave it blank.

Classroom Library Book Labels

Classroom Library Book Labels

Classroom Library Book Labels

Classroom Library Book Labels

Here is our Library Reminders anchor chart that we have posted!

Classroom Library Reminders Anchor Chart

The last item I will share today is our “Just-Right Book” anchor chart.  Click on the picture to get those little bicycle pics if you want to make a similar chart!

Choosing Just Right Books Anchor Chart

Now I need to plan for our first day back tomorrow!

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How My Classroom Library Has Grown!

Okay, so like most teachers, I am kind of a perfectionist.  I have been putting off starting my blog posts because I honestly don’t even know where to start and of course – I want it to be perfect!  I have so many ideas to share and things to say!  The majority of last week was spent trying to figure out how to organize it all before I start – what ideas do I share first?  How many things should I talk about in one post?  In one day?  How often should I post?  Yada yada yada…but then I had an epiphany!  Just like many of my teaching ideas and lessons…I just have to jump in and work through the kinks as I go.  So that is me today – jumping in!  Now because it is Saturday, and all we have planned is taking our dog and cat to the vet, I have a feeling I may get a little obsessed with my posts (obsession goes along with my perfectionism).

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One thing that I love most about blog browsing is looking at pictures!  So I am digging through my picture files to see what I have to share!

Let’s start with my most prized possession….my BOOKS!!!  As stated above…I am obsessed with many things –  but buying books takes the cake.  But not brand new books – no no no…too expensive – and not very thrilling!  Now, don’t get me wrong – I do love the smell and feel of a crisp, brand new book (who doesn’t?).  But what do I love even more?  I love the hunt.  Thrift store shopping is my drug of choice.  There is something about sitting, digging, flipping, and scrounging through dusty shelves until you find that wondrous title that you have been waiting for!  It’s like winning the lottery!

When I started teaching 8 years ago, I immediately began building my library!  I don’t have a great picture of it, but I found this one.  You can barely see it behind the girl in the purple and the study carrel!  It started small with just one shelf (that had been left in the room) and the books were not leveled – simply organized by genre.

My First Classroom Library

8 years later and MANY trips to the thrift stores, this is what my library looks like today!

My Current Classroom Library

Books galore!  Beautifully organized by genre and all books are leveled. Every book has it’s own label with my name, the genre, and guided reading level!  I’ll add photos of the individual book labels at another time!  I use the Sterilite plastic shoe boxes found at Target for all my books.  I made custom genre labels to fit these boxes.  You can get my labels in my TPT store for FREE…click here to see them!

Okay, that is all I can handle today…just writing this simple post and adding the images was a huge learning experience!  Time to enjoy the rest of my Saturday!

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