Read 180 LibraryFor those of you not familiar with Read 180, it is a Scholastic reading intervention program. Not only does it come with a consumable reader and a consumable language practice workbook, but it has a class library of leveled (by Lexile) fiction and non-fiction books. They come in nice blue crates that stack to act as shelves. They are nice for the first five years, then they start leaning.
System 44 (a phonics Scholastic intervention program) books, and you have a lot of books to deal with and to keep organized.
The main problem was that the majority of the books are thin, really thin. So after they gathered around the posters with the titles and levels to pick their next book (for an always productive traffic jam), it was almost impossible for them to find the title they were looking for in the crates.
Problem 1: Poster Traffic Jam
I took the posters and cut them up...shhh! Don't tell Scholastic. I put 3-4 books on a page.
Then I slipped them into sheet protectors, and sorted them by Lexile levels into binders.
In the back of each binder are the Graphic Organizers and QuickWrites that go with those books. This part was done the last month of school, and it made it so much easier for the kids to decide on a book. Plus, no more traffic jam at the board.
Problem 2: Finding the Books
Note: If you are a Scholastic Read 180 spy, do not read the following portion
After school was out, and I could really spread out in the classroom, I removed all the books from the crates. Then I pried out (had to get some help for that part) the blue dividers and put the System 44 books into clear shoe box containers. I used the cannibalized blue dividers to divide the books. The labels are not made yet.
Then I used my Ikea loot to organize the Read 180 audio books and regular books.
If you want to see more about my other fascinating shelves, please check out my prior post on Library Organization.
Book Recommendation Form
Like I said, Miss Lifesaver's post yesterday helped me finalize this idea.
The idea is to have a binder with alphabetical tab dividers to keep these organized and available for students as they consider their next reading choice. I want them to be able to share their recommendations once a week in small group, and then they will go in the binder.
Click here if you would like an updated version of the Book Recommendation form - now available in my TpT store.
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