Great organizing tips - I now know where to begin with sorting our my books. Love the coloring and letter coding. I am trying to find some of the colored letter stickers you show in your video. Any idea where you might have purchased them? Also how do you deal with leveling your library? I teach 4th grade and I have such a wide range of abilities I need to help kids find books that are appropriate for them. Thanks.
I am glad that you found this video helpful. I used Avery Print or Write Color Coding Dots from Office Depot. I just used their template and typed in letters that cooresponded with my book categories. It was very simple to do but really helps to keep the library organized.
For leveling your library Scholastic has a wonderful tool called Book Wizard. http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homePage.do
There is also www.lexile.com that will help you level your current books.
Here is another website that tell levels of books you might have already. http://home.comcast.net/~ngiansante/
Once my library is leveled I start out with telling students which level they need to read in. The students have book choices within that level. I am always asking how does that level feel? Students start to be more aware of their reading and can very quickly begin to judge their correct level. They assist in decision making about moving up or down in levels. Especially in 4th grade they need to be moving towards being able to tell a correct level for them.
A good rule of thumb that many teachers use is teaching their students the five finger rule. If they open uo to a page in the book and have difficulty reading 5 of the words on the one page, it might be too difficult. I know this works great in the younger grades and I am sure it can work in 4th grade.
On a side note, I feel that it is important to allow students to not finish a book. As readers we all do this. I have started books and have just not found myself interested in them. Of course you have to make sure this doesn't happen all the time. make sure to ask the student why they think this book is not interesting to them. This will help them to analyze the writing which will assist them with their writing.
Thanks again for your comment! I would love to hear more from you!
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