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Create Book Nooks for Reading Workshops

By Beth Newingham on July 17, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

At the beginning of the year, we determine rules about independent reading time in our classroom. One rule is that you must find "your own" place to read and not distract other readers. For some students, this is hard. They would rather sit together with their friends and pass the time. For this reason, I have a book nook rotation schedule that is switched every day so that every student has a certain place he or she should be reading.

I also have pillows, bean bags, and dish chairs that are popular among my readers. These items are included on my book nook rotation schedule so that no time is wasted after the mini-lesson arguing over who gets the pillows when we are transitioning to independent reading time.

Tour my classroom Book Nooks.

Comments (6)

I can't seem to get onto beth newinghams third grade website? any ideas or help?

I, too, am having trouble locating Beth's website. It is very disappointing, in that, I reference her site on a regualar basis. I find it extremely helpful and insightful. Hopefully, we will be able to access it soon.

I was also just looking for this article as I get ready to juggle motherhood and teaching for my first time this year!

I am so glad you were able to secure a part-time position! I can't find my article on balancing motherhood and teaching either, but I will contact my administrator to let them know the link is broken. In the comment section of that article, you will find some tips I give for making "shared-time" work for me! Check back for a link soon!

Hi Beth! I've used your website for years. Your article on balancing motherhood and teaching gave me the courage to seek a part time position at my school this year. It was granted, but I would love some help. Can you repost your article as I cannot find it any longer on scholastic? Or can you share some of your communication strategies between you and your co-teacher? How have you gotten parents on board and shown them that you can be consistent with your teaching?

This is so wonderful. Thank you.

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