Scholastic.com Spotlight: Book Leveling Party With Teacher Book Wizard

By Megan Power on October 4, 2010

 
Do you wish there was an easy way to level your classroom library and/or assist students in choosing appropriate leveled books that will interest them? Well, your wish has been granted by the Book Wizard: Scholastic's Teacher Book Wizard, that is! Click Read More to see this amazing FREE tool in action and to learn how you can host a book leveling party. This post also includes links to video tours of my kindergarten classroom library and my colleague Beth Newingham's amazing 3rd grade classroom library. Happy leveling!


Do you want a quick tutorial on how to use the free resource, Teacher Book Wizard, to help level your classroom library or choose appropriate books for students? Here it is! In this four-minute video you will learn how to set your reading level type, search for books by title, find books similar to favorite books, and create student booklists. In just minutes you will feel confident in using this simple, but purposeful, free tool and be ready to use it instantly! Viewing hint: Hit the play button, mouse over the bottom portion of the video screen and click on the tiny enlarge screen icon on the extreme right.

  

Leveling your classroom library is an important step in the setup of your classroom. Having books available to students at their appropriate level is essential for their reading practice and makes the task of choosing appropriate books more realistic. Learn how you can host a book leveling party to assist you in leveling your classroom library. In just three simple steps you can be well on your way to creating a positive student centered literacy environment.

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Read about getting more books in students' hands and hearts in a past blog post and watch my kindergarten classroom library tour. Don't forget to watch Beth Newingham's 3rd grade library tour, too!

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Comments

Megan, I have been working on leveling my library. My school Is using Fountas and Pinnell. What do you do with the books that are not on the Book Wizard website? How do you find their level?

Nina, Thanks for your comment. Teacher Book Wizard is really helpful in the classroom in many ways. I hope you continue to read my blog and comment. I'd love to get your perspective on things! Smiles, Megan

Hi Megan - I had heard of this website before but I was never quite sure how it worked! I am a teacher in the UK, but I can see how the Book Wizard will be able to help me! Hopefully Scholastic UK will introduce something similar here. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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