Whether you already have a proven classroom library storage system in place, or you’re a new teacher packing up your classroom library for the first time, these three tips will not only make packing up easier, they’ll improve your classroom library and help you take it to a whole new level!
Revisit your classroom library organization style.
Before packing up your classroom library, take time to reflect on your library’s organization system and whether it’s providing maximum benefit to your young readers. Are they able to navigate their library effectively and find the books they want and need to read? Whether you organize by topic or level, or your own personalized method, it’s a great idea to revisit how well it’s working for you and your students at the end of the year. This way, if you decide to change the way your classroom library is organized, you can pack your books accordingly, and get a big head start on the upcoming school year!
Refresh, restock, and replenish your books.
Before packing, take stock of your books and determine which ones can be fixed, need to be replaced, or removed from the shelves of your classroom library. After assessing what you have, spend some time researching what you’re missing. Guided reading books and titles new and old from your students’ favorite fiction series like Harry Potter and Captain Underpants are always a great place to start. And don’t forget to revisit popular nonfiction books series like Who Would Win? and National Geographic to look for new releases and other topics that fit into your curriculum areas.
Once you’ve determined how your classroom is going to be organized for next year, it’s time to pack it up! While there are a number of tips and strategies for packing, there is one universal rule: Label everything! Make sure each box is marked so you know exactly what books are inside and where in your classroom library those books will go next year. That way, when it comes to unpacking, you’ll have a great head start and more time to focus on welcoming your young learners back to their classrooms.
While this is the perfect time of year to begin planning how you’ll pack up your classroom library, it’s also a great time to encourage your students to continue reading throughout the summer. With our Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge, your young readers will have an even greater appreciation for their classroom libraries when they return from summer break.