Classroom Library Kit and MORE!
This is a MEGA product bundle designed to create or recreate your classroom library and turn it into an interactive space that promotes reading, writing, and talking about books!
It all begins with inventorying your current library and then re-organizing it by genre and topic. The icons I created are designed to look like apps on an iPhone or smartphone. There are 26 genres represented and an additional 13 topics with icons to boot! There are also icons for new arrivals and book hospital for repairs. Labels have been created that you can attach to each book in your library that matches the icons on the baskets. There are two files; one as a PDF and one as a WORD doc. You can use Avery 5160 mailing labels but you don't have to.
26 half-sheet genre posters measuring 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches are also included, which can be used to introduce different genres and then displayed on a bulletin board as a quick reference;
This product has five parts to it, with each part in a separate file; labeled as PART 1; PART 2; PART 3; PART 4, and PART 5. Step by step directions included for each part. There are also three bulletin boards are included, as well as a banner that says “We Love to Read”.
In the Common Core or State Standards age, it is important that kids have a balanced reading diet of fiction and nonfiction and can read at the grade level bands. Having a fully stocked library can help! However, it is expensive! This product provides ways to get books into the hands of kids relatively inexpensively. The standards also state that kids are able to engage in collaborative conversations and with this product, it can be a stepping stone for building those interactions through Rating & Reviewing and book recommendations both included in this product.
You want to get to know your kids' interests as well as their favorite genre. This comes with a class chart and individuals graphs for kids to track the genres they read and set goals in an effort to broaden their tastes.
If you build it, they will come and then you will want to use the other features of this product to get to know your students as readers and what their interests are. I have created a bulletin board "Our Likes", which has kids writing about what they like in terms of genres and/or topics. This will help their friends find books they will engage with. This bulletin board allows you to add a photo of each student to the book template. See preview.
Also, there is a class genre chart that you can survey your students and then have the kids keep track of the genres they read in an effort to expand their reading tastes on an individual chart (included).
There is so much to this product, that I have included a Table of Contents both here and in the product itself:
How To Inventory Your Current Classroom Library
Checklist for appearance
Checklist for present levels
Checklist for organizing by genre/topic
Building Your Classroom Library
Resources and links
Tools for inventorying your new library
Tips on Decorating to Make Your Library Warm & Inviting
Banner-We Love To READ
Get to Know Your Kids as Readers
Slips-”My Favorite Genre”
Class Genre Graph
Tracking My Reading By Genres-individual for goal-setting
Directions on how to turn a PDF into a poster
Organizing Your New Library
How To Use
Genre Posters and banner for bulletin board
Icons for Baskets
Directions on how to use
Labels for books-Word Doc/PDF file
Directions on how to use
Rated and Reviewed-three forms to choose from
5 Star Reviews and Dos and Don’ts
Directions on how to insert a photo for personalized markers
Book Recommendations-personalized and generic-bulletin board
Ground Rules-Chart-add your own rules
Book Shopping Chart-create your own schedule
Librarian Schedule/Duties-Chart-decide the librarian's responsibilities and schedule
Topics That Interest Me-Bulletin Board
The genres and topics in this product to organize your library include: Traditional literature-this can encompass folktales, fairy tales, fables,
legends, myths if you don’t have enough text for individual genres
Fantasy-can encompass science fiction, animal fantasy, as well as low and high fantasy
Fiction-you can use this as a “catch-all” if you don’t have enough text for individual genres.
Nonfiction (not everyone refers to texts as informational)
Information (not everyone refers to texts as nonfiction)
Additional ways to organize:
Highly Recommended-not a genre but kids can bring in books that they would recommend
Graphic novels (not a genre but a format)
Author Study-spotlight groups of books by a particular author
Books by Us-books and writing your kids have created
Teacher’s Pick-those that you do a book talk on and showcase for a period of time
Caldecott and Newbery Winners
Wordless Picture Books-great for ELLs and teaching how to make inferences
Text sets-multiple books on the same topic; can be nonfiction books or pair a nonfiction with a fictional text on the same topic
RNR-Rated and Reviewed-books that your kids have read, filled out a form (included) and put in the book and into a basket for other to peruse
Books in other languages
Blank template is included to make your own in PART 5 Editables
I hope you enjoy this product and have fun building it and getting to know your kids as readers!
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