Want to learn more about your students as readers? Want to lose fewer books from your classroom library? This classroom library system works beautifully!
This classroom sign out sheet allows you to keep track of:
- what your students are reading
- which books are being borrowed from your library
- how long it takes your students to read books
- what genre your students enjoy reading
- whether or not your students can identify a book’s genre
- whether or not your students have a handle on choosing just-right books
Designate a period of time for your students to visit your classroom library and take books out. (I use the first and last 15 minutes of the day.) When the students meet with you to check out a book, you can use this opportunity to discuss appropriate book choices if a student chooses a book that is too easy or too hard. Record the book information on their chart, including the date.
When each student completes (or abandons) a book, they meet with you once again during this designated time. Record the date finished and set up a conference if you feel it is necessary to discuss the book with the child. Ask the student what genre the book was and if they thought the book was Easy, Just-right, or Challenging.
Although this system may seem complicated or time-consuming, I found the end results well worth it. I lost fewer books from my library, I learned a lot about my students as readers, and, most importantly, I had evidence of my students’ reading habits and progress.