School Book Room Make-Over!
Is your school’s book room a dark, damp place in the bowels of your building? Are books not leveled? Is there no organization? Well, stop right here!!
Years ago I was faced with the daunting challenge of starting from scratch with a book room that was a hot mess! Today it is organized and teacher-friendly! It is easy to take and return books for guided reading, small group instruction, literature circles, novel studies and more!
Included in this product are over 60 labels that you can edit to include the level and titles within a basket. I have also included labels for just levels from A-Z if you want to organize your book room like that or just keep guided reading books in one section and then have genres in another. A second set includes labels just for fiction and information and their borders are red for fiction and blue for information-A to Z. For informational text I have included topics but left one blank so you can add your own topic of information.
This product will help you transform your school’s book
room into a teacher-friendly place where teachers can re-shelve books easily, as well as retrieve them. You will likely need more than the two per genre I have provided. My book room provides books for teachers to use with their students as well as mentor texts that also housed in my book room. The labels are colorful but I kept fiction/information/mentor texts/guided reading texts all in different frames to differentiate them from each other. This way they can be sectioned within your book room. Because this file is editable, you can grow your book room as you continue to add books.
The way you organize your book room is up to you but here is the way I organized my school’s book room:
Guided reading books levels A-Z; I gave you labels for all levels when in truth I only use guided reading books up to level M and after that it is genre based and leveled within. They are all polka-dot frames.
Next it is by genre.
General Fiction-you may just want to have all your books in general fiction and be done with it. I only use this label if a book doesn’t clearly fit into a genre perfectly.
Genres included in this product are: realistic fiction, mysteries, science fiction, biographies, autobiographies, historical fiction, fantasy, animal fantasy, fables, folktales, fairy tales, myths, tall tales, narrative nonfiction, reader’s theater, versions of fairy tales, and poetry. These are all framed in stripes.
Informational-Within this heading, I created ways to group books but I also left blanks so that you can add your own category. The following are included: how-to, weather, zoo animals, woodland animals, arctic animals, rain forest animals, creepy crawlies, pets, sea creatures, things with wings, space, geography, geology, careers, hobbies, plants, technology, landmarks, point of view, government/citizenship, and S.T.E.A.M. These are in a chevron frame.
Paired text-are both a fiction and nonfiction book on the same topic
Text Sets-many titles on a given topic
Mentor text for opinion, narrative, informational writing
Point of View Mentor Text
Author Study-not leveled
Vocabulary, Grammar and Word Play-Mentor Texts
I have also included a cover for a binder in case you want to create a yearly inventory or give the inventory to the classroom teachers. I kept one in the book room to serve as a reference and gave every teacher an updated copy every year. I had an Excel spreadsheet (not included) with every title, genre and level. I also separated the binder into two parts organized alphabetically and by genre.
Perfect for an elementary book room!!
All you need for successful implementation is time, card stock, plastic bins and lamination.
Thanks for stopping by!
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