Clear communication with your students about their Good Fit Reading Level.
Instead of writing or printing this somewhere in their desk, notebook, or folder...why not place it right on their Book Box. We used the plastic book boxes from Really Good Stuff in our classroom to keep our Read to Self books readily available. After I implemented these 4x2" labels and wrote their Good Fit Reading Levels on their book boxes, the number of times I was asked which baskets they were allowed to pull books from decreased dramatically. They became more independent and knew where to find their current level as well as goals. Our principal is so great about being present in our school and tries to visit classrooms as much as possible to speak with students about their learning. My students loved sharing their current reading levels and goals, as well as explaining to her how they know if they have met their goals. For second graders, this was awesome and (as cheesy as it sounds) I found myself having tears in my eyes when I witnessed this.
These created labels will print on a page of 10 4-by-2 inch labels and I used the colorful circle labels found at an office supply section of a store (most people use these at garage sales) to write their Reading Level using the Alphabet as this was how our whole school communicated Reading Levels to students and parents.
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