We’ve all been there…
What do you do when your classroom library looks like a small tornado hit it?
Well, I was there this week.
One of my students decided to throw all of the books on the floor.
Their consequence was to put it all back.
This is what I ended up with.
So, my mission was obvious: Fix this classroom library – quick!
Step 1: Take all of the books off of the shelves.
Easier said than done.
There were a lot more books than I realized!
Step 2: Wash the shelves.
Much easier than step 1.
I just used vinegar and water to get the dust off.
Step 3: Get out all of my book baskets and set them around the room. Begin to sort out the books into categories.
I somewhat knew some of my groups. Animals, Mo Willems, Holidays.
As I started a new basket I labeled it with a sticky note.
After I sorted most of the books out I had a pile left that didn’t really fit anywhere.
That’s when I came up with: Funny Fiction, Great Characters, and Amazing Authors.
My goal for this project wasn’t to really find a home for each and every book.
It was more to find a system that my kids could use to help them find books for their independent work quicker and easier.
Step 4: Make labels for the bins.
I’m purposely not sharing my labels. They won’t be the same as yours.
To make mine I just used Microsoft “Word”, inserted a table and started typing names and adding clip art.
Step 5: Laminate the labels.
This if for stability of the labels.
Step 6: Use zip-ties to hang the labels on the bins.
I found cute, colorful ties at a dollar store. They are fun.
Step 7: Realize you are an awesome teacher.
Bask in the wonder of a task completed.
So, that’s what I did today.
We’ll see how long it’s perfect and pretty.
But… well, that wasn’t really the point anyways…
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