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In my 5th grade classroom when I taught Reading, I had a library of over 300 books. When I was losing books I decided to make a chart (file folder usually purple- my fav. color with large colored index cards that I would stagger and tape down. I would assign numbers to my students so I only put a number on the chart. Students could check one book out at a time- more control of the books then- two books won't be too many either. When I came up with this system I was teaming with 1 other teacher so there were always 2 cards in each pocket. Brain is waking up....I would allow the librarian to fix books. I only checked books out during my AR or silent reading time. I also had a chart with pockets with their numbers that they would put the card in to say they were checking the book out. I have several pics and I have to post them separately. Hope no one minds.

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trtlgrl 07-04-2008 03:08 PM

I use a composition book. The kids bring me the book they want to check out, I write the student's name, the date, and the title of the book that is being checked out. Then every day or two I call for "check out" time and they bring me the returned book, I cross off the name and title and they are allowed to check out a new one. This works well for me (1st grade). Sometimes I have a parent or other helper in the room and this simple system is easy for them to take over for me. I'm sure a student could handle this too, if shown how.

shazam 07-04-2008 11:15 AM

Something very simple...This year, I did not allow students to put my books in their desks. It made a huge difference!

treetoad 07-03-2008 06:14 PM

in our system teachers keep their books in the media center on a shelf in tubs - they still have to be checked in and out and paid for if not returned. All classes visit the media center daily

Miller 07-03-2008 04:57 PM

for me, all this is just for books kept in the classroom. I'm really just trying to get them to respect them. Not shove 6 in a desk and get htem all bent up. And keep some order to it.

I may have to go find some caution tape and shut it down once in a while. That's a great idea.

lenarmc 07-03-2008 04:17 PM

Are the students allowed to take the books home? Is this for classroom use only?
My students are all given a specific day to get books. Since I have students sitting in 5 groups, it's easy to keep up with it. Since I have students that like to tattle, they would tell me when someone was in the classroom library on a day that was not theirs.
My books are to NEVER go home. I spent a lot of time, money, energy, and begging to get books to have a good sized classroom library.
If any student is caught in the library playing, you go immediately to your seat without books. You will have to wait until your turn comes up again the next week. On top of that, you have to read books that I choose for you. They hated that.
One year, I kept having to remind students about the library. I shut it down. I placed caution tape on it and put up a sign that said Closed Until Further notice. I spent a week retraining them on how to use the classroom library. Afer the closure, and grand re-opening, there were no more big problems.

srsaunde 07-03-2008 02:27 PM

As I have posted before, I do the cards and the pocket chart system as well and have found a lot of success. My only problem is when they forget the take the card out of the book or forget to put the card back into the book and another student takes it then loses it! I'm toying with the idea of a replacement "fee" of sorts for next year for those few kids that lost a bunch. Good luck and let us know if you do anything else to make it work!

Miller--I thought about that method too, but I wanted something that took the least amount of time. Sometimes it's like pulling teeth for a kid to finally get decided on a book and then making them write the title, etc. on a card seemed too hard. Just a thought!

LiveLaughLove 07-03-2008 12:02 PM

Good ideas....

Hazeleyes, cute board. When do students get to put their name up?

MrsCroak 07-03-2008 10:22 AM

miller,

if your kids check out a lot of books throughout the year, you can have a checkout binder. each child gets a page, and on that page they write the title, author's last name, and the date. you can have a child library sign their name when it is checked back in.

Miller 07-03-2008 09:43 AM

I will not put pockets in all my books because I don't think I'll keep up with it and don't want to waste all my time doing it. However, what if I put an index card in each pocket and the kids have to write down what book they have. Kind of a reverse check out system.

also, using bookmuncher's idea. If I see a book on the floor I close down the library.

LVNSUMMER 07-03-2008 09:09 AM

I tried the library pocket idea this past year but didn't keep up with it like I should have. I like the idea of having a pocket chart with all the students' numbers and having them put their card in. I may try that. Thanks for the idea!

hazeleyesinnc 07-03-2008 07:59 AM

AR board at the end of the year........

hazeleyesinnc 07-03-2008 07:58 AM

is my AR board....empty at the beginning of school.

hazeleyesinnc 07-03-2008 07:57 AM

Here is another....

hazeleyesinnc 07-03-2008 07:54 AM

In my 5th grade classroom when I taught Reading, I had a library of over 300 books. When I was losing books I decided to make a chart (file folder usually purple- my fav. color with large colored index cards that I would stagger and tape down. I would assign numbers to my students so I only put a number on the chart. Students could check one book out at a time- more control of the books then- two books won't be too many either. When I came up with this system I was teaming with 1 other teacher so there were always 2 cards in each pocket. Brain is waking up....I would allow the librarian to fix books. I only checked books out during my AR or silent reading time. I also had a chart with pockets with their numbers that they would put the card in to say they were checking the book out. I have several pics and I have to post them separately. Hope no one minds.

hrush 07-03-2008 07:53 AM

I have the pockets and cards. I have the pocket chart. This has worked off and on for me until a couple of years ago. I spent several days two years ago before school started labeling book crates with the title of each book in the crate. I then had students rotate the job of checking book bins and cards. I only lost two books that year. This year about the same. The kids love being "detectives". We call it "The Case of the Missing Class Library Books." It may sound silly, but my sixth grades found it fun. I hope this helps.

teachnkids 07-03-2008 07:46 AM

I have put pockets and cards in all my books. It worked when I taught 3rd grade, but I had difficulty with it this year in 6th. I am missing quite a few books, and I know it's because they just "lift" them on the way out the door. The ones that were found still had the card. I am not sure how to keep them where they belong so I have my books for many years to come. This morning I was thinking of DH building me a cabinet with doors that I can lock. This way they can't just grab a book and run.

LiveLaughLove 07-03-2008 07:36 AM

I recently read anothers post about their library being ruined. I too, feel your pain.

My first year I had kids sign the books out, but I never had the time to enforce/check in books.

Next year, I did the same, but "hired" a student to monitor....

Last year, I made the library neat and fun to be in....all they wanted to do was play

THIS YEAR.... (5th)

After scouring the internet for a new idea, I have made my own with the help of others. Let me know if you think this will work.

I plan putting a library pocket in each books back cover (like the good old days)
Each child will be allowed to borrow two books at a time and when they check out the book, the "librarian" will place their card behind their name in the pocket chart that will hang somewhere near my desk. The pocket chart will have each childs name, so I will be able to see which students have which book at any given time.
I will have the books in bins with the dot system someone else used and it will be easy to put away.

Complicated? Easy? The initial work will be tough, but I have to do something. I want kids to enjoy reading, but I also want my stuff back!!

I will definately explain this to the kids, parents etc. both verbally and in written form.

Any suggestions?




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