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Old 07-08-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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How do you organize books in your classroom?

___by genre

___by reading level (AR)

___other (please specify)

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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The classroom library is organized by genre--this is the library were students pick their own books by choice. I organize my small group books by DRA level.
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I organize my classroom library by genre (tall/folk tales, fairy tales, mysteries, etc.), series (Boxcar children, Magic School Bus, etc.), author, guided reading level, and nonfiction (some by topics like sharks or dinosaurs, some just general nonfiction).

However, each book also has a guided reading level, so within an author/series basket (like the Magic Tree House books) or a nonfiction basket, each book has a guided reading level inside the back cover.

My students may read a level or two below, at, and a level above their guided reading level.

The guided reading level book baskets are ones that are not part of a series, genre, or author basket...just fiction books at that guided reading level.

The guided reading materials I use for groups are kept in a tall file cabinet by guided reading level. My mentor books (ones I use for mini-lessons) are also kept in a file drawer.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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ALL the above.

Books are first categorized by author or series if I have 4 or more different titles to create a group. Leftover books are sorted by genres.
Picture books are separated by genres separately. I have 2 or 3 bins for each genre at least, so I split up the genre bins by levels. All books have a color coded dot to help students find just right books. It takes a lot of time, I have over 3,000 books in my classroom library but it is well worth it! I also have another separate area of guided reading books that are all categorized in bins by F&P levels.

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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My readers workshop books are all leveled, then organized by fiction, nonfiction, and series.

I have a large ikea book shelf of blue bins organized by genre, mostly nonfiction and some are leveled.

Another small bookshelf of random books that aren't organized at all.

Finally, I keep a wooden library cart full of books on whatever topic we are working on in Writers Workshop.

My classroom runneth over!


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Old 07-09-2013, 03:03 AM
 
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One section: by genre with labels
One section :some author baskets (favorites)
One section: guided reading (Fountas & Pinnell leveling letters)
One large section: nonfiction in topic baskets (math, weather, animals, etc.)

So a very large library to give students opportunities to "shop" in a variety of ways.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:35 AM
 
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I do the same thing as Linda/OH, but we were discouraged to level books in baskets, so many books have the F/P level written on them.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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mostly by level to make it easier for students to find their just-right books. I also have several popular series in separate boxes.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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I have mine organized by genre.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:40 PM
 
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by author if there are four or more books to make a basket

then it's genre

I am in the process of leveling them with the scholastic book wizard


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Thanks for the feedback. All of my books have AR levels written on them, but I organize them by author/genre. Have always wondered if I should organize them by level instead. Sounds like great minds think alike with the majority of responses organizing by genre.

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Old 07-22-2013, 03:06 PM
 
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I organize my classroom with a break down between fiction and non-fiction, then I put books in tubs and label them by genre. I do have quite a few tubs that are labeled series/author like Magic Tree house books, Dan Gutman, etc... I have leveled my books by lexile and grade level equivalency and marked them this way on the inside cover of the books. My library is set up with the book tubs in a little bit of an easier to harder level, but this isn't the rule. The major thing is that the book tubs are labeled and each book is labeled to match the tub it belongs in so it is easy for the children to "shop" for their books to fill up their book bins and then to replace the books in the tubs they belong in. I used Beth Newingham's library as a reference and I am very pleased with my set up as the kids take wonderful care of it and can really understand it.
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