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Old 08-14-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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I am in a bind. I am moving back to 4th grade after being in 2nd for 4 years. While in 2nd, I accumulated a lot books that I sorted into categories and had them organized nicely. Now that I am moving back to 4th and pulling all of my 4th grade books out, I am realizing they don't fit nicely in my categories or in any category really. I was thinking about organizing them by author last name ex: fiction A-E. Does anybody have any other ideas. I have books everywhere and I'm about to freak out. Thanks


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I organize my books by genre, and within the genres if I have a lot of books by the same author or a series of books I group those together.
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I organize my books a few different ways:
1, DRA levels so my students can quickly pick a book that they can read
2, Sorted by authors
3, by genre (fiction, non fiction, etc...)
4, by topic ( science, history....)
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so, I'm guessing I should leave my books that can be sorted by topic where they are and the others I could sort by AR level. I really have a hodge podge of books. I don't have a lot by one author or the same type. I'm just at a loss and freaking out, because I know whatever I do will take a while to get together and I don't have a long time. Thanks for you help!
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:52 PM
 
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I organize alphabetically but authors last name and each book has a SRC colored dot to indicate reading level.

I pullout some by groups to meet the needsof certain lesson.
Biographies is one group I pull


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I use labels with my name on them, lexile, and genre. Then I fill in the lexile number and genre by hand. When I get new books, I can at least slap a label on them with my name, and get to look them up later. I have baskets labeled, for example, "realistic fiction, 700's" so all the 700-799 books go in there, etc.
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Sometimes it helps to let your students make those decisions. You can have a lot of it organized in a way that makes sense (genre, author, topics baskets) but the "strays" can be flexible. Let students discuss where they think the stray books should be best place using criteria like "I'm looking for a book about..." Since the class library is their place to shop for books
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I still love Beth Newingham's Classroom Library, and have modeled my genre baskets after hers for the past 5 years or so. I now make my own labels with the same software she used and also have used Scholastic's Book Wizard to begin labeling them by DRA/GR/Lexile level, as needed. I do resist labeling mine by level completely because I just HATE telling kids who are jazzed about a book in my library that they "can't" read it because it's not on their level. I prefer labeling mine by genre and letting them make use of the tools I have taught them in Guided Reading groups about how to choose "just right" books for themselves.
http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/
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