Throwback Thursday and Christmas in July: Day 5

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Are you all gearing up for the new school year or still chillin’ at the pool? I thought I’d give you a little post about my library and how it’s organized and set up for Reader’s Workshop.  So here is a post from March of 2011. 

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So if you know me, I’m a little bit particular about my classroom.  Only furniture of primary colors may enter. Everything is labeled and has it place, (except for a few exceptions that hide behind cute curtains) and every book has a special spot.  So I thought I’d share my library organization and how books are leveled.  First the books are sorted in different color bins. Red is fiction, blue is nonfiction, yellow are chapter books and green are poems and song books.
 Our Library
 Reader’s Workshop Book Bins
 Leveled books taken home for reading at night



 Our Reading Rainbow
Each part of the rainbow is a level. A (red 1) is a GR. Level A.
A (red 2) is a GR. Level B, (Red 3) is a C, (Orange 1) is a D and so on.  

 Books are sorted by topic. 
 Then they are all leveled according to the rainbow. See the white dot on the corner of the book.
 Each book has a sticker that matches the basket’s label.  This way students can easily return them to their proper place.

I absolutely love books. Can you tell? And I love teaching students to read.  And… I really love Reader’s Workshop.

If you want the library labels and matching stickers, they are all available on my site www.fantasticfirstgrade.com

I also just placed a Reader’s Workshop Response Sheets Pack on Teachers pay Teachers.  It included graphic organizers for schema, connections, visualization/mental images, inferences, questioning, synthesis and story elements.  
Be sure to check it out.  



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Today is also Day 5 of Christmas in July.  
I am putting my holiday center packs on sale. You can grab them for 20% off. 
You can click below to grab these centers.
I also have a sample of my centers in my TpT store you can grab. 
It’s also a holiday center that aligns to Common Core Math.
I have also placed my rainbow reading poster shown above in the Fan Freebies on my Facebook Page. Just go on over and LIKE my page to grab the poster. 


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Michelle Oakes

Michelle Oakes

Wife, mom of 2 boys and a bulldog, reading specialist, Target frequenting lover of fashion, home decorating, Cincinnati girl.

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