Hey y'all! Hope this post finds you well and your reading groups organized. Today's FREEBIE is all about organizing your books. If you are like me, you get most of your books from Scholastic and if you don't, you should really check it out. They have great rates, the shipping is FAST, and its easy to rack up points for free, that's right, FREE books. Who doesn't love free books? Anywho, I love Scholastic for another reason and that is their Teacher Book Wizard http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/. This is a wonderful tool for leveling your books.
So...let's get started. Here is how I set up my guided reading books. First, I leveled all of my books by using the book wizard and then I label each book. I gathered baskets (one for each level) and labeled each basket with a reading level letter. I also got a lot of gallon size zip-lock bags. I put all book copies and guided reading lesson plans (and what ever else goes with that books) into the zip-lock bag. Then I place the whole kit into the correct leveled basket.
At the beginning of each week, I think about what story and skill would best meet the needs of each group. Then I pull the books that best fit those needs. I move each guided reading kit needed over to a basket that I keep by my guided reading table (a.k.a. rainbow table) and is separated by color group tabs. When I call each group, the books and everything I need to teach that book are right at my finger tips.