leveling books

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  1. map

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    New to second grade. Right now I have my books grouped by topic. Bears, Arthur books, zoo, Junie B etc. Our school is doing AR this year so I need to label each book with the pt value. Should I organize by books by levels now instead of topic? Thanks for your help.
     
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    I leveled my books with guided reading level and ar. This site has a guided reading database. If the levels were different, I used the ar level since that is the emphasis at my school. I put all the books on a level in boxes. The kids look for a black label if they want an AR book and the rest of the books have a red label. The leveled boxes seemed to help. I had one of the highest ar point classes on my campus.
     
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    Leveling books.
    www.renlearn.com AR click on quizzes. In the blank type in author or use the arrow button and go to author and type in author. Tells the points the books is worth, grade level and etc.
    Leveled Books Database:
    http://books.atozteacherstuff.com/leveled-books/


    All AR books are kept together and other books are together along the other wall. First and Second grade room books are kept in plastic baskets. 3rd , 4th, 5tth, 6th and etc are on shelves. In the reading room K or emergent readers and first, second and third levels are kept in baskets and others on shelves. There are only AR books in the reading room. We have a reading room and reading teacher, she gives extra reading help. This is like a library. Students Star test in the reading room (4 computers) and in their classrooms. All the classrooms have three or four computers. AR dots. Green=1.0 to 1.5, Blue 1.6 to 2.0, Red 2..1 to 2.5, Yellow 2.6 to 3.0, Orange 3.1 to 4.0, I can’t remember until I go back to school the other colors. We use the same colors for all classrooms for that level. Reading room, LD room and classrooms all have the same color for the same level. All books have the wrap around AR label with the book number, level and points it is worth. And the dot is just above this label along the edge, so you can see the level at a quick glance. Use clear shipping tape to cover and protect the labels. And keep the dots from popping off. *****buy the wrap around labels at the AR site. www.renlearn.com 3 ¾ by 1 ½ , click on On Line Store---yellow spot, the green box, next click on reading, next click on AR and go down to the AR Handwritten book labels, Pack of 100……
    *******If you have lots of books than divide the levels into more baskets. And this will depend on how many books you have for each subject. Mice, Earth, Birthday, Jobs, Christmas, Filmstrip, Fairy Tales, Curious George, Bears, Eggs, Mystery, Dinosaurs and Monsters, Animals, Cats and Dogs, Holidays, Eric Carle, (Clifford, Amelia Bedilla, Arthur) Birds, Horses, Pond, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Rain forest, and etc….. If you have more questions let me know…. I don’t think there is any right way or wrong way. Just whatever works for you….

    * Teach them www.bookadventure.com. Some students love to read the books and then take the bookadventure.com reading comprehension test. It tracks points earned and some kids really like this. If you have an accelerated reader program in your school it works the same way.
     
  5. Pattie

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    Our school went from AR to Book Adventures also last year. It is superior to AR in my opinion, and they can do it on the web on their own just from home. I liked that they have most books kids read and they keep pretty current. My first graders went gaga over it the first year. I was amazed at how many points (5000 plus) some raked up in little over a month. That's a lot of reading. My students never got that excited over AR, maybe because our school library was old and the books that were AR were not that exciting? Book Adventures I think is an offshoot of Sylvan Learning Centers, I think but it is free to the public. Good luck sorting your books any way you can. I've tried multiple methods and I've never really felt they were organized well. I just have them in tubs now by topic or favorite author. I try putting levels on them as I go but I've never gotten done w/ thousands of books. :huh:
     

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