Bookshelves

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  1. Roobunny

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    As a brand new teacher, I don't have many books yet for my classroom library and I had thought about doing the whole book basket thing to organize what I do have.

    However, I got this GREAT deal from a teacher moving from elementary to middle school - two Closet Maid bookshelves for $5 each. I couldn't pass that up! I don't think book baskets would work with the unit, but I'd still like to use it for my library. My question is this: For those of you who don't use book baskets how do you organize books on the shelf? If possible, visuals would greatly help. Everything I've come across uses the baskets...

    Thanks!
     
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  3. mopar

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    The problem with using a shelf is that students struggle to return books correctly and the books on the shelf start to fall over when many books are removed from the shelf.
     
  4. LouiseB

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    That's true but with middle school students, they can arrange them in whatever order you would like. Sorry I see that the other teacher who had the shelves previously was moving to MS. :eek:
     
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  5. CFClassroom

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    I think you'll find there's a reason your finding lots of basket users. It's best to display books with the cover facing out. Could you maybe use dishpans or a different size basket?
     
  6. Roobunny

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    I can play around the basket sizes. I may just do the baskets and use the bookshelves for something else - oh well...you live, you learn :)
     
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    I've had a mix of baskets and books on shelves for several years, and the kids almost always go to the books in baskets first. They're much easier for them to find and manage, than just looking through the spines of books on a shelf. I'm actually going to be revamping my classroom library before next year so that they're all in baskets. It makes that much of a difference.
     
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    Can you post a pic. of the shelves? Congrats on the bargain find!!!!!!
     

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