Classroom Library Bin People... How do you organize the stray books?

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  1. Ms.Jasztal

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    The ones that don't fit in any category? I was organizing my library today and had problems with about 50 of my 1,500 books. They did not organize into a category... so do you set up miscellaneous categories in science/s.s./etc.?

    Additionally, what do you do for categories that have maybe 4 books? I have a few small categories...
     
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    Ms.Jasztal, you should have been with me today, this is what I worked on too, from scratch... I'm still pulling stuff out of the hall way and putting books in baskets and shelves. UGH! I'm not a happy camper about it either!

    I've decided, for right now, to categorize them into just fiction and non-fiction. I probably have about 200 that fit into one of those categories. I might change my mind tomorrow, I once thought about even giving those books away because they were so isolated!

    I'd like to know what everyone else does with "those" books too.
     
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    Misc. books is what I call them. I've also broken my science books into physical science, earth science & life science. That way I can easily rotate them in & out as I teach those subjects.
     
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    I have a bin for " general history" and "general science" Maybe that would help.

    I also break my science and ss down into the units that I teach (ex: civil war, industrialization-1900, etc).
     
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    It's mainly books like code breaking, community service, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts... ODD random topics.

    I do have Civil/Revolutonary War in the same bin, books about Florida (both fiction and non-fiction), etc.
     
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    I just called mine fun instead of miscellaneous, but my focus is kindergarten. I was also thinking of having a selection of teacher favorites that could rotate out- maybe some of those misc ones could be favorites? lol
     
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    I love library categories !! My whole class library is color coded with the category it belongs with (so my 2nd graders can keep it looking nice). Anyways... that was off the topic lol.

    I dealt with many of my misc books with two very broad categories of fiction stories about animals and fiction stories about people. I have also changed my book categories to include what were previously misc... my tiny history section is now a history/sports section (as an example).

    To SwOcean, I rotate out books each month with a holiday/library section. I go to the library each month and check out books that match what units we are learning about that month (plants, colonists, etc.), I also pull out my books that match that time of year (Christmas, fall, etc.) and they are in their own box. The kids LOVE the rotating books best (always the ones they go for first)... and it saves me money from buying books.
     
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    Could you put code breaking & community service in a "How-to" bin? or maybe an "Instruction Manuals/Handbooks" bin? What about a "Reference" bin?
     
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    Code breaking could go in a mystery section, community service in a social studies section...but I really like the idea someone else suggested of having a "fun" section.
     
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    To use your own words....

    maybe you can label them "Random choices"?:)
     
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    I have some how to draw books in my fun bin, but so few (basically only 2) its not worth having a whole how to section yet- although I do think that would be a wonderful bin!
     
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    Reference and how-to categories actually sound REALLY good.

    The only thing is that I have a mystery section, but for fiction. Would you mix the fiction/non-fiction together? It's my only non-fiction book that focuses on mysteries.

    The community service/scouting are in Miscellaneous Social Studies together as of right now.
     
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    I have been thinking about this since I first read your post, and I have been working on the same issue in my classroom. What I ended up doing is grabbing books that are above level Z or know "high school text" and putting them in special baskets. I have baskets of all nonfiction, a basket for poetry, a basket for folk tales/mythology, and a basket for the Bluford Series. I still had some books left, so I divided them into 2 crates and put them near my reading rugs...a quick grab for kids.
     
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    These are going to be my official book bin categories this year-

    Some have multiple bins.

    A Series of Unfortunate Events
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    Girls’ Growing Up Stories
    Girls’ Growing Up Stories
    Boys’ Growing Up Stories
    Boys at War
    Because of Winn-Dixie/Shiloh
    Missing May/Sarah, Plain and Tall/Ruby Holler
    The Westing Game
    The Westing Game
    Amelia Series by Marissa Moss
    Mysteries
    Mysteries
    Early 1900s- Titanic, World War I, and World War II
    Revolutionary War and Civil War
    Timeless Fantasy Stories
    Timeless Fantasy Stories
    Timeless Fantasy Stories
    Royalty
    Dogs
    Horses
    Other Animal Stories
    Other Animal Stories
    Friendship
    Author- Beverly Cleary
    Author- Andrew Clements
    Author- Sharon Creech
    School Stories by Dan Gutman, Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, Judy Blume, E.L. Konigsburg, and Henry Winkler
    Other School Stories
    Sports Stories
    Camp-Related Stories
    Series Books for Girls
    Family Books- Serious
    Family Books- Humorous
    Time Travel Stories
    Colonial Period Stories
    Civil Rights Stories
    Ancient Civilizations and Stories Prior to 1600
    Stories Taking Place in Florida
    Adventure Stories
    Adventure Stories
    Native Americans
    Non-Fiction- United States Geography/History
    Non-Fiction- TITANIC
    Non-Fiction- Florida
    Non-Fiction- Entertainment
    Non-Fiction- How-To Books
    Non-Fiction- Community Involvement
    Non-Fiction- Biographies
    Non-Fiction- Sports
    Science Shelf- Astronomy
    Science Shelf- Animals
    Science Shelf- Oceanography and Habitats
    Science Shelf- Environment
    Books about Math
    Picture Books
    Science Shelf- General Science
    Science Shelf- Geology and Weather
    Science Shelf- Human Body and Nutrition
    Books about Writing and Art
     

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