Quick Q About Library Organization

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  1. OhThePlaces

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    I have about half of my library leveled (Scholastic Book Wizard is awesome) and I have the other half divided by genre/author.

    I also talk to my 3rd graders about how to find a "good fit" (google IPICK).
     
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    OhThePlaces, how did you decide which books to level and which not?

    Also, for anyone, how wide is your range? If you teach 3rd, do you have books from other levels in your library?
     
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    So I spent the afternoon looking up books on Scholastic and organizing them by Guided Reading levels. I have I through V but I'm only putting out I through P (my highest reader).
     
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    I look up the grade level on Scholastic and they're anything from a 2.9 to a 3.9. Blue is 4.0 to 4.9 and green is 5.0 and higher, with I think a 6.8 being the highest I have. So basically red is third grade reading level ranging from early third through end of third.
     
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    My eyes were really opened to the fact that my library is skewed toward the HIGH end. No wonder it's not used as much as I want.

    I have one of those rolling two sided (like in a library, but wood) bookshelves. I put only up to P (guided reading P, 38 DRA, T Reading A-Z level) on one side, then pushed it against the wall so they have to ask to get a higher book. It's another topic, but having a DRA 28 kid holding Harry Potter has got to stop!
     
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    This year I organized my library so that my leveled books are on the top shelf of each of my book shelves. So one shelf has A-K, the next L-O and the last P-Z. Underneath on the other 2 shelves are the books organized by genre that are "about" in that range. So for example, my Henry and Mudge books are on the first shelf, Magic Tree House is on the second and Diary of a Wimpy Kid is on the third. School hasn't started yet, but I'm hoping this will be a helpful way of keeping kids within a range of levels appropriate to them without pigeon holing them to the "m" bin.
     
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    I have a general library labeled by genre or character or author...

    I also have a smaller, leveled library. I know the exact levels in each box, but the kiddos do not. Their level determines how many of the leveled books they keep in book basket. They are allowed 2 general library books, but the rest are leveled. I mostly want them reading just right books during reading workshop. They have plenty of other time (free time) to read from the general library.
     

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