take home book organization

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  1. love_reading

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    I tried letting the students take home a guided reading book each day if they brought one back, but it was too hard to keep track of and I am even missing a few books. I am thinking of just letting them take home one book either over the weekend, or during the week. What does everyone else do that makes it more manageable?
     
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    I am glad you posted this! I let my students choose a book out of leveled baskets to take home. This year my students are more responsible but last year I had a TON of students loose books. I never knew what to do about it!!!!!

    This has got me thinking... I haven't tried these but I might try them too!

    -Have students turn in reading folders with the books in it. (I currently have the students unpack their own book and put away the folder as a part of the morning routine.)
    Assign each student a partner and have their partners put away the books for the other student. First graders LOVE to "tattle" and you could have the partner tell you if a book is missing out of the folder or have a chart with each child's name. Make cards with one side green and the other red? Have partner change their partner's name to red if they are missing their book....

    I always try to find a way to have the students help me! I know some teachers that check the folders every day for the students. I would much rather spend more time doing something else!!!!

    I have heard about a school that had a meeting during open house. They told parents about the books belonging to them. They said that they would LOVE to lend them but they need parents to sign a responsiblity form. They emphasized that accidents do happen... which is okay but constant losing books and ruining them will result in buying a replacement or denial of books to be taken home. However readng homework would still have to be completed.
     
  4. hpy2b1st

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    Readingatoz.com has decodable books if you subscribe. I send home those decodable books once a week and they are leveled for different reading groups so you can pick and choose which ones to copy and they are sorted out by sound patterns which makes it easier :)
     
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    I have sent home 2-3 leveled books M-Th for the past 7 years and so far only 2 books have been lost! This tells me it is a good system. The system was set up for my by a reading specialist, following the plan of the #1 first grade teacher in our area.

    It is pretty simple. I choose 1 book for each student to start with, at their individual level. The book goes in a zip lock bag with a reading log - name of book, date, parent signature, comments. 10 titles fit on one page. The zip lock bag has the child's name and number on it.

    I pass out the book bags at the end of the day. The kids are required to put the bag in their backpacks immediately. They take the bag home, read the book (s), parent signs the log, pack it all up and into the backpack.

    In the morning, they turn in their bags to the book bag bucket. While they do their seat work, I take attendance, put the bags in number order, and follow up on any missing bags. They don't get another book until the previous ones are returned in the bag. I let the parents know ahead of time that there is a 5.00 charge for a missing book.

    After about 6-8 weeks of this, I turn the job of choosing books and getting them in the bags and into the backpacks over to the children. They do a great job for the most part. They can't move up a level until I ok it.

    The system works great. I am at a private school and the parents are mostly very involved and help on their end to get the books back to me. The reading a-z printable leveled books are a fantastic idea. You could use the same system, but you wouldn't be out any money if the kids lost a book or 2.
     
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    Oh yes - they get a sticker for their chart for every 5 books read. When the chart is full, they get to go to the prize box (they get stickers for other big work also). They really motivate each other. One student asked for 4 books each night and got to go to the prize box early in the year. All the other kids are asking for more books now, and they have quickly learned that the kids who read their books and BRING THEM BACK EVERY DAY are the ones who are getting the stickers. The prizes are all used items donated by parents cleaning out their kids' rooms!

    The kids progress in huge part because of the nightly reading one-on-one with a parent.
     
  7. new2FL

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    What reading series does your school use? Both Houghton Mifflin and Open Court have disposable "take home" books that are leveled and/or phonics based. I send these home with the kids nightly and when they read it at home, their parent signs it, then the next day they read it to me for a sticker on their reading chart. It works great for me!
     
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    Check out the take home reading post in this forum. (1st grade) I wrote about what I do to ensure that I'll get my books back. I record the books in a notebook that a volunteer checks everyday. If the volunteer doesn't come in for some reason, I either do it or I have the high school helper do it.
     
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    bonnieB I do similar to what you do but I do still have the problem of kids not returning a "chapter book" and saying it is taking them 2 weeks to read the book. Do you have this problem and what do you do about it? I've told them to return the book every day so I can see their progress but it has not worked real well. Do you have a separate sticker chart or is in your reading log?
     
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    Mine return it everyday, whether they are reading a chapter book or not. (Some need extra reminders but...oh well.) Anyway, I tell them that I want them to return it just to get into the habit of doing so. Plus, I talk with them about what they are reading. You could always have them do a chapter summary as part of their homework. Tell them that they have to return it with the book so you can discuss it with them.
     
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    All of my books are numbered. Each student is assigned a number. Each day, they get the book with their number on it. That when it they are turned in, I can look and see which numbers are missing and automatically know which student didn't return one. I also have mine return their books daily, regardless of whether or not they are finished. If a student continues to not bring a book back, I quit allowing them to take them home. I hate that they cannot practice their reading at home, but more than likely, those that are not returning their books aren't getting help anyway.
     
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    I guess I don't quite understand how you have them numbered...what if the child's number doens't match the level they are at in their independent reading? I let my students choose their books so that hopefully they will be excited about reading them. :)
     
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    If they take home a chapter book they still have to put it in the book bucket everyday, so I can give them stickers. This way I can account for the book every day and it doesn't get lost in the cracks somewhere. They and their parents are keeping close track of the book.

    For a chapter book, depending on the length of the chapters, I will usually count each chapter as 1-2 entries on the book log. Once they have 5 entries, they get a sticker. If the chapters are really long I will count the entries accordingly. I try to be generous with the stickers if they are working hard.

    The stickers go on just a normal little sticker chart that is taped to the wall in class. They get a sticker for other work they do also, such as memorizing their sight words each week, getting 100% on a spelling test (and they are grouped by ability so everyone has the same chance to make 100% on a spelling test). When the chart is full they get to go to the prize box.

    I figure everyone forgets their book once in a while, but if it is a pattern I will send a note home or call home. And the kids learn quickly that if they don't get their books back, they don't get new books; if they don't get new books, they don't get stickers. If they don't get stickers, they don't get the prize box.
     
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    The numbers work like this in my classroom. Every child is assigned a number according to ABC order. I use it on everything. It helps me keep track of things very quickly. So their book bag has their name and number on it. I put them in number order and quickly see who has not turned in the book bag. It is just faster than looking at a bunch of names and knowing something is missing but not knowing who it is. They always line up in number order too - when there is a fire drill, I can do my number count and know immediately who is not there.
     
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    Where can find a sample of the reading log that some of you are using. I want to put the reading log in the baggie, then when they bring it back they will get the sticker on the log with the parents signature. This is a great idea i am going to use this. However what do you when you have one child who is struggling with reading but has lack of support at home? I try to work with this child as much as I can everyday but the student's reading just is not improving ???? THANKS
     
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    I also use take home books in y classroom. I have them choose a leveled reader and it goes in their baggie along with a reading log. After the students have read 20 book they get a popsicle. This works as a incentive for them to return the book each day.
     
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    Jill, at my school if I have a child who is not getting the support at home, I will get someone at the school to listen to the child do his nightly reading. This could be a student from an older grade, another teacher who is willing, a reading specialist, the librarian. At our school, the principal has a certain time of day when he will do this job. The nightly reading gives the child the one-on-one that will help him grow in his reading. Also, do you do weekly sight words? Some kids who are struggling with phonetic reading will really show progress once you get them to memorize the weekly sight words. It can be amazing. They just learn differently. It might be you have to develop a special plan just for this little guy.

    I made my own reading log. It has a place for the student's name, then 2 lines for each entry: name of book, date, parent initials, and parent comments. It is kinda crammed. There are 10 entries on each page. The kids get a sticker for each 5 entries. When a page is full, I just staple another on top of it. It is fun at the end of the year - I give them each a certificate stating the number of books they have read. One year I had a kid read over 400 book, counting the nightly reading and the books he had read in class!
     
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    Thanks for the advice! You know what really makes me angry is when I work with this child all week and they do an excellent job on our Friday tests and I will tell the Mother and she will say oh its because we have been working at home and I know they havent because the child will tell me so. If I dont bust my tail to work hard all week with this child the child doesnt do well at all. Its a shame!
     
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    Yes, it is discouraging when parents don't take the few minutes to work with their child at night - even 15-20 min. can make the huge difference, plus, it is time you get to sit with your child and focus. It is so precious.

    Good for you - you are making a difference in this little one's life that will affect his whole life. He will always rememeber the teacher who took that time to help him, maybe not in those words exactly, but I know I still remember my first grade teacher after several decades, as a kind and pretty woman who treated me with gentleness. I was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and she treated me with love. She stands out in my mind. I had a couple of doozies after that! So good for you!
     
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    THANKS!
     

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