Friday, September 19, 2008

Looking Inside Classroom Libraries

I am always interested to see how teachers set up their classroom libraries and how they structure reading time. While browsing some teacher pages this week, I decided that I'd like to be a student in Beth Newingham's third grade for a while.

Take a look at her classroom library! It's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The books in this collection are color-coded, leveled and stored in baskets. Students can find:
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Chapter Book Series
  • Chapter Books by Genre
  • Nonfiction Books
  • Favorite Author Baskets
  • Magazine Collection
  • Poetry
  • Math Stories
Beth describes exactly how she organizes her library and includes a number of photographs. She is even generous enough to provide downloadable copies of her labels so that you can organize your own book bins!

If you haven't been to the Planet 13 site for Beth's classroom, you should stop by and check out the wealth of resources she is sharing for all areas of the curriculum.

**If you want to check out even more classroom spaces, Franki and Mary Lee at A Year of Reading rounded up all kinds of them in their Trading Spaces event!

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