Organizing Your Classroom Library: WITH A FREEBIE!

Friday, October 23, 2015
Happy Friday everyone!

Organizing your classroom library can be a huge task! When I moved into my new classroom this year in a new grade, I did what I could to make it work for the time being knowing I would tackle it when I had more time.

Teaching 5th grade, I knew my students could help! I had the students go through the books (sooooooooo many of them) and find some common themes. They would put those books into a pile with a Post-It labeling what the pile was about. It could be a genre we've been discussing, a topic, an author, etc. They did all the work which was really fun and engaging for the kids! Now they have so much ownership over the library and were able to touch so many more books.

Because I had so many books and love having a lot of space for my students to move around in the classroom, I had a great idea! My principal was on board and my amazing custodial staff made it happen.




I have extra storage under my windows (I am an ANTI pack rat), so we took the sliding doors off and it's a perfect spot for the books! It opens up my classroom so much!

Here are a couple of the bin labels my students came up with.



They also chose to make bins with books on topics that we'll be studying this year, such as ecosystems.



The kids had a great time with this project. I wish I had a before picture to show the thousands of books laid across my room.

Now for the FREEBIE, here are the labels I used for my classroom library. I also brainstormed label ideas with a coworker for her classroom library as well so you have more to choose from if you'd like! Enjoy!


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