Friday, February 18, 2011

Library Organization




I just finished getting my books ( the ones I read to my students, but treasure too much to put in their book boxes) really organized. It feels so nice to have that done... so easy to know what books I have!

So in thinking about my next step, I have this question:

Do you like having your library for your students organized by levels or by topics?

I just can't decide. I tried it two different ways last year, and this year I have organized them by topic. They always have books that they read with me in their book box, so there should always be something on their level. That's great, but when they are organized by topic, someone is bound to end up with books in their book box that are too hard. I've asked my teammates for their opinions, but I'd love your thoughts, too!

Thanks in advance for your input!

-Mrs. Patton












16 comments:

kool kindergarten kids said...

I like having it organized by theme/topic.

Ladybug Teacher said...

I have mine sorted by both. When I first started organizing my library I sorted the books by topic. We recently gained some new books from the district that are meant to be leveled, so I put them in a different section of the library. So now half the library is leveled and half is by topic. I keep them sorted by using different label colors.

I really like it. The kids know where to find books by interest and where to find books specific to their level. Plus, it helps me when we are working on a unit, because many books are by topic. I'm sure I'll still be fine-tuning this summer...no one ever tells you organizing a library is the project that NEVER ENDS!! ;)

Have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

I have mine organized by topic but they are also all leveled and I have a special leveling system. In fact I was going to blog about it soon. I do have something about my library on my website. Michelle
fabulousinfirst.blogspot.com
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Mrs.Thompson said...

I have mine organized by theme/topic because the books for their book boxes come from a large set of leveled books that our K-2 classes share.
I posted about this a few days ago if you want to check it out!

http://adventures-inteaching.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-database.html

Katie K. said...

I have gone back and forth on this for my future classroom. I think it will really depend on what grade I am teaching. I think if I am in K-2nd I would more than likely do it by subject because that is generally how the books are used or displayed. In the older grades though, I think I might organize by level.

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Mrs. Wheeler said...

It really depends on your personal beliefs. I will share mine with you. I have had both. Our school went crazy with leveled text a few years ago. My entire library was organized by levels. Students chose books for quiet reading time from the basket of books on their level. I have since changed my beliefs. I feel that students do need to be reading at their level during guided reading time. However, during silent reading time, I believe they should have a choice. Nothing motivates children better than choice! This year, my library is organized by subjects. I have some pre-made labels for my classroom library at my blog. Check them out!


Megan
http://mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com/

Suzanne said...

I also do both, like some have mentioned here. I have little baskets with the level on the front line up on top of a counter in the classroom. I have them labeled by topic in the class library area on the bookshelf. The kids actually picked the topics this year and make the label cards to put on the front. I teach 2nd grade :)
www.talesfromthelime.blogspot.com

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KindergartenWorks said...

I have two different libraries. The one that features our trade books is organized by topic and the leveled books are organized by level and generally only picked from during centers. (Kindergarten) Just an fyi, I added your blog to the TPT sqworl :) http://sqworl.com/zhs4zd
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Ms. Wilson said...

I organize my class library by topic. I would like my kids to have a choice of what to read. This also allows for teachable moments of how to pick good fit books (of course they don't always follow this :). I also include our small group books in their book boxes as well, so there is always a good combination.

Teaching Heart Mom said...

I have done both levels and topics. I keep my topic books in with the units I do and all the other books get leveled.

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jodi said...

I have them leveled by genre and within each genre they are leveled with reading level. I teach 4th grade.

Kristin Young said...

I have both! The books on my bookshelf {read-alouds and theme related books} are by topic so they're easy for me to grab as I'm introducing or going through a topic. I also have books leveled by ability in color-coded bins. I found adorable bins at Hobby Lobby {recently!} that have chalk boards on the front so I can change the group, levels, etc whenever I need to. My kids love knowing which books to go to in the library center and the chalkboards help me change the levels out as the kids progress...so books change regularly for them and they never have to get bored!

http://LittleMissGlamourGoesToKindergarten.blogspot.com