I went back and forth on how to sort my books and how to allow my kiddos to "check out" books and so forth. I just couldn't get a good plan or wrap my head around it. So, here's what I'm doing.
The books shown are all extras from our Scott Foresman reading series. We got the new updated version, and we got new books with it. Cha-Ching! My old books went straight to my "library" for book tubs. My books are sorted by 3 levels...Strategic, On-Level, and Advanced. I had the colored polka-dot cards (see pic below) already in my classroom so I just laminated them and wrote my students names on them according to each of their levels. My school is ALL kindergarten so we don't have AR levels or star levels or anything like that. However, Scott Foresman does have DRA levels and Fountas and Pinnel levels on their books now. HERE is a link that shows what levels Scott Foresman readers fall in.
*****EDITED to say that the books that are in their leveled basket are books we have read in small groups prior to them being a choice. I have 2 sets of these leveled readers. :)
I'm very easy going about the book tubs as when they feel comfortable changing their books in and out. I ask that my students read the book they choose as least 3 times or more. I tell them to get familiar with it and be able to read it with ease...fluently if you will. Remember, I read with all my students every day during guided reading so they know what I mean by those words and know what I except of them. Gentle reminders are given to students to swap out books often.
I want students to learn to love to choose books, and learn to read and re-read. Not just flip through the pages and think that is reading. I'm hoping this makes the process Easy-Peasy Lemon-Squeezy!
Each student has their own numbered book tub...no names...it's just easier for me this way. It's the same number they line up on. :)
Each book tub has a pointer :)
How do you do Book Tubs? I'd love to hear your ideas for managing them!