HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR STUDENTS' INDEPENDENT READING BOOKS

Just right books, self-selected reading, read to self, individualized daily reading (IDR), readers workshop, reading centers, literacy centers... All are a similar idea! How can we organize and manage students' independent reading books? I have the simple solution here.
Ideally your students will have a couple of books in their possession at one time, so it will decrease the need for students to get up and search for a new book during the designated reading time. If your students have more than one book in their possession at a time, then you’ll need to have a method of managing the students’ texts and materials for your independent reading block.

This blog post will…

  • offer ideas on how to store the books that the students are using during your independent reading time

Before we begin:




Ways to Organize your Students’ Independent Reading Books

  • Bookmarks: If you have your students just reading one book at a time, then a simple bookmark with their name on it is an easy method for managing the book. You can have them keep this book in their desk or in a basket designated to their table.
  • Ziploc Bags: The most cost-effective option is to use a Ziploc bag for each student. While they are not good for storing a binder, they do work well for multiple books and a folder or composition notebook. The bags typically don’t last all year, but they are cheap and easy to replace as needed. 
  • Book Boxes: Give each student a book box to store their independent reading books and a folder with related work. There are commercially made book boxes that are designed using a thick plastic.
  • Magazine Holders:  Many teachers use magazine holders as a student book box. I once used the cardboard version from Ikea. They were cheap and I liked that I could customize them easily because they were so plain, but they didn’t last long at all. If you are going to use a cardboard box, I highly suggest you reinforce it with duct tape at the start of the year. Those style boxes are also available in metal.
  • Ice Cube Containers: I have found ice cube containers to work just as well as book boxes but are a fraction of the cost. You can usually find them at Walmart.
  • Baskets: Dollar stores often have a variety of baskets to choose from. The quality varies, but you can find some good options here. Because their selection is always different, I recommend purchasing a few extras at the start of the year to account for new students and breakage.
  • Canvas Totes: They offer an abundance of space and will last for more than one year. They can be personalized which is fun. They can be a challenge to store within the classroom. These are a good option if you have space to hang them or if you want the students to take their books between home and school regularly.

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