1. I feel like it's a really great way to get the kids thinking about their favorite books.
2. They help me organize the classroom library and make it their own.
3. They are able to identify books by genre in their reading responses.
These books have not been sorted so the bin label does not match the genre.
This year after identifying and defining the different genres I added a new activity I found in a very old issue of Mailbox Magazine.
I filled these little buckets I had from an old math lesson with books. Each bucket held 4-6 books all from the same genre. Their task was to work with their group members to determine the genre of their bucket and write how they knew. Here's the worksheet they used to document their thinking!! Yes, it says "bag" because I had planned on purchasing pretty little bags, but then found these buckets in a cabinet and thought..."Why spend the money?". Next year I'll have to change the title to "bucket".
This pic was taken pre-sort so the books in the bins are not sorted.
I teach three sections of reading so each class was able to sort books for our library. I've never done it this way before and I'm SO thankful I did. I really feel like all 68 of my little fourth graders now have ownership of OUR classroom library. Even though they may not be in my homeroom, they still feel like this is THEIR library and that makes me smile!!
Look for a post tomorrow about our annual name project using Chrysanthemum, writing, and Tagxedo!