I'm linking up with my friend Gina in her What Works Wednesday linky party....a few days late. Today I'm going to share how I gather my level library books for my small groups without it taking up my entire planning period.
At my school our leveled library is located in a room attached to the library. (*I'm thankful for all of the volunteers that help keep it tidy and organized!*) I used to take my list of group levels and write down each set of books that I picked up. Then I would haul my books back to my room and sort them out into groups. It really took my whole planning period. I knew there had to be a more efficient way to do things. After I thought about it I felt so foolish. Why was I making it so difficult for myself?!
Here's what I do now:
My groups are leveled by color. I purchase the giant set of Post Its at the beginning of the school year from Costco and use them for everything! When I go to the leveled library I grab my sets of books for each group and stick a Post It on it for that group. I call my students up by their group color and write down the title of their book onto the Post It as I pass them out. I stick all of the Post Its inside one of my cupboards. If a book winds up on the floor I can easily look and see which group it came from.
When it's time to pick up the books and return them to the leveled library I set the Post Its out on desks and students place their book in a stack. We put a rubber band around our books and put them back in our tub. The kids love that they can help out, and I love that my entire planning period isn't spent on gathering and sorting books. Be sure to check out the other blogs that have linked up what works for them! Have a great Saturday!