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12 Places to Get Free and Low Cost Books for the Classroom

12 Places to Get Free and Low Cost Books for the Classroom

Providing a literature-rich classroom environment is important to ensuring student success.  Variety, in both genres and reading levels, is essential.  However, as all teachers know, the onus of stocking that classroom library is firmly on the teacher herself.  While families busily gather supplies the week before school starts, the average classroom teacher has been busy
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5 Tips for Maintaining a Great Classroom Library

5 Tips for Maintaining a Great Classroom Library

The classroom library is one of the most important areas of the learning space.  A welcoming, engaging space leads to more eager readers.  One of the challenges for teachers is to create an environment that is not only functional and organized, but that also captures their students’ attention.  The following tips are great, low-cost ways
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Magazine File Box Storage

Magazine File Box Storage

Idea by Melissa, Kindergarten Teacher, Plant City, FL As I get my classroom library ready for the next year, I make sure all books are back in their home and update my database of books. I have over 1,000 book titles to date. I keep all of my books in labeled plastic magazine file boxes.
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Literacy Totes

Literacy Totes

Idea by Heidi, Pre-K Teacher, American Canyon, CA For me, the best way to store my class library is with the help of plastic tote bags. I designate a plastic book tote for each month of the year, and a couple extra for the major holidays. In each tote I place all the books that
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Genre Lessons Help Organize Books

Genre Lessons Help Organize Books

Idea by Laura, a 4th Grade Teacher, in the APO Armed Forces. I use inquiry to help students understand book genres while also providing a method for organizing my classroom library.  Here’s how: I provide small groups of students with a short stack of books and a classification chart featuring book genre definitions. I have
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There’s an App for That!

There’s an App for That!

Idea by Jared, a 5th Grade Teacher, in Harker Heights, TX. I set up my classroom library by grouping my books into genre-specific crates.  I then scan each bar code into a free app that stores them like a library. That way, I can always keep track of who has borrowed which book title.  


20 Best Education Books for Your Professional Development Library

20 Best Education Books for Your Professional Development Library

Looking for some great professional development books to dive into this summer?  Check out 20 of the must-have education/teaching books below.  Is your favorite not listed?  Leave a comment below and let us know which ones you would recommend!   The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong   Literacy Work Stations by
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How to Make Your Classroom Library More Muchier or What to Put in a Classroom Library by Pam Margolis

How to Make Your Classroom Library More Muchier or  What to Put in a Classroom Library by Pam Margolis

  by Pam Margolis, Guest Blogger Did you ever hear the Alice in Wonderland quote “You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness”..? Well sometimes, classroom libraries can lose their muchness. Classroom libraries can often be a hodgepodge of old and new books: some missing covers, others containing spilled coffee stains, crayon markings,
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#TeachChat Archive: Library Organization Tips and Tricks – June 13, 2012

#TeachChat Archive:  Library Organization Tips and Tricks – June 13, 2012

Having trouble organizing your classroom library? Get some great tips and tricks from Really Good Teachers who joined us for #TeachChat on Wednesday, June 13th. Don’t forget, to read the transcript – scroll down and read up!


Top Tips to an Organized and Successful Classroom Library by Becky Elmuccio

Top Tips to an Organized and Successful Classroom Library by Becky Elmuccio

by Becky Elmuccio, Guest Blogger During my years of teaching and private tutoring experience, I have observed that having an organized and full classroom library is a major part of running a successful elementary level classroom. Having plenty of books on each reading level and in each genre, giving clear expectations for how students check
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