Leveling Your Library

Hi everyone,
   If you are like me, you have a ton of easy reader books.  Over the years I have amassed quite a collection.  Some I inherited when I took over the classroom, some were donated by other teachers or parents, and some were purchased by myself.  I have a great collection, but it contains books from many different publishers, and it can be a challenge to find out where that book fits in the guided reading spectrum.

  This summer I decided to gather up all of my easy readers, and organize them by level, in an effort to improve my guided reading groups.

   This first thing I did, was research how the different guided reading levels such as Fountas and Pinnel, Lexille, DRA, etc. were all related.  I found this great chart below, just click on the picture, and it will take you to the PDF

   I used the scholastic website for their Leveling Resource Guide as well, and then I started to look into individual publishers.  I looked up things like BOB books, and books from the Sunshine Group.  Basically whenever I picked up a new book I just flipped it over to see who the publisher was.  I then typed that publishers name into a Google search with something like this:

BOB books guided reading levels

  Up would pop all of the information that I would need for the levels.  Some books required more research than others, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by the number of books that I could find the correct level for.

  Inevitably there were some books who's level that I could not find, so I used this guide to help me place them in the correct category

  I bought some colorful book bins at the Dollar Tree and made some cute polka dot labels to go along with them (Freebie below).

  I'm sending book bags home with the kids this year as well, so I am hoping that this new organization will help the students and I pick the just right books for them!

Grab your book bin labeling freebies below:

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