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Thus begins the journey
2 Jun, 2012. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Please tell me that I am not crazy for starting this project. Let me just show you the mess that is in my living room right now.

I realized about 15 minutes into this project that I was going to need some new bins STAT. So, I went on a hunt. I went to Hobby Lobby and found these babies:

$2.49 each 
Then I thought I should price shop around a bit… went to Office Max (who doesn’t love basically school supply heaven– and of course I couldn’t resist some items…), then went to Target and then ended back at Hobby Lobby because they had the best bins for the price! I bought 15 bins: eight blue and seven green for $44.something. To me? That was a good deal. (I am NOT a bargain shopper… I have not been blessed with that gene although I am trying to learn your ways!!)
Alright so back at my house the sorting started to get a little better… (??)
Oh look! There is a floor! 
I decided to organize the books three (oh man…) ways. As you can see I have “themed character” baskets. (Clifford, Henry and Mudge etc.) But I also am attempting to level all my books. *this is taking so much longer than I imagined…* While also sorting out my “teacher read alouds” by month. I used to have all my books organized by the months when I read them/used them but The Daily 5 Friday book swaps took a tole on my organization.
(Level 1 and 2 books)
PS… After I began the labeling process I am *shocked* by the variation of all my “Level 1” books. I have some Level 1 books that are an A and others that are Ls! How does that make ANY sense??
(September read alouds)
I bought the CUTEST labels from Erica Bohrer’s TpT store and I looooove them. 
If you want to label your book collection, check out this link! Scholastic’s Book Wizard does the work for you! I wanted my book collection leveled by Guided Reading (A-Z) levels but you can also choose Lexile, DRA, or grade equivalent levels! All you have to do is type in the name of the book and it will tell you (if it is in the system) the level! Another awesome goodie is this baby: level comparisons! This link compares Grade Levels, Lexile numbers, AR levels, DRA numbers, Fountas and Pinnell AND Guided Reading levels! This has really come in handy for me because some books have a Grade Equivalent number but not the Guided Reading Level that I am looking for. Now all I have to do is look at this chart and I can put the correct label on my book!! WOO!

I decided that I am going to label 1-2 bins a day… knowing me though, the project will be finished by Monday because I can’t stand to have my house/classroom in shambles! In fact, I would have said Sunday, however, I am heading to brunch (Mmmmm) and to the movies today and then am babysitting one of my former firsties (and his siblings) on Sunday.

Wish me Luck! 

5 Comments
  1. It looks great so far! I love organizing my library. I really like your green and blue buckets. And, don’t worry, you’ll see your floor soon!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. Good luck with your project!! I plan to start the same one as soon as school gets out :) My kiddos, bless their hearts, have just destroyed our library so I need a new system haha

    ~Steph

    The Quirky Apple

  3. I did this over Christmas break! I put reading level and the AR code in each book. It took FOREVER but I love how easy it is for my students to find a book in their level now.

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  4. Hi Kristen,
    Welcome to the blogging world!!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  5. They look great! I am glad you liked my labels.

5 Comments

  • It looks great so far! I love organizing my library. I really like your green and blue buckets. And, don’t worry, you’ll see your floor soon!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  • Good luck with your project!! I plan to start the same one as soon as school gets out :) My kiddos, bless their hearts, have just destroyed our library so I need a new system haha

    ~Steph

    The Quirky Apple

  • I did this over Christmas break! I put reading level and the AR code in each book. It took FOREVER but I love how easy it is for my students to find a book in their level now.

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  • Hi Kristen,
    Welcome to the blogging world!!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  • They look great! I am glad you liked my labels.

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