Throwback Thursday and Christmas in July: Day 5

Are you all gearing up for the new school year or still chillin' at the pool? I thought I'd give you a little post about my library and how it's organized and set up for Reader's Workshop.  So here is a post from March of 2011. 

  So if you know me, I'm a little bit particular about my classroom.  Only furniture of primary colors may enter. Everything is labeled and has it place, (except for a few exceptions that hide behind cute curtains) and every book has a special spot.  So I thought I'd share my library organization and how books are leveled.  First the books are sorted in different color bins. Red is fiction, blue is nonfiction, yellow are chapter books and green are poems and song books.
 Our Library
 Reader's Workshop Book Bins
 Leveled books taken home for reading at night

 Our Reading Rainbow
Each part of the rainbow is a level. A (red 1) is a GR. Level A.
A (red 2) is a GR. Level B, (Red 3) is a C, (Orange 1) is a D and so on.  

 Books are sorted by topic. 
 Then they are all leveled according to the rainbow. See the white dot on the corner of the book.
 Each book has a sticker that matches the basket's label.  This way students can easily return them to their proper place.

I absolutely love books. Can you tell? And I love teaching students to read.  And... I really love Reader's Workshop.

If you want the library labels and matching stickers, they are all available on my site

I also just placed a Reader's Workshop Response Sheets Pack on Teachers pay Teachers.  It included graphic organizers for schema, connections, visualization/mental images, inferences, questioning, synthesis and story elements.  
Be sure to check it out.  


Today is also Day 5 of Christmas in July.  
I am putting my holiday center packs on sale. You can grab them for 20% off. 
You can click below to grab these centers.
I also have a sample of my centers in my TpT store you can grab. 
It's also a holiday center that aligns to Common Core Math.
I have also placed my rainbow reading poster shown above in the Fan Freebies on my Facebook Page. Just go on over and LIKE my page to grab the poster. 


  1. I love how you organize your book bins! What a great way to keep the same kind of books together.
    First Grade Funtastic

  2. Your room looks so organized! I like how you keep your leveled books!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  3. Michelle,

    That's how I organize my books, but they are leveled by AR. I need to print out the stickers over the summer to match the bin labels:)

    Thanks for sharing!
    The Resourceful Apple

  4. Oh, all those bins and books all in their right place just makes my brain smile - all is right with the world! lol... I actually have all of my books numbered with the same basket they go into so there are really NO excuses to put it back in the wrong spot, is there?
    Glad I'm not alone!
    Whimsy Workshop

  5. wow! I'd love to be this organized. Your room is beautiful and I'm not surprised!

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  7. I'm so glad you reposted your library, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I think I inned it the first time, I am definitely pinning it again. You are an inspiration! I am in a new room and having a library like yours is my goal. I can't wait to get started.

    Terri Izatt

  8. Michelle, I just loved getting to take a peek in your room! I'm so glad you posted it as a Throwback Thursday. Your reading area is so organized. I planned on dividing my books into levels and themes for this coming up year. You have officially inspired me to trudge forward. Thanks for sharing!


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