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Familiar Read Basket Organization





I like things organized and easy to get to.  Students need to reread books that they have already read.  Put those two together and you have familiar read baskets.  

I place student copies of the books we have read together into baggies.  One baggie per student.  Then these baggies go into designated baskets.  Since I teach multiple grades, I have a basket for different grades.  For the classroom teacher that teaches in small groups, you could have a basket per group.  


I have tried several things for holding the books:  book baggies with handles, cloth book bags, and plastic baggies.  The plastic baggies seem to work the best for me.  They are cheaper and easier to replace than the other ideas.  I will say though that I like the baggies with the Ziplock closure on them the absolute best.  Little hands can close them so much easier than trying to line up the little blue lines and pressing the bag closed.

Books in the baggies go into their designated basket.  Then the basket goes on the shelf.  These cute baskets even have an area for you to slip in a label so students know which is their basket.  I usually get out the basket I need and then pass out the baggies at the table for students to choose whichever books they want to read and in whatever order they choose.  I like for students to have some choice.  Or I just set the basket on the table and students come by to grab a baggie as they chose a spot on the carpet or other area to read.  Works very smoothly!  I trade out books as students increase in skills.  This also keeps the books fresh to where they don't get tired of them.


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27 comments:

  1. Those familiar reads are so important! Your baskets are pretty!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  2. Thank you for the idea, as well as how you implement it! I am always looking for ways to help my struggling readers.

    Halle
    Across the Hall in 2nd

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  3. I keep my familiar rereads handy too and get them out quite frequently. Keeping them organized isn't always easy. Looks like you have a great system worked out.

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. I also use Ziploc Gallon bags for my picture books! I love that I can label the bags with each of the categories if I want to!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  6. That is a wonderful organizational idea & it accommodates students of all reading levels. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  7. Hi..I am a new follower. Love the ideas on your blog. Re-organizing my library is one of the first things I need to do at the start of the new school year. Would love for you to stop by my blog sometime and check it out.

    Thanks...Patti

    http://talesfroma4thand5thgradeteacher.blogspot.com/

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  8. Very important...great post. I love this! BTW, make sure you stop by my blog and join because my first giveaway is going live in less than 24 hours!

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  9. I love this post! It's so good to let kids re-read books over and over so that they can feel like accomplished readers.

    I know you may have already received these awards, but I wanted to let you know that I gave you the One Lovely Blog award AND the Versatile Blogger award!

    You can go claim them at Miss A's Kindergarten!

    Sarah

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  10. I agree, Jennifer, rereading is important! The baskets are from Walmart.

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  11. Thank you, Halle! I hope the idea helps.

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  12. You said it, Tammy! Being organized is a huge help. :)

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  13. Thank you, Erica! If it isn't organized, it doesn't work for me. :)

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  14. Kaitlyn, those plastic baggies are the best! So many different uses!

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  15. Thank you, Lisa R.! For me, organization is key to getting everything in that I need to.

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  16. Thank you so much, Patti! I will definitely come check out your blog. :)

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  17. Thank you so much, Katie!! I will definitely stop by and see your giveaway!

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  18. Wow! Two awards! Thank you so much, Sarah!

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  19. Hi there. I just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to see what you have to do to redeem :)

    Patti
    Versatile Blogger Award Post

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  20. Patti, how nice of you to do that! Thank you so much!!

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  21. Yup, I use the ziploc bags too. But my kids keep their own books in a plastic magazine holder.
    Love your baskets!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  22. Thanks Barbara! I got the baskets at Walmart. That is a great idea about keeping them in a magazine holder too!

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  23. Lori,

    So happy to have found your blog. I will definitely be revisiting you throughout the year. This will be my first year teaching ELA, used to teach Math, and I have been looking around for ideas.

    Thanks for all your ideas!

    Come by and explore my blog.
    Patti
    On The Road To Success

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  24. Thank you, Patti Wilson! I hope you can find something here that you can use. I will definitely come see your blog!

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  25. Those baskets are soooo cute! Love the colors. I so enjoy listening to the kiddos re-read stories - whether driven by their love of the story or the comfort and confidence from reading what you know - it's happiness either way!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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  26. Thanks for visiting, Traci! I love to listen to them reread also. I love hearing that growth from the first read when the book was introduced then a reread later on- so much better! :)

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