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Books in the Classroom


We are getting ready for our district’s new book adoption, so they are clearing out the district’s book room and have given us tons of decodable books. Decodable books offer children an opportunity to practice the phonics knowledge and skills they have learned within a controlled text. Children need to practice what they have been taught, in order to internalize the new learning and to develop reading fluency. 

I have 3 uses for these books.

Classroom Library

Every classroom needs to have an abundance of books to provide a print-rich environment for their students. Students must have access to a variety of books to grow as a reader and as a writer. Here are some ways to organize the books in your classroom.
Books Organized by Genre
Books Organized by Reading Levels

Browsing Box

You can use these books to make a browsing box for each student. A browsing box, also known as a book box, is a collection of books which are a sort of personal library for each individual student. The students use these books to read during silent reading or whenever they have a free moment. 

Browsing Box

This is a great Scholastic article on how to set up browsing boxes or book boxes.

After reading a book from the browsing box students can connect their reading to a writing activity.

Take Home Book Bags

Do you want your students to read more with their families?  I think I just heard a loud YES. As teachers, we can help provide the tools and resources to make reading with kids easier for families.  The take home book bag is the answer to strengthen your school and home partnership. Take home book bags are simply a collection of books that students take home in a gallon-size plastic bag. Students read these same books for about a week before changing out the books to practice both fluency and comprehension. These books are often accompanied with questions that parents can ask their children before, during or after reading. 



Keep Reading Accountable
A good way to keep students and parents accountable is to have students keep a reading log of books they read. There are several examples of reading logs.
Free printable reading logs to add to take home book bags or browsing boxes.

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