Storage for Leveled Books

Carrie - posted on 08/22/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have an idea for my first graders to store their leveled books? We do Readers Workshop and the children need to keep & carry books at their individual reading level. Last year, I used Ziploc bags, but they quickly got ripped/broken. Also, inexpensive is the name of the game! I was considering reusable shopping bags (which are kind of big), canvas craft bags, or actually sewing some type of bag. Just wondering if anyone who does Readers Workshop has come up with a creative option?? Thanks.

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Maya - posted on 08/24/2010

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I put their leveled books in gallon plastic zip lock bags w/ their name on it.. I leave a basket in the middle of each table and the students put their ziplock bags in the basket. If the basket gets in the way, I assign a two children to place it under the table for certain activities.

Julie - posted on 08/23/2010

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target has these rubbermade snap totes that are only about four inches deep but 8X6 they might work..I use them for project boxes...or maybe those scrapbook page carriers?

Lisa - posted on 08/22/2010

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I also teach 1st grade and do the Daily 5 where the children carry their leveled books AND "Good pick" books around the room. I use Dollar Store baskets that look like mini laundry bins that have handles. They work wonderfully. For record keeping sake and to avoid naming the baskets- I number the children by their first name and the only thing on the basket is their number. It is easy, simple and clean. No changing name labels form year to year. At the end of the year the students clean them out with clorox wipes and they stack well to store until next year. As far as bags to TAKE HOME for each night- I have a binder that has a plastic envelope in the back that opens at the top. These also last all year. Hope this helps! I have pix if you send my your email I can send them! :) Enjoy your year!

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Mary - posted on 09/05/2010

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I was also thinking of Oriental Trading..they sometimes have those canvas tote bags that are fairly inexpensive

Dixie - posted on 09/04/2010

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I had kids bring in old cereal boxes and cut them to match he shape of those magazine storage boxes you can buy in plastic, basically just an angle from about 1/2 way up one side to the opposite top. Then put a name label on the tall side for each child to be able to find their own and put them on a shelf.

Carrie - posted on 09/03/2010

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I lied...we have started Readers' Workshop this week (week 1). I ended up using the gallon plastic baggies, but I might switch and try some of your ideas. Thanks for all the help.

Carrie - posted on 08/29/2010

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More interesting ideas. Thank you all. I've still got some time to figure this out as we don't start workshop until about the 3rd week of school.

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I also teach 1st grade and do Daily 5 in my room, along with take home books. I keep my leveled take home books separate from other books and the kids use gallon size zipper pull Hefty bags for those. They usually only need one bag all year long. For the Daily 5, I buy white cardboard magazine files from Ikea ($2.99 for 5 of them) for each kid every year. I have a separate set of leveled readers from our Houghton Mifflin reading adoption and then "good fit" books from the classroom library that the kids put in the boxes. I keep the boxes on a short bakers rack that I got at Target for about $30. It's definitely an investment, but it works really well. Good luck to you!

Jessica - posted on 08/28/2010

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in the past i have made my own magazine boxes from cereal boxes. cutting a diagonal line 3 inches from the top on one side and the bottom of the other. reinforce with a bit of packing tape and there you go.

Carrie - posted on 08/26/2010

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That's a good way to keep the ziploc bags. I used the gallon baggies with the zipper pulls. However, the kids like to inflate them and use them as pillows!! It has been interesting to see how many of you are doing Readers Workshop. Our first grade piloted it last year and Grade 2 is supposed to try it this year. We had Kathy Collins come to our school for a reading workshop last June. She reaffirmed all the things we did last year. Oh, I'd like to hear more about your Daily Five ideas, everyone :-)

Dianna - posted on 08/25/2010

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We use the gallon ziplock bags; when they tear up...just get another one. I always bought the better brand as their seem to last longer as they seem to be a thicker plastic. However, you always have those who somehow get a hole in their baggies...or lose them (?) somehow! I love to sew; but 25 cloth bags are an idea.

Carrie - posted on 08/24/2010

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I'm going to try Target and maybe Michael's today to check out your ideas. You've all been so helpful at getting me to think outside the "box" LOL!!

Carrie - posted on 08/23/2010

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Thanks for the great ideas. I will look at the dollar store for more of those baskets. I have 2 that I bought last year...Thanks so much for the suggestions :-)

Robin - posted on 08/23/2010

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You may check the dollar store. Sometimes you can find great book type bags for cheap.

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