I was recently asked to be a guest teacher at my university, Abilene Christian University. I was asked to teach about the Daily 5 and how I utilize this method of classroom management in my Kindergarten classroom. I LOVE the Daily 5!
I strongly believe that you need an organized classroom library in order to help your Daily 5 go smoothly. One component of Daily 5 is Read to Self. During Read to Self, students read books on their level that they choose to keep in their book box. When your library is in order, this component of Daily 5 can be enjoyable for the students and the teacher. Here is a picture of some of my kinder cuties' book boxes.
I purchased them from IKEA and allowed students to decorate them.
Now onto the library organization. When I started organizing my library, I organized my books by topic. I just sorted them based on what books I already owned. I didn't go off a recommended list since I may not have had books that fit into those recommended categories. Then I divided each category into book bins I purchased from Lakeshore. Then I created a label for the book bins with a picture to match the label. I also added a number to the label.
I printed a second copy of the label and attached it to the bookshelf where the book bins stay. This helps my cuties know where the book bin goes once they have finished searching through it.
Then I take colored circle labels and attach them to the back of each book. I write the number on the circle labels that matches the book bin the book will go into.
Now students can choose books by topic and know where to return them when they are finished enjoying them. Here are two pictures of my library.
I also have a leveled library so my cuties can search for books that are more readable (is that a word?) to them. I purchased these book bins from Calloway House because they have three compartments inside of them. I use two of the them, so that allows me six compartments to hold six different levels of books. I divided my emergent readers by level and then placed them into the six different compartments. I also place a different colored circle sticker on each compartment of the book bins.
I then placed the matching colored sticker onto each book in each compartment.
Now students can choose books on their level and know where to return them.