Filing Places and Smiling Faces for the New School Year
Help me give my students an organization for leveled reading books. The filing cabinets and colored hanging file folders will provide an efficient way to store student copies of leveled books that correspond to each reading intervention lesson.
I work with students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, who are reading a year or more below grade level. I work at a public school in a high poverty, urban area, and my students generally come from homes with very limited or no literacy resources. Many of my students face challenges and traumatic situations at home, and these circumstances often hinder their abilities to succeed in school.
Because my students find reading to be difficult, my goal is to create fun and engaging lessons.
In particular, my students enjoy hands-on activities and using technology. Since all of my students struggle with reading, I strive to teach them the joys of reading and encourage them to persevere. My students take pride in seeing their reading improve and mastering new literacy skills. Whenever a student learns a new letter, masters a high-frequency word or successfully uses a decoding strategy, he or she is excited to show off his or her accomplishments.
With my students who are reading well below grade level, I use a literacy intervention program in which students read a leveled book with teacher assistance and then have their own black and white/paper copy of the same book to read independently. As my students struggle with reading, building their confidence with independent reading is very important. While I am extremely fortunate that the copies of the leveled books are provided for each student, finding a place to store over 1,500 books is challenging.
This filing cabinet and hanging file folders will allow my students to have an efficient, organized system for accessing their individual leveled books.
The colored hanging folders correspond to the grade level of the texts. (orange is for kindergarten, green is for 1st grade and blue is for 2nd and 3rd grade.) I will label each folder with the corresponding lesson number, so each set of books will have an easily identifiable storage location. The less time students (and/or the teacher) spend finding, gathering, and putting away their books, the more time we can spend on instruction and independent reading.
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