Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Labels

This is about the 100th time that I've organized my books. Each year I continue to search for ways to sort my books making them easy for my students to find and put away in the correct book basket. I revamped my system this year (I can't promise it will be the final time, but I do think it's better than what I had before). I was inspired by my teaching friend Nicole's fabulous book sticker system.

Here's what to do:
1) Print the large book labels and laminate them. Attach them to book baskets.
2) Using Avery 5160 address labels, print the mini-book label stickers.
3) Cut the mini-book label stickers in 1/2 (as there are 2 per sticker) and stick on the corner of each book.
4) Sort your books into the corresponding book basket.

I am so excited to get back into my classroom and get this going. Last year my classroom library books were sorted using colored dots in the corners with more general categories (fiction, non-fiction, animals, etc.), but now it's very specific to the books I have in my classroom. This will make it much easier to find that perfect book I need when I'm doing read-alouds or to loan to a colleague.

More labels to come soon!
Book LabelsBook Stickers 1Book Stickers 2Book Stickers 3Book Stickers 4
Book Stickers 8
Book Stickers 9

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

End of the Year Thank Yous

What gift do you give a co-worker who has been helping you out all year? I found this free printable on eighteen25! It's a "Thanks a latte" card that is up my crafty-alley. I know the saying has been done to death, but it's super cute. I also made a personalized version of her subway art. I have been inspired by her blogging and sharing. Thanks eighteen25! Below is the version I made. I added my coworker's name to the bottom of the one I made so it's personalized. I plan on framing it and giving it as a gift. I changed the words a bit for our counselor (second version).
Listen to Your Teacher
Counselor Subway Art