Establishing a gathering place: I already use a gathering place in my room but I love the way Daily 5 incorporates frequent breaks at the rug to check in and change direction.
Good Fit Books: I'm really excited about this! I have been trying to get all the books in my classroom organized for a couple of years now and I think I've finally got it! I first started organizing by following Jessica Meacham's advice to label book bins. She has a great link to labels at her website www.jmeacham.com. I just love her!
Here are all of my author bins along with favorite characters.
These are all of the non-fiction books in my classroom, finally put into individual book bins!
A little more non-fiction
So now that I feel like I know where everything is at I think it will be easier for my students to find good fit books by using the key principles introduced in this chapter. Purpose (separating non-fiction from the fiction in my room) Interest (putting books in categories that appeal to students) Comprehend (I have a good mix of all levels in each bin) and Know. Now I just need to put together my individual book boxes and get them set up for the kiddos!