A love of reading is the great gift we can give students. As a 1st grade teacher and a former 5th grade teacher, fostering a community of readers consumes/consumed much of my time and energy…and it should! Reading opens doors, it expands worlds, and it connects us to the rest of the world. Research repeatedly says the more time students spend reading the better readers they will become. We, as teachers, cannot assume that students are reading at home. We must provide reading time within our daily schedule and that means we need awesome classroom libraries that tell students – “I love reading, and you should too.” Teaching is really expensive and classroom libraries are even more expensive. Although I love hitting up Good Will, thrift stores, and yard sales as much as any other teacher, my go-to for building my classroom library is always Scholastic Reading Club.
Organizing it All
On the left side of the folder, I keep any free-book coupons (from back-ordered items), bonus points, and birthday coupons. I like to designate a spot for these, so I make sure to use them. It’s too easy for them to become lost, and I hate losing-out on free books! On the right side of the folder, I keep all of the order-management materials – any paper orders students bring in, my mail-in order envelope (I put orders directly here so I don’t have to guess where they are), online order-code labels (which Scholastic provided this year!!! and you can always print some from your online Teacher’s Desk), and extra reminder bracelets.
Preparing for the Order
At the end of the day, I take 10 minutes after reflection (right before dismissal) to introduce the catalogs to students. My friends LOVE searching for their favorites books or books we’ve read together in class.
Connecting and Supporting Families
Ordering Online – Simply!
Maximizing Your Money and Bonus Points
About Your Bonus Points
THE BOOKS ARE HERE
We go around the room and each friend pulls out a book. As students look in the box, their eyes are HUGE and their friends giggle. Below you will see a month where I used LOTS of our bonus points. We sit around looking at the books, talking about if we know the characters, if they are nonfiction/fiction books, etc.
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