Robert the Reader hangs over my small group lesson area, remind students about things their brain is doing while they are reading.
“Be a STAR today!”
S – sign in
T – take time to organize for the day
A – attitude check
R – read any notes/directions on the board
My classroom library has all of our novels sorted by level and picture books sorted by topics. There is a “Book Return” box. My students help me to keep it organized by returning there so things can be re-shelved properly. I don’t have a “check out” system. We establish trust and responsibility and hope that our books get taken care of and returned in a timely manner!
I keep my desks in groups through the year, but I change my groups often. We share supplies with the buckets on each table to keep things readily accessible.