My Book Battle

Friends~I don't know about you but I battle every year with my class about putting books away properly.  I don't care if I label every book with a matching book tub label somehow books end up where they shouldn't be! 

I am now arming myself with my newest scam to get my kiddos to place the books back where they found them!  I kinda borrowed it from the library.  Check out my Book Back Marks! 

I grabbed some door hanger thingies at the craft store yesterday.  I love that they have a hole in them.  I am going to hang them from our work carts at the end of each of my table groups.  My students will ONLY be able to check out a book from our classroom library if they have their BBMs (Book Back Marks)  I am hoping that we will be able to keep our classroom library nice and neat this year. 

I have spent the summer grabbing tons of new chapter books for my 2nd graders.  Check some of my stash out below!  I can't wait to add them to our classroom library!

I have always been a picture book junkie but I am afraid I am starting to have the same issue with chapter books.  I love using novel studies with my students.  It is an awesome way to have an interactive read aloud and also teach a ton of skills all at once.  At the beginning of the year, I use my novel studies in small groups but by the end of the year we are doing large group novel studies where my students respond to literature during the readings.  The thinking that goes on during these lesson is incredible.  If you are interested in checking out some of my novel studies I use in class you can click HERE

Be sure to check out my newest Novel Study Bunnicula!  I do love the Bunny Vampire.  If you are not familiar with this book you have to grab a copy for the month of October.  Your class will fall in love with Harold and Chester.   It is a must read in room 331! 

Click the image above to check it out and download a
 preview of the file.  

I report tomorrow for meetings all day but I am hoping to get a bit done in my classroom.  Wait until you see my fun Seat Treats for my kiddos on Meet the Teacher Night!  



  1. I am going to have to try this. We have been in school for one week and my books are already a mess. My mom is a librian so I have her love of books but also her order for books so this is a constant battle I have every year.

  2. The book thing drives me crazy, too! I am only a second year teacher, so I have a lot of book hand-me-downs, and I don't really care if they don't care for those and just let them go wild. However, I also borrow books from our school library to supplement my not so great class library, and last year my students did a good job at keeping them separate. The little guys this year, though, are completely different and keep mixing up the two different shelves >.< I'm going to have to think about what I want to do to keep them from messing up all the books!

  3. I absolutely love this idea! Can't wait to try it. No matter how many times I've encouraged my students to take better care of the library, it always ends up a mess. This is simple and great!


Extra, extra tell Mrs. Schroeder about it!