8.19.2013

Organize Your Reading Supplies!


Shoo! It has taken me nearly 3 years of teaching to figure this out, so it's something I definitely need to share with you all! I'VE FINALLY FIGURED OUT A STRESS-FREE WAY TO ORGANIZE MY READING SUPPLIES!!! I love the way I organize my reading supplies now, and I love the feeling I get from always being prepared for small reading groups. 


I keep everything in a file storage crate I got on sale at Jo-Anns (they are everywhere). I love how small and light it is, so I can carry it around the room with me during prep. and teaching time. 


This file has three different sections front, middle, and back-- which I will explain now... :)

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FRONT: In the front of this file crate, you will find a hanging file pouch. I love this pouch!! You can find one for yourself on Amazon {here}.


In this pouch you will find... 


1. Reading Strategy Mini Posters: These cute posters are made by Cara Carroll and I love them! I make sure all my students have them memorized by the end of the year. Struggling readers find them to be so helpful. I also have the larger posters in my reading area.

2. Finger Beams: Your students will LOVE these. They are great for making sure that your students are following along during small-group reading time. Your students will never get tired of these either!

3. Index Cards and Marker: I always have these handy for those big words my students are struggling with. While reading a book together, I'll write down the hard words and we'll practice them as a group until everyone has them down.

4. POW! A Zeno Sight Word Game: This is a freebie in my TpT shop. My students always beg to play this game and it helps them learn some of those tricky sight words! I also send this game (and instructions on how to play) home with my struggling readers.

5. Digraph Flash Cards: We work on these ALL YEAR LONG. I always pull them out during the last few minutes to review. You can find these flash cards and more, in my Digraph unit on TpT!

6. Comprehension Question Cards: These adorable question cards are made by Abby Mullins! These cards are so convenient and we always choose one question to answer after every story.

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MIDDLE: In the middle you will find four expanded file folders. These expandable file folders are a little expensive, BUT SO WORTH IT! They are also quite durable. You can find them on Amazon {here}. I try to break my class up into four reading groups (or more... it depends on my class). In each file you will find 5 or more copies of the same book and a reading comprehension worksheet for each student in that group. Everyday after school, I change everything out (the books and comprehension worksheets) and then I am ready to go for the next day! EASY! 


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BACK: In the back you will find my Reading Comprehension binder and I USE THIS BINDER EVERYDAY! All the worksheets are generic, so they will work for any book. At the beginning of the week, I run off the worksheets I need, depending on what comprehension strategy we are working on, and then I'm ready to go! You can find this Reading Comprehension Bundle in my TpT shop {here}. 

If you already own the Reading Comprehension Bundle, then click {here} to get the cute binder cover!


Here is a sneak peek of the worksheets you'll find in this bundle:



 Click on the picture below to check out the Reading Comprehension Bundle!!


How do you keep your reading supplies organized? Please share in the comments below! 

20 comments:

  1. LOVE this! So simple but so perfect! I have the same goal as you this year...actually PLAN for my reading groups every day!

    Thank you for sharing. I LOVE your comprehension resources. :)

    Amy
    What Happens in First Grade

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  2. This is great! My friend and I have been trying to perfect some sort of set-up for guided reading...thank you for sharing!

    Meredith
    1, 2, Eyes On You!

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  3. I love your setup! I will be making one of these tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing.


    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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  5. Love it! Such a great idea, and I think I have the perfect tote for it! :)

    Kim
    Carried Away in... K!

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  6. I just purchased your Reading Comprehension Bundle and am looking forward to using it this year with my firsties! I enjoyed reading about your reading supplies organization and hoping I can manage something similar this year! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. I do something similar but I don't go through a book a day and keep the worksheets in file folders on the wall that I change out every day.

    Melissa
    Ms. Chae Charges In

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  8. Love this entry! Thank you for posting! :)

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  9. Thanks for the cover freebie! I already own you comprehension packs and also find it great for subbing when there is nothing organised, I love that you can use them with pretty much any book!

    Tania
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

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  10. Brilliant...golden post. Thanks for sharing.
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

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  11. Thank you soooo much!!! I completely struggle with this and always seem to be forgetting something... I am going to put this into action this year :-)
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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  12. I love this idea - I am going to put this on my to do list for tomorrow - have a crate that was just sitting here looking for a purpose :)

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  13. I have your reading comprehension (set 1) AND LOVE IT! Can you tell me the name of your font that you used to write "Reading" on your reading supplies sheet?? I LOVE IT!

    Jenna

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  14. I've never seen that hanging pouch or those finger beams! Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This is such a great idea and I will definitely be trying it out. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. You are so organized!

    I'm hosting a teacher linky party, "Better Together," this week. I'd for you to join us!
    http://mprintblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Better%20Together

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  17. Really that is a great blog. I read out the whole and feeling good.. Toronto website designer be happy..

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  18. My kids absolutely love the POW game. I have had to make extra sets to send home for parents. Thank you for the organisational tips too, we do guided reading quite differently at my school in England and your blog has really helped me to make my guided reading sessions much more fun and effective.

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thanks for the love ♥

 
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