Saturday, December 15, 2012

Help Please! Classroom Library Basket Labels

My classroom library is a mess. I've been purchasing new books like crazy over the last few months to make my library more grade appropriate. Being in 2nd grade last year, I had a lot of picture books. I've been purchasing chapter books from Scholastic, Amazon, and Sam's Club over the last few months and my library needs some revamping.

Last year I purchased baskets from Really Good Stuff for my classroom library. I also bought a labeling set {which appears to no longer be sold separately}with clear vinyl sleeves with plastic rings that fit 5" x 1.5" labels in them. I had to leave the baskets since the school reimbursed me for them, but I took the labels since I paid for them. I've created labels to fit these sleeves and need your help. I have 13 pages with 6 labels on each page, which include a variety of genres and nonfiction topics. I need your help to add more genres and/or topics to my library. I know series are popular, and I'd love to add series to the set as well.

Please comment and let me know what other topics/genres/series are of interest to you. Leave your email with your comment and I'll email you the set for free, once finished. I'll be adding this set to my Teacher & Classroom Organization Labels on TPT.

Here's what I have so far...













Thank you! =]

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 in 12


12. Favorite Movie You Watched

Of course, The Hunger Games. Besides Harry Potter, this is the best book to movie series I've seen. All the others just haven't "accurately" matched my visualizations of the characters and settings.

11. Favorite TV Series

Complete guilty pleasure, and perhaps I shouldn't admit that. I am in love with Sons of Anarchy.

10. Favorite Restaurant

Over the last year, I've discovered Olive Garden's chicken gnocchi soup. Now I have to go at least once a month for lunch - soup, salad, & breadsticks!

9. Favorite New Thing You Tried

Don't laugh... driving more than 5 miles to work. Call me spoiled, sure. Taking my current position requires me to drive 26 miles each way. I enjoy the drive, now, but I almost didn't take the position because of the drive. I was absolutely terrified to drive on the highway before.

8. Favorite Gift You Received

This is tough. I don't really receive gifts often because I purchase as I want. And I mostly just want for my classroom because as a new teacher, that's where my greatest need is.

I recently had a parent purchase an all-in-one printer for my classroom. Definitely my favorite thing this school year. {So grateful!}

7. Favorite Thing You Pinned

My students have a really hard time with writing this year. This writing rubric has helped improve their reading responses SO much.

6. Favorite Blog Post

Back to School Night 2012 - it was such a great success for me and I feel like this post has lots of good ideas {and some freebies}!

5. Favorite Accomplishment

My small business on Etsy boomed this summer, which was huge for my classroom. All of my business funds get put right into my classroom. I also opened both a Teachers Pay Teachers and a Teachers Notebook store. I had two large DonorsChoose projects funded as well. It was financially a great year for my students.

4. Favorite Picture


Picture taken at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT - May 2012.

3. Favorite Memory



I went to my first NFL game in San Francisco in October 2012. It was so much fun.

2. Goal for 2013

Reorganize and simplify my life.

1. One Two Little Words

Let go... {of what I can't control}.