Read to Someone Bins {Tried it Tuesday}

My students participate in Daily 5 stations.  They go to 2-3 stations per day, depending on time and how they're behaving.  They choose a bookmark and follow the rotation listed.  You can read more about that here.

They have book boxes to keep independent reading books in.  They choose these books from my classroom library.  I can't really give them their guided reading books to keep in their book boxes because I have two classes and need to use the same books for both.

They had been just using their book boxes for both read to self and read to someone.  But, I was feeling like kids that had both of those stations on the same day weren't really liking it or that read to someone had become more of read next to someone.
Somewhere (tell me if it was you!) I saw that someone had baskets of double books for read to someone.  Over the summer, a colleague and I got a grant for books from Scholastic.  We got a fluency library package, which came with 4 copies of each book.  We split them so we'd each have two.  So, I made six read to someone baskets.  Excuse their appearance, I just stuck name tags on them with numbers for now.
So, when the kids have read to someone, they can get one of these baskets to use instead of their book box.  Since they are new and different books, they love it!  I even just put their basal reader (and copies of a really old series) in one of the bins, since we don't use it that often.  Now they're excited to do read to someone again and they are more on task with actual reading and doing so together.
Besides double copy books, I also put in a "I'll Read to You, You Read to Me" book in each basket.  I LOVE these books!  They are short rhymes/stories to read with a partner.  They all read to a rhythm and even come in fairy tale and fable versions.

On another note, we're having a baby shower for a teammate tomorrow and instead of making a fruit salad, I tried making fruit and cheese skewers for the first time.  A lot more work, but they look good and will be more fun to eat!


  1. Those fruit skewers look super yummy and colorful...just like your book baskets...well not the yummy part, but colorful and inviting!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. This is an AWESOME idea!! I am going to try this. Thanks, Jessica!
    Fourth Grade Flipper
    Those fruit and cheese skewers look so yummy!!

  3. I like this idea, but I haven't ever tried out Daily 5, I wasn't sure my kids would keep working. I have been having a reading center and if I don't keep watching them, they just sit and talk and or play. I am going to go back and read how you have them in rotations, that might help.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. I looove You Read to Me, I'll Read to You books for fluency! I have one large basket of any duplicate books I have- but I've never thought of giving them their own baskets that would be easy for partners to bring with them. Thanks for such a great idea!

    P.S.-- I am in serious, thinking-about-buying-a-ring, stages of loving your blog design right now.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad


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