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Using Your School Bookroom. Wachusett Regional School District. What is the Purpose of the Bookroom?. Houses multiple-copy texts to support small-group intervention and differentiated instruction Provides suggestions to teachers as they develop interventions and differentiated instruction

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using your school bookroom

Using Your School Bookroom

Wachusett Regional School District

what is the purpose of the bookroom
What is the Purpose of the Bookroom?
  • Houses multiple-copy texts to support small-group intervention and differentiated instruction
  • Provides suggestions to teachers as they develop interventions and differentiated instruction
  • A central storage area in the school for multiple-copy texts
    • Whole-class novels (packaged in 6-packs)
    • Decodables that accompanied anthologies or packaged programs (packaged in 6-packs )
    • Content-related resources (e.g., an “immigration” bin containing relevant Eyewitness books, Time for Kids issues with articles on immigration, read aloud selections on immigration, photos of various immigrant groups throughout history, etc.)
how does a bookroom support intervention and differentiation
How Does a Bookroom Support Intervention and Differentiation?
  • Guided reading texts
    • Locate by text level
  • Strategy group texts
    • Texts that lend well to inferring, making connections, asking questions, etc.
  • Literature circle texts
    • Locate based on theme, genre, or text level
  • Texts for lower level readers, average readers, and advanced readers
    • Select a variety of bookroom collections to meet the needs of all small-groups in the classroom
what questions might teachers have upon entering the bookroom
What Questions Might Teachers Have Upon Entering the Bookroom?
  • What is in our bookroom?
  • How will I find appropriate texts for my small groups?
  • What are the limitations for use of bookroom texts?
  • What is the procedure for checking out books?
  • What is the procedure for returning books?
what is in our bookroom
What is in Our Bookroom?
  • Rigby
    • Non-authentic texts
    • Levels A-I
    • Approximately 40-45 titles at each level
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What is in Our Bookroom?
  • Scholastic
    • Authentic texts
    • Levels J-Y
    • 33-35 titles per level
what is in our bookroom2
What is in Our Bookroom?
  • Sundance
    • Non-authentic texts
    • Levels H-O
    • 52 titles
    • Fiction and nonfiction
    • High-interest/low readability
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What is in Our Bookroom?
  • You may want to incorporate your multiple-copy book sets already in the classroom/school
    • Whole-class novels packaged in six-packs
    • Books that came with anthology sets such as decodables (in six-packs if there are enough)
    • Content-related reading materials
how will i find appropriate texts for my small groups
How Will I Find Appropriate Texts for My Small Groups?
  • Look for specific text levels
  • Look for text recommendations that correlate to various strategies (Some schools will utilize a teacher idea exchange board or a space on the back of the sign out card for recommendations.)
  • Look for texts that correspond to a genre/author study (e.g., nonfiction, Eve Bunting) and a particular level
  • Look for texts that correspond to a theme (e.g., friendship) and a particular level
  • Look for content-related texts at particular levels
find out more about what is in the bookroom
Find out more about what is in the bookroom…
  • Review the list of titles on the district literacy website under the curriculum link at http://www.wrsd.net/literacy/.
  • Speak with your librarian about how the titles have been organized in the bookroom.
  • Check your colleagues sign-out cards to see if they have used titles you have selected. Ask them for suggestions.
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What to expect in a bookroom…Depending on the set-up of your bookroom, you may see some of the following organizational structures.
  • Magazine boxes
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Hanging bags
  • Stackable tubs
what are the limitations for use of bookroom texts
What are the Limitations for Use of Bookroom Texts?
  • Six packs only…no single copies should be removed from six-packs!
  • Texts are returned to the baggie after use by the small group…never incorporated into independent classroom libraries or “just-right” book bags
  • Bookroom texts do not go home with students
what is the procedure for checking out texts
What is the Procedure for Checking Out Texts?

Check with your librarian to find out which

procedures apply for checking out and returning texts.

  • Most schools have a card system for check out.
  • Most schools ask that you return booksto the bookroom rather than passing them on to the next teacher who may want them.
  • Some schools have a limit on the number of books you can check out.
  • Some schools have a limit on the amount of time for which books can be checked out.
  • Some schools may have a reservation system so that you can reserve a particular title for a certain time.
maintaining your bookroom
Maintaining Your Bookroom
  • Take out and return all six copies of a title (even if you will be using less than six)
  • Place six-packs back in their original location so that others can find them easily
  • Let your librarian know of any missing or damaged copies
  • Return books promptly once you are done using them