Good morning and happy summer, friends! (Sorry in advance if you’re not on summer vacation yet, and you want to stab the computer for seeing this.)
I’ve recently gained quite a few wonderful followers, many of whom have asked for the availability of certain products that you’ve seen posted, but can’t find in my TPT store.
There also were some link issues with freebies I had posted. So my hope is to get all of these products uploaded for you in this post, so you can download for free and enjoy in your classroom next year. 🙂 Let’s get started!
First things first, the Library Pockets!
The entire download is available here!
The hand signals, which I’ve used for years and could not live without:
The pencil jar labels that again, I could not do without.
Please download these babies as you wish!
The Specials labels, which are formatted for the ones we have. My apologies if I haven’t included a Specials program that you have. Feel free to request, though!
These were changed after I posted (to black with brights on top). Slightly different, same idea!
Now, something new!
However, things are changing. I am so excited to find myself moving to third grade next year! After four years in fifth grade, I am ready for a change.
That means I packed up my room, lugged half of it home and left the rest in my new classroom, which I cannot wait to decorate and reveal. I also did some reflecting. For my 5th graders, I organized the books by AR level. I wanted to change it up for my new littles. As we transition to Common Core, our little ones will need to be a bit more well-versed in genre than before. (Or maybe I was just slacking.) So for this upcoming year, I did this:
(Love the engagement pictures easily visible through the coffee table top. Whoops!)
To make a long story short, I took the bins home, spray painted them (said a few bad words as I watched the spray paint slip down the plastic and die), then re-spray painted them with better paint meant for plastic, and created labels. The labels were laminated, attached with super glue and mod podge to secure them in place, because I don’t have such great luck with super glue.
Then, I created labels that align with Avery 8160 Address Labels (1″ x 2 5/8″). These labels are simplified versions of the black genre labels, as they include the same picture. This makes it super easy to see where the books belong,
I’m super excited about doing things this way! I really think it’ll help the kids choose books that fit their interests AND help them branch out and try out new genres. On a completely other level, when I want to model a specific genre, such as poetry, it’ll be very easy for me to find a book to guide the students through.
You can download the genre labels, the banners above the labels, and the avery labels by clicking on the links in this sentence! The avery labels contain a bunch of repeats, but again, this is what I found I needed to label all the books, so feel free to sift through and use as needed.
I hope that this post helps you find the things you want and need! Please comment below if you don’t see something you were hoping for, and I’ll do my best to get it up here soon. 🙂
Happy Summer, everyone!