In fifth grade we go through American history from the time of the Native Americans and the Explorers to WWII. As we begin each new era, I go to the public library and pick up some non-fiction texts to accompany the unit to have in our room for the students to look through. As I was organizing my personal classroom library, I realized I wanted to hold onto these themed books and put them out as we got to each new unit. This way, I could have my books and the library books for the students to look through during silent reading time. Here's how I organized them:
I found an empty crate and some unused hanging file folders. I labeled each folder with the name of the unit.
The smaller books or magazines I was able to put right into the hanging file. Most units had more resources and bigger books, so I just put them behind the folder in the crate. Obviously I need some more resources for this unit....
And this is the crate all finished! It's pretty full, but there is still some room for a few more. I stuck this crate into an easily accessible cabinet so I will remember to put them out (fingers crossed.)
I did the same thing for our science units! We have WAY more non-fiction science texts, but they are class sets that I share with another teacher. They will be available for the kids, but since I share them I didn't want to store them in the same place.
I also sorted and stored themed historical fiction novels and picture books. I didn't snap a picture, but I'm going back to the classroom today, so I'll try to remember to grab one. I like having certain books out at certain times. It helps to supplement our units, but it also makes it more exciting when you change books out periodically.
Thanks for taking a look!