Em collected books from our bookroom, I raided my daughter's books, and here's what my classroom bookshelves looked like when we started.
We also transformed our hallway into a "jungle" (thanks to our student aide and Em) that would later be the entrance to our Safari Walk. *SQUEAL* You're going to love it, just hold your horses. :) Our firsties absolutely love, love, LOVED our Safari Walk. Here's the hallway..
and then the magic book fairy (Em) matched each student with a book at their level.
Next, we tabbed our info with tabs that corresponded to the colors of our chart. Here's what the chart looked like. This chart was inspired by a presentation we heard at Reading Recovery last year.
I'll leave you with a few pictures of our Safari Walk. We made Safari Hats from paper plates and bowls which was of course inspired by Pinterest. CLICK HERE to see. :) Our classroom desks turned into four person Jeeps. Again, we were inspired by Pinterest. CLICK HERE to see this one.
I'll be back with more later. I hear a crying babe upstairs, so I'm off to my "other job". :)
Three cheers for research!