Optimum Organization 6.22.13

We hope you are all having a great Saturday!  
This week we are showing 1 of the ways we organize books that students can choose to put in their Daily 5 buckets.  The system below is a set of drawers that are color coded.  The color codes stand for the book levels that are inside each drawer:
RED = Levels 1-2 / 3-4 / 5-6
ORANGE = Levels 7-8 / 9-10 / 11-12
YELLOW = 13-14 / 15-16 / 17-18
GREEN = 19-10 / 21-22 / 23-24

We like that each color is more than just one level; it gives the students a larger range to choose their "Just Right books."  

Overall, the system works pretty well and we will keep it going next year.  

I saw these online (Really Good Stuff); I think these would be great because students would be able flip through books very easily; I'm sure the price tag is lofty though for as many as you would need...

Our kiddos put their "Just Right books" in these cute buckets that you can get each year (in an array of colors) at the Dollar Spot for $2.50 each.  They have worked out pretty well.  I didn't have any pictures of the buckets filled with books or with their cute little name tags (sigh!)...

A schedule to organize when kiddos switch books has always been a downfall of mine; how have I not just done this all along????

Have any of you tried out the Level It Books app?  Sounds like a great idea; reviews seemed to be a mix of good and bad.  Definitely helpful in the never ending job of leveling and organizing books!

Looking forward to seeing all of your organizational tips! 


  1. I will have to check out the Level it Books app. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. Love your schedule for check out. I need to do this!

    Success in Second Grade

    1. I can't wait to try it. I've never had a great system. This is so easy; I just don't know why I haven't done it this way all along!

  3. I have tried Book Retriever, an app for leveling and it was not what it was cracked up to be. Let us know if you try out Level It and how it works for you. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

    1. I worried about that. I know that Level It had mixed reviews on the app store site.

  4. I really like the Level It app. I have a review of it on my blog. Since that post, they have also made some additional improvements.
    Hope that helps!
    The Bomb-Diggity Classroom

    1. Cool, we will have to check your review out!

  5. What a great system! Thanks for the tip on the app, too. And, thank you for linking up with us :)

    Fun in Room 4B

    1. Thank you for hosting! Great idea for a linky.

  6. Wow! That might just work! I've been looking for a system for storing and retrieving books that would not cluster up our library area and also keep things organized!!!!