Like other teachers I try to read as much as I can to my students. I teach an ELD classroom that consists of all second language learners. They are so excited to hear these stories and they pick up so much proper English from these books.
I have approximately 800 read alouds and I can't store them in my classroom due to space. So I have some bookshelves at home where I store all my read alouds, or as my kids call them "Special Books." I have found it beneficial to have all my books at home so that when I lesson plan, I can go take a peek at my books to see which ones tie into my curriculum for the week.
Each month I read a chapter book to my class and we read about 1-3 chapters daily. We also have an "Author of the Month" study and we read one or two of their books each day. I also have certain books that tie into the curriculum or writer's workshop. I organize them each week and bring them in to school.
I have always run into the problem of misplacing my books. I have to stop and look for my book before I can read it and that can get real annoying. Some of my books have also disappeared all together :(
This has happened too many times and I began to think of how I can keep track of these books that I'm bringing in. A few months ago I made book hospital where all my damaged books get placed. That system has worked so well and it got me thinking of how I can use the same idea for my read alouds.
This weekend I finally sat down to make this read aloud book holder.
Here is a closeup of the little owl. I have an owl theme going on so I had to give this an owl theme as well.
I cut out all the pieces using my Cricut. The owl is from the cartridge "Hoot n' Holler" and the font is from "Nursery Rhymes."
So go on over to 4th Grade Frolics and link up your projects with Tara!