Guided Reading Organization Tip

Happy weekend, Owl buddies!  It's Dana from Prepping for the Primary Gridiron.  I wanted to share an organizational tip that can hopefully help you!

My guided reading books were taking over my space.  I kept them organized in a basket behind my reading table, but it was starting to get out of hand.  My kiddos were started to take off and their reading levels were changing left and right.  I had SO many different books from our school book room....something had to give.

So I thought about this idea:

I needed labels and quick access to students books.  Fiddling around in that overflowing basket was wasting my time.

I inherited this wooden mailbox/shelving unit this year.  I kept it behind my reading table and used it as a catch all.  I couldn't figure out how to utilize it.

So I rounded up my binder clips and stickers and started organizing.

I made this graph to keep up with my kids' reading levels.  We use Fountas and Pinnell.  Our EOY goal is a level J.  It's a great visual for both myself and the kids.

The blue dot is the reading level.  The red dot shows which students are on that level.  It's easy for me to grab and go!

I have to update the dots as the kids move levels, but it's SO much easier to do that than stumble through that messy basket of books!

How do you organize your guided reading books?


  1. Love the graph idea for keeping track of levels!
    Tales of a Tenacious Teacher

    1. Thanks, Kelli! The kids love seeing their colors go up!

  2. OOhhh love this idea!! now to find a mailbox center thingy like that ;-) LOVE the graph idea too!! thanks for sharing :-)

  3. LOVE the graph idea for tracking progress. We use F&P as well!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons


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