Shoo! It has taken me nearly 3 years of teaching to figure this out, so it’s something I definitely need to share with you all! I’VE FINALLY FIGURED OUT A STRESS-FREE WAY TO ORGANIZE MY READING SUPPLIES!!! I love the way I organize my reading supplies now, and I love the feeling I get from always being prepared for small reading groups.
I keep everything in a file storage crate I got on sale at Jo-Anns (they are everywhere). I love how small and light it is, so I can carry it around the room with me during prep. and teaching time. Find one on Amazon HERE (or if it’s out of stock, find it at Walmart HERE).
Click here to download the free “Reading Supplies” sign for your file storage crate! You’ll only find it in my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY!
This file bin has three different sections front, middle, and back– which I will explain below…
FRONT: In the front of this file crate, I have a hanging file pouch. I love this pouch!! You can find one for yourself on Amazon HERE.
And in this pouch I keep my reading tools! See pic and explanation below…
1. Reading Strategy Mini Posters: These cute posters are made by Cara Carroll and I love them! I make sure all my students have them memorized by the end of the year. Struggling readers find them to be so helpful. I also have the larger posters in my reading area.
2. Finger Beams: Your students will LOVE these. They are great for making sure that your students are following along during small-group reading time. Your students will never get tired of these either! Find them on Amazon HERE.
3. Index Cards and Marker: I always have these handy for those big words my students are struggling with. While reading a book together, I’ll write down the hard words and we’ll practice them as a group until everyone has them down. Find the index cards HERE and marker HERE.
4. POW! A Zeno Sight Word Game: This game is a freebie on this blog! My students always beg to play this game and it helps them learn some of those tricky sight words. I also send this game (and instructions on how to play) home with my struggling readers.
6. Comprehension Question Cards: These adorable question cards are made by Abby Mullins! These cards are so convenient and we always choose one question to answer after every story.
MIDDLE: In the middle you will find four expanded file folders. These expandable file folders are quite durable. You can find them on Amazon HERE. I try to break my class up into four reading groups (or more… it depends on my class). In each file you will find 5 or more copies of the same book and a reading comprehension worksheet for each student in that group. Everyday after school, I change everything out (the books and comprehension worksheets) and then I am ready to go for the next day! EASY!
BACK: In the back you will find my Reading Comprehension binder and I USE THIS BINDER EVERYDAY! All the worksheets are generic, so they will work for any book and any reading level. At the beginning of the week, I run off the graphic organizers I need, depending on what comprehension strategy we are working on, and then I’m ready to go! You can find this Reading Comprehension Bundle in my TpT shop HERE.
Here is a sneak peek of the worksheets you’ll find in this bundle. The worksheets are generic, so they work with SO MANY books and any reading level.