I'm linking up with a TON of AMAZING bloggers today to share with you some of our Brightest Ideas. Our hopes are that these ideas will help to make your life as a teacher a little easier…
Today, I'll be sharing easy and cheap ways that you can expand your classroom library. If you're a beginning teacher starting off with a small library or even a veteran teacher with a pretty good sized library, I feel that you can never own too many books! Using the tips I'm about to share with you today…my class library currently has over 1,000 books (all collected within a 3 year period).
Garage Sales have been the BEST place for me to find gently used, up to date, and CHEAP books. Craigslist makes it easy because I didn't have to drive around and around trying to find garage/rummage sales that had children books. All I needed to do was look under the garage sale category then type in key words I was searching for such as 'Children Books' or 'Chapter Books'.
I found that by heading to neighborhoods that were in the 'upper class' areas I got books that were in perfect condition, pretty brand new and really cheap! I've purchased books for as cheap as 5 cents a book. The most I've paid at garage sales have been 50 cents a book.
Also, going to rummage sales that are raising money for children sport teams, or churches have also been good. There are usually a ton of books going for really cheap!
I scored the entire Magic Tree House Series at a Baseball Rummage Sale….
and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books (hard cover) for 50 cents each!!
One-you get a better idea of the type of books your students are interested in. I like to order books that my students suggest so I know that they will be reading them. It also makes them extra excited about reading!
Two- Since the kids are taking the time to look through and circle the books, they are more likely to go home and ask their parents if they can order some of them. I definitely get way more orders when I allow the kids to preview them before taking them home.
and Three- The more orders you get the more points you rack up. I rarely ever spend my own money on books from Scholastic and only use points.
This is a win-win. Students are able to get a free book coupon and the class does as well. You'd be surprised at how quickly you can rack up free book coupons!
Students love to bring in their old books that they are done reading to donate to our class library. These cute and fun plaques have definitely bumped up the number of donations I've received. The kids love being able to write their names on the plaques…even more they love the idea that it will be in my class library for as long as I am teaching and that all their friends,cousins, siblings, etc will know that THEY donated the book :)
And my last tip for the day is to check your local library. I've found some really new books (that were in the Scholastic Book Orders) at the library for only 25cents!
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Next up on this hop is Randi from Teach it With Class. Head on over to her blog where you can learn about Teaching Key Words for Math Problems!