Friday, January 18, 2013

Classroom Library Cards

A reading log can be a major pain, especially when my students never update them! Some have even gone months without updating it! This year I tried a new idea in my classroom to help my class stay accountable for their reading log. I created my own library card system.  Here is a picture of it:
 I bought the envelopes at a teacher store near my town and made these library cards to put in them. 

My class LOVES filling out their library card.  This is how it works; every time a student starts a new book or finishes a book they are responsible for updating their “library card.” They have really taken ownership of their card and it helps them stay organized and keep track of all the reading they do.  I love it because I am easily able to see what books they are reading as well as how long they have spent on each book. It literally takes a matter of seconds! Students keep their library card when they are finished with their book project so they can keep track of the number of books they have read. This has really helped my students organize their book list.  Not to mention, it adds to my classroom décor :)

 On the bottom of the card it says “I’ve chosen project number:_____” that is referring to the Just Right Book projects I have my students do every time they finish a book. Some can be completed quickly while others are a little more in depth. You can find the reading menu at my TPT store!



  1. I love this idea! Another way to hold them accountable for their independent reading, which is so important. And you're right, it does add to your decor. Going on the list for next year!

    Teaching to Inspire in 5th

  2. Thanks! Glad you liked it! I'll have to post more classroom pictures since we gave our rooms makeovers this summer! :)

  3. Thanks for your comment about our bucket filling board. I love your bulletin board. Great idea and those colors really pop. I hate reading logs, also. However, without doing anything, our AR points have dropped. Thanks for the idea:)

  4. I am also an upper elementary teacher and blogger. I am your newest follower!

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  5. So glad that I found your blog-I am looking forward to following you. Great reading card idea:) I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime:)

  6. Welcome Felicia and Co-Kindering! Thank you for stopping by and following our blog. I will go check out your blogs as well! :)

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