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Well, it’s our first full week of school and I’m feeling really great about this school year! At the end of last week, we had lots of boxes delivered to our room and they were full of the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Green System (Levels A-J).  It’s a set of 110 leveled readers with lessons, a writing book and take home books. This is only some of what comes with this huge, amazing kit!

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Yesterday I posted a pic on Instagram of this kit and got lots of great comments from other teachers saying how much they love this intervention system which made me even more excited to use it! I’ll be using these materials in combination with my own materials which I know will help my little friends become successful readers and writers.

I’m linking up with the amazing Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried it Tuesday linky with one particular part of this pack- the Take Home Book Bags.  I am so pumped for these take home book bags (and the books) so that my little friends will be able to practice reading at home too which lots of them do not have many books at home, so this is a hugely necessary component.

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The Take Home Books are in B&W but the readers for the classroom are in color. 

I’m so excited to try out these take home book bags this year that match the books we will be reading in our guided reading groups.  This extra practice will hopefully help my little friends progress a little quicker and help them love reading even more since they’ll have books to read at home that are at their level! I love the sturdy little bags that are provided to take the books home, but I wanted to add some fun labels to the bags and to the spot where students will be grabbing their new book of the day/week, so I created these fun chevron number tags.  I went with numbers for these labels (instead of numbers) because my groups change often enough and this way I can easily just have my new little friends get their bags with a new number.  This way the bags will be all set no matter if my little friends switch out of my group.

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I’m going to try having students bring back their book bag each day.  They will then take out their book from the night before and grab their new book from the little red case next to their number (and then put it right in their book bag). They can then place their old book from the night before back in their number spot in the red case.  This will not only give my little friends new books to read regularly at home, but also they will be able to take ownership of their book and make sure to bring it back each day (hopefully!).  I’m hoping this plan will work- I’ll be trying it out very soon. 🙂

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I organized all the Take Home Books by lesson number so that I can easily grab them and set them in the right spot in the red stand before each group comes into the classroom. Everything is set up right next to each other which will hopefully make this all go smoothly!

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There are so many Take Home Books, these little containers are all full now!  I took this pic before I finished organizing them all. 🙂
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All ready to send the books home! 

I know I never do any number/math freebies or products since I’m all about reading (and since Amanda rocks those math ideas), but I made these numbers go up to 30 so you can use them in your classrooms as well for whatever reason you can find (labels, counting cards, etc.)! You can download them here!

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Thanks so much to Holly for hosting this great weekly linky! Hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start as well. 🙂

Have a great day!


Aylin Claahsen

Aylin Claahsen

Providing resources and support to engage all readers.

11 Responses

  1. Thank you for the Chevron numbers, they look great! Your take home books look great! I really like how you are encouraging them to take home the books to practice and being so organized will help you out tremendously.

  2. What great organization! I love the take home books component. I will be waiting to hear what you think of this system. I hear a lot of people like it! I don't use a program for my reading groups or for RtI, but I like to hear about what others are using and what they like about them. I think your little readers are going to love taking home those books! 🙂
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  3. I use this with my first and second grade students as well (green for first, blue for second). I put all of my black and white books on a library cart in order. Blue on one side green on the other. I use magazine holders to organize each group. It hold their books that they start out reading for the day, writing books, and any other materials I need for that day. It is nice because I see groups back to back. I just put one magazine holder away and then take out the one for the next group. I too love this program! I have used it for the past three years. Let me know if you need any other organization ideas!

  4. I'm so glad to hear that you like this set of materials, Amy! It definitely sounds like you have a very organized system down with how you use it all in your room too. Thanks so much for offering help- I just might take you up on that once I get going with it. 🙂

  5. Hi Donna,
    The b&w books are also from Fountas & Pinnell's Leveled Literacy Intervention System- the boxes include the b&w books for take home. They also offer just the take home books on their website if you don't have money to buy the entire kits- just the b&w books are much cheaper and they work just fine for guided reading groups too!
    Hope that helps!
    Aylin 🙂

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I’m so happy you’re here! I’m a certified reading specialist who loves talking all things literacy. I have a huge passion for providing resources and support to engage all readers!


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