This week I completed my first round of classroom DRA assessments and informed each parent of their child's reading level. When parents ask where to find developmentally appropriate books for their children, I always direct them to Scholastic book orders. Any kindergarten teacher knows how difficult it can be to find DRA level A, 1, 2, 3 or 4 books at a local book store. I love that Scholastic provides quality emergent reading texts to parents at a low price, and I especially love how many of the resources in the book orders are labeled with Lexile, DRA, and Guided Reading levels. What I don't love is the teeny tiny print. It can be difficult to describe where to look for this information when I advise parents look for book level information in the catalogs or on the Scholastic Reading Club website. To remedy this problem, I created a few simple graphics to share with classroom parents.
I have a small weekly blog that I use to share daily classroom updates with my parents. I added these graphics to my classroom blog so parents could quickly and easily see EXACTLY where to find book level information in the book orders from Scholastic Reading Club. Feel save any of these graphics to your computer so you can post them to your classroom webpage or in a note to your parents.
How to Get More Bonus Points from Scholastic Book Orders
If you're looking to get the most bonus points from your Scholastic book orders, I shared some tips in this blog post. Sometimes parents just need to know what their teacher suggests and they order with much more confidence.
Organize the Leveled Books in Your Classroom Library
Book level information isn't just great for parents. My classroom library is stocked with great books I found from Scholastic over the past several years. I am always so thankful for the book level information that Scholastic provides. This spring, I organized and labeled my entire classroom library by theme and by level. Read more about my classroom library and discover useful tools to help you organize your book collection in this blog post.