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Book Room ribbon cutting ceremony
Book Room ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 24.

Teacher reading through book
Teacher checking out book from Book Room
Teacher looking through lesson plans

Book Room is a place for teachers to find “good fit” books
for students

New teacher resource library unveiled

January 28, 2013 – Stillwater elementary teachers now have access to a variety of leveled reading books for students right at their fingertips.

Thanks to grants from the Stillwater Educational Foundation, and help from the Stillwater Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Academic Intervention Service (AIS) teachers, Elementary Librarian LeeAnn Hamm and various volunteers, the school’s Book Room formally opened its doors on Jan. 24.

“The Book Room is a place for teachers to easily locate a variety of leveled books for guided reading instruction,” said AIS Teacher Amelia Pesez. “Whether it be finding an independent reading book or finding multiple copies for differentiated targeted reading, there’s something for every student.”

There are a variety of reading books of different levels, topics and genres in the book room. A big push of the Common Core Learning Standards set by the State is to expose students to as many non-fiction books across all content areas, such as social studies and science.

For example, a teacher can pull an assortment of books about the Underground Railroad for guided reading groups so students can read about the historical facts at their “good fit” or appropriate reading level, explained Laura Dennis, AIS teacher.

Most of the books have lesson plans to accompany them. Teachers can use these lessons as a resource when they are planning their differentiated guided reading lessons.

Aside from shelves full of books, the book room has a couch and table for teachers to spread their materials out on. There is also a bulletin board for teachers to post ideas for effectively using the leveled reading books.

“It’s sometimes difficult to find the time to share every success story with your colleagues,” said AIS Teacher Dawn Toma. “We really hope the Book Room is a place where teachers can share their ideas.”

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