Expanding Read 180 Library

My school has Read 180 for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. We are finding that by the time the students reach 7th and 8th grade, they have read all of the books at their instructional level. How do you expand the library to avoid this problem? What resources do you use?

Posted on: January 08 2018
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  • One of our schools purchased the extra libraries Scholastic offered. I have not researched to see if HMH has extended libraries or not. Our district also purchased 60,000 Reading Counts licenses so students could read other titles from the library.


    I'm cheating here. I'm going to refer you to some of Debbie Lee's blog posts: http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/blog/stage-c/give-students-credit-for-reading-books-not-in-reading-counts-or-sam http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/site/stage-c/blogpost/stage-c-exclusive-eread-worksheets-for-independent-reading http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/site/stage-c/blogpost/independent-reading-resources-for-making-it-work (1 of 2) Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community


    Purchasing a subscription to the Reading Counts Quizzes that incorporates all the quizzes possible in the system will help when adding books. Then you can add additional books for students that you have found that fit their needs. One teacher I worked with had more books from outside the READ 180 Library in her classroom than there were in the READ 180 Library. She encouraged at-home reading as well as in-class reading with all students required to have a book they read at home. (2 of 3) Dee


    Selecting other books, then expands the library for the students. Some teachers use the school library for that and ask the librarian for help with that. Our librarians were accustomed to Lexile levels and helped students find appropriate books. Take a look at Scott Toonder's post about selecting books by Lexile level at http://educatorcommunity.hmhco.com/blog/stage-a/independent-reading-managing-student-choice (3 of 3) Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community

    Our district librarian has added lexile as a way to search for books in our school library catalog. The students put in their lexile range and generate a list of books that are available to them in their school's library. We have access to all the 60,000 plus Reading Counts Quizzes, so this has helped tremendously!

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