for Language Arts
A browsing box is a collection
of books which are a sort of personal library for each individual
student. With younger children, the number of texts varies with
student reading ability. My children keep 8 books in their tubs,which
are self-selected with guidelines. I require diverse reading,
so they have 3 fiction, 3 nonfiction and 2 poetry (which can
be stories based on songs, stories told in rhyme or a collection
from our extensive poetry library). I also ask students to
As to the box itself, many folks in my building use heavy duty ziplock bags or cardboard magazine boxes. One uses covered and cut-off cereal boxes. I used cheap garbage cans for a long time, but this year wanted to condense the space. While I am shopping for just the right plastic containers, I garbaged fancy, smancy packaging boxes for National Geographic themed units purchased for reference bookcarts throughout the school.
I have a very long counter, it runs the whole length of the room and I am blessed with a big room. I have kept them on the counter in the past and this year I am keeping them on shelves under the counter. I can adjust the shelves, as they need to be tall for my boxes. The narrow top shelf houses shoe boxes of unifix cubes. Some teachers who assign seats use a larger tub per table. One in our building has those chair sleeves, and those become the browsing boxes. I think the container you pick has to do with the size you have.