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Tuesday Teaching Ideas: Best Book Shoppin' Buys for Daily 5

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Welcome back for another Tuesday Teaching Idea!  Are you using Daily 5 in your classroom?  Have you wondered what you should use for your kiddos' book shopping baskets?  Today's Tuesday Teacher Tip is all about your different options and the pros and cons of each (with photos)!

Meet the Contenders:

Storage Tote (Dollar Tree), Sterilite Ice Cube Bin (Target), Plastic Magazine Holder (Big Lots), FLYT Cardboard Magazine File (IKEA)
Not Pictured: Mainstays Ice Cube Bin (Walmart)

First, let's do a price point comparison!

Yellow Dollar Tree Storage Tote: $1.00 (*Note that you can only exchange at Dollar Tree, not return)
Sterilite Ice Cube Bin from Target: $3.99
Big Lots Plastic Magazine Holder: $3.00
IKEA FLYT Cardboard Magazine File: $1.99/5 pack (*Best Value!)
Mainstays Ice Cube Bin: $1.88

Now let's do a book weight test!

Total Fail Walmart!

The Dollar Tree yellow storage tote starts getting off balance at about 8 books.  The more books you add the more stable it gets- however, this is book shopping, so your kiddos will probably only have 8-10 books.

The Sterilite ice cube bin from Target is very stable!  Much better than the Walmart Mainstays brand!  You can also comfortably fit around 15 books.

The IKEA magazine files are actually surprisingly durable, especially considering that they're made from cardboard.  It comfortably holds about 12 books.

The Big Lots magazine holder is also incredibly stable and can comfortable hold up to 20 books.  The bonus?  It's the only one that can fit bigger sized books!  :)

So, which do you choose?

Well it depends.  Do you want something that already fits into your color scheme?  Do you want to do a little decorating?  How many books do you think your kiddos will shop for?  How much money do you have to spend?

I really wanted the yellow baskets because I thought my kiddos would look so cute shopping for books that way, but the instability thing really turned me off.  (Now what the heck do I exchange 16 baskets for at Dollar Tree?)  I have a ton of the FLYT magazine files already- think I'll keep those to organize my teacher read alouds!  I'm really debating between the Big Lots magazine holders and the Sterilite ice cube bins!  I love the potential for decorating the plain white bins... plus I could only round up 12 of the turquoise magazine holders... hmmm...

Need More Options?

Christi at Mrs. Fultz's corner has a great post comparing book bins from Really Good Stuff and Steps to Literacy.  Check it out here!

You can also browse my Pinterest board exclusively devoted to Classroom Setup Ideas- click on the picture below!

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