"But, it's hard to name something you don't know," I say. Thus we begin with an exploration of books. I point out that because of the move, our library has little organization, and I need their help to figure out how to best group the books. Partners are given baskets of books and asked, "How would you sort these?"
As they sift through their books, the Magical Minds are slowly familiarizing themselves with parts of our library. This exercise also serves as a pre-assessment on how to organize books. Mr. H and I scan the room, noting how some partners sort them alphabetically by title, while anothers group them by size or by difficulty.
During a moment of reflection they share with each other how they organized their books and why they chose that system, as well as any books they noticed that they were eager to read.