Nothing seems to irritate me more lately than hearing my students say, “What book are we suppose to be getting out?” and “What page?” This wouldn’t be an issue if I hadn’t already told them 25 times. One BIG problem is that almost all of our books are red. I don’t know why they don’t make all the books a different color and then we could just say, “Get out the yellow book.” Anyways, here’s a quick solution to the problem. I copied the front cover of all of our books and clipped the stack of paper covers to the board. I tell the students ONE TIME which book and what page. After that, I place the correct book cover on the board with a magnetic clip and write the page number underneath.
This also works great for those students that come back mid-lesson from Reading Recovery or Speech or the Resource Room, or so on and so on. They don’t have to ask what everyone is doing. They can just look at the board.