Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Daily 5 Series: Read 2 Self

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” 
 - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

This series is going to be more of just pictures and little tidbits about what they are.  Once you read the Daily 5 book, you will see how this all fits in.  

Read 2 Self is the first step into Daily 5 and the one you really want your students to treasure.  Therefore, you want to add some fun twists to it, to make it really enjoyable for the students and you!  
We would review this list every day for the first 2 weeks and every now and then refer back to it and review.  This is posted all year (until I start my CAFE board).

This poster is SO important for my students and I refer back to it ALL THE TIME.  This stresses to them the importance of really looking into a book before choosing it.  "Don't judge a book by it's cover." they say...

This is an example of a student's book bin.  The blue sticky note is for them to keep and refer back to so they know what lettered bins are "just right" for them.  It also lists their AR grade choices for our school library.
As you may notice, this student has a stuffed frog reading with him.  I have a bin full of stuffed animals that students can sign up for "Reading Buddies."  When they Read 2 Self, they have a Reading Buddy with them to build their confidence :)  It also adds a little spice to this Daily 5 Choice!

Students do their book choices once a week and can have up to 5 books in their bin at a time.  This number seems to work well.  A magazine is also included as a "book."  I stress the importance of "spicing up" your book bin so they don't get bored with the same thing all the time.  It all depends on the mood you are in!

Another twist I add for the winter is an alternative to the Neave Bouncing Balls from the previous post.  I put in my Fireplace DVD which is up all Readers Workshop :)  It's so cozy in the room!

What fun twists do you add to your Read 2 Self choice??

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Daily 5 Series: Introduction

"There is a quiet and calm hum to the room.  Some children are lying on the floor with Book Boxes full of 'Good Fit" Books sitting next to them.  As they read to themselves, a child nearby reads the pictures in a book, giggling at a funny part...Some children are curled up in a corner on pillows with partners, reading a particularly animated section from a Junie B. Jones book...Other students are scattered about at tables, heads bent, pens moving methodically across the pages of their journals, crafting tantalizing tall tales, silly songs, or a tearful retelling of a pet goldfish succumbing to old age at home last night...others are sitting on the floor or at a table, tongues between their lips as they focus intently on building some of the word families and sight words using Wikki Stix dough.  Over on a couch two students are wearing headphones, books in laps, as they listen to tapes of the books, turning the pages and following along with the voice on tape...Where are the Teachers?  There we are sitting on the floor with a group of four students.  We are having an animated discussion about our favorite strategies to help us comprehend the story in front of us...the rest of the children in the class are working by themselves, completely independent."   -Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

I am in my second "Official"  year of implementing Daily 5 in my classroom, and like most users of the program, I LOVE IT!  I will be doing a Daily 5 series of blogs to give my take on how I use Daily 5 in my classroom and hopefully offer some ideas to some of you!  Now, where to begin?......

Let's start with the basics.  There are a few "essentials" which I use in my classroom to make Daily 5 run smoothly.  Much of Daily 5's success depends on organization and passion in the program.  If YOU look forward to Readers' Workshop, chances are that your students feel that passion and they too anticipate the next RW session :)  Here is my list of essential Daily 5 Materials/Tools which I have collected from the Daily 5 book, blogs, and tweetpeeps I follow!

I purchased these from Dollar Tree.  I have each labeled with a student number.  Inside they have a book envelope for odds and ends like bookmarks, Coaching Sheet, etc.  I also gave each student a clothespin which they use to sign up for Listening Centers.

Reading Nooks

I chose 28 "nooks"  in my classroom and posted them as you see here.  Each nook has a clothespin with a student number clipped to it.  This is that student's nook for the week.  These nooks are "earned" based upon responsibility during Daily 5 based on their completed Checklists which are turned in at the end of each week.  Therefore, these rotate on a weekly basis.

Daily 5 Checklists
Students have these with them all week during RW.  If they complete the grey boxes by Friday, they have earned their Reading Nook for the following week.

Noise Monitoring
(I keep this up for most of RW and the students really take this seriously!)

I look forward to hearing from you about Daily 5 and stay tuned for more of my Daily 5 series!