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??

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