As soon as I switched to elementary from 6th grade, I knew the first thing I wanted to implement was Daily 5. I was so excited and I couldn’t wait to learn from the Sisters!
I am a huge proponent of each teacher having their own style and doing what works for them and their class. However, I love getting ideas from others and sharing things that work! I am linking up with the amazing Jivey to share how I I get Daily 5 and Reading Workshop started in my classroom!
I always start my talks about Daily 5 and reading time with these three books. They are perfect for covering the main structure for Daily 5. They are very simple, but leave room for a lot of discussion with my fourthies.
As we read each of these books, we work on creating our anchor charts for Daily 5. We talk about what each station should “look like.” Now I use Daily 5 for time to work 1 on 1 with students, or with a small group. When I work 1 on 1 I pull kiddos out while they are at Read to Self. If I do a whole group, I work with the entire group during the Buddy Reading station. So it is Buddy Reading OR Reading with Mrs. Cap!
When we’re all done I cut these up and hang them in the stations!
Next we talk about my favorite classroom management tool, MY CROWN! The kiddos just love it when I first pull this baby out! I’ve had it sitting out all year in my crate with my guided reading group stuff, and every kiddo has asked about it at least once. I tell them the crown means the queen is in the building, and we don’t interrupt the queen! We talk about how students need time with Mrs. Cap that is uninterrupted. We discuss problem solving strategies and make a list of ways that they can solve their problem without me. *Instead of classroom jobs, I have a class “VIP” each day. The VIP becomes the mini teacher when I have the crown on, so they help with any problems students can’t solve on their own.
“If you’re not bleeding or dying, don’t interrupt me!” I’m often known to throw that one in, too 🙂
I then spend 3 days building read to self stamina. We DO NOT do it for 3 weeks like the sisters suggest. In 4th grade I’ve learned they are a bit more independent, AND our 3rd grade teacher does Daily 5 the entire year in a somewhat similar way, so they come to me with some schema (how’s that for a little teacher word in there!;) )
The other stations I simply go over the directions with them. At read to self students can sit in the reading corner and read any book from their book bin. To get books in our book bins students can shop on their “Team day.” I have a team of the day each day of the week, and on that day they are responsible for making sure the entire Daily 5 is cleaned up and put back in order when they are done, and they get to book shop. So Monday is Team 1, Tuesday Team 2, and so on.
At Listen to Reading I use a few programs. We use:
- Bookflix and Trueflix
- RAZ Kids
- Study Island
- Phonics lessons for spelling patterns
- Spelling choices (magnetic letters, stamp it out, rainbow letters, story with words, etc.)
- Other word games!
I hope this helped you in some way or gave you some ideas! I’d love to hear how you structure your reading workshop/Daily 5. I am also linking up with another of my BBB’s, Erin, whom I adore for her so fun Throw Down Thursday Linky party!