Daily 5 Trial Run
My little 6th graders are such guinea pigs this year. It’s my 1st year in 6th grade after 6 years in Kindergarten so I am constantly “trying out new things”. 🙂 Today’s new thing was the Daily 5. It went really well!! And I still got in the reading program-just not as much of it as in the past! 🙂 I have already decided that our Reading Street weekly unit/story is going to be stretched out to 2 weeks instead of 1 week-that way I can fit in all the other stuff I think the kids need! I am only going to do 2 rounds of Daily 5 each day and the sharing part didn’t happen today-we’ll see if I can squeeze it in after we get in our routine.
This is what our day looked like today:
1. Partner read weekly poem-locate the conjunctions in the poem since conjunctions are what we are studying in English this week
2. Read Aloud-I am reading a novel to them, and we are interacting with the novel-discussing, etc.
3. Practice 5 high frequency words-I need to get back into the spelling or some type of word study, but I really feel like my kids NEED some focus on these “No Excuse” words!
4. English-conjunctions-workbook page
5. Scott Foresman Reading Street-today we only read 1 page of the story but we really interacted with it. We
a. Choral read a paragraph. They worked in groups to determine the most important thing from the paragraph and we shared.
b. Each group choral read 1 paragraph with me. We stopped along the way and talked about comparing and contrasting both cities, Athens and Sparta.
6. Writing mini-lesson-this was VERY mini today because I also took time to explain the Daily 5 to them. The writing mini-lesson consisted of telling them things they could write about(very general) and the types of writing they could do.
7. Round 1 of Daily 5-I pulled several groups and we read/discussed the weekly poem again
8. Reading mini-lesson-We went over our “literary letter” requirements
9. 2nd round of Daily 5-I pulled a couple of more groups and still worked on the weekly poem-mainly visualization(This was easy peasy with this poem-The Vampire). 🙂
I LOVE working with small groups-they participate and interact so much more freely!!!!!! I can’t wait to get started with individual conferring, but I’m just not quite sure how to get this started and really what to do! I might just do the small groups this week and begin the conferring part next week.
Also, when I give the Reading, English, Spelling assessments on Thursday and Friday, I’m not sure how much they will throw us off schedule-we’ll see!!!!!!
Here is the little anchor chart I made for the Daily 5 choices(until I can make something better). 🙂