Category Archives: Daily 5
My Fab Five (Daily 5) check in notebook cover is done! This is where the kids will select their choice and sign in for that choice. It’s really just an accountability sheet. Some teachers have a chart or have the kids sign in on the board. I decided to use a notebook so that I would have the sheets for future reference if I needed them. So if by the 6th week of school if a student has only read 2 books, I can look back at the sheets and then talk to the student about why they chose read to self EVERY day, but hasn’t read more than 2 books. 🙂
I uploaded this cover to my CAFE/Daily 5 page as a pdf document.
I think I have solved my Daily 5 dilemma from yesterday! I have tweaked it a little to suit my 6th grade classroom/time constraints, etc,etc,etc,etc (aren’t there so many etcs in our lives???). 🙂
I am renaming mine “Fab Five” mainly because we won’t have time to do EVERYTHING on a daily basis. So, my students will still have choices (most important thing), but they will have all week to complete them with the exception of Read to Self-this will me a MUST for each day.
We will only do 2 rounds of CAFE/Fab Five each day-yet another because-because I have to/want to:
1. Teach English
2. Teach Writing separately
3. Teach whole group reading-gonna try and limit this to 15-20 minutes each day since I KNOW that small group/individual instruction is the bomb!
4. I still want to do an interactive read aloud (chapter book) each day
I AM SO HAPPY!!! :):) I am one step closer to organizing this chaotic mind of mine!
I created the “Fab Five” posters to put on my bulletin board in power point. Here is the link to the actual power point file in case you want to edit and use for your classroom.
Here is the pdf file that I converted the presentation to.
FABFIVEposter pdf file
Let me know what you think!
I did another round of Daily 5/CAFE today-LOVED it!!! I was able to do 2 rounds with my 1st class and only 1 round with my 2nd class. Now-the rounds did not last as long as I wanted them to, but this is what I LOVED: Individual Conferences!!!! WOW!!!! It was so calm AND it was so enlightening!! With my 1st class I conferred with 3 students(I was interrupted by office personnel-don’t you just love the end of the school year????). I conferred with 3 kids in my 2nd class. I thought this was pretty good considering it was my FIRST time to confer one-on-one! 🙂 I so wish I had been doing this all year-I almost feel bad for my struggling kids that I feel like I didn’t really help as well as I could have!!!
Of course, I know that I didn’t do these conferences like I was supposed to being here at the end of the school year, but it still went so well!! I taught the “check for understanding” strategy with 2 of my girls-one of them did so much better than what I thought she would based on her ability to understand the deeper meaning of a piece of text. So this lets me know that after just a couple of more times with her I will need to move her on to another strategy!
I just can’t believe the insight that I was able to get on these 6 children (out of 37) today!! 🙂 I even put 3 of them on my “appointment calendar” to meet with again (I say this like I am bragging, but it IS the end of school-only 8 days left for us)!!!
This is what I will be dreaming about tonight:
DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE DAILY 5 CAFE
Do you get the picture???????????????????????????????????
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). 🙂