2.5 weeks and counting and Daily 5Sunday, August 19, 2012
I can't believe I have about 2.5 weeks to go before school begins! We don't start school until after Labor Day and I am not able to get into my classroom until the day the teacher's report! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT! They have had to do a lot of rewiring in our building this year, remove asbestos and replace my carpet which I think has been on the floor since like 1975. Needless to say I am super worried about being prepared for my sixth grade friends. I am making a list of items I can complete before I get there, but the list is LONG. Miles and miles LONG. I haven't even started on my planbook, let alone worked on actual PLANning. Pinterest has kept me plenty busy and starting this blog and reading others is giving me great ideas.. I just need to organize them and put them in motion!! One thing I have been thinking about is the Daily 5. I re-read this great book over the summer, and I think I am ready to head back into the trenches and work this program. A bit modified, but the general concept will be there. First off, I'm going to focus on 4 instead of 5. I took out Listening at the moment. I'm not equipped for the kids to do this, plus as sixth graders, it is difficult to work through. I have a few ideas, but haven't thought through them enough to implement that part.
Over the last week or so I made these Daily 5 bookmarks. I found the idea from Mrs. Randalls' Learning Library. I used her printable and modified it to make my own bookmarks.
I'm going to also have a bucket to put them in and have the kids choose a bookmark to work through the Daily "4". I'm still going to work each section individually the first few weeks to build stamina. But as I get going, I am hoping these bookmarks will give my class a little flexibility.
Will you comment and share with me? How do you find Daily 5 to work in your classroom? If you teach an upper grade level, how much time do you get per day for reading? We only have 84 minutes, very little time for A LOT of information.
Thank you for sharing.
What are your thoughts? Michele at 6:00 AM