Sunday, July 6, 2014

Daily 5 Help!

I started doing Daily 5 two years ago and loved it!  I was a little nervous to try it because I'm one that has a hard time with change, but I was really glad that I did it.  Last year, I decided that I was going to continue to do it, only there was a problem this time.  My schedule was different from the year before and I didn't have all that time together uninterrupted or all the time that I really needed.  HMMMMM......well I decided to go for it and make the best out of it. By the end of the year, when looking back and reflecting I was not as happy with the way Daily 5 went because I wasn't able to incorporate it the way that I would have wanted.  This coming year, my schedule will remain the same so I'm trying to figure out how I can do Daily 5 and make it as successful as possible.  

I would love to hear from anyone who may have the same schedule issues as myself and how you have managed Daily 5.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  

Here is what I have to work with for my schedule and time allowed for Daily 5.
8:30-9:00-Daily 5
9:40-10:10-Daily 5

I look forward to hearing about what you may have done to adapt Daily 5 or any suggestions you may have for me.  (Like Crystal has been saying.....summer break-what is that-my mind seems to always be on school  :-))



7 comments:

  1. the newest editon of the daily 5 book suggests doing only three rounds after you have to taught all five choices that way the kids have more choice and you can do it in less time

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    1. Thank you so much for this information-it is very helpful. I feel relieved that I can do 3 rounds instead of 5. I was sort of doing that last year, but wasn't feeling good about it because I thought I needed to be doing 5 rounds. So glad to know this-Thanks for sharing! Kristi

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  2. Hi Kristi,
    I am considering implementing the Daily 5 this upcoming school year. Like you mentioned, I am also skeptical about how this program will work for me. My school uses a basal reading program. I am required to teach a weekly story and administer a weekly comprehension test. I just finished the Daily 5 book, but I am still concerned how to mesh Daily 5 and a basal reading program. I have a 90 minute literacy block. I would appreciate any advice you have about how to use both.
    Allison

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  3. I loved doing the Daily 5 when I had the right amount of time to do it. I switched mine around a little bit due to timing last year. I would not do Daily 5 on Monday and would do whole class introduction to our comprehension skills/vocab. for the week (this came from the basal). I would do Daily 5 the rest of the week. I would meet with each group for about 20 min. and we would do our basal stuff in the groups like read the story and work on comprehension of it. We would work on the comprehension selection tests over the story (came from the basal) after reading the story in small group. Basically, I just incorporated our reading basal program into my small reading groups except on Monday when I would introduce everything for the week on that day. Hope this helps. Good luck implementing it, you will fall in love with it. Kristi

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    1. Thanks for your advice! So Tuesday-Friday you only read the story with each group? Does everyone take the comprehension test individually on Friday, or do they work on it in a small group with you? What do your mini lessons look like Tuesday-Friday? I was thinking something like this...
      Lesson 1-Comprehension strategy
      Lesson 2-Grammar Skill
      Lesson 3- Spelling
      I am not crazy about doing a spelling mini-lesson here, but I have to make sure I teach all three daily since I have to give a weekly test on reading, spelling, and grammar. Also, I am working with a 90 minute literacy block.
      Do you use book boxes for Read to Self? I do not have an extensive book collection like the Daily 5 book recommends since we primarily use our basal. I am trying to figure out a way to make that work with limited books.
      Allison

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  4. I do a modified version of Daily 5 for an hour. I ring the chimes every 15 minutes. My kids get to 3 out of 5, because they also meet with me for 15 minutes. Otherwise, they choose where they go and the order they go in.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm glad to hear that you do 15 minutes because I believe that is what I'm going to have to do this year. I have tried to get 20 minutes in, but felt rushed. Thanks! Kristi

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