Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Schedule Spotlight Series- Daily 5

It's that time of the week again.....we're linking up with Kelli from Castles and Crayons for her Schedule Spotlight Series

When it comes to Daily 5 I feel like there is not much to say. Then again, I feel like I have too much to say!

We get back from lunch at 12:20 and take a quick restroom break. By 12:30, we are in the room and ready to go. The intervention specialist comes to work with some kiddos from 12:40-1:20, so I had to re-arrange my schedule just a bit to make sure she could  meet with as many small groups as possible!

12:30-12:45-- Mini-Lesson
12:45-1:00-- Round #1
1:00-1:15-- Round #2
1:15-1:30-- Mini-Lesson
1:30-1:45- Round #3
1:45-2:00-- Mini Lesson

ROUNDS: Each morning the kiddos come in and make 3 choices. I keep all 4 choices (read to self, read to someone, work on writing and word work) in little tins. If they have meet with teacher or listening to reading, I make that choice for them. So, sometimes they come in and only need to make 1 or 2 choices. The order of their choices is the 'round' in which they will go to that choice. I have a rule that only 6 people can do read to someone each round. While announcements are on, I quickly run down each round and make sure there are an even number (and less than 6!) of students who have chosen read to someone.

The kids have a Daily 5 contract that they fill out each week too. (Thanks to Christina over at Sugar and Spice, who made it a few years back)
Every morning they have to mark off their choices. They have a certain number of time they can visit one station before they are done for the week. (We all know those kids who have their favorite station....) I also give them an assignment or two to complete during a station. I just type it on their contract and that is their reminder they have work to do for me before they can do the other choices (write in their journal, letter tiles, etc.) I collect all work and contracts on Friday. This is the easiest way to make sure every kiddo is getting to every station and they have an entire week to get their work done, which leaves them the choice about when to do it!
When it is time to break for rounds, I just call each station one at a time and the kids who are headed there get started. The kiddos who are meeting with me, head to our table and they are ready to go by the time I finish dismissing the rest of the class!

MINI-LESSONS: I am re-arranging my mini-lesson schedule this year. But I will share what worked for me last year. This schedule was set up because we used Reading Street. However, we are not using any basal this year, so I have some revamping to do! I also had to move my writing block to this time, so you will notice that one mini-lesson each day was devoted to my writing lessons. 

Monday: #1- Listen to Story
#2- Grammar 
#3- Writing

Tuesday: #1- Comprehension Skill
#2- Vocabulary (my kiddos loved using Teaching Vocabulary with Picture Books from Melissa McMurray!)
#3- Writing

Wednesday: #1- Listen to Story
#2- Grammar
#3- Writing

Thursday: #1- Comprehension Skill
#2- Cafe Strategy
#3- Writing

I kept the same schedule each week. Then, depending on what skill or strategy we were working on, I just stuck those activities in at the correct time each week. It made it so much easier to plan.

I love Daily 5 because I think it can be used and interpreted in so many ways. Be sure to link up and share what Daily 5 looks like in your classroom!


Regina Berns said...

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✿ Regina
Keepin It Krazy

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Thanks so much for this. I had a little trouble figuring out how to use the basal in mini-lessons whole group. I was doing it all in time with teacher which was hard to fit in. This gives me some ideas!

Teaching Little Miracles

Anonymous said...

I love that Daily 5 can be tweaked to meet your needs. I think that you are very brave to let them use where and when to go. I just can't let go yet!

Anonymous said...

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Kelli :) said...

Hi Jayme and Val!
Thank you so much for linking up this week!
I love having my writing mini lesson as a part of Daily Five, too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Kelli :)
Castles and Crayons

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