Yesterday was our GRAND OPENING of Daily 5! Students were greeted with a large, colorful banner; balloons, streamers, juice boxes, cookies, and the Daily 5 Choice Board.
You can read about Daily 5 in our “September in Review” newsletter. In a nutshell, Daily 5 is a time for students to independently demonstrate their reading and writing skills. Daily they self-select 2, 3, or 4 independent reading and writing options. The options are:
Read to Self
Read with Someone
Listen to Reading
Work on Writing
During Read to Self, students spend time reading their “Just Right” books. They shop for “Just Right” books on Mondays.
During Read with Someone, students choose a partner and take turns reading. They have conversations about books too!
During Word Work, students select one of 18 activity bins. They may work with a partner or individually. Sight words are the focus of each activity bin.
During Work on Writing, students select a “project” to complete. Projects can include artwork, crafts, and illustrations, but must ALWAYS contain writing.
During Listen to Reading, students select one of four MP3 bins. Each bin contains a playlist of audiobooks, headphones, and an MP3 player. They listen to stories and follow along with the book.
While students work independently to strengthen their reading and writing skills, I work with small groups of readers at the “rainbow table” for Guided Reading PLUS+. During our meetings at the “rainbow table” students read books, learn new reading strategies, strengthen already-learned-reading strategies, participate in word work building activities, and write.