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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 was all about Read to Someone and Listen to Reading. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. I am learning so much from our book study! I have implemented D5 for two years in my classroom, however this year I want to follow the format exactly. I have had several DonorsChoose projects funded that aid my students in implementing the following portions of Daily 5. The sisters begin this chapter by laying out the framework of lessons for Read to Someone. These lessons consist of: EEKK, Voice, Check I Read, You Read How to choose books Choosing your classroom spot How to choose a partner Coaching or Time I love … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 4

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family! I woke up super early to go downtown Atlanta for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. A spot in the annual 10k is a coveted thing around Atlanta and I was SO excited to finally participate after living here for 5 years! Out of the 60,000 runners, my favorite was this sweet, elderly man whose T-shirt read: "I'm 91 years old! Eat my dust you slowpokes!" We'll be going to the Braves game later tonight for the game and fireworks! On to Daily 5! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. 3 Ways to Read a Book Chapter 4 was all about setting up Read … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 3

Our Daily 5 book study is moving right along! I am so excited to read Part II as the sisters go through setting up each part of the Daily 5. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. Thank you to Jana from Thinking Out Loud and Melissa from Mrs. Freshwater's Class for hosting this chapter! I enjoyed reading Chapter 3 as it reminded me of the great importance of classroom routines. The Sisters emphasized that these daily routines should be practiced all throughout the year! Many times as teachers, we model something for the students and then forget to practice the skill over and over again. In the coming school year, I want to take … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 2

I've just returned from a trip to the beach! It was so nice to read chapter 2 of The Daily 5 while sitting on the balcony drinking my coffee! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. When setting up the structure for D5, the sisters list the following as their core foundations: Trusting Students Providing Choice Nurturing Community Creating a Sense of Urgency Building Stamina Staying Out of Students' Way Trust When I first began D5 in my classroom, trusting students was very hard for me. I kept thinking that if I didn't continually "check" on the students, how would they stay on task? Surely if I left them alone and … [Read more...]

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Fun with Compound Words! {freebie}

We had SO much fun learning about compound words! The students learned that a compound word is made when two words are put together. Pan + Cake = Pancake! I showed the students how to use their hands for this and they LOVED it! I noticed so many of them putting one hand out, two hands out, and then CLAP together to make a compound word! I made Compound Words Flip Books for the students to practice creating and reading Compound Words. The students cut out their words and then we stapled them onto their book. They created two books of compound words that included the words house and hand. The students took turns reading their books to partners and identified each word using their hands. Hand + Shake = Handshake! Dog + House = Doghouse! We also completed "Illustrate the … [Read more...]

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Mystery Reader!

We have enjoyed having Mystery Reader's visit our classroom each Friday! Daniel E. was our first Mystery Reader. He was in my 2nd grade class last year and was such a wonderful student! He read Santa's Stuck to the student's and they loved it! It was such a funny book! Thanks for visiting our classroom, Daniel. We enjoyed having you read to us! … [Read more...]

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Making Connections!

During the first weeks of school, I shared my "All About Me" bag with our class. One of the things that I shared was that one of my favorite places is Hawaii. The students became very interested in Hawaii and throughout the school year I have shared many experiences with them. One of the experiences that I shared during Writer's Workshop was about hiking on Mount Kilauea - one of the world's most active volcanoes. This volcano is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and has been erupting continuously since 1983. This week during our D.E.A.R. time, one of the students was reading a new Science reader that had just been delivered from Scholastic. The student was eagerly reading the new book about Volcanoes and then excitedly said "I just made a text-to-world connection!" He excitedly … [Read more...]

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