Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Daily 5 Book Study - Chapter 7 and a Freebie

Well, friends, after seven wonderful, collaborative weeks together, our book study has come to an end. I want to thank Kimberly from Funky First Grade Fun for hosting Chapter 7: Putting it All Together and Troubleshooting.

I want to start off by sharing this quote which "The Sisters" believe to be the "heart of choice: knowing the expectations, possessing the skills to meet them, being trusted to carry them out, and taking responsibility to do so"...isn't that what WE want from our administrators?

We know our grade level standards, have earned educational degrees in our content areas, maintain classroom structure and guidance for our students, and are held accountable so that our students succeed. We are trusted to use quality, yet challenging teaching materials as long as we follow our state-mandated curriculum. We have choice...I'm sorry if that sound soapboxish...but, it's something for me to keep in mind...

A few lingering questions I have:
I'm not sure how transient your school population is, but I had a revolving door last class list did not become stable until April. How do you transition your new students to the Daily 5 structure? Do you choose partners for awhile? Do you do one-on-one mini-lessons? Since the newbies probably missed the mini-lessons and good/ not good model, I would love to hear your suggestions!

Fortunately or unfortunately, (it depends on how you look at it) I have not have any parent inquiries as to why they do not have daily worksheets that go home for literacy...yet. My student have journals, word work folders, work on writing folders, etc. to "show" their work. I just want to be proactive and not reactive if there ever was a question from a parent/ administrator. So, I found this gem from Bethany, a parent letter that informs them not only to what our students are doing during the Daily 5, but also ways they can support these same literacy activities at home:

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Here's a lil' something I created to assist those students that need a little more help once everyone has selected their literacy choice...and you are right in the middle of your small group lesson...and you do not want to be disturbed. Maybe they forgot how to access a website, or the volume is not right on their headphones, or they can't find the book that they were reading yesterday...enter Tech Support.

You can print these out (I would laminate them and print on card stock), punch a hole and use yarn or make a slit for a badge clip and your "tech helpers" can wear these to identify themselves to their peers.

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Of course, I made these printer and classroom-theme friendly, but I also made some that match my new pirate theme :)

These are part of my larger packet, The Daily 5 I Can...Literacy Choice Picture Displays and More, that I have been adding to throughout our book study. I would love for you to take the time to give me your feedback if you download it on TpT :)

Over the course of our book study, I hope you were able to glean something useful for your classroom, gain a better understanding of implementing the five literacy choices, and realize that your students will succeed because they have a wonderful teacher guiding them...YOU!

As always, I welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions :)

If you want to read about the previous chapters, you can find those here: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, and Chapter 6.


  1. I have the same issue with transiency in my room so had the same question. A few of the other blogs I read suggested pairing the new student(s) up with a like-leveled student who they can work with until new student can be independent. I like that idea I think. I really like the idea of the tech support, and your badges are super cute! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi, Kimberly, I like the idea of partnering students up as well...I'm all about peer-support! I'm glad you like the badges...I'm all for something to make my job a wee bit easier, not to mention how it will build confidence in my helpers :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Nice opening remarks Monica! Here-Here! It is very degrading sometimes to have more demands put on us without having administrators or district big-shots consider us as professionals. Regarding transient students, I too had students added to my roster literately two days before the FCAT (our state test)! Lastly, great idea with the tech support! This past year I had a three students that were my tech support to assist with projector, screen, TV, etc., but I think I'll add another to assist students use the computers and other classroom equipment! Lastly, I loved participating in the book study and the blog- hops. I'm looking forward to continuing on another that just started based on the Cafe before school starts again! Thanks to you and all the bloggers!!!

    1. OOPS! Sorry for the typo's and redundancy! :D

    2. Thank you for your kind words, Mrs. Pelaez! I am happy that you found some useful ideas for your classroom :) I think this book study was beneficial for us all...great professional development! I am glad you participated :)

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  4. I like the idea of partner them up. In addition, I would meet with that student daily for at least a week for a mini lesson. It might be a good time to reviel examples and non-examples with the class whole group too!

    Thanks again for sharing:)
    The Resourceful Apple

    1. Hi, Tammy. I completely agree...partnering up and mini-lessons are the way to go! I've got to get better at reviewing examples/ non-examples after holidays and long breaks :) Thanks for coming by!

  5. Monica - there are some great ideas here! Thank you so much for sharing. The Daily 5 I Can looks awesome!

    Rockin' Teacher Materials

    1. Thanks so much, Hilary! I'm glad you stopped by :)