OMG...after that 10 day vacation, I didn't realize I was a week behind on our blog! So sorry, also been totally absorbed in planning the most awesome PDI featuring 70+ speakers on Literacy in the Common Core. Of course, our Keynoters on Friday will be non other than the 2 Sisters themselves.
They will also be doing a breakout session on Saturday morning so check it out at californiareads.org under Events/PDI and sign up now. Then you can ask Gail and Joan all your wonderful questions in person!
I am excited to begin our conversation on Chapter 4 and 5 because setting up the classroom is so very exciting, especially over the summer break! And my favorite Daily is "Read to Self" so here it goes!
Chapter 4 What Do You Need to Begin the Daily 5?
1. Get Your Quiet Signal:
Why is the Quiet Signal important? When is it used in Daily 5? At their D5 Workshop the Sisters pass out Chimes to the attendees. What do you use for your signal?
2. Gather Your Tools Not Toys. What is in your tool box for barometer kids? Have you started gathering things for Word Work and do you know where they will be stored and how. More on this in chapter 7.
3. What Will You Use for Book Boxes? Where to buy them? Where will they be kept in the classroom?
4. How Will You Organize Your Classroom Library? Do you have containers for books and where did you get them? Where will your library be in your classroom design.
5. Map Out Your Room and Decide on Your Gathering Spot and Decide Where You Will Hang Your I Charts for the Whole Year and if introducing CAFE hang your CAFE board.
This chapter is so much fun to share. I want to discuss all the questions right now and tell you who is having the best deal on book boxes etc. But I'll hold my tongue for now and let you help out because I love learning from all of you and getting new ideas. Early on I participated in a yahoo groups website for the Daily 5 and all summer we were texting all of our ideas for the above questions. I knew when book boxes were on sale at target in Ohio and I live in CA!!! LOL
Chapter 5 Read To Self
1. How do you get books in their book boxes for the first day of school?
2. 3 Ways to Read a Book: What mentor texts/books do you use when modeling 3 ways to read a book? (FYI..you can go to californiareads.org and click on pinterest and find lots of cute charts for this and many other Daily Five Ideas. But it is important to make your own I-charts in front of the children.
3. Launching: Okay you are ready to launch so check out page 160, 7 169 and get your stamina chart ready (check out that pinterest page) and get your stop watch ready. When do you ring your chimes during the first encounter with Read to Self? What do you say? Check in? If you are experienced, can you tell about your first day? Did you have a barometer child and how did you handle it? More later on page 167 on barometer kids, but you need to ready for this on the first day!
4. Good Fit Books: What shoes will you gather for your good fit books skit? If you are a member of the Sisters Daily Cafe they have a great example for older students using free weights. But shoes work for all ages, I've found. How do you organize book selection time? Kelly on page 79 has an interesting way. What is yours?
5. Foundational Skills: We have already done the first 2 so it is time for "Underline Words I Don't Know How to Spell." Also included in foundation lessons the first week are: Check for Understanding, EEK and more as depicted in the appendix 169-175.
If introducing D5 and CAFE the appendix lessons are great to follow. If you are only doing Daily 5
(which is what I did at first) I taught and practiced each Daily for one week and did not venture into
CAFE until second semester. What are your plans? What materials will you need to teach foundational skills the first 5 days?
This is a lot! Let's wait until next week for Chapter 6. Look forward to hearing and learning from all of you!
Joanne Devine (visit me on Pinterest, too!)