I am so excited to hear how many people are interested in starting The Daily Five this school year! I will admit, I was a little skeptical when I read the book last summer! But, I am here to say, I have been won over!!! I LOVE DAILY FIVE! I think a lot of you will be surprised to see that you are ALREADY doing a lot of the components of The Daily Five. D5 is just a different way to organize your reading block.
I am going to give a quick over view in this post and then each day for the next 5 days, I will go into detail about each part of D5! Check out the The Daily Five website for LOTS of great information!
A few of the key ideas of the Daily Five are the power of mini lessons, student choice, and independence. Our reading block now consists of 7 - 10 minute mini lessons, followed by 15 - 20 minute work sessions. You can explicitly teach a 10 minute mini lesson with little behavior issues, or teach a 30 minute lesson, with several behavior redirections. Doesn't that make SO MUCH sense???
A peek at our reading block:
8:15 - 8:55 Explicit Phonics mini lesson and work session
9:00 - 9:40 PE and Snack
9:40 - 10:05 Writing mini lesson and work session
10:05 - 10:35 Read aloud and work session
10:35 - 11:00 Reading comprehension/vocabulary mini lesson and work session
*We have our reading comprehension read aloud as a seperate mini lesson because it takes about 7 - 10 minutes just to read the book and we didn't have time to READ the book, and then discuss it, all in one mini lesson! :)
These are the 5 activities your kiddos can choose from during the work sessions:
Read to Self - independent reading
Work on Writing - independent writing
Read to Someone - buddy reading
Word Work - word sorts, games, phonics center activities
Listen to Reading - books on tape, CD, iPod or computer
Up next...Read to Self! :)
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