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Monday, June 25, 2012

Daily 5 - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 - Principles Habits
"It not enough to be busy, so are the ants...
The question is: What are we busy about?"
Henry David Thoreau

I love it... what are we busy with and why?
The Sisters tell us in Chapter 2 that

It works with me... I am more motivated to complete and learn something that I have chosen to do ( I'm LOVING this book and can't wait to give it a try in my classroom this coming fall!!)  When students understand the purpose of doing something and have a choice on what task they complete, they'll naturally be more motivated to stay busy and learn.
"Choice is highly motivational and puts children in charge of their learning."
I loved the  5 questions (stated on page 20) the students should ask themselves before choosing their Daily 5 task.  I want to blow it up larger and place it on my Daily 5 board for the students to read and review often.  I thought it might be helpful for the kids to have a bookmark to keep in their book box with the questions also.

I'm still contemplating the whole idea of my kiddos choosing for themselves, where ever, what ever... it's a bit scary for me. I'm a bit of a control freak and think I should have organization and order with everything (like I ever do ;)  I wondered if I might use a chart similar to this above for the first part of the school year. It allows the kids to choose where to go but only allows up to 6 at a time at each area. ???  I found red, yellow, green and blue magnets at Walmart the other day and grabbed a few packages just in case.  I group my kids into the 4 colors (with their name plates... trimmed in red, yellow, blue or green). They aren't level grouped... just for convenience throughout the year and activities. The colors match... they fit the circles... I don't know... I need your advice and experience... I can't wait to hear your thoughts and ideas.  

Friday, June 22, 2012

Monkey Theme Classroom

Monkey See... Monkey Do...
Monkey Business
Swingin' Into 2nd Grade

For those that have already purchased your Monkey Theme please download it again... I've added about 10 more pages ;)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Daily Math - Term 2

I just posted Daily Math for Term 2 ... it is included in my sale until the 22nd!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daily 5 - Chapter 1

Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your Daily 5 ideas and experiences!

I am so excited to implement the Daily 5 into my classroom this upcoming school year. 
I have taught second grade for the past 18 years and I have felt that my students became better readers throughout the year... however...I've wondered... "Did they love our literature block... did they feel like writers?... as for me as the teacher... it seems to take more patience, more 'creative' activities to engage them and more energy from me... and I'm getting OLD!!  Each year, my students seem to have more on their personal plates from the home... more concerns...and less academic support and expectations. My sweet co-workers of 15 years (they are more like my sisters) and I decided we need to head BACK TO THE BASICS!! This is where my enthusiasm for the Daily 5 comes in.  I think the philosophy behind the program is terrific.... Kids reading during reading time, writing during writing time and feeling they are the ones CHOOSING to become a better student. Many of my students are  not getting the reading practice at home... with parental support and academic help and TIME. That is a basic skill students MUST have to become successful, confident, positive readers, right?  Well they are going to get the practice time, at the right level in a positive, successful atmosphere... our CLASSROOM! (when I've mastered this awesome Daily 5 resource)

Of course each classroom always has the dream student that comes from the dream family with dream parents ...  the Daily 5 will be a dream for that student also. They will continue to develop independent literacy habits and a love of learning and literature.

I love figure 1-1... Management: How We Have Evolved
I found myself giggling as I read each situation ... I could relate... I experienced many myself ( I still believe that MY tools on MY desk are for ME...  
 I provide many for kid hands around the room j/k ;) 
Are you ready to change the atomosphere and roles of your classroom...from trying to "manage" students, rushing around the room putting out fires, to creating routines and procedures that fostered independent literacy behaviors that were ingrained to the point of being habits?

The Daily 5 is a student driven management structure designed to fully engage students in reading and writing.  I want to start day one... while setting the daily structure and building community within our classroom.
My hope is to help my students develop independent literacy habits!!

This little Monkey is my mascot for my classroom ( my hair is very similar to his ;)
I created these little posters to match the rest of my classroom decor.
I used the valuable information on page 11 (figure 1-2).
Read to Yourself
Read to Someone
Work on Writing
Listen to Reading
Spelling/Word Work
I'm sure there are many posters out in blogville, however, if you find this monkey as adorable as I do... you are welcome to print yourself a copy for your first school day!!

Daily 5 posters

Just a bit to think about... after you fill up your glass with an ice cold Diet Coke...

What routines do you have in your current classroom...
What routines do you WANT to have in your upcoming classroom...
What do you have to implement/change to get there?

I believe this book will help us all become stronger, positive, productive teachers!
Thank you Gail Boushey and Joan Moser for sharing your talents with us!!

I look forward to reading my sweet blogfriend's ideas and goals in the next few chapters... so I can really understand and create a better system to offer my kiddos.
Be sure to hop on over to
Cheryl, (she is up next week with ideas on Chapter 2)
 and Lindsey's blog
 to get their perspective also.

Please link up with us and share your Daily 5 experiences, thoughts, concerns and goals.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Daily 5 - Primary Grade Book Study

Have you read your book?  Are you ready to share your ideas and aw-ha moments?
LET'S DO IT!!!  Monday, June 18th we will begin the fun.
The fabuous bloggers:
 Cheryl Saoud
 Anna Brantley and
 Lindsey Erickson
 will be joining in on the fun and sharing their amazing talents.
Grab your books, post its, notes and get ready to share your Daily 5 fun!!
I can't wait!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Daily Math using 2nd Grade Common Core

Thank you so much for your interest and enthusiasm for Daily Math.  I have used this assignment in my classroom for the past few years and truly believe in the concept of a daily  spiral review.  I look forward to using the newer common core version.  I'm excited to announce that Term 2 is in editing... Term 3 is 75% complete and Term 4 is 90% complete... 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Father's Day Gift

10 Reasons Why I Love My Dad

As requested... I created a version for Grandpa and a fill in the blank version.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Summer Book Club Party

School's... Out... For... Summer!!!

While we are anxious to kick up our feet with an ice cold Diet Coke and soak in the sunshine rays... we also have work to do and fun to have. This summer a few bloggy friends are going to read, discuss and create the DAILY 5.   We would love to have many participate and share their expertise and ideas. Anyone want to jump on our bus?  Let us know with a quick comment if you already do the Daily 5 in your classroom or like us... want to learn.  Stay tuned for more information... purchase a copy... gather your post-its and a couple of highlighers.