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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.  


Mrs. Wathen said...

I have implemented the Daily 5 Centers into my literacy block with rotating centers over the past 3 years. I am really wanting to give the children choice in the upcoming school year. I am being open to the book and the structure that the sisters give in the Daily 5.

I am interested to see what others suggest/share over the course of the book study. I am going to TRUST that it will all come tohether!

The Resourceful Apple

Mrs. Jones Teaches said...

Hmm... that's something I've been thinking about too. How does the choice process work and what does it look like? I like simple, so my process will have to be simple. I don't have a lot of bulletin board space either, so it can't be a big display like I've seen some on Pinterest.

Anonymous said...

Are you posting these great bookmarks and sheets for downloads?
I love daily five , I too am a bit of a controller with pick your own. It was hard to give up some control on this area, but my students did very well.
Thanks for sharing,

Heather said...

From what I have read that "letting go" of control is tough for everyone and really has to be worked towards. Choice (of activity) doesn't come into play until after the routines have been established. It all comes down to that trust. I can't wait for August to get started! Scared and excited all at the same time!

Lory said...

Thanks so much ladies for your thoughts... I'm not the only one ;) The bookmarks and poster and choice posters are all on the same download to make it easier ;)

Dale Abraham said...

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who is having difficulty with the idea of free choice. Many of my kindg. students come arrive with little or no school experience...or lots of parental structure. I am hoping that by mid year they may be able to choose for themselves. I'd love to hear how people avoid too many students wanting to do the same activity at the same time.

Tammy said...

I love your poster. What a great idea to put on your D5 board. I am definitely downloading these also. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.
I giggle at all of us and how controlling we are of our classrooms and what students are doing. I think that makes for great teachers because we care so much about our students and we want the best atmosphere for learning.

Mrs. Siglin's First Grade Class said...

I've been using the Daily 5 & Cafe in my classroom for 4 years now and I LOVE it!! I too had the same worries about giving students choice. I use a pocket chart in my classroom that has everyone's names and their 5 choice cards. After they pick a choice, they flip over that choice card and go get started "right away" of course. Once all cards are flipped, they get to turn them all back over and start again. The kids get the idea that they need to do all 5 before repeating 1 of the choices, but they still like the option to select the order.

I went to see the sisters a few times and a MUST do is to let the kids write the strategies on the sentence strips for the CAFE board. It does not work to type them up and use them.... as pretty as it may look, the buy in is AMAZING when the kids feel ownership of the strategy board.

Tammy said...

Mrs. Siglin ~ I like your idea of having the students turn over the cards in the pocket chart. Had not thought of that. This way I don't need buckets holding all the D5 choices. Saves time and room.

Angela said...

Last year was my first year implementing Daily Five and CAFE in my 1st/2nd grade class. Before I began, I had the same kinds of questions. (I am a control freak in my classroom!!!!)

I thought about doing rotations (to keep the control), but I allowed my students the choice. It honestly worked REALLY well. I had a checklist with the kids' names and all five options. After a mini-lesson, I would say, "If you are doing Read to Self, stand up." As I checked the Read to Self option off next to their names, I would say their name and the kids would get up and get started. I'd do the same for Word Work, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, and Read to Someone. I kept that one last so that if there were odd kids left, one kid could choose a different one. On certain days, if we were short on time, I might tell the kids only certain "stations" were open. They were great with it!

This year, I want to alert the kids who I'm calling to my table before I let them choose. I found it wasn't smooth when the kids got started, and then I interrupted them to come to my table. I really like how The Sisters went to the kids, but I find that hard with so many supplies near my table. Maybe I could work on that this year, too! :)

A Teacher Without a Class said...

I really liked the managed choice. Students will feel freedom within the structure of the program.



A Teacher Without a Class said...

I also made a First/Then chart for students who might need a little extra guidance and direction.

Denise said...

I love everyone's ideas! I feel so much better about trying the ''''free choice".
Great idea about the card flipping and super idea about the checklist.

So, who wants to come to Texas to help me get things started? :)

2nd Grade Ponderings

Mrs. Luebbert said...

I have to be honest, I read the whole book a few weeks ago and lent my copy out, so I may have missed this part. I am still a bit confused on meeting with groups and how that fits into their choice? They will be missing that rotation if they are meeting with you for a skill group or guided reading, so they don't really have a choice then for that rotation, but then they also don't get to all the choices. With my time, my kids are only going to be able to do 3 rotations a day, so I am still struggling with how this will look. Any ideas/help/comments are much appreciated. Thanks ladies! Love all the ideas this book study is giving me.

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Tammy said...

Mrs. Luebbert ~ I've noticed that you haven't got a reply back to your questions so I am going to try and hopefully help you. Last year when I read the Daily 5, I was very confused on how it all worked together also. It didn't really start making sense to me until I started reading the CAFE book which is the next book. Putting both the Daily 5 and CAFE guidelines together helped me. Your right to say that the students will miss some of their choice time for that day but it should not be the whole time. Focus Groups (that is what Gail and Joan call them) should only last about 10 minutes. Then the students can go back to their D5 rotation and finish up that round. If you want to visit some more about this, come over to my blog and leave a comment. I would gladly talk back and forth with you.

Mrs Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

Tammy said...

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href="http://tammyflickingerpage.blogspot.com>Mrs Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis</a>

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Kim said...

I have been using the Daily 5 in my classroom for 5 years and I have had the honor of seeing the sisters speak twice. I love how they remind us this is a joyurney and even their thinking changes over time. I do it a little different each year. The choice was hard for me but the past couple of years I start the year choosing. After Thanksgiving, I let them begin choosing. There are still a few kiddos who need me to help them. I teach 2nd grade. When I taught 1st, I waited until after Christmas break.

~Kari (Adventures in the Mitten) said...
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~Kari (Adventures in the Mitten) said...

Found you through Pinterest. I am starting the Daily 5 this year for the first time too! LOVE the monkey!! Thank you sooo much for sharing all the freebies!! Am I missing the download for the choices cards, where they clip or move their magnet? Thanks again!

Tiggeriffic 2nd Graders said...

Thank you so much for your freebies and ideas on the Daily 5--I too have struggled to give up some control and let them pick however, I have a really good class this year and they've been doing pretty good. However, I've been slacking on keeping track on which stations they go to! I really like your choices chart--do you by chance have this posted as a freebie somewhere? Or will you be willing to email it to me? I'd greatly appreciate! I like the monkey theme (as I sometimes call my darlings, my monkeys). Thanks again for all your ideas!

kinderteach said...

I just downloaded every single monkey daily 5 thing you have. I have been looking for monkey daily 5 stuff and yours are the cutest! I love them. I am going to be teaching Kindergarten next year but I think I need to split word work into two sections and do word work and abc work. Is there a monkey like this with abc's? LOVE the whole thing it will fit what I want in my classroom perfectly!