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Monday, July 2, 2012

Daily 5 - Chapter 3

I am getting so excited to implement this program in my classroom this fall.  It seems so right... so necessary for my little kiddos.

I'm excited to create a bit larger 'gathering space' for my class to meet before, in between and after our reading time.  I want to make it comfortable, easy, clean and inviting.  My room is not very large, however, I think rearranging a few pieces of furniture might give me a great spot.  I plan to hang the I PICK poster along with the Daily 5 posters and 3 ways to read a book in this gathering spot.  I also loved the idea of thumbs up over our heart.  I made a little reminder for the kiddos that I want to refer to throughout the year during our reading time.
2nd graders are big with graphing so I thought... let's graph our STAMINA. I made the chart to reflect each week so we can watch our progress and celebrate ;) 

Something I'm still thinking through is the musical signal.  I use clapping rhythms during the entire day to get my student's attention... but I'm thinking that I'd really like a different sound to make the Daily 5 special.  I've been looking at these music wands and  trying to decide if they might do the thing... I'd love to hear your words of wisdom ;)

I'm keeping my eyes open for book boxes.  I've noticed disposable boxes that the kids can decorate and 'make theirs' for the year in the many teacher magazines we all receive.  I've also traveled to Staples and Office Depot.  I'm hoping that Target might produce some lovely colorful, plastic boxes this year in the $1 / $2.50 spot ;)

This was a fabulous chapter... if you haven't breezed through the pages... you still have time.  Then be sure to hook up and share your ideas with Anna.


Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Love the posters! I've been doing Daily 5 for the last three years and I think you'll love it!
Oceans of First Grade Fun

Sarah Plum said...

Lory, do you have an IKEA nearby? There are similar book boxes to those in the "teacher catalogs" that students can decorate and they are much less expensive. They come five to a pack, if my memory serves me correctly. You may even be able to buy them online!

There's No Place Like Second Grade

Sarah Plum said...

Yep, I was right! Here they are and they are $1.99/5 pack. You can order them online (though I'm not sure how much shipping is) if you don't have an IKEA close enough to you to make a trip!

There's No Place Like Second Grade

Lory said...

Thank you Sarah... I love a little online shopping ;)
You are so sweet!

Unknown said...

Lory! These are awesome! Thanks for sharing them!!


Karen said...

Thanks for the posters! As far as the musical signal, I have the "Star" music wand that you have pictured. I use it only for my Daily 5 time. It works great and it really gets the kid's attention.

Lise said...

I've been using the Ikea boxes for book boxes for the last three years and have loved them. I usually do half those and then half some other ones from target for a dollar a piece. I pattern them so they look cut in my classroom. As for the music wands, I've also used those and LOVE them. The sound is so captivating, it works better with my kids than anything else. I have three or four lying around my classroom so I can always have one at hand.

Carrie said...

I second the IKEA boxes. They are $1.99 for FIVE! Can't beat that!

I use a chime that I found on Amazon. (I think it's a meditation chime, but it works perfectly for my students!)

Miss Dennis said...

I was at Michaels the other day and they had some book boxes like Target has... I didn't check the price because I bought a class set at the teacher store last summer... although I just got my class list and it has three more students than last year, so I might be needing to get more...

Marianna Dunn said...

I know I'm a little late with this (just now catching up on the book study) but I love love love the music wands and definitely recommend them!

We used something very similar when I was in Kindergarten during Daily 5....it's a very quiet, peaceful sound, which is nice, and the kids seem to respond to it so well. Also, thanks for the freebies - LOVE the idea of graphing stamina (good math connection ha)

Lory said...

Thanks you so much ladies... I'm going to make my purchase right now and buy a couple of wands. Then I'm off to Michaels to check out their stash ;)