We have reached the end of the Daily 5 Book Study. Chapter 7 was all about Putting it All Together and Troubleshooting. The recommendation is to launch the "Choice" aspect of Daily 5 well after introducing the 5 components separately, then giving the children plenty of opportunity to practice each part before allowing the choice. This really makes a lot of sense, since it's so important to teach them the right way to do each choice. Those first few weeks will be tricky, since I want to focus on doing the parts correctly!
Of course, this all happens with a grain of salt. My district has very strict guidelines on what we should be doing with the children during our literacy block, and we have a separate writing time which isn't flexible. Because we have a several reading/ language "have tos", it will be tough to have several focus lessons and several Independent Work times each day. There's also the challenge of an assigned writing time, which isn't flexible, as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 times that couldn't be used for Daily 5.
But somehow I'll fit it in. I can see opportunities for 2, sometimes 3 focus lesson/ Independent Work times daily, which would happen while I teach Reading Groups. I'll do my best to make it work within my restrictions. Of course, whichever the children didn't get to one day, they'd start with that on the next day.
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I'm also planning to use a Daily 5 record sheet for the children to use. Click HERE (or click the image) to see my record sheets as well as several other related Literacy Center Record Sheets from Teachers pay Teachers.
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