Sunday, October 6, 2013

Answers to your Daily 5 Questions

I received several questions about my Daily 3 post.  Here are the answers!

First of all:  READ THE BOOK!!!!  Like I mentioned in the previous post, I have read, reread and read it again!  I do not feel you can be successful in Daily 5 without reading and fully understanding it.

Mini Lessons
Each mini lesson is about 10-15 minutes long.

Mini Lesson #1 is phonics and phonemic awareness.   We start with morning message where I include phonics, grammar and conventions.  Then we do a quick phonemic awareness activity.

Mini Lesson #2 is our reading skill.  (Last week it was setting.  This week it is nonfiction.)  This is usually my longest mini lesson, about 15 minutes.

Mini Lesson #3 is a reading strategy lesson.  (I am using CAFE.)  This is 10 minutes max!

After each rotation, we do a quick debrief about what worked, what did not work, and I see if they have any questions or need clarification on something.  This is only about 1 minute while they are putting supplies away and regrouping on the carpet.

Mini Lesson #4 is a writing mini lesson followed by time for students to write.  I conference with individual students as needed.  

I use the bookmarks I made.  I put them on TPT for free.  Click the picture if you want to grab them.

Each rotation is only 15 minutes.  I think this is long enough for my group at this point in the school year!   Even if we could make it longer, our schedule doesn't really allow for it.

Small Groups
I am working with small groups during each rotation as opposed to individual conferencing.  To make sure I am not pulling kids from the same activity each day, I alternate what activity I pull them from.  For example, on Monday I work with groups who are supposed to be at Read To Self.  Then Tuesday, I work with groups who are supposed to be at Read To Someone.  If our teacher table activity is up before the 15 minutes, they go to where they are supposed to be.
I only have 5 students at each activity so this keeps my group number small at teacher table.  This also helps me make sure I see each student each day.  (Something I was never able to accomplish when I did traditional centers!)  It also works logistically if I need to work with individual students for assessments, make up something they missed, etc.
The downside to this is that I have a mixed ability group with me at the teacher table.  It has been okay so far, but see that this could be more difficult as their reading progresses.  I am still thinking out how to make this work!  

I LOVE seeing how Daily 5 is working in everyones classrooms!  And I REALLY love hearing that I am not the only one who can't make it Daily 5!


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