Well, hello! I hope you all have been soaking up summer vacation. My aunt posted this on her Facebook last night and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She is not a teacher on summer vacation, can you tell? Poor lady! I couldn’t even respond because I didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that I still have about a month of vacation left. However, I did secretly smile. But, don’t think for a moment that just because I’m on vacation, I’m not thinking about school. You know you are too! I am beyond excited to begin implementing The Daily 5 into my classroom this year. Actually, our ENTIRE school is!
I have read it cover to cover TWO TIMES, and taken many notes! I plan on reading it again before the beginning of the year. Here are my questions for YOU: Have you read the book? Do you use it? Do you like it? What don’t you like? Tips? I wish we could go grab a cup of coffee and gab for hours! That would be so fun! As I read through the book the second time, I jotted down some things I wanted to make prior to the beginning of the school year to help me feel a little more prepared! Because I love you all so much, I’m sharing them here with you guys too! Check out some free resources below: After reading the book, I fell in the love with the “Check for Understanding” idea. If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know that I make anything and everything into a pretend character. So, I felt Mr. Check In (NOT Mr. Chicken) was a must-have in my classroom this year. You could even make him into a fun “reading craft,” if you’d like. I LOVE I PICK! What a great way to encourage independence in the classroom. I made this fun sign and these cute little bookmarks. I plan on printing the bookmarks and placing them in each child’s book bin.
Plus, this cool 3 Ways to Read a Book poster. I plan on displaying this near my library so that my kids can refer to it
all year long.
I also made this recording sheet to help keep me sane! I laminated it so that I don’t have to reprint each week!
These fun reading posters (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing) will also hang in my classroom on my Daily 5 wall (I haven’t quite figured all of the details out yet!). And, I’ll definitely be using the mini-rotation cards to keep us all on track.
All of these resources can be downloaded at my TPT shop! Be sure to tell me about your Daily 5 experience in the comments below. I’d love to read all about them! Click HERE to download for FREE!