CHUNKING lessons during Daily 5 and Critter Cafe
The two Sisters' stressed one very important topic at the July conference in Ann Arbor. The art of CHUNKING mini-lessons. With the gift of the Daily 5, even the two sisters struggle to make their introductions and mini-lessons short enough to fit that 10 minute time-frame that resides in brain-based research. The ability to chunk the MEAT of your lesson into a 10 minute block is simply, TOUGH! I struggle SO much with that especially with the Critter Cafe launching lessons. There is SO much to teach!!! I was using the Daily 5 & CAFE for Dummies the past 2 years to scaffold my instruction over the first 25 days of the launch. What I noticed was that my lessons were WAY to LONG. Of course I thought it was great at the time, but now, I can see how long the lessons were going.
This year, I am all about the CHUNKING. I am shortening the Daily 5 introduction lessons and the CAFE lessons. It will add more days to the calendar of the launch but I truly think this year is the BEST by far! For example, my Day 1 of Read to Self was chunked into 2 days this year. My day 1 of Work on Writing, was chunked into 3 days this year. Instead of a 5 day time frame for each Daily 5 launch, I am chunking into 7-9 days each. AND it WORKS so much better! I am thinking LONG TERM and how the goal and URGENCY of this framework is to create INDEPENDENT readers and writers. As teachers, we all know that cannot be accomplished in a few short lessons! I feel as though I am investing the time NOW so that the rest of my year will be thoroughly on task and engaging for students!
|This was Day 3 (in chunking time) for Work on Writing! Take a look at the amazing STAMINA building!|
|After launching TURTLE TUNES at the Critter Cafe, we were eager to create a word wall of interesting words we were hearing during daily read alouds!|
|Here is our class WORD COLLECTOR, a precursor to work on writing|
|That same day, students were introduced to their Word Collector Notebooks! They get to decorate it themselves!|
|The chunking lessons of UNDERLINING your "interesting words" was well-worth it! |
3 days of shorter intervals and less "teaching" by me!
|I am so excited with the progress of our first "work on writing" activity!|
I have a new edition to my work on writing this year! I am extending the launch of Work on Writing to include the "Work on Writing Choice menu board." Each day I will introduce, model, and add a new CHOICE to our menu wall. There are 8 choices so students will have wonderful opportunities to work on writing in a variety of ways!
|This is our Work on Writing CHOICES menu. I used black 12 x 18 laminated sheets of construction paper and some simple headers I created in powerpoint. You can hop on over to my TPT store and grab them for free! Just leave some love and feedback!|
Daily 5 extras...
To better explain the idea of ROUNDS during Daily 5 I have a graphic organizer I use to explain it my little firsties! We have a full-model working ROUNDS board in our classroom this year.
As we add a new component of Daily 5 we link (with animal print duct tape) the rounds together! It is a quick and easy visual for students to pick which ROUND they are going to next. I plan on adding a hook in the center for my rounds CHECK IN clipboard. I usually sit in the chair and students line up, check out for their round, I record it, and then hang it back up on the wall!