My sweet and fabulous friend Becca over at First Grade in Foxwell Forest asked me if I would be interested in joining her new monthly linky party focusing on Daily 5. Of course there was no hesitation and a quick YES from me! Now Becca has already laid the foundation of starting up the year with Daily 5, so be sure to stop over and visit her blog as soon as your done reading here! And because she adores the Daily 5 as much as I do, she is also raffling off a new copy of the Daily 5 book by the two Sisters. So if you don't already own a copy, enter to win one!
To give you a bit of history-
This will be my forth year using Daily 5 and my Third year using CAFE.
Some important start up tips that I find most useful:
#1 Make sure your classroom rules (WBT) is in place before starting your transitions. I teach WBT rules on Day 1.
#2 Don't rush the launch. Let it unfold naturally, and at it's own pace. Daily 5 begins on Day 2 of school.
#3 Create the anchor I charts with your class first, before moving to pre-made products. There is alot to be said about the intimate process of brainstorming those charts that is very meaningful to the students AND the teacher.
#4 Thoroughly teach the procedures and process for "Check for Understanding" and Good Fit Books!
#5 Students should be Reading to Self at least 20-30 minutes daily (weather it during a round or after morning work time)
As many of you know, the Sisters have a 25 day cycle for launching the Daily 5. Last school year, I started with 26 first graders and a WIDE range of abilities. Behavior was also a key factor last year, so I made the decision to slow things a bit, so that I could offer shorter, more intense mini-lessons for each day of the launch.
After it was all said and done, I retyped my notes and created this
If you would like to download of copy of my 2012-2013 pacing guide, click here. (Please keep in mind that I am not an expert by any means...Just your typical OCD first grade teacher that loves the details!)
I also have a few Pinterest Boards that are stocked FULL of great resources. Be sure to check them out!
In June, our district First Grade Team got together and created a curriculum map for ELA and the new CCSS. So, before school starts, I have some strategies to switch around just a bit...but for the most part, I think I will continue using this schedule.
I will also be adding more Work on Writing choices (in a different order). Stop back next month on Sept. 5 for the more tricks of the trade using Daily 5 in the classroom!
If you have anything specific you would like to know or want me to touch on for next month, be sure to leave a comment!