Monday, July 8, 2013

Daily 5 for Fourth Grade

I just finished reading The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, and I must say it is amazing! I was so excited reading it - I could just picture my busy classroom :).

Parts of the Daily Five are definitely designed for younger students - for example, a lot of fourth graders would not find it necessary to spend 30 minutes reading the pictures of a book. However, a lot of the ideas are good for any age (as they continually pointed out in the book).

I am planning on using Daily Five in my classroom with just a couple of tweaks. We are definitely going to do Read to Self, Read with Someone, and Work on Writing as they are described in the book. I am thinking I will have to somehow combine Work on Writing and Writer's Workshop because I don't think we will have time to do both, but that doesn't seem like a huge change. I will just do the mini-lessons for Writer's Workshop during the Daily Five group meeting time.

I will be doing my own version of Word Work and Listen to Someone Read. For Word Work we will have two focuses - vocabulary and spelling. My students will be using Greek and Latin Roots to build their vocabularies (I have a complete school year set of these in my TpT store). I will have different activities for them to practice their five roots for the week, plus review of older roots here and there. Spelling is harder - I really like the idea of using clay, stamps, etc... to practice spelling, but I am not sure if this is too young for fourth graders... Help from experienced fourth grade teachers would be much appreciated!

I will still have students Listen to Someone Read, but I think I will limit it to once a week. There are few things better than relaxing and listening to a good book, but every day seems like a bit much. Instead, four days a week I am going to have my students work on comprehension. This has been the area I have seen the most improvement in with my middle school students. It is just one of those things that needs to be practiced a lot and most kids don't take the time to practice. I have lots of reading passages with comprehension questions at my TpT store as well. I plan on spending lots of time reading good fourth grade books this summer. Then I can jot down questions for each chapter so students can test themselves on the books they are reading. Finally, I have a free nonfiction reading passage note organizer that students can use at this stations as well.

I will definitely post pictures as I set up my classroom in late August :).

Things I still need to get...
chimes - to signal the class to stop, look, and listen
organizers for Word Work and Reading Comprehension Materials
anchor charts (prepared for work in class)

I still have a lot to do, but it feels good to know that I at least have a framework for a big chunk of my day.

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