Sunday, November 17, 2013

Daily 5 in 4th Grade

After reading The Daily 5 book this summer I was excited to try it out in my new classroom this year. I knew I would have to make some adjustments based on all the blogs I read about Daily 5 in intermediate classrooms, but I wasn't exactly sure what that would look like in my own classroom.

Two months in to school here is what it looks like...

First, we don't get to every round every day. There just isn't time. Some days we just do writing and others we don't do writing at all. I have sometimes managed to get a reading round in by combining it with science or social studies. I pull small groups for guided reading of a science or social studies topic while the rest of the class reads silently. It works really well because my class loves reading and they consider this a treat :).

Second, I know that a lot of people don't include Word Work in intermediate grades, but we do. Kids practice their spelling or Greek and Latin roots during Word Work. It is one of their favorite rotations because they can use markers and other art supplies.

Third, building our stamina was so important! If you haven't started Daily 5 yet, don't rush through this process. My kids were able to do it fairly quickly because they had been trained well through the years, but we still took almost two weeks to get to the independent place they needed to be. One thing I want to do, but haven't done yet, is pull them back again every so often to remind them what being independent looks like in our classroom.

Fourth, we don't to Listen to Reading. Well, I do a real aloud at the end of the day most days, but we don't do an official Listen to Reading station. I know a lot of blogs say this too, but I just thought I would add it.

I will add pictures to this post next week.

I will say that we don't do Daily 5 with any cute signs or stuff like that - we just do it. It seems to work well for my kiddos. :)

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