Saturday, July 30, 2011

Questions about Daily 5?


I'm finalizing my literacy notebook for teachers and students, and I'm wondering if I've addressed everything.  Does anyone have any questions or something that you'd like to see included in the notebook.  I'm including lots of full color pictures, examples, and printables.  I'm no expert at Daily 5 or Literacy CAFE, but this will be my third year to use it in a classroom setting.  I've also read both books about 12 times. Each year my confidence has increased, and I have seen tremendous growth in all of my students.  I know there are several bloggers who have been posting "how-to's" about Daily 5 and how they organize/manage/setup, but just in case you still have a question I'll see if I can help out. . .


So far...it's looking pretty cute, but I don't just want it to be cute, I want it to be a useful tool!


Questions anyone?

17 comments:

  1. Do you use The Daily 5 in conjunction with a scripted reading program or on its own? I read it and loved it, but we use scripted programs and they don't seem to mesh. My principal encouraged us to read TD5 this summer, but I am curious how we can incorporate it. I really want to because I would prefer to teach reading in that manner and have kids actually engaged in reading more than sitting and listening to scripted lessons, but we are so short on time (I have two half day Kinder classes).

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  2. I'm pondering how to incorporate written responses using the Daily 5/CAFE. I don't do any "worksheets" since they waste precious reading/writing time, but last year I felt like my students didn't get enough practice answering questions in written form and writing about what they read. I teach 2nd. I don't want to overwhelm my students, because I want them to enjoy just reading. Ideas?

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    1. Writing responses is an important part of the Common Core. I use the meeting times of daily 5 to answer my reading questions as well as the small group goal they are working on.

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  3. Maybe I teach too old, 3rd grade, but I don't know what the daily 5 is? I've seen it on multiple blogs, but haven't googled it yet. Is it something I'm missing out on?

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    1. Go to wereadweblogweteach.com They are having a great book study for older grades.

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  4. Do you use CAFE and Daily 5 in conjunction with a basal? I'm wanting to try out this reading method but our district adopted Texas Journeys last year and we are required to use it. I was hoping you could shed some light into integrating the D5 and CAFE with a reading basal. I know that we have an opportunity to teach a Readers' Workshop if our district ever decides to go that route...as Irene Fountas was one of the consulting authors for this reading series. Journeys provides Leveled Reading Lesson Plans and we use these in our guided reading...but I would love to incorporate CAFE into my reading instruction. I'm looking forward to more D5 and CAFE posts. Thanks!

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  5. I second Laura's question, and I also teach 2nd grade. I also am curious about having students keep track of their own data. For me, keeping a conferring notebook with student data really improved my teaching, and this summer I've been thinking a lot about how to have my students keep track of their data as well--in a simple, easy to maintain and understand way--to increase learning. If you do anything like that with your students in conjunction with D5 and CAFE I'd love to read about it.

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  6. I am launching D5 on Monday (my first day of school!!!). How do you write your lesson plans for D5 and CAFE? I have 'regular' lesson plans but I am wondering how they do the 'rounds' or strategy groups.
    Tania..

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  7. I have done D5/Cafe with first grade to 6th grade. I still use our basal Say we only have 2 rounds of D5- my first mini lesson comes right from the basal. My second round my mini lesson is a writing lesson.


    Jennifer

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  8. Our district is implementing the uninterrupted 90 minute reading block this fall. I have 90 minutes to teach all of my reading including my Basal. How do I do this? Also, writing cannot be included in the 90 minutes. I tried to work on a schedule today but I was struggling with getting all of the components of the daily 5 in.

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  9. how to go about Daily 5/Cafe when your departmentalized reading teacher, and only have 60-75 mins tops! Also I'm in 4th grade and where I'm at it always seems like were expected to teach to the "test"????? SO how can I make it work??

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  10. I'd also like to know how you incorporate your Texas Treasures basal lessons in with Daily 5. Do you also have District provided lessons that you have to do?
    How do you keep kiddos interested in word work if they choose a fairly quick activity? For instance, if they do a word sort that only takes them 5 minutes to complete, what do they do for the remainder of that independent block?
    How do you organize your word work materials? Are they all in one spot in the room or spread out througout the room?

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  11. I just found your website and wanted to comment on the Daily 5. I began using it last year. I tried several different ways to get it to flow smoothly. I finally had to do it as the "Daily 4", eliminating "Listening to Reading"/Books on CD. I also used a rotation schedule with an A Day/B Day. It worked so well. If you would like a bit more information, I can send it to you.

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  12. I have to ask the same question as Tania Knapp..."I'm trying to plan for my first ever D5 and Cafe Lessons of the year. I'm wondering how you write your lesson plans for both... what do the look like and how do you organize them?

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  13. I don't know if it is too late to comment on this. I have heard a lot of talk about D5 and would love to implement in my class but I really don't understand what exactly the students do at the different rotations. I understand the basics like word sort, listen to read, read to self but is there more and what do they do there? I was also wondering what Katie Bug was. What do you do with them when they chose a fairly quick activity? Thank you for all of your help I cannot wait to see your responses.

    Cindy
    Teaming Up To Teach

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  14. Hi Cindy,
    I have similar questions to a few of the teachers who have posted previously.. particularly Laura's question, what are your thoughts on this? Also, do you happen to have printables/PDF's of your literacy notebook components?
    Thank you so much for sharing, your blog is GREAT! :)

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  15. My approach to implementing the Daily 5 is to use the book, THE DAILY 5, following "the sisters" guidelines and adapting them to my first graders. Last year was my first effort at this, but I felt like it was successful! I was able to work with 3-4 of my small groups every day! I introduced one part at a time/week - making the Anchor Charts, having student's model, etc. and allowing for alot of practice. That took about a month. After a month and 1/2 (mid-November) I decided that for me the best way to navigate these procedures in my classroom would be to use only 4 of the components (I didn't use "Listen to Reading".) My schedule is:
    1. Morning Work. When they finish, students begin "Read to Self" and I begin a reading group. (This is always my lowest group.)
    2. When I finish with the group, I announce, "It's time to change." My students rotate with their reading groups (A,B,C,D) so they where directed. Word Work is done at their tables; Read to Someone in various places in our classroom. IF they finish their assignment before I finish with the second/third/fourth reading groups, they resume "Read to Self".
    3. My rotations/reading groups last for about 20 minutes so our total time is about 80 minutes.

    I do whole group instruction each morning as well, but this is after reading groups/Daily 5 and recess.

    I said in my previous post that I used A and B days. What this means is that I worked the rotations to change every other day. My students got very good at remembering what day it was and where their group should be going.
    I did not have to micromanage things; they did that. I also found that I did not need a bell or chime, just my voice, "Class, it's time to change."

    Hope this helps - Sorry it's so long!

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