I promise I have not forgotten about my Daily 5 posts. Believe it or not, I've been busy. (!)
So let's review real fast. You have organized your library, read the book, bought book boxes/bags, and have introduced building stamina. We covered these components in my previous posts. Now onto the third day of Daily Five.
On the third day of school, I showed my cuties the stamina graph
and asked them to tell me what the graph tells us. I was so surprised to hear them comment that it is a graph that shows our reading stamina! Sprinkles to my kinders! I let them know that we are going to build our stamina again in our book nooks, but first we are going to talk about their jobs as students and my job as a teacher. We created this I chart to help them understand the jobs we each have during Read to Self. It is very important to make this chart with your students and allow them to decide what their jobs are during Read to Self.
Click here to see more examples of I charts.
After completing the I chart, we read this book:
We used this book to understand why we read during Read to Self. We added our thinking about why we read to the I chart. It's the print that is in green near the top of the chart.
Then we learned our new book nooks for the day from our Book Nooks chart
and started building our stamina. It was wonderful to see my whole class practicing the three ways to read their books on the third day of school. Make sure that you are always searching for anyone who breaks stamina. You need to immediately call the whole class back to the meeting place when one kiddo stops reading. You want to make sure you are building the correct muscle memory. Once you are all back together, then you will graph your stamina for the day and be super excited for their success for the day.
You will continue building stamina each day until they reach a predetermined number of minutes. Our goal was ten minutes, which we accomplished pretty quickly. Once we met our goal, I allowed my cuties time to decorate their book boxes.
During the two weeks, while we continued building our stamina, I would also teach reading strategy lessons from The Sisters Cafe book, mini lessons on how to care for our book boxes, and a mini lesson on how to use our whisper phones and magnifying glasses.
Whisper phones and magnifying glasses are not a necessary component of the Daily 5, but they are useful tools for younger students to help them with their Read to Self. I was blessed to receive a class set of these phones from Donors Choose last year when I taught second grade and love, love, love them! I was given the magnifying glasses from a retired teacher. I showed my cuties how to use these items correctly by first allowing them to explore the materials and then showing them how to use them properly. We use the magnifying glasses to search for letters we know, then sight words, etc. Both of these items are still in their book boxes and my cuties use them all the time.
So continue building stamina until you achieve your predetermined goal. You will not move on to the next component of Daily 5 until you have built stamina for staying in one place and working the whole time. I will be back next time with how to choose good fit books.
Please let me know if you have any questions so I can answer them next time. :)