Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Daily 5 Chapter 3


Here are my thoughts on Daily 5 Chapter 3.

1. Establish a gathering place for brain and body breaks

The meeting area is such an important part of the classroom. It’s so important to make it an integral part of the classroom.  I had my carpet area at the back of my room, but this year I am thinking of placing it in front of the smart board in the center of the room.  I love the idea of calling my carpet area something. I am doing a Dr. Seuss theme this year- I bet if I thought hard enough I could come up with a Seuss setting that I could call our carpet…Hmmm- any ideas?


2. Developing the concept of "good fit" books

I loved her lesson using the shoes to teach about good fit books. 
I think I might do some other lessons prior to this one- save this one for a little later after we’ve learned about ways to treat a book, some classroom library procedures, and ways to read a book.  This is where I feel like the Daily 5 is harder to implement in Kindergarten.  All the examples she gave of selecting books really felt more upper grades to me.  I would love to hear from them a sample lesson on a good fit book in a kinder classroom.  Maybe reading everyone else’s posts will help me with this…

3. Create anchor charts with students How will these be visual in the room? Where will you store them? What about small spaces?


I love anchor charts!  We use them all the time, but I am guilty of sometimes creating the chart myself ahead of time.  Especially at the beginning of the year when their attention spans are SOOOO short, it’s hard to get the conversation where I want it to be and anchor chart made together before I feel like I’ve lost them.  But I definitely see the benefit of creating the charts together and I will work on that.  I am so lucky to have 2 clotheslines up high in my classroom that stretch from one side of the classroom to the other side (thanks to my teammate’s husband J).  I see some of my anchor chart going there at the beginning of the year and then finding more permanent places in the classroom library or in other work spaces around the room.


4. Short, repeated intervals of independent practice and setting up book boxes

Stamina- I think the stamina part won’t be a problem in my classroom.  I know that this is something I can easily make happen in the classroom.  But I liked the Sisters suggestions and will try out some of their techniques for sure. 

Book Boxes- This is not my first time reading this book.  I keep coming back to it every couple of years. And one of the things that always prevents me from implementing it are the book boxes!  My first thought is “Where on earth am I going to store 28 book boxes??????”  I think and think about my classroom and think about creative storage options and I always get hung up on it.  So again, I look forward to reading everyone’s posts about the organization of the book boxes.  For what to put in the book boxes at the beginning of the year, I am not really sure I have enough books that are “good fit” for them at the beginning of the year.  I have lots of guided reading books at the lowest levels, but I don’t know if I want to use those for book boxes at the start.  This was another one of my stumbling blocks for implementing Daily 5.  I definitely have lots to think about.



5. Calm Signals and check in procedures

I have a few calm/attention getting signals in the classroom.  I have jingle bells that get students attention.  I also have some spoken signals.  I say “One fish, two fish” and the students respond “Red fish, blue fish” and I teach them that after they respond, I need eyes watching, ears listening and hands still.


6. Using the correct model/incorrect model approach for demonstrating appropriate behaviors.

At the beginning of the school year I always use the correct model/incorrect model approach to teach lots of different procedures.  It works really well for teaching all kinds of procedures and routines those first few weeks of school.  And the kiddos love it!

I enjoyed Chapter 3 and can’t wait to read all of your responses. I hope reading all your ideas will help me figure out how to overcome some of the misgivings I have about implementing the program. Check in at Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten to see other links.  Can't wait to read more!


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9 comments:

  1. i love the "one fish, two fish" signal idea! you could have a you-2-gather-hoo carpet for your Seuss theme. i am a seuss-a-holic too. is it really so bad to create an anchor chart before hand in kindergarten? i would think that would be better in the beginning of the year, or at least have part of it created. i am thinking creating the whole anchor chart together would be something the kids would be more successful at as they build stamina. i loved your post. as always.
    www.kindergartencafeteria.blogspot.com

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  2. I love reading your responses! I like to type the anchor charts with my kiddos. I make them ahead of time and then add text boxes and I always include their name. You'd be surprised how many more hands go up when I type them. Then I can just print, post and it looks nice. I understand your dilemma with the book boxes. I have a teeny classroom so I was worried too! I saw on pinterest someone using book bags, that could be an option for you. Oh and the just right books, I like to bring out some text only chapter books, some teacher magazines and a few other books to demonstrate with. I love Daily 5 in kindergarten but it definitely takes some brain power to figure out what works for your class. I have a starter kit on my blog if you'd like to check it out, it might be helpful. Again, I love reading your posts, thanks for sharing!
    Vanessa
    kindergartenschmindergarten.blogspot.com
    ps
    I also wanted to give you the Lovely Blog Award but someone beat me to it! You have a very lovely blog

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  3. I love reading your responses! I like to type the anchor charts with my kiddos. I make them ahead of time and then add text boxes and I always include their name. You'd be surprised how many more hands go up when I type them. Then I can just print, post and it looks nice. I understand your dilemma with the book boxes. I have a teeny classroom so I was worried too! I saw on pinterest someone using book bags, that could be an option for you. Oh and the just right books, I like to bring out some text only chapter books, some teacher magazines and a few other books to demonstrate with. I love Daily 5 in kindergarten but it definitely takes some brain power to figure out what works for your class. I have a starter kit on my blog if you'd like to check it out, it might be helpful. Again, I love reading your posts, thanks for sharing!
    Vanessa
    kindergartenschmindergarten.blogspot.com
    ps
    I also wanted to give you the Lovely Blog Award but someone beat me to it! You have a very lovely blog

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  4. You have some great ideas. I am a new follower!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  5. I gave you the One Lovely Blog award AND the Versatile Blogger award!

    Go claim it at Miss A's Kindergarten!

    Sarah

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  6. I have given you an award! Come on over and pick it up!

    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

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  7. I implemented some of Daily 5 the second semester of Kindergarten last year. I started out using ziplock baggies for book boxes. They were easier to store but didn't last very long. Then I found some cloth tote bags at the dollar tree and they work a lot better. I have my kids hang them up under their backpacks. Maybe these ideas will help you some.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  8. Perhaps you could call your meeting area "Seussville" or "Whoville" I just keep imagining calling all the "whos" to sit down in "whoville" and it makes me smile. :o)

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