Adventures in First Grade

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Daily Five

With all of the smelly excitement yesterday, I completely forgot to share that I started Daily Five.  I have read about Daily Five from SOO many of you, that I ordered The Sisters' books to read during break.  I have to tell you, I am LOVING these ideas.

Yesterday I did the Good Fit Book lesson.  My students thought it was funny when I clomped around in my husband's shoes and HYSTERICAL when I tried to put my six-year-old's shoe on.

I brought in some books that I find interesting, plus a dirt bike magazine (which I don't find interesting) and a Thomas the Train book, that after two boys, I would be happy if I never had to look at it again!

Then I turned them loose.  This was very hard for me.  I have discovered that I do NOT like to give up control, but I did it - in a controlled way four kids at a time.   Okay, I obviously have to work on that! 

It was really interesting to watch and listen to what they were saying.  Some of them actually opened to the first page read a few words!  They either shook their heads and put the book back or took it with them to their seats!

Then there was little John (name change).  He REALLY wanted a chapter book.  I mean REALLY  wanted a chapter book.  Even though it was not a good fit for him, I told him to go ahead and try it.  Every few seconds he would come to me and ask help for a word.  This happened about ten times on just the first page.  Finally he came up and said that it wasn't the right fit, and could he try again!!  I helped steer him along to a better choice.

Today I was supposed to do the lesson on ways to read and begin Read to Self.  However we didn't have school today because of snow and the fact that it is almost 1:00 and the temperature is 5 degrees with the windchill!

For those of you who follow Daily Five, or your version of Daily Five, how do you work book boxes?  I've got the boxes, they have been filled, but where do you keep them?  How do you let your kids get new ones?  How often?  HELP!

One last thing.  Since there was no school today because of snow and cold, I have added a Snowy Days of January Word Wall sheet to my TPT store.  It is included in the sale that ends soon.  If you would like to take a peek, CLICK HERE!

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Lucky you with no school!!!! :) :) :)
    And I read the Daily 5 book and got all set to do the lessons and then my prinpipal squashed it. Because it wasn't part of our Fidelity to the Core. I know.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  2. Kristin: No way! Wow! The idea was just shut down?


  3. I'm so glad my blog has been helpful to you. So happy that you are able to give Daily 5 a go. Being my first year with implementing it whole hog - I'm REALLY loving it. Aren't you so happy you're blogging?!?!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. Thank you Holly. He is feeling better, but super tired.

    I am SO glad that I am blogging! I feel like it has made me really take a look at how I teach. The ideas and advice that I have gotten have been amazing!

  5. I've given you the Liebster Blog award. Enjoy!

    Grade ONEderful

  6. I do the Daily 5 (well 4, we don't really do listen to reading, I need to work on this). I love it too. We started right in September and went v-e-r-y slowly. It was totally worth it. The live for our reading time and have advanced exponentially. I still struggle with what books they have and how I will make sure they get choice, but also read books that help them grow as readers.

    First in Maine

  7. Kimberley: I wish that I had KNOWN about Daily 5 to have begun in September! I have been blown away by how it actually WORKS!

    I would love to go to a conference and see The Sisters in action!!