I hope 2011 has left everyone with great memories and 2012 will provide us with many more. On this New Year's Day, I have sat down to do lesson plans. Yes, reality has hit me that I do go back to school on Tuesday. I have avoided anything that resembles school work like the plague since I left on the 20th. Well, that's not true. I have been reading. A lot. I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Unwanteds, started reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and am listening to a book called Ghetto Cowboy. Reviews & recommendations on The Unwanteds and Ghetto Cowboy coming soon!
Anyone who started Daily 5 at the beginning of the school year may have seen some of those awesome behaviors start to slack off right before winter break. I certainly did. Returning from a long break, it is extremely important to do a re-launch of Daily 5. I am dedicating the entire week to it. Just as it's important to take your time during the initial launch, it is soooo worth it in the long run to take your time when relaunching after a break.
Here is what my re-launch will look like:
Each day is dedicated to a different Daily 5 choice. We don't do Listen to Reading.
Day One-Review good fit books. Do a mini-lesson using weights. Give time to make book choices and checking that books are a good fit. Review the Read to Self I-Chart, practice check for understanding and 3 ways to read a book. Correct & incorrect model and practice building stamina for read to self.
Day Two-Work on Writing. The first mini-lesson will be a review of the weekly journals students are expected to turn in. This is their first priority when working on writing. Review Work on Writing I-Chart, Correct & Incorrect model, and practice building stamina. The second mini-lesson we will review, modify, add to our ideas of things to write about. Students will record the list and keep in their notebooks.
Day Three-Read to Someone. We will review the I-Chart, EEKK, Checking for Understanding, and How to Choose a Partner. We will then correct & incorrect model, then practice building stamina.
Day Four-Word Work. Review the I-Chart and their word work packets, which is their first priority when they choose word work. We will then review & discuss other word work activities and materials.
How are other classrooms doing with Daily 5 this year? I would love for you to comment!