Saturday, January 3, 2015

My New Read



Has anyone read this new and improved version of The Daily Five yet?  As a big fan of the first edition, I was intrigued by what could be "improved" from the first book. I have to admit, over the years I've always put my own spin on the sisters' framework but I do believe this management program (if correctly implemented) can produce a high level of independent learning with students of all ages.  As I dug into this book, I can't really say I had any "shut the front door, this is blowing my mind!" moments. The sisters reviewed material covered in the first edition and CAFE books and expanded a bit on some of the timing of early lessons/launching schedule. The big new thing is the addition of Math into the rotations. I'm wondering what that would look like in my classroom?!?!? I currently have my literacy and math blocks completely broken apart.  Could I somehow take some of the workshop activities from Investigations (our district mandated curriculum) and add them back to my Daily Five workstations? Hmmm...sounds simple enough in a blog post but may present a time challenge in real life.  

My current schedule looks something like this:    

8:05
Arrival / Brain Warm Up (Lexia for intervention students)
8:25
Morning Meeting
8:35
Language Arts Whole Group Mini-lesson followed by Independent Reading
9:20
Specials (PE, Music, Counselor, Library, Computers)
9:50
Language
10:20
Workstations (My version of the Daily 5)
11:00
Math Investigations
12:15
Lunch
12:45
Read aloud
1:00
Writing
1:45
Recess
2:00
Science/Social Studies
                                                                            
Could I try something like this?
8:05
Arrival / Brain Warm Up (Lexia for intervention students)
8:25
Morning Meeting
8:35
Language Arts Whole Group Mini-lesson followed by Independent Reading (has to stay at this time for Special Services)
9:20
Specials (PE, Music, Counselor, Library, Computers)
9:50
Language
10:20
Writing
11:00
Math Investigations (Has to stay at this time for Title services)
12:15
Lunch
12:45
Workstations
1:45
Recess
2:00
Science/Social Studies (Has to stay at this time for rotations)


I'm off to play around with this schedule a bit more (and try to find instructions for adding some of my cute fonts into Blogger!)

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