Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily 5 and Cafe and Storytown

Well the school year is well under way! I am now 4 weeks in! I have to say that my class is the best I have ever had! They are very sweet and hard workers. It doesn't hurt any that I only have 20 kiddos (last year I had 28!)

Anyway, we have been practicing our Daily 5 procedures and they love it! We have covered Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone and Work on Writing. We are adding Listen to Reading next week! I have been trying and retrying a few different schedule approaches. I thought that I would share my current plan for all of the upper elementary teachers out there trying to figure this out like me!

I have decided to use my basal reader a little bit this year. I have not used it much in the past and decided to give it a try this year. One of my teammates has been using hers and has so many great ideas to go with it! I am excited to use her great activities in my room as well. Our school has the Harcourt "Storytown" series. So, I have been trying to figure out how to use Daily 5, Cafe, Storytown, and all of the cutesy lessons that I find online.

My Cafe board and meeting area!

Here is my plan as of today:

(I have an hour and 50 minutes for reading time.)

15 minutes: Teacher Read-Aloud (usually a historical fiction novel to go with our current Social Studies curriculum.)

10 minutes: Mini Lesson on our focus reading skill of the week (example: conflict/resolution)

20 minutes: Read to Self (I make my class all do Read to Self at the same time so that the room is silent.)

10 minutes: Mini Lesson on one of our Cafe strategies (example: choosing "good fit" books)

20 minutes: Choice of Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, or Word Work

10 Minutes: Mini Lesson on our Writing Skill of the week (example: subject/predicate)

20 minutes: Work on Writing (I make my class all do Work on Writing at the same time, once again, so it is quiet.)

5 minutes: Share time (my class this year LOVES to share their writing.)

Just a few other details- my class is sooo good at Read to Self! I even had a teacher that stopped me today and said that he saw through my window that my class was reading silently, and they were actually reading! He said, "They were actually reading and seemed to be enjoying it! What's the secret?" He wanted to know how he could do it too! They slowly built up their stamina and it has paid off greatly!

As far as incorporating my Storytown series:We will review vocabulary during the second mini-lesson on Mondays and then I will read aloud the story to them. I plan on reading the story of the week on during the choice time. They can then use the same story during Read to Someone on one of the other days of the week. I also will use the Storytown assessment on Friday during Read to Self, so that when they are done with the test they can go straight into reading their own book. I think that this layout will allow me some structure on my skill of the week as well as give some solid assessment data to base their Cafe goals off of. 

Does anyone else use all 3? I would love to hear how others use them.

Hope you have a great weekend!


Erin Brown said...

My school following StoryTown & Daily 5 as well! I like the layout of your reading time. Thanks for sharing, I am you newest follower :)

Anonymous said...

If you have the whole class doing read to self or work on writing, what do you do at that time?

Vanna, The Crafty Teacher said...

I work with students, do assessments, and mostly reteach individual or small groups of students.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!! Just curious, when you assess on Fridays, which pieces from harcourt are you assessing? Story comprehension, skill, vocabulary, grammar? My school also uses harcourt so I am looking for ideas!! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! My school also uses harcourt and I would love to incorporate the daily five. I am curious, when you assess on Friday, which pieces do you assess using harcourt...comprehension, vocabulary, skill, and grammar?
Thanks again!

Vanna, The Crafty Teacher said...

Yes, I use the comprehension (and let them use the boom to look up answers because they can look back at the story on the state test so I want them to be used to that,) vocabulary, and skill. I don't use the grammar one just because I often didn't get to it or it didn't fit with what we were writing that week.

Anonymous said...

Do you have centers during their choice time during the week?

Vanna, The Crafty Teacher said...

Yes, I have different stations for word work that they can choose from like word building games, spelling practice, fluency practice, Boggle, Scrabble, etc.

SWADE said...

When do you have small group time.

Vanna, The Crafty Teacher said...

SWADE, I have small group time while students are working on their choice time. I usually get to 2 groups a day that way.

Unknown said...

What do your mini lessons consist of?

Vanna, The Crafty Teacher said...

My mini lessons are whatever skill we are working on or things that I see students struggling with. For example, if we are working on theme, my mini lesson will be introducing what theme is, as well as some examples with picture books and identifying the theme of that particular story.