The first two weeks might look a bit like the schedule below:
(If you want to see how I launch these step by step, just click on HERE or on the picture above to take you to that post. It is incredibly detailed and will give you a fool-proof way of organizing and launching your Daily 5 components. These schedules are also downloadable for you to reference if needed.)
So when that stamina goal is met, read to self is finally added to the Daily 5 (or Daily 6 in my class) round-up and we are up and running.
This is what our eventual schedule looks like.
- Listen To Reading: There are six different reading bags available to students. Students chose which bag and where they will be listening in the room.
As a teacher, the biggest time sucker for you in this component of Daily 5 is ‘technical issues.’ Technical issues will make you crazy. Designate some tech savvy and capable students to be your ‘tech support.’ That way students go to them instead of you when batteries need to be changed or ‘something’ happens!
- Word Work #1: This is the station where we will focus on sight word study eventually, but at the beginning of the year, there is a great deal of alphabetic awareness activities.
As the year progresses and sight study is introduced, each student knows exactly which words they are working on because of their ball word levels. The ball words are close at hand and accessible so that each student is working on at their own level of readiness. Regardless of whether they making words with magnets or writing them on boards, they are all at their own level.
- Read To Self: Students choose their books and their space to read. As the year goes on, they will have the opportunity during this time to either Read To Self or Read With Someone. It takes us a while to get there.
- Meet The Teach: This is where I meet with students for Small Group Instruction. I encourage you to take a look at this post and book study we did last year on The Next Step in Guided Reading. If you don’t know what to do for guided reading, this book and our book study really lays it out and gives you some great ideas. You can find that HERE or by clicking on the picture below.
- Word Work 2: This word work station will focus more on phonics. This is where rhyming activities and word families for instance will be located.
- Word on Writing: At the beginning of the year in my kindergarten class, I usually find a volunteer to help man this area. Eventually this becomes and independent writing station like the sisters describe, but, the reality is, there are many students that come to us with very little writing mechanics and lacking in fine motor. I spend the first month or two focusing on the mechanics of writing their names and letter production. A nice packet to work with if you’re interested, is Maria from Kinder-craze call Getting It Write.
I find that this is so helpful in the long run and makes the independent ‘work on writing’ the rest of the year that much more easy.
And because I didn’t want to let you go away empty handed, I decided to whip up one of my kinder friends’ favorite Word Work activities . . . write the room.
See you next week for Chapter 8: Daily 3 Math! You know how I LOVE math! So make sure you come back. In the meantime, check out all my best girls’ links for other Chapter 7 ideas.