I am so excited this year that I have a nice block of time for Daily 5 and actually about thirty minutes for my guided math/stations! This is in addition to our whole group reading time and whole group math instruction. I'm used to having smaller chunks of time broken up throughout the day. This will be a luxury!
This year I am transitioning back to implementing Daily 5 instead of traditional literacy centers. I've attempted it once before but it really wasn't the best year for me to be attempting something new...too many other changes and challenges. Now I'm ready and very excited about this time of our day! During our forty minute block of time I'm planning on two rounds of our literacy choices with two whole group two mini lessons followed by a wrap up at the end of our allotted time.
The reading series we are using is broken up into the following:
- 10 Units
- Each Unit is 3 weeks long
- Week One and Two introduce new letters, sight words and skills. Week three is a review week.
- There are several "free" weeks throughout the year...I incorporate many of my thematic units during these weeks.
When setting up my Daily Literacy Choices planning sheet I've included what unit we are covering and the corresponding skills. I've arranged my room so that the children will make their daily literacy choice but yet go to a specific section of the room to work on their chosen activity. For my planning sheets I've listed the "regular" activities that will routinely be offered in these areas and have left space to fill the the additional activities we will be working on for each unit. These plans / records are kept in a separate binder from my regular daily plans. I have this binder divided into units that correspond with our reading series.
I do keep another planning sheet for my guided reading/strategy groups but they are not quite finished yet. As far as keeping track of the kiddos and their choices I am going to use a weekly sheet and mark the date they they worked on each choice. They will need to work on each choice at least once and most should be visited two times.
I am sure that I will have kinks to work out....
There are always kinks.
But I think I am off to a good start and can get the ball rolling on Daily 5 (or 6 in my case since I am keeping ABC work separate from word work.)
Now onto math!! I am piloting Singapore Math this year. I am very excited...this series looks great! I've already set up my math binder according to the Singapore chapters....just like my Daily 5 (6) plans I'm keeping these separate from my regular daily plans. It may seem like a lot of binders but trust me it helps me to stay organized. My plan is to be able to have two rounds of math stations during my thirty minute time frame. During round one I am hoping to be able to work with a small math group. During round two I'm hoping to work with individuals on extra practice or assessment.
For my actual stations I am hoping to only need eleven but may have to up that to twelve as our enrollment keeps growing! Here you can see our set up for our stations...
For my math stations planning sheet I'm simply listing the unit/core concept and have boxes to fill in for each station.
This will be our second year with our current reading series and my second year to pilot a new math series (this one is different from last year.) Let's not forget the transition to Common Core....Lots of changes these past two years!! =) I'm feeling a little less overwhelmed now that I have some of this accomplished. Hopefully all of you are having success in your planning and can have a nice smooth start to your school year! Our open house is Thursday and our kiddos start next Tuesday....I can't wait!