D5 pictures and update!

It's the weekend, y'all!  AND, here is North Texas we have actually had... what do you call it again.... RAIN?!!!  Wha?!  Our temperatures have cooled down for the weekend and we have a nice drizzle going on, so we are all kinds of excited here!  It's been 100 and umpteen degrees for the past few months... needless to say, we were ready for a heat break!

The weather actually made for a *close to perfect* Daily Five on Friday.  I snapped a few pictures to show you what's going on in my classroom during our Daily Five time!  As of last week my students are choosing which D5 rotation they go to each time.  I am using a system much like what Cara is doing with her stations and it is working perfectly!  They can't repeat a D5 until all 5 spots have seen their face :)

I introduced our reading and writing buddies... AKA stuffed animals.  I have had these little guys up on shelves and above our lockers as decor for the past few years, but I decided to bring them down as a little reading incentive.  Our reading/writing buddies can be used during read to self or writing.  My kiddos can get one at a time, and can't get up to exchange them out because they are supposed to stay in ONE spot during the D5!  

The Lorax served as a writing inspiration for one of my kiddos today!  I loved seeing her start a story from her writing buddy!  And, some students just choose to write a story on their own, which is perfectly fine with me as well!
  
So far in Listen to Reading we are just using the CD player and books on CD.  I have collected these books on CD throughout the years.  I used to buy them from Scholastic each month from the Seesaw catalog.  Wanna say they were 4 different books, each came with the CD for 20 bucks.  Not too shabby!  This weekend I am downloading apps on the iPads for listening so that we can use those as well!
 Word Work is one of the more popular rotations, mostly because we've been using the iPads this week for Spelling City.  But, today I didn't have the iPads in use because they were at home getting updated and new apps installed.  Here's one of my kiddos using his spelling list for this 6 weeks.  The lists are stapled in their take-home folders :)  He's about to stamp out the words.  AND, there may have been blue ink all over my carpet afterwards... whatcha gonna do?!
 This sweetie is using the pocket chart and letters from my Sight Words unit.  
 Another top choice is Read to Self!  The pillows and reading buddies definitely helped spice things up this week!  It took us about 3 1/2 weeks of practice until I felt comfortable introducing the pillows and reading buddies.  As of right now I am very happy that I introduced each component slowly and with lots of expectations explained from the get-go.  We are also doing Read to Someone, which they love, but I didn't snap any pictures of that.
 And those book bins are just a life saver!  I absolutely LOVE the fact that I don't have kids standing around my library looking *talking with their friends* for a book.  For the past few years I have spent countless amounts of energy saying, "Grab a book quickly and go back to your desk!!!"  "The Library is not for chit-chatting, it's for choosing a book!"  "If you go back there to talk one more time the library is closed!!"  Book Bins are my saving grace this year :)
I have to admit it before I go... I haven't even started book shopping yet... seriously, I know what you are thinking!  My kids are so loving the rotation I have going right now with just the "extras" that don't belong in my library that I haven't stopped it yet!  AHHHHH!  Does that make me a horrible D5 person?!  Probably so, BUT here's my dilemma (I promise it's a good *excuse*).  I have 2 classes.  I only have 18 book bins, and NO ROOM for anymore. Right now it works perfectly because they just go grab the book bin with their number on it and head to their D5 rotation.  I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it.  Do I just let them share their book bin with the person who has the same number in the other homeroom?  Do I only give book bins to my homeroom?  I'm thinking we will end up sharing.  They will each choose 5 books, giving the book bin 10 books.  HOWEVER, we talk about Good Fit books A LOT, and I am letting them choose books from my library for their take-home book bags.  I'll keep you updated on my dilemma, and will definitely take suggestions!  Telling me that it's not true to the D5 won't help, because I am totally aware!  I know the kids NEED to choose their books.  I know they should ONLY have books that are just perfect for them.  I promise, I'm pleading guilty and looking for a solution!!!

Phew!  That felt good to get off my chest, ha!  The first step in recovery is admitting that I have a problem.  My name is Amy Lemons and I am a control freak {who has a REALLY good excuse ;)}.  I'll be back tomorrow to share my visual plans!  Happy Weekend, Friends! 

28 comments:

Jennifer White said...

Looks great, Amy!! Love the buddy reading!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Nesli Monroe said...

These look great, Amy! Do you have your kids choose their D5 station? I am still trying to give up my own control freakness and let them choose but haven't done that yet! Eeeek!
Nesli
Second Grade With The Teacher Wears Prada

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

This looks fantastic, Amy! What if you put two two-gallon sized bags in each container? Students can keep 5 books in each bag. 3 books could be 'just-right' books and 2 books are personal choice books?? Choice is SO important; I would keep it. My 5th graders speed through their 'just-right' books to get to their personal choice books. Plus, I think about myself - sometimes I need a 'feel good' book that may be below my 'level' and just lets me enjoy words. :)

I love the idea of reading buddies - so fun. :)

Catherine
The Brown-Bag Teacher

Christina Marie said...

I love my book bins too! I was going to suggest the Ziploc bag as well. That way you could still use the same bins but the books would be separate!

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Apples, Books, and Crayons
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Robin Harshman-Rogers said...

My idea was ziplock bags and the students with the same numbers would share; however label ziplock bags with individual names. You are doing D5 perfectly since you are adapting to what works for you and your students!!

Michelle Hudgeons said...

Haha! You crack me right up!!! Love your heart to pieces! I have a whole box full of Dr Seuss stuffed animals- never thought to use them as writing buddies! Fabulous idea! :)
Michelle @ Smitten with First

Marlene said...

I can't remember if you have seat sacks but that's where my kids keep their books. They don't actually take the seat sacks to their spot though. I just have them take two or three books with them and they cannot get up to switch them out. It has worked well in my class. How about putting some kind of divider in the book bin and assigning each side to a kid? You can put labels on the bins like Class A Student 1 or something like that.

Marlene
I Heart Teaching Elementary

Gladys said...

Love your reading and writing buddies! I'm such a control freak...that I'm having some serious anxiety issues and haven't really provided my kiddos with many choices...but I know it must be done. Ahhh!! What a conundrum!

Chelsea O'Neal said...

OH for some reason at my schoo Friday was also a near perfect day in D5... The cloudy rainy weather I was in love also !! :)

I am in Wylie (east of Plano) Where are you Amy?
Chelsea
http://kickinitwholebrainintexas.blogspot.com

Nancy VandenBerge said...

Amy,
Looks like you have D5 down!! Way to go!! I love that kids can always depend on the consistency of the rotations!! They (and you) are working smarter-not harder!! Thanks for sharing!!
Nancy
firstgradewow.blogspot.com

amy.lemons said...

My students do choose which D5 they are going to... They have to visit all 5 before they can repeat :) it's just the book bins that my inner control freak is having a hard time with! And the fact that they LOVE the books I have in them! If they were complaining I probably would have found a solution already :) I'll try separating the book bin somehow! Great advice!

Michael P said...

What boombox do you use for Listening? I have been looking for a good one with headphone output but I am not having any luck.

pammy said...

The great part about Daily 5 is that it can be manipulated to your own circumstances. I think you are doing great with your classes. I think it is okay for them to share book boxes. I love that you already have them choosing. With 30 and multiple rotations per day, I don't think we'll be in choice mode for a while more.

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Suzy K said...

What about tote bags on a coat rack?

Anonymous said...

I love all of your ideas and have purchased many of your products! Thank you for sharing your talents! Do you have suggestions for apps for listening to books on Ipads? I was curious which ones you were downloading. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Dollar store has bags with zippers. They work!!! I have 4 spots around the room to keep,them so there isn't a traffic jam. I find the kids do a pretty good job of shopping for just right books. I steer them to the levelled book tubs once I've done their dra assessments. The bags don't take up much room.

Mrs. Thompson said...

Amy- I agree that if I had 2 classes that had to share book boxes, I'd put ziplock bags with a name label on them. That way each student has their own personal books but they are all stored nicely in the book box.
Good luck!
Mrs. Thompson
Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
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Teaching Reef said...

Hey Amy!
I love all your D5 photos! Thanks for sharing how it works in your classroom. Last year I used gallon Ziploc bags for their book bins because I too didn't have bins for both of my classes! I labeled each Ziploc with the child's name in Sharpie. They worked pretty well. I did run into some problems but they are pretty minor. One, Some of the larger picture books didn't fit inside the Ziploc. Two, sometimes with the larger books that did fit, it became hard for them to fit 5 books in their bag AND then the Ziploc wouldn't zip closed. So then we talked about the problems classmates were having and here is what the kids came up with. My students all have a large personalized bookmark and other smaller bookmarks so they used their personalized bookmark to 'mark" their book that didn't fit. Then to make sure we didn't check out ALL books that didn't fit, we said only one larger book at a time, if you want to check one out. Last, we came to terms with the Ziploc not closing! lol! That worked pretty well and I never had problems past that. Oh one more tip I promise, I went over the expectations for taking care of the Ziploc as well. They will rip easily if they are to "rough". So we talked about that too. I hope this helps you.

alma said...

Looks great! Can the other homeroom let them have their own book buckets and bring them to your room when they come to you for Daily 5? Are they coming to you for only Daily 5? If not, ziplock bags with names would be the best. Good luck!

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