Week One of Read to Self!

I am just going to preface this post saying that I am not a Daily Five expert at all, and I just don't have answers to the majority of questions that I have been asked!  However, I do want to share my little Daily Five journey with you as I'm working through getting things set-up in my classroom!
We started talking about the D5 on our first day of school.  I just introduced the concept of reading to self and we discussed expectations and what it would look like.  On the first day I just handed each student 2 books for them to take to their read to self spot.  They lasted for all of 1 1/2 minutes before their stamina was interrupted :)  

By Wednesday, I had their book bins ready to go.  Our school purchased these clear bins for our K-3 kiddos and thankfully they fit perfectly on my new bookshelf!  Since we have not done the I-Pick lesson, or learned how to properly use my classroom library, I stocked the book bins myself.  I have a cabinet full of books that just don't really "fit" into my classroom library, so I emptied that cabinet out and filled up my book bins!  Each book bin has 8 books as of right now. 
 They are just random books of all different levels, but they are all picture books.  As soon as we started using the book bins, their stamina began building like crazy!  We are up to 11 minutes of reading to ourselves as of Friday!  I will say that I have a pretty well-behaved class this year, so our main stamina-breaker has been wandering eyes.  

Until we get to the I-Pick lesson and to using our classroom library, I am just going to rotate the books throughout the book bins.  So, after school on Friday I shifted all the books to the right.  I know they will be excited to see new books in their bins tomorrow!  I don't want to get them into the habit of needing new books everyday, so my goal is to change out books either 1 or 2 times a week.  I will keep you updated as soon as we start using the classroom library!
 So, here's where we are at in a nutshell:
1.  Students are choosing their spot around the room (we already have 2 areas that are off-limits because I don't have a good visual!)
2.  I have not allowed students to use pillows, reading buddies (stuffed animals), or anything else that could cause distraction yet.  Once we master our stamina building, I will introduce things like that slowly!
3.  Students have their own book bin, and will fill them with books of their choice once we get to the I-Pick lessons.
4.  We are up to 11 minutes without any interruptions!  During this time I am watching the students like a hawk so that I see anything and everything they are doing :) 
5.  My goal is for students to use the same books for an entire week, but we may do some mid-week "shopping" if need be!

And here are my goals for this week:
1.  Introduce I-Pick and Choosing Good Fit Books
2.  Introduce Work on Writing and start i-chart
3.  Take pictures of students who are reading to self correctly so that I can display those in the classroom!
I can't stress how important it is to actually read the Daily Five book before trying to implement this into your classroom!  It is such an easy-read, and the Sisters just lay it out so nicely for you!  So far, I can tell this is going to be a great fit for my class this year, and I am already happy with the results that I am seeing!

27 comments:

Tiggeriffic 2nd Graders said...

What a great start with stamina! I have been trying to figure out how to begin the stamina with books that are right for them, but I love that you just chose a bunch of picture books and are rotating them. I was worried that I needed to choose books at their level, but I really like your idea too. I'm not ready to introduce my library yet but want them to start getting books in their book bin. Thanks for the idea!

Mrs. Ibarra said...

This is awesome! I start school on Wednesday and am starting Daily 5 right away. It will be my first year teaching 2nd grade so I will be visiting your blog often :)

Where the Wild Things Learn said...

Sounds like you are off to a GREAT start! I love the way you are rotating books! I didn't teach my fourthies how to check out books from my library until day 5 of school so we weren't able to read to self until then. I wish I would've thought of your idea to pre-fill them! I also have a huge stack that doesn't fit on my shelves! THanks for sharing :)

Amelia
wherethewildthingslearn

Heather Langley said...

I stock their book bins in the beginning from my "I don't know where this fits" books too! It's the only time of the year we get to look at those! I agree that building stamina really takes off once they get their book boxes. I've also noticed after they get to pick it really goes up! We are 3 weeks in and up to about 12 minutes. This class had a slow start. Good job on your stamina success!

Anonymous said...

It sounds as if you are doing a great job! I've been doing D5 for 4 years now and I still have questions! :)It's the best program once it's up and running. You'll love it! I remember the first year I had the D5 book right in my lap and followed it to a tee. No more setting up all those centres! It's awesome and the kids love it. I have been so apprehensive to do Read to Someone but this year I'm going to tackle it. Good luck to everyone. Once it is going well, you won't believe your eyes at how on task they all are. My only advice is go very slowly when building stamina. Don't let anything go by you and model, model, model. Good luck everyone!

Angelica Raley said...

I'm curious how you are working Daily 5 into your Dual Language schedule?? I love Daily Five and am determined to find a way to make it work! Any pointers you have would be greatly appreciated!

Kitty Sokol said...

This is my second year being retired. I used the Daily Five as soon as I saw the 2 sisters and then traveled from TN to Portland , OR to study with them. They were leaving as soon as we finished our workshop to meet with the publishers of The CAFE .. It is truly the BEST way to move children along and teach each child on his level. Never again any trouble with discipline. I'm sooooo glad to see that younger teachers are using this system. Keep up the good work even though we teachers aren't getting much support from legislators..

pammy said...

I'm with you on everything except stamina. I passed out books pretty much the same way and I rotated them on Friday before I left. We had a four day week and made it to just over 5 minutes. I like your idea of taking pictures of students doing it correctly. I use file boxes from Ikea. They are 5 for $2.00 in case someone needs something. I use duct tape to secure the bottoms and they last all year. I have used these for the past 3 years. Some day I am going to make cute tote bags but for now this is it. I can't beat the ease and price. Looking forward to all of your updates and photos. I love reading your posts.

Cara Lee said...
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Cara Lee said...

I love seeing how other teachers implement D5. This will only be my 2nd year doing it. I started late last year and I'm excited to start it at the beginning of the year this year. Last year I used pillows, cool chairs, and reading buddies as incentives to build stamina. So every time we increased 5 minutes we got to try with the different things for read to self :) Love your blog! ~Cara Lee


The Sweet Life of Cara Lee

Kristy said...
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Kristy said...

Did you read The Daily Five or The Cafe Book, or are they pretty much the same? I've been reading so much about it, and am interested in implementing it in my classroom.

Kristy
kristyteach@gmail.com

Jess said...

That's great! My kids seem to right where yours are too. My kids are up to 12 minutes but have the wandering eye. Thanks for the tip on switching out books. Now that I've assessed my kids and we've done the I PICK lesson it is easier to find their good fit books. It is always nice to know how often other people switch out books. Looks like a great first week!
Rambling About Reading

Nikki said...

I have been doing D5 for 4 years now and I swear by it! I use tote bags instead of book bins or boxes because they are more sturdy! (I was able to get these for free at a teacher exchange). You will love what the other 4 elements of the Daily 5 bring to your classroom. The students fall in love with reading and writing! It's fantastic!

Emily said...

Tomorrow is our first day and the first day of Daily 5! This will be my second year of Daily 5 and my first year teaching it to second graders. (I was in first grade for my first nine years.) It was very hard practicing, practicing and practicing that first monty, but it was SO worth it the other nine months. I was able to teach so many small groups and my other students were on task and not bothering me! Amazing!

Leslie Pearlman said...

I'm in a portable so I don't have room for the beautiful book boxes but... I picked their books for them this last week and keep them in a Ziplock. I think this week I'll just rotate the baggies!!

Suzy K said...

Sounds like they are off to a great start! I love this program. Once this gets going in your classroom they will love reading time. Last year was my first year with the D5, this year after going to the sisters D5 workshop I realized you have to do CAFE with it. D5 is the process, CAFE the content. It is also really important that the bins be only filled with books at their level if they are going to make reading improvement. If need be move the I-PICK lesson up to earlier in your timeline. Then use your conference time in the beginning of the year for assessments and conferencing about how well they chose their books.

Jamie knefely said...

Sound like you doing something right. I keep hearing about D5, but currently I am not aware of anyone using it at my school. How long does it take to build up a "good" stamina? Thanks for sharing.

Jamie
teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

Mrs. Richardson said...

Girl, 8 minutes?!? We had a party when we made 3 on Thursday!!! The kids seriously jumped up and down and said, "Mrs. RIchardson!! We made it!!!" They were so proud of their little selves! Looks like you are doing fantastic!!!
Amanda
Mrs. Richardson's Class

Tima said...

We are on our second week of Read to Self and have made it to 11 minutes! Work on Writing will be introduced this week. :)

Angie Olson said...

Hey Amy! I am so excited to see that you are doing Daily 5 this year! I look forward to your posts as you begin to implement this into your classroom. This will be my fourth year of doing daily 5 and every year I have done a little tweaking. You will love it! As always, thanks for your inspiration! I like how you are choosing their books for them until you have taught them the IPICK lesson.

Angie Olson
http://luckylittlelearners.blogspot.com

Nicole Gendron said...

Thank you so much for sharing how you are implementing Daily 5 in your classroom. I love your blog and I was so excited to see that you were going to start using Daily 5. This will be my 7th year teaching 2nd, but my first year trying out Daily 5, so I am grateful for the suggestions and ideas. Thanks so much!

WI Teach said...

It sounds like we launch Daily 5 in very similar ways. I'm starting next Monday, and I can't wait! Also, thank you for encouraging people to read the book. It's such an easy read, and it bothers me a bit when people just try to do it, or just read "cheat sheets."

One thing that I have done to improve read to self engagement is allowing students to shop for books every morning as-needed. It's the first thing they do when they come in the room. I used to have a book shopping schedule, but I like doing it this way so much more!

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Nicole Crow said...

I made a reading stamina graph. It really motivated my kids to reach their next goal. We are up to 15 minutes after 2 weeks!

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