Daily 5 Series: Read with a Teacher/Teacher Time


  1. Read to Self
  2. Read with Someone
  3. Word Work
  4. Listen to Reading
  5. Read with a Teacher/Teacher Time
This is the very last choice I introduce and to be honest, it's not a choice.... I tell my students when to meet with me :)

Here is our anchor chart:

Once I feel we have a decent handle on the other four choices, I will introduce this last option. I basically run this session like a guided reading session where students are broken up by reading level into small groups and we read though authentic texts and I teach reading strategies, like those found within The CAFE Book and others that relate to the needs of my students.

What I have had to teach is that when I am leading a small group, I am not to be interrupted by a student except for "emergencies"- so, this means no "Can I sharpen my pencil?" or "I can't find my bookmark" interruptions. For the most part, my students have a really good handle on this.

We do have a running phrase in our classroom: Ask 3 Before Me

Have you ever used this? It is something I introduce in the first few days of school and refer to it all of the time often throughout the year. Basically, if a student does not know what to do about something trivial or a procedure we have reviewed a bunch in class, I encourage them to ask three other students before they ask me. If they come to me, I will ask if they asked three- this is most often when they will remember our helpful phrase and go off to ask.

Here is a helpful video:

I love how she likened this strategy to the work environment- genius!

**Note: this is NOT for curricular questions or if a student doesn't understand something instructional. This is for little things, like help in finding a bookmark or where to put the iPod when they are done- questions about procedure or other topics that we have gone over as a class and that three other classmates could easily help them answer.

This phrase helps free me up to work with my group. I will also hold up three fingers if I am meeting in a group and am interrupted to remind them to "Ask 3"

    Here is a great room sign from Google Docs:




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     What's up next in the Daily 5 Series?
    Coming up in this series, I have the following posts in mind:
    • Daily 5 Packet- How I keep students accountable during this time
    • Center Organization- Word Work, Partner Reading, and more
    • Some CAFE strategies and resources
    • Spelling Folders that help with Word Work
    • and??
    Are there any additional resources or is there more information you are wanting on any of these topics? I am no expert, by any means, but I am happy to share what I have :) Let me know in the comments below!



    8 comments

    1. I'm glad you like my poster! I look forward to reading the rest of your series!

      Kylie
      Down Under Teacher

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    2. Thanks Kylie! You have great resources, I really appreciate you sharing them :)

      ~Stephanie

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    3. I love your Daily 5 post! I love Daily 5. I am new to the blogging world. During the month of April I am focusing in the Daily 5 too...great minds think alike. If you have time check out my blog. WWW.spoutinabout2nd.blogspot.com

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    4. I love your Daily 5 post! I love Daily 5. I am new to the blogging world. During the month of April I am focusing in the Daily 5 too...great minds think alike. If you have time check out my blog. WWW.spoutinabout2nd.blogspot.com

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    5. I love your Daily 5 post! I love Daily 5. I am new to the blogging world. During the month of April I am focusing in the Daily 5 too...great minds think alike. If you have time check out my blog. WWW.spoutinabout2nd.blogspot.com

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    6. I love your Daily 5 post! I love Daily 5. I am new to the blogging world. During the month of April I am focusing in the Daily 5 too...great minds think alike. If you have time check out my blog. WWW.spoutinabout2nd.blogspot.com

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    7. I love your Daily 5 series! It is wonderful! I have been using it in my classroom this year, but of course it is far from perfect! What I would love is to find another teacher who uses it and has a good system down that I could go and watch in the classroom! Until I find that though I love seeing what you are doing in your room with the Daily 5!!

      Molly
      Lessons with Laughter

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    Thank you so much for your comments! :)
    ~Stephanie

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