One thing I struggled with was accountability. I needed kids to know that I wanted to see their work-- not to gather it, collect it, and grade it each and every time causing more work for me-- but that I wanted to check in with them and make sure they were on the right track and not just playing on white boards during Word Work or chatting with their friends during Read to Self.
I tried several approaches last year and finally settled on something that:
- didn't create tons of extra work for me
- didn't take away time from the kids to fill out/complete
- lasted for more than a week (this one lasted three weeks with my schedule last year)
- kept them accountable
- worked for kids on all levels
- gave them choices
Here's a breakdown of the pages:
Word Work Bingo
Each Word Work session equals one square. My sessions are only about 20 minutes, so it's not too long. If they do get done early, they can work on the At-Your-Desk Vocabulary Activities described HERE.
For more about Word Work in my class, click HERE.
To purchase some of the Word Work activities listed on the board, visit my TpT Store HERE.
Read to Self Menu
Remember, my kids had three weeks to complete this, so each week they had 2 Read to Self times. This menu was the result of 6 Read to Self times and I told them I would be grading accordingly-- each section needed their best work shown, or they would need to redo it. These two pages are the only two I could grade from the packet. This menu gave me great insight into the teaching points I needed to work on with a student and some evidence for where they were growing.
Each student was responsible for all three sections of a menu- appetizer, main course, and dessert. At the beginning of the year, I would instruct them to complete the "Appetizer" section on the first week, the "Main Course" section the next, and so on. Those explicit directions stopped as the year continued and kids built more independence. Toward the end of the year, it was not unusual to see some kids working on dessert first, other starting at the main course, and some jumping all around. I was a-ok with any of it, as long as it was their best work and all complete after three weeks.
Have you ever tried a menu before? I LOVE it! It's like Bingo, but so much more fun, especially if you love food as much as I do ;) This menu includes work on connections, summarizing, connections, characters, visualizing, and more!
Would you like a copy of my Daily 5 Packet? I have it on Google Docs HERE.
Disclaimer: The Daily 5 & CAFE resources are unofficial adaptations of the Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser. This freebie is not endorsed by the 2 Sisters. http://www.thedailycafe.com
How do you keep kids accountable during Daily 5? I'd love to hear about your ideas- leave me a comment below :)