I am happy to say this is week #2 of year #2 of Daily 5 and I couldn't be happier!! The kiddos are building their stamina like crazy. We are at 13 minutes for both Read to Self and Work on Writing (remember, I don't do it exactly like the book so I teach in a different order too) Monday I am going to start working with small groups as they rotate through Read to Self and Work on Writing (and me).
Also, this is my second year of starting my days in complete bliss because the kiddos are quietly reading curled up in a corner or at their desks.......thank you Book Whisperer. No more busy work, bell ringers, do nows.......what ever you call them. The kids come in, unpack, get their book luggage and read until the bell rings and it is bliss!!! Now I'll admit when I first read about this I kind of thought.....um, yeah, that won't work. Well I am here to tell ya IT DOES! It is so much more relaxing and peaceful and the kids LOVE reading first thing in the morning. It really sets the tone for a wonderful day!!! No more morning papers to grade and kids coming in late and being upset because they didn't have time to finish the morning work...........
This past summer I read Guided Math. One of the things I read, kind of reached out and smacked me in the face. That was that usually when you walk into any classroom, you can see they are literacy rich but not numeracy rich. That was a WOW moment for me and I have been trying very hard to be conscious of that in my classroom. It's far from perfect but it's definitely more numeracy rich this year than last year:)) It's a start:)
Here's my finished Math It Up board:) LOVE!!!
Got it HERE (Teacher on the Loose)
My Math Workshop rotation board and yummy Math pennants from Fun in Room 4B. That is in full swing this week. I still am getting used to the whole thing or small groups for Math. Great idea.....I am just afraid I won't get it all in. (you can see the starts of my Math word wall on the side)
This little baby I am too excited about. After our blissful, quiet morning start of kids reading before the bell, we do this. As soon as announcements are over, they grab their dry erase boards and markers and gather on our carpet to do this......Morning Math Meeting. Each morning I have a number written down and they do the rest on their boards and then we go over it together quickly. I will be adding to this as the year goes on. The idea for this came from Stephanie from Teaching in Room 6 and her calendar math. Loved that idea:) Then we are right into Math workshop.
Here are some after pics of my kiddos name posters from Monday Made It! I love them:)
Hope ya all had a great week! Have a super weekend! I'm off to see my girl:)