I subscribe to a lot of teaching blogs (I know they aren’t on my blogroll – one of my to do’s this summer is to revamp my blog!) and there is a lot of discussion around the book The Daily Five. In my school we have been working on reading workshop and moving away from the basal reader and the dreaded WORKSHEET! I spent a lot of time in classrooms during the second half of the year (we didn’t fully get our brains wrapped around workshops until Dec!) showing teachers how to use a read-aloud and have students use readers notebooks. My principal and I are both going to The Teachers College Reading Workshop at Columbia University this summer and I am so excited about that! And NOW, I have found The Daily Five! I am a participate book study posted on several blogs – Today’s posts are from Teaching with Style and Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations.
I decided to use a Reader’s Notebook approach to this book study because 1) I have to take notes when I read to help maintain my focus and memory and 2) I like things to be neat and pretty :-). Below are my pictures of what I put together for the first chapter. I wrote down the quotes and ideas from chapter 1 that jumped out at me.
The part of the book that stuck out the most to me was, “The way teachers structure the learning environment and the way students spend their time influences the level of reading proficiency the students have attained at the end of the academic year”. This is SO BASIC, yet for many years in my teaching career I missed the mark on this one!
During the last year or two while I have been learning everything I can about reading workshop I realized that the one aspect of the reading program I was teaching that was missing was READING! It is amazing to me that we think we are teaching out of a basal reader, one story a week, and we think we are doing a great job teaching reading! The “Just Right Book” concept blew my mind and I know that The Daily Five is going to have a similar effect. I love independence in the classroom and have always taught that way, so I think the D5 is going to be a wonderful addition to my reading class (I get to teach a 4th grade reading class this year).
Here are a couple of other links to The Daily Five book study:
Mrs. Freshwater’s Class – grades 1-3 book study posts
Live Love Laugh – Kindergarten D5 Book Study
Dilly Dabbles Doodles – Grades 1-3 book study
We Read, We Blog, We Teach – Upper Grades Book Study