This week we are moving on to Chapter 5 of the Daily 5 book study.
Our hosts for the week are.
This chapter was all about Reading To Someone and Listening To Reading. These are two things that second graders love to do. I have always done partner reading and I know it is a valuable tool that my students really engage in. However I have never had a Listening Center in my whole teaching career! Sad I know, but I have never had the funds for a listening center and no other 2nd grade teachers I worked with ever had one. It just seemed too young for my students.
Well this book made me realize how important it was for my students to Listen to Reading. I will get back to this in a minute.
Are you feeling the curriculum crunch?
After reading through and thinking about it, they are mini-lessons and I am sure I will find the time to implement and still get in the schoolwide curriculum.
There are 6 planned out days that consist of:
EEKK, Voice, Check
I Read, You Read
How To Choose Books
Choosing Your Classroom Spot
How To Choose a Partner
Coaching or Time
These are all great lessons and I know every one is key to getting your kids to be able to Read To Someone without me having to intervene all the time.
In my class this year I always chose who they would read with. When I let them choose it seemed like playtime. I wandered around and sat with partners and listened to them read and coached them along the way, but if I wasn't right there, some of them were off task.
I really like how the book discussed comprehension checks between partners. I think this is so powerful in seeing if the students really know what they are reading. I see this as taking lots of practice!
Another thing I really like is the choice students have about choosing a book. I never thought to have them read two different books.
The next part of the chapter is Listen To Reading. I know my kids love listening to me read. They look forward to it everyday! So after I first read the Daily 5 I knew I needed to get a listening center going in my class. I wrote up a Donor's Choose project and low and behold I was funded in less than two weeks!!
This year I want my kids to have more variety and choice, so I just wrote another project. I am now asking for 4 individual CD players so that the kids can take the player and sit where they would like in the classroom.
Hopefully it will be funded soon. I would love your ideas on getting more books and CDs for our listening library. Are there any particular programs you use to record CDs? I haven't really played around or researched this yet, so your info would be greatly appreciated!
As the sisters state in the book Listening To Reading is not an area that needs a lot of stamina building, as kids really enjoy it.
I am really looking forward to next weeks chapter! I would love to see everyone's ideas on Writing and Word Work!
The hosts for next weeks Book Study are Jennifer from Best Practices 4 Teaching and Deb from Fabulously First.
Remember to Check out Mel D's posts and Nicole's as they are the Daily 5 gurus who started this book study! Remember to link up below to your post on Chapter 5. Please leave a direct link to your Book Study post, not just your blog site.