by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies:
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The Problem: Mastering sight words is a critical skill that students must learn. These foundational words are what will help them become better readers, better writers, and better students overall. You have tried to post sight words around the room, even those below grade level, to help your students learn and remember them. Flash
Idea by Lisa, 2nd Grade Teacher, Columbus, OH I have found the use of Student Browsing Boxes to be most helpful in implementing the Daily 5.
Idea by Kim, 6th Grade Teacher, Round Lake, IL One of the best ways to build students’ trust when using the Daily 5 is to spend about a week on each category, modeling, practicing, and troubleshooting.
Idea by Emily, 2nd Grade Teacher, L’Anse, MI I follow the Daily 5 book pretty closely. To build students’ trust, we spend a lot of carpet time together making “I” charts, as well as discussing and practicing expectations.
Idea by Kay, 1st Grade Teacher, Leesville, SC The key to my success with the Daily 5 are organizational tools—many of which I secure from Really Good Stuff. The Really Good Stuff baskets fit my needs perfectly. I use them, along with other storage baskets, to organize word tools and books.
Idea by Jennifer, a 2nd Grade Teacher, Colorado Springs, CO. I love the Daily 5 and I use all five components in my classroom. To build student trust in the process from the get-go, we spend time setting goals for ourselves.
Idea by Nicole, 1st Grade Teacher, Burlington, IA Clear tubs are my secret solution. I use them to store my Word Work materials and they work just as well as my students’ book boxes. I organize my books by theme: food, holidays, farm, ocean animals, etc.,and store them inside baskets, clear shoeboxes, and a mobile
Idea by Trudy, a 1st Grade Teacher, New York Mills, MN My best Daily 5 organizational secret is my use of baskets—lots and lots of baskets. I use baskets with books I labeled by reading level. I also use a choice chart and a binder for guided reading. I store all my materials on a