Daily 5 Book Study Begins!

If you have done Daily 5 {D5} or will be doing D5, you know the feeling that I have from within!  I am so excited to start this that I could burst!  lol  I have read about D5 for a couple of years now, but have never implemented it, or even read the book for that matter.  However, with making a move to 2nd grade next year, I thought this would be the perfect time to start.  So, I bought the book and began reading...only to find a wonderful book study here in Blogland! 

Mel, from Seustastic, and Nicole at Teaching With Style, are hosting a Daily 5 Book Study...WITH SOME AWESOME FREEBIES!!!  I am soooooo beyond excited!

So our challenge is to answer the questions that are posed in Chapter 1. 
So here goes...
1.  On pages 4-6, the authors present two different pictures of their classrooms.  In thinking about an dreflecting on your own practice, how would you characterize your literacy block?  Does it look more like the first or second scenario, or is it somewhere in between?  How will you change it?
I've been teaching for 14 years in elementary {I taught preschool for 9 years before that, but I'll just focus on my years in elementary in this post.}  When I first started teaching third grade, 14 years ago, I implemented centers in my classroom {and still do}.  My first year, I was the only teacher that did centers, to my knowledge.  When I think back, my kids were pretty much always on task, but what they were doing might just be "busy work".  In my 6th year, our school received the Reading First grant, so came the 90 min. block.  I have to say that it was a great thing for our school, and my students were no longer engaged in meaningless but when the grant was over, there were resources that were no longer available to us.  Also, students were grouped homogeneously, and center were set for them.  I truly believe in my heart of hearts that students will be more involved and enthusiastic if they have ownership in something.  I have heard so many positive comments about Daily 5 that address these issues.  

2.  The typical teacher is very busy having students do lots of different activities.  How is what you are having students do now in your classroom creating quality readers and writers?
I feel that I really did well at creating quality readers...but writing?  Not so much!

3.  What sets the Daily 5 structure apart from what you are doing in your classroom?
As I mentioned previously, my students have been homogeneously grouped by me with with very little input on what THEY want to do.  Also, I really want to create quality writers, which I don't feel that I have adequately done.

Thanks for Mel and Nicole for providing this awesome book study and great freebies for us!

My teammates and I are really hoping we will be able to attend the Atlanta workshop by the 2 sisters in August.  Anyone else going to that one?

Now, check out what others are saying about Daily 5 Chapter 1.

Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox, 


  1. I would die to go see The Sisters. No money :(
    My Second Sense

  2. Hello Rebecca! I love your site. I'm glad I found it. I am really interested in reading your blogs on Whole Brain teaching. I do "The Daily Five" and hope to add Whole Brain teaching next year. YEA!

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  4. Hi Rebecca!

    I taught second grade last year- I think you'll love it! They are so excited about school and happy to be little learners.

    I am so envious of the workshop! I can't wait to see what you post about it :)


  5. Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. Your blog is awesome! I'm now following your blog.

  6. Thanks so much for linking up! Guess what?? I am your 300th follower! I also pinned your post to our D5 Book Study pinboard.
    Mel D
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  7. @Carolyn
    Thanks, Carolyn! I love the whole brain teaching approach. My kids stay actively involved. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you!


  8. @Tania
    I understand! We are hoping there is money for us to go this year!

  9. @Cris McKee Thanks for the encouragement, Cris! I am getting really excited about 2nd grade! :)

  10. @Mel DYAY! Thanks so much for follower! I am enjoying this book study. Can't wait until next week! Thanks for linking me! :)

  11. I am so excited to learn more about the Daily 5. My classroom neighbor did it this year and LOVED it. The books are on order and I am hoping to link up next week. I'll be back to read up on your post :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory


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