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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Daily 5 is up and running & Pinterest Blog Hop!

Wow!  I can't believe it has been a week since my last post.  It seems like I just posted.  Our first full week FLEW by so fast!  I was so nervous about my first week teaching my combined 1st and 2nd grade class, but it was so, so good!  I am really impressed with my class so far.
We started Daily 5 first the first time ever on Monday.  We started the with first two ways to read a book and 3 minutes of practice time.  We made it about 2 minutes the first time through and I was a little bit worried.  Then, we did our second practice time and almost made it to three minutes.  We only had enough time for two practice sessions a day this week because we had early dismissal all week.  However, yesterday (Friday) we made it to 7 minutes BOTH times!  I am so, so proud of all of my students- they are engaged and super excited about our practice time!
This week, both classes were doing reading review, but next week I'm starting the first story unit with second grade.  I'm way, way nervous about being able to fit everything in.  My first graders will still (thankfully) be reviewing Kindergarten skills, so at least I get to ease into things somewhat.  It is so hard not to spend as much direct instruction time with each group- letting go of control is HARD!!!
I am so thankful for D5, though, because it is teaching me that students don't need me as much as I think they do.  We will thrive this year- I just know it.
I made this cute rock themed Stamina graph for our classroom.  I have added it to my Poster Set for ELA on TpT.
I did add this stamina graph to my D5 dog themed poster set on TpT.  Click here to check it out. 
I included several different goal times as well as one that is blank.  The entire pack is just $2 and includes 5 daily activity posters, check off sheets, 3 ways to read a book poster, and stamina graphs.  

Anyone else out there doing Daily 5?  How is it going so far?  I will be very thankful for no more early out days, so that we have an extra hour of practice time!  
Tonight I have an awards banquet for the Educator of the Year that I'm a finalist in.  I won $1000 from Peabody Energy late last school year and tonight we find out who will be the region's Educator of the Year and win $5,000.  Wish me luck! :)
I'm also participating in the Primary Pinner Blog Hop!  
If you're as obsessed with Pinterest as I am, then you need to link up and then check out all of the awesome primary pinners out there!  Go... now!

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  1. This is my second year to teach D5 and I was excited to get started this week! I am impressed because we werent able to tackle D5 every day therefore we havent made it to 7 minutes yet! I agree is amazing how thier independence shines through daily 5! Love the link party!

  2. I started D5 and CAFE this year and I love it! Good luck with your awards night.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  3. Hooray! I started D5 this year too and I think we are up to 5 minutes? I forgot. But I really need to have them practice more than once a day, so thanks for the reminder! The kids are really into reading this year, which I am SUPER happy about. Yay!

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