Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Daily 5 Part 2- mini lessons

Yesterday I posted an overview about how I run Daily 5 in my classroom. I also forgot to say yesterday that Daily 5 is the most amazing thing ever. I've never seen students so engaged and quiet. It's my favorite part of the day and theirs too! Today I will talk more about what I do during my mini lesson portion. 
After the students check in we immediately do our Daily Language Review. I keep a checklist of who has read and who has responded that way I can ensure everyone is getting the practice. 


After the DLR we talk about our word of the week. On Mondays I introduce the word of the week and talk about the definition then Tuesday-Friday the students share how they've used the word. For example, this week our word of the week is "etiquette." Today a student shared how he used the word at the dinner table last night. This usually only takes about 3 minutes or so. 


The second mini lesson (after round 1) is almost always a comprehension lesson. Sometimes I model the strategy with our author of the month and other times a chapter book series we're reading. I use the CAFE book, NYS standards, and Mrs. Maiolo's website to gather my ideas for my mini lessons. I also base what I'm teaching off of what I'm observing and notice my students need the most reinforcement with. 

The last mini lesson (after round 2) is either an accuracy, fluency, or vocabulary lesson. Every Friday this mini lesson is "Fancy Nancy Friday" which my students LOVE. This is when I introduce a boring word and we come up with fancy words or synonyms to add to our Fancy Nancy Word Wall



I don't focus too much on whole group accuracy lessons. I save that for my differentiated guided reading groups. I do go over basic word families at the beginning of the year and some of the more difficult middle sounds mid year. 




Here is a picture of my CAFE menu. After we learn a new strategy I choose an "expert" to write the strategy on a sentence strip. If someone has a question about a specific strategy, I send them to the expert (who HOPEFULLY remembers how to use the strategy!) ;)



***Please note: The first month of school and introducing the Daily 5 is very critical. I created this launch plan (using many different resources) which guided me smoothly through this year. I didn't follow it to a T but I relied on it heavily. If you have not read the Daily 5 or CAFE the launch plans will be confusing. I used both books and smushed the 2 launches together. Eventually The Sisters are supposed to release a book on combining the two, until then, my launch plans worked out well for me this year. 

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44 comments:

Mrs. Youngblut said...

Thanks for sharing your launch plan. Lots of great ideas I will definitely be using next year!

Lorena said...

Do you have to teach from a grade level text book too? I'm trying to figure out how to cover those stories as well.

Lorena
Little Treasures

S. Parker said...

Love the launch plan. I wish I had this earlier. Do you have any suggestions for launching with Kinders? Ideas welcomed and needed! :)

Miss D said...

Wonderful! I may take inspiration from you from next year!

Ms. Durning said...

I don't have to teach from a basal. I've heard that teachers who do teach from a basal just replace the mini lessons with whatever is being required of them to teach.
As far as kindergarten.. essentially it's very similar. My kindergarten colleague spends more time modeling, doesn't let them choose the first half of the year, and uses the "emergent CAFE menu" (google it, I can't post it because of copyright issues) for her mini lessons, but ultimately it's VERY similar and so is the outcome.

Mechele said...

I love these posts about the daily 5. I can't wait to read more! I am required to teach from a basal and did the Daily 5 with kindergarten. Now that I'm changing grade levels your posts will become a guide for me. Thank you so much!
Mechele
Barrow's Hodgepodge

Fern Smith said...

Thank you so much!!! Can I just say right here I LOVE YOU! I love the Daily Five and use the D5 & CAFE' but never, never, never thought to send home such a great assessment tool! What a wonderful conference tool to use with the students and parents too!
I cannot wait for next year to start, thank you for sharing!
~Fern
Fern-Smith.Blogspot.com

Mrs. Callahan said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU SOOO much for posting this! :) I am going to be a first year 2nd grade teacher and we did the D5/CAFE during my student teaching, but I didn't start the school year in that placement, so I have been worried about how in the world to start it successfully in my own classroom. These resources are going to help me so much! I am looking forward to more posts! :)

-Shanna

Anonymous said...

Which authors do you use throughout the year for author of the month and how do you highlight that author? Sounds like a great idea that I'd love more info about!

Anonymous said...

Which authors do you use throughout the year for author of the month and how do you highlight that author? Sounds like a great idea that I'd love more info about!

Learning to Teach Tech Tabitha said...

OMG!! Thank you so much for attaching the launch plan!! I have taught K for three years and now moving to second grade. I am going to try to implement Daily 5 and this launch plan helps tremendously! Please keep your blog running (I know I will now be checking it daily:) Good luck with you new school! P.S. What do you do on the days you are not assessing...(Day 1, 2, etc.).

Cindy G said...

I was unable to get the launch plan. It said there was a problem. Any chance you can email it? It would be greatly appreciated. cindygood@hotmail.com
Thanks so much!!!

Josephine Syiem said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas, they are very helpful. I want to start the Daily 5 in my class this year and was stumped on where to start. However, I could not access your launch plan. Could you please email it to me at josephine@khasi.biz. I would appreciate it very much.

Thank you, Josephine

Anonymous said...

My district has just given us the liberty to choose how we want to teach reading. I am currently trying to decide if I want to use Daily 5/CAFE or Literacy Work Stations. I have a pretty good idea of how to implement work stations but would love to see how you launch your Daily 5 before I make a final decision. Would you please re-link or repost your launch plans? Thanks.

Mrs. Durning-Leander said...

The file opened fine for me... please email me if you would like the document.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. It was my computer. I was able to get it:)

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Anonymous said...

May I please get your launch plan as well? I tried to open the link, but was unable to. Thank you so much! You definately are an expert on Daily 5! gabitanpr at hotmail dot com

Miss Watson said...

Hello!
I am having the same problem as others. The launch plan will not open for me. If you wouldn't mind sending it to me I would really appreciate it as this is my first year trying out daily 5. I can use all the help I can find : )
mwatson786@gmail.com
Thank you, in advance!

Mrs. Durning-Leander said...

Oy, don't know why some of you can and can't open it!

Anonymous said...

Could I get your launch file as well? My email is aliciatongen@k12.sd.us

Thanks!!

Mrs. Durning-Leander said...

Alicia,
Tried sending it but got a invalid email response..

Anonymous said...

Could you send me your launch plans? I couldn't open it. edu8trk@msn.com

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Anonymous said...

Hello
I am from Australia and have just found your blog. I have been working part time for past 4 years and now have my own class so am beginning to implement CAFE and Daily 5. I was able to open your Launch Plan a few days ago (and I was silly and didnt save it) but it will not let me open it now. Are you able to email it to me? I will be very thankful.
slaffey(at)bne(dot)catholic(dot)edu(dot)au
hope that email makes sense.
Kind Regards
Sarah :-)

Anonymous said...

I cannot get your fancy nancy lesson to work, can you try reposting it?! PLEASE! My kids would LOVE this!

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Anonymous said...

Hello,

I would love a copy of your launch plan. The link takes me to google docs and the heading is there just no actual document. I've tried on a couple of computers and no luck. I'm going to start Daily 5 in September so am looking for lots of tried and tested ideas!!
akennedy@sd40.bc.ca

Anonymous said...

Could you send me your launch plans? distractionsop@yahoo.com Thanks!!!! So excited to have found your blog!!!!

Mr. G said...

Hi, thank you so much for all the info and awesome documents! Such a great resource.

Anonymous said...

Can you please send me your launch plans. I was unable to access.
nelavila@rogers.com

Anonymous said...

I am teaching 1st grade for the first time and am hoping to use the Daily 5. I just can't really figure out the mini lessons and need more ideas. I am required to use Sing, Spell, Read and Write as well. I have lots of material for reading, but not so much for writing. I also couldn't open the google launch plans. It states "unable to find the document at the original source". Please email it to me if you don't mind. gottagettagand@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Can you please send me your launch plan? I was not able to access it. Thank you!
crdeckert@msn.com

kim said...

I would love your launch plans as well if you still have them available. teacherkim4u@cox.net

Jen Votaw said...

I see from previous comments that the launch plan is not working for them either (glad it wasn't just me). If you are able could you please email me your launch plan - I am doing Daily 5 (and loving it) but I am struggling with how to merge it with the CAFE strategies. I would love to see your idea. jenvotaw810@gmail.com

Jen Votaw said...

Sorry to bother you again but I found out that after I signed into Google I was able to download the launch plan. So I don't need it after all. Thank you for creating such a great document! Jen V.

manish homework said...

Why don't you use favoritewords.com for your list? It's a free tool, lacks some features but it's still in beta, so... I am pretty sure you'll love using it. Thanks for posting your words.

Devon said...

Which Billy the Bully book do you use? Do have a list of the books with their authors?

Anonymous said...

Love your blog!
We are ready to implement Daily 5/CAFE. Like so many others, I am unable to open the launch plan.
Can you email me ?
charmrtn10@gmail.com
Thanks so much!

Bianca said...

Hi!
I wasn't able to open your launch plan. May you please email me at bnn.personal@gmail.com?
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog. It has inspired me as i am planning a fresh new year. If you are willing can you please email me your launch plan. I also am having trouble opening it. Thank you very much for sharing your hard work. -Tina
cwinters@rhnet.org

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I love EVERYTHING you have to offer. I'm extremely grateful that you detail everything to such perfection, too!

I was wondering how you constructed your mini lessons for comprehension, vocabulary, etc. with only having 10 minutes allotted and still allowing for rotation time between the rounds?

Thanks so much for sharing!!

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