Monday, July 8, 2013

Daily 5- Read to Self {lots of freebies!}

Hey everyone!  I'm excited to be back for the second part of my Daily 5 review.


If you want to read about Listening to Reading click {here}.

And before I forget... if you haven't entered my Erin Condren giveaway.... you can do so ... {here}!

Read to Self is the most important of the 5 Daily 5 choices.  Why?  Because this will be the one that the students do most often.  It will be one that you can do any time and you will want to spend the most time building their stamina.

Before you even start, you will want to organize your classroom library.  I decided to level mine by F&P level as well as by genre. 
Here is a quick sampling of how I do it...
I first labeled all my books with a sticker color. This matches a F&P letter level.  I used  Scholastic's Book Wizard to do this.

Then I sorted my books by subject or genre.  I made labels to put on the front of my baskets. 
HERE are some labels I made- they are NOT fancy as I made them a few years ago before I knew about cute fonts :)  I also found a bunch more somewhere on the Internet.

 I had two very helpful parents number ALL my baskets (I have over 40).  You can see the number of my "Bears" basket is 29.


This is on the inside cover of the book.
  This is a crucial step if you want your books to return to the right basket!  I spend a LOT of time "training" the kids on how to find books and put them back. :)

The kids have their own book box to store their books..
These were from IKEA.  
This year I decided to get the ones from Target dollar spot~ they have super cute ones this year!

from Target!

I have the kids go "book shopping" once a week.  They are to choose 5 "good fit" books (according to their sticker/F&P level) and 3 "look books."  The look books are the sticker colors that are not a good fit ...yet.  It is so fun for the kids to move from a book being a look book to a good fit- they get so excited!

To help me introduce the idea of what is a "good fit" I use this AMAZING PowerPoint from a teacher in South Carolina (thanks for sharing!).  I love how it compares books to shoes!
click to get it!


In the boxes (besides the books) the kids have a check mark to help them check for understanding.  I LOVE this one from the fab Christina Bainbridge.

Also in the boxes are:
~poems (to build fluency)
~interesting word chart
~spiral for word work
~folder
~whisper phone


Just as a side note- the kids get their book boxes ALL DAY LONG- not just during Daily 5.  Whenever they finish something the first thing that comes out of my mouth is- "go get your book box."  By about October it is just a natural thing for them to get up and get their box.  Having those good fit books all ready to go in their box is a beautiful thing. :)

Make sure that you have plenty of spots for your kids to get cozy for read to self.  My class loves our reading corner- this is our quiet area and I set that expectation right from the start.
That couch was mine growing up!!!

  Our PTA purchased these rug circles that the kids use throughout the room (from Really Good Stuff).




 I can't tell you how important it is to take the time to build their "stamina."  I use graphs to chart our progress and the kids like to beat their last time.  I use these graphs from Jessica Meacham (stop by her store!) THANK YOU Jessica... they are a life saver!  It's ok to start off with a very little time!  I've charted 30 seconds before!  The kids will then see their progress.  I always set our goal for 15 independent minutes.

 I also really believe in the "modeling" good and bad behaviors.  It is fun for the kids and they really respond to seeing it visually.

Anchor charts are a MUST!  Take the time to talk about their expected behaviors during this time.  I write mine on giant post-it chart paper and then just plop it on the wall for review.  I then put up a smaller version when we have it down.
Yikes- sorry for the fuzzy picture!



Man, sorry for the GIGANTIC post!  I hope you were able to grab something useful or see/read something helpful.


And... if you made it all the way to the bottom- leave a comment with something related to "Read to Self" (what you do or something from this post)!  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!

69 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the graph...because there are always going to be some kids who last a minute at first! It is important for them to realize that the class time depends on them. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing that leveling wizard! I need to get on that this summer!

    I love the idea of book shopping and those bins from Target! They were sold out at all the ones I went to or else I would have snagged those blue and green ones right up!

    I never really thought how long it took to build even a few minutes of read to self stamina until I saw it in action. It definitely is important to take that time to build stamina in the long run though! I won't ever forget that!

    thepolishedteacher@gmail.com
    The Polished Teacher

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  3. Building stamina is so important! It's not easy to stop and start over, but w/ modeling & practice Read to Self is so powerful! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  4. I use the book boxes from IKEA as well. I let the kids decorate them and then they get to keep them at the end of the year. The boxes from Target are really cute too!

    I am interested in knowing what the "interesting words" chart is!

    Erica
    Blooming In First

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    1. Hi Erica! Thanks so much for stopping by- great question! It is actually from the "CAFE" book also by the 2 sisters. When we practice "tune into interesting words" the kids get a chart that just has the alphabet where they write words that match the letter. It helps them focus on those bigger words- then I have the kids look up those words every so often or share an interesting word during our check in time. If I find it - i'll post it (it is also digitally in the CAFE book). Hope that helps!

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  5. Starting this this year! Looking forward to implementing all the wonderful ideas that I've found. YIKES! Nervous at the same time. Thanks for the ideas and resources. rwrench64@yahoo.com

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    1. Don't be nervous... you will LOVE it!!! Do you have a copy of "Daily 5 for Dummies?" Someone so fabulous posted it a few years ago and I still use it! Ok found it!! Go to this link....
      http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=257331

      and look at the very first box- its a word document... it will REALLY help!! And please come back with your questions... I will help! :)

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    2. Thanks for that link! I just downloaded it and it has some great info in it to help get started with Daily 5! Thank you :)

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    3. Thank you. Downloaded and ready to look at.

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    4. Thank you for sharing!!!! That link is FABULOUS!!!! I am starting Daily 5 this year, and this booklet will be invaluable!

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  6. Thank you for all of your ideas! I have struggled with the "library" in our classroom and keeping it organized but useful. Thank you Thank you!! veronica.varela@live.com

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  7. LOVE the Daily 5 posters! SHARING?? :) Thanks my friend! Great pics of kiddos! :) wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

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    1. I just might!! Make sure you stop back... it might pop up at some point! :) wink wink

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  8. We use AR levels once they get into first grade, but I am really thinking I need to move to the a-z levels for kinders to start with. Thanks for sharing the wizard! My read to self rule is they can't touch someone else! It is VERY hard for them to be close without it turning into read to someone!

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    1. hhehe... good point! They are so tempted to talk to someone.... we usually have about 30 seconds on our graph before they get the idea that it is read to SELF :)

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  9. I love this post! So much great info. I have all my books in my house and am about to start leveling all of them and then wasn't sure how I was going to put them in baskets but I love that you leveled them and then put them in baskets by genre/topics! And putting the basket number inside the book...genius! And I remember seeing the book wizard from Scholastic but had forgotten about it so thanks for the reminder! :) I also love how you use the book boxes. I bought some from Ikea and wasn't sure how exactly I was going to use them but now I know. I was trying to make it way more complicated than it needed to be so thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aww Rebecca you just made me SMILE!! I am so glad that I was able to help in some way- yes simple is better! :) Thanks so much for this comment!!

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  10. Love that you let them pick a "look book". I hate it when my students are only allowed to check out books on their AR levels when they come to my library. One of my teachers uses place mats for reading rugs. She takes them home and washes them when they need it.
    http://mrsbrownthebookworm.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love the idea of place mats! I'll have to keep my eyes out for some!

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  11. Thank you for this post. I am bookmarking it to look at later. There is so many good ideas and suggestions. I love the graph idea and will use it in my class room this year. I am also going to use the Scholastic Book Wizard to help level my library. Unfortunately I am in a portable so I don't have any room to make a reading area; however, last year for the first time I let them sit around the room and for most this worked.

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  12. I am going to try having them graph their stamina this year - great idea!
    -Carol
    Mrs. Cobb's Kindersprouts

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  13. My Target just had those book boxes for 70% off--so 30 cents a piece! I nabbed a bunch to add to last year's collection--thanks for all the good ideas!

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  14. I loved reading all of your great ideas. I also will have to try the stamina graphs, my students last year had a hard time reading to self.
    Charleen
    charsom68@aol.com

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  15. I love the idea of using the Stamina graph! Thanks for offering that freebie! I found stickers at a teacher supply store to put on their book boxes that shows what a good fit book is. Thanks for sharing your post!

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  16. I love graphing the stamina of the class. They really seem to encourage each other and they are so proud when they make their goal.

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  17. I love your post. I have been reading the Daily 5 posts throughout blogland this summer trying to get tips and ideas on how to incorporate it in my classroom. I use literacy work stations with my kinders and I love it. But I would love that extra Read to Self piece that you get with Daily 5. I like the idea of the book boxes (my Target did NOT have them on sale, unfortunately) and letting students choose their good fit books. Thanks for the ideas and I shared your post (my long post) on my blog too.
    Kinders on the Block post

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  18. I just bought these Ikea book boxes this weekend... I used ziplock bags last year and it was a DISASTER! Thank you for the resources to keep in their book boxes! (The check for understanding etc.) I also LOVE your idea that they shouldn't just be for read to self, they should be using their book boxes all the time. Now just to find the storage space in my classroom that the kids should be able to get them at all times!! :)

    Thank you!
    Kaitlyn
    rundekm@gmail.com
    http://second-is-the-best.blogspot.com/

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  19. I did Daily 5 this year..I love it! During student teaching, the classroom did literacy stations. I just didn't feel it was meaningful. I found with the Daily 5 it was very meaningful. One day I told my students to do Read to Self. I had to leave the room for a reason I can't remember ( I was gone only a few minutes). I came back and saw all of my students doing Read to Self. None of my students were goofing off because there was no teacher in the room. I agree that building up stamina is the most important part. I love the graphing idea. I think I will incorporate that during my second year of teaching this year. By the way, did you recently find your book boxes at the Target dollar section? Every Target store I go to I can't find them. Guess I will have to set aside a day and go to IKEA. Thanks for your wonderful post! Lisa Marshall

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for this GREAT post! It is a good feeling when the kids are doing what they should be doing...but also to see them READING...its a wonderful thing! I purchased my Target boxes about 2 weeks ago- but I still see them around me... keep looking! :) The IKEA ones are a much better deal though! :)

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    2. I went back to Target tonight and I finally found some! I stalked up. Got 20 of them. So excited! I will get more IKEA ones too because they are such a great deal.

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  20. I agree with your training kids on how to use the library. I am very particular about the library and anytime a kid notices anything out of place he or she always helps to tidy it back up. Those procedures are so important! You've got some great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  21. Also where did you get those cute Daily 5 charts? The ones made on the computer. They are super cute!

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    1. Hehe... I'm such a good "stealer".... I got them here:

      http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=351446

      scroll down for them all :)

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  22. Love the post. I'm a big fan of Daily 5 and love that you're sharing tips! Read to Self is started Day 1 in my room and the kids love it!!

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  23. There are SO many awesome ideas here!!I pinned the post so I can keep going back to it :-) I LOVE the powerpoint!! Stamina is so important and teaching the kiddos how to find the just right book for them is the first most important step!! Thanks :-)
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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  24. Ummm... so I think we're twinsies because I do most of this too! I SUPER LOVE how you number your book baskets AND the books... I will definitely be doing that when I go back! One thing I say is that they can only have one chapter book in their box. As soon as they finish it, they can go get another one, even if it's not their turn to book shop. We also have an amazing library staff who let us come once a week to ransack... I mean, go book shopping there. They have a separate account for each teacher so we know which books we checked out vs. which books the kids checked out for their book boxes. It takes a lot of pressure off of me to make sure I have enough new books in February, March...

    Thanks for the freebies!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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  25. I find that Read to Self gets everyone engaged in reading, even those that "don't like reading." The fact that they are able to choose books that interest them is one thing I love about Read to Self.
    A Day in First Grade

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  26. Thanks for sharing the stamina graphs!! abby1378@yahoo.com

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  27. I absolutely love how you have your book baskets coded. What a great way to incorporate genre with level. I'll have to remember this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Stephanie
    PolkaDotPalace

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  28. Thanks for the great visual power point. I think the shoe connection is a good text to self connection. I am definitely going to be using that.
    Pauline
    First Grade by the Sea

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  30. I have done Daily 5 and CAFE for a few years. One thing to keep in mind is that there is not really time to have students do all 5 centers every day. Some people think that's what it means, but it's really just 5 options for literacy centers, and you get in as many as you can. No matter how many rounds of Daily 5 we get in, I always make Read to Self non-negotiable, meaning students must choose Read to Self for one round every day. I tell them, "You can't become a better reader if you don't read!" I love the Daily 5!

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  31. Hi Tori! I absolutely love the way you have organized your books. I have been brainstorming and searching for the perfect way to do it and I finally found it! Thank you so much for the awesome idea of leveling them as well as putting them into bins by genre. I also love the stamina graph...definitely going to use that next year! Thank you!!!
    Tess
    The Teacher and the Frog

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  32. Just found you from Teaching Little Miracles, and am your newest follower (on bloglovin'!). I LOVE daily 5 & how I implemented it last year...I will never go back to reading "centers", aka busywork. This was a great post with lots of great resources! thanks!
    SynonymRolls&AntonymMoments

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  33. Love the idea of labeling books as to which box they belong in. I will implement that this year. Thank you for all of the wonderful information.
    Toni Nicholson
    chief9937@Yahoo.com

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  34. Great post Tori. Thanks for the opportunity. I would love your word family pack.
    Yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  35. Tori, I am loving these Daily 5 posts. I have decided to go all the way with it this year, so all of these ideas are great. How were the quality of Ikeas boxes I was planning on picking those up.

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    1. For most kids they stay in good shape all year. I do have a few kids who are a bit rough on them ...but they seem to make it! I've used the IKEA ones for 3 years and I haven't had to replace any all year- just some tape here and there (the bottoms do fall out sometimes). I'm hoping that the Target ones make it this year!

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  36. Love this post. Last year I used gallon sized ziplock bags to store their books. This way they could keep it in their desks. I can't stand having kids walking around to get things. Something always happens! ;)

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  37. So many great ideas! Thank you for sharing. I am new to Daily 5 and am encouraged by your excellent posts. Thank you so much for taking the time to share.
    Lindalouhoo
    piccolal@bellsouth.net

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    1. Awww thanks Linda!! It is comments like yours that make me want to keep sharing!! I'm excited about continuing the Daily 5 journey so stay tuned!! :)

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  38. I use Daily 5 in my classroom and LOVE it. I struggle with keeping my classroom library organized throughout the year as the kids switch out books. I think I need to really organize it at the beginning of the year and make sure I keep it organized. At least that is going to be my goal this year. Our first grade team ordered the multi colored book boxes through Really good stuff. We have had them for about 4 yrs and love them!

    Katie
    kryan428@gmail.com

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  39. I really like your stamina graphs. When I do "Read to Self" in my second grade classroom my students love that I also read during that time. They are always interested in what I am reading and are usually disappointed when they find out that most of my books don't have any pictures!

    Sherry
    sherrymc62@bellsouth.net

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  40. THANK YOU for sharing the book wizard! I am soooo happy to know about that! Just sent it to my former parents from this past year! :)

    -Gayla
    Teach On.

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  41. Thanks for sharing the labels! Thanks for sharing about the Scholastic book wizard. I will have to let my former parents know about it, too.

    lyons.cori@gmail.com

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  42. I don't use book boxes but I'm really thinking about using them this year!!! Thanks for the ideas!!

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  43. I LOVE all your great ideas for Daily 5! I have used Daily 5 for the past two years but have been wanting to tweak it a bit this year for accountability. Your ideas are just what I needed! I have the book bins but had a hard time with "shopping" last year and just let them get a book anytime. I found they would constantly change out books. How exactly do you manage the shopping only once a week? Would love some ideas for this....
    Thanks!
    Tiffany
    crazyaboutsecond.blogspot.com
    tiff31ellis@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Tiffany! Because they can get up to 8 books shopping only once a week seems to work! I've done it that way for 3 years and have had only a few kids that needed to swap out a book early. We talk a lot about "books are our friends" and how we want to re-read books to help our fluency. Once they start reading longer books they don't need that many! If once isn't enough for your class you could do it twice! :)

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  45. Your blog is Heaven sent!! I am so excited to explore each D5 section. This is my 5th year doing D5, and I am always excited to find someone who is as passionate about it as I am. Daily 5 truly works better than any other model I have ever seen. Many thanks for your posts and I can't wait to read more!

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  46. I truly appreciate all you have put on here about daily 5. I have used parts in the past, but want to incorporate it all this year! I have grouping sticks that I pass out at the beginning of the week and tell them how we are grouping read to someone(color, shape, number...which are all on the stick) This has helped with that, for me at least! Thanks again!
    Janae
    Secondgradepirates.blogspot.com

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  47. I have a question on students building stamina...do you start with reading for 1 min. and then the next day you do 2? Or how do you actually do that step?

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  48. Great blog! I am new to second grade and The Daily Five. When do you start to add in the other elements after read to self? Do you have them meet a stamina goal first and then you can add in the next element or do you practice a week and then add in the next elements? What is the best method from your experience to when I should add in each daily 5 component?

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