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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Reading List

   Each year our school does a professional development book study. Last year we read the Daily 5 by Gail Boushey and implemented the Daily 5 in our classrooms. I can tell you that the Daily 5 structure helped our students in K-6 become confident and independent in their ability to work on each of the five components of Daily 5. Since we were the only one of 10 elementary schools in our district that took on the challenge of Daily 5 we had teachers coming in for classroom observations followed by lots of questions. As you know, most teachers want to be "over-prepared" for what they are planning to teach. We were not experts by any one's standards but we kept tweaking it and discussing it until we felt pretty comfortable with how it was running in our classrooms. Does it look the same in each of the five kindergarten rooms in our building? No, that's the beauty of it! It reflects our individuality of teaching as well as the uniqueness of our classes.
 A question for the kinder teachers: What do you use or how do you teach the kinders to keep track of where they have been throughout the week?


  1. Thanks! We have been Mrs. Black's Koala Class for 24 years. I am a bit of an alliteration freak so when I had to come up with a cute blog name I decided on Koala Kinders.

  2. Cute blog! I'm your newest follower! My students do 3 rounds of Daily Five a day (Word Work, Read to Self & Listen to Reading). They can listen to the same story or visit the same word work bin if they like. I figure if they really like something, I don't mind if they visit the same thing multiple times.