Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Daily 5 Book Study for Grades 1-3 {Chapter 4}

Happy Independence Day Everyone!

This chapter guides you through the steps to launch Read To Self. 

  • Three Ways To Read A Book is taught in two sessions.  On page 49 the sisters write "It is essential to teach what it looks and sounds like to read the pictures, read the words, and retell."
  • Launching Read To Self explains the importance to chart reasons for independent reading and the importance of modeling correct and incorrect behavior.
  • Practicing Read To Self--In my opinion the author sums it up by saying "At this time, we quickly and quietly take children with their book boxes, one at a time, and place them around the room at least an arm's distance way from each other."  (page 53)
  • Checking Back In--Go Back Over I chart, students confront any problems that have occurred.
In my classroom I begin my first lesson on day 1 and I follow the guidelines the sisters have written.  My second day looks much like the first.  During the first twenty days we spend our time modeling, practicing and reflecting.  Then we do it all again.  The author suggests using an I-chart format. 

In reflecting on your students' work with these strategies, what can you celebrate at this point in the year? By the end of they year my students were able to choose books independently.  However, this was heavily modeled by me, the reading coach and the media specialist.

How might you help your students continue to build stamina within these areas?  I am sometimes my worst enemy.  I expect children to catch on quickly to things, however, this is an area where students should be nurtured.  It takes time to build stamina.  I should continue to review the I charts and constantly review and model how to choose good fit books.

Please check out the hosts for this chapter.

First Grade Blue Skies


  1. My kids heavily rely on AR levels to choose books. This summer I went through and labeled my whole classroom library with AR levels so they can choose a book in their reading level. It actually showed me how many books I DON'T have. I have a lot more books for 2nd graders than first! Looks like I need to go shopping :) LOL

    Thanks for linking up!

    tattling to the teacher

  2. Your last point about being your worst enemy is my biggest worry. I can see how this will all play out if I follow the plans AND continue that modeling/reflection piece throughout. I do know however that as the year gets going and requirements get closer I will have a tendancy to let that modeling slide. It seems like diligence is the key.
    I've enjoyed reading through posts of those who are already using Daily 5. I've posted some questions on my blog that I'd love some feedback on if you get a chance to stop by.

  3. I am just like you in that I expect kids to get things quickly. I need to slow myself down and give the students a chance to really internalize their reading behaviors!