My students have learned 2 of the 5 components of The Daily 5. Students have continued to build stamina for both Read to Self and Work on Writing. They have reached 25 to 30 minutes for both. We have also added the element of doing both reading and writing at the same time. Half of my class completed Read to Self while the other half completed Work on Writing, and then they switched roles the following round. The transition to doing multiple jobs in the same round isn't always an easy one to make, however, my students were not at all fazed by this when we tried it for the first time on Friday. This next week, we will begin to learn how to do Word Work. Here is a video from our first attempt with this.
Students have increased their stamina to 30 minutes in the area of writing. My students have done a phenomenal job of continuing to add details to their pictures and their words. They have truly taken the following saying to heart: 'When you think you're done, you've only just begun!" They are constantly thinking of ways to make their writing and their illustrations better and easier to read. They have also learned how to stretch words like rubber bands and use letter charts to get more sounds down in their writing. My students have particularly loved sharing their writing at the end of Writers' Workshop each day. As of now, 1-2 students share every day. All students will have an opportunity to share their writing before the end of the first trimester. Here are pictures and a video from our writing time.
Math By Myself has really taken off this week. To clarify, Math By Myself is a different time in our day separate from our regular math time. This will take place during the time in my day where I meet with small groups in math. Again, we are really gaining independence and stamina so that I can meet with math groups and so that students will have more time to practice various math skills. As of now, students have all learned how to efficiently and accurately count various counting collections. Ten-frames have been introduced as a math tool to help students accomplish this task. Students have also learned how to write their information onto a special recording sheet. In addition, our stamina has increased to 17 minutes! Here are some pictures and a video of our Math By Myself time.