Saturday, October 15, 2011

Life in the Fast Lane!!

  Hey bloggy buddies!! I've been sooo MIA!! Life in the fast lane is starting to catch up with me! The days fly by and it feels like I just can't get everything in. Here is a little peak at what we have been up to!! 

Daily five has been going wonderful!! My kids are loving it and building awesome stamina!! 
Right now they are all focused on - 
  • Choosing a just right book
  • Finishing one chapter book at a time
  • Taking an AR test on that book.  
Once they have taken the AR test they report the score to me and I record it in my pensive. When I conference with them I go over the following:
  • Current book level/length (AR) I have them read one page and demonstrate the 5 finger test.  
  • I have a print out of their AR summary - We discuss their scores/points/comprehension %. I have them take these summaries home for their parents to view and sign. 
  • I have all of their books recorded with the level and the test %tage in my pensive to keep on track. This makes it easy to say - Where is the Tree House book you were reading two days ago?? Accountability is big. 
During buddy reading they have to stop every couple pages (depending on the length/density of their books) and summarize. I did this little summary chart. We model and practice each day and will until we get really good at this. 
I recently found and printed out these check marks which I plan to pass out for them to decorate and keep in their book bags. These will serve as a reminder for them to summarize. On the back we are going to put Coaching/Time for when a student is stuck.  
 I found this supper sassy check on What the Teacher Wants!  
This blog is super of course awesome!! :)  She is all about the Common Core and has tons of cool stuff to download and see!

I have lots more Daily 5 stuff on my Pinterest if you want to take a peak!! I have to admit I'm a little Pinterest crazy!! hehe! Click the button below to have a look!
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I was pretty proud of my long A poster I made do you like the Halloween touch I added?? hehe! I got this little ditty over at the Inspired Apple. Thanks Abby!
 All in all the year is going great, but WOW is it going fast!! I hope everyone else is having a blast and not so very overwhelmed!! I can't believe how time is flying!! 


  1. Do you have them check in with the book they're reading for the day?

    Super idea about having the kids record their AR score with you. This is a good way to monitor accountability. I pinned your summarize chart...thanks.

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  2. I did it get to be the middle of October already? I'm just trying to keep up. :-) Love the long A poster, it's really cute!

  3. I love your long A chart too--it's adorable! I wish I could make cuter charts, aaargh!

    I feel like I could have written the same thing about time flying and all. It's crazy, huh?!

  4. Ahhh....thanks sweet girl! Have a great weekend!


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