Happy day, friends and welcome to Chapter 5 of our Daily 5 book study – Launching Read to Self.
Before Students Arrive
Throughout the first 2 weeks (before I’ve assessed friends), I’ll shift all the books every other day, so students have a chance to preview and read lots of different books.
Once small groups of students grab their book bins and meet me on the carpet, we find our just-right spots. I’ll be honest – hand-placing students in reading spots did not work for me. It took FOREVER and seemed silly. After our first day of building stamina, we talked about ‘just-right’ reading spots, and I began letting students choose their own. Most of my friends prefer small corners and spaces, but others (like the friend below) prefer stomach-reading. 🙂 Having students picking their own spot from the very beginning has worked well. 2-3 students may lose seat-choice, but will gradually earn it back with great choices.
Reflecting On Our Stamina Session
When 1 student has broken stamina, I ring our bell 3 times and students know to quickly and quietly meet me on the floor to reflect. Students rate themselves and their stamina building. 1 means Help!, 2 means I’m Still Learning, 3 – I’m pretty comfortable, and 4 means I’ ve Got This!
After students have rated their own stamina-building, we reflect as a class. We write ‘Pluses’ and ‘Deltas’ on the SMART Board.
Charting Our Growth
Then, we take a moment to graph our stamina as a class. It has been so motivating for students to have a visual. Who doesn’t want a taller bar graph?!? When we make it to 12 minutes of reading stamina, we will stop practicing stamina and just review after breaks or when we’ve forgotten how to become a better reader. You may grab this graph here or by clicking below!
As you can see, our first venture was short. Very short. 1 min and 42 seconds. Oy! Lots of room to grow, right?! 😉 The first few days we practice 2 ish times a day. The Sisters recommend 3 but I found that practicing late in the after was a struggle, so we practice at the beginning of the day and right before specials. It works for us and gives us lots of practice. Slowly but surely, with more practice, we have grown SO much as readers. Two weeks into school, we hit 10 minutes of reading stamina!
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