- Reading Mini-Lesson + Read-to-Self (20-25 minutes)
- Phonics Lesson (10 minutes)
- Literacy Work Stations- Students work at one of 5 stations (20 minutes)
- Writing Mini-Lesson + Work on Writing (30 minutes)
During the literacy work stations period we've been doing computers (gotta love STARFALL!), independent word work (practicing the stations we've already introduced in a teacher group), introducing two word work options with one of my assistants, writing with my other assistant, and introducing a reading option with me. So far we've learned done geo-board letters, Popsicle letters (we made our names), letter beads (we strung the whole alphabet on pipe cleaners!), pattern block letters, matchbox cars on letter highways, and letter sorts. I've been working on introducing our pocket chart center this week.
|Word Work: Sorting letters on alphabet mat and using pattern blocks to make letters (check out the alphabet materials on makinglearningfun.com) !|
|Writing: Last week we worked on writing our names. This week we've been practicing counting words in sentences and drawing "magic lines" ( a la' Kidwriting!). We use whiteboards to make it more fun!|
|Making our names with Popsicle sticks!|
|Stringing alphabet beads in ABC order on pipe cleaners. The alphabet strip is actually from the bordette section at schoolbox. It came with like 20 in a pack for $3.99. They make great alphabet references for word work and writing stations!|
Sometimes people ask me for advice on how to run Daily 5 in kindergarten. My biggest advice? Adopt the tortoise philosophy: "Slow and steady wins the race." Take time to enjoy the beginning steps of reading and writing in your little ones. Come November you'll look around and you'll be amazed at what your little ones can do.
So that's what Daily 5 looks like right now in my classroom. How's it going in yours? What are some of your kids favorite word work centers?