A Daily 5 Freebie!

Rain, rain go away come again some other day! I am really wishing that song worked its magic right about now..... Is anyone out here in teacher blog world in Florida and trying to make it trough this awful weather curtsy of Tropical Storm Debbie? Well let me just tell you it has been a WEEK! I mean if bad weather lasting 4 days isn't enough to drive someone crazy just add a beach trip rained out, and a flooded classroom to the list! YUCK! Luckily my school things survived and nothing was damaged. But my best next door teaching buddy, well  her room is a different story! My heart goes out to her.  Needless to say that we have been teaching both of our summer school classes in my room this week. So enough about that...

I am excited to say that after a long awaited arrival my Daily 5 book, it finally came in the mail! Yahoo! There was a little bit of a mix up on the delivery location Amazon set it to, for some reason it defaulted to my second address {which is my school address} so it got delivered there.  So I was able to pick it up Monday..... when I could of had it on Friday. So I read chapters one and two already and my mind is buzzing with ideas. I have to be honest I am really enjoying the sister's whole philosophy, especially in the areas of sense of urgency and STAY OUT OF THE WAY! I mean I am kinda guilty on the last one but I will touch on that in a minute. I feel as though once the students understand the purpose or the big {why} then they will be willing to give it their time and best effort. I just love that. No more centers that are like busy work so that they stay out of my hair during guided reading. I have a purpose for meeting with groups and they have a purpose for working at their centers. Just seems right. I really can't wait to read the next chapters and really get a picture of how I am going to achieve this!

Okay on to my text to self connection, which I am not quite sure if this is a good thing. So a big rule during the center implementation is for us the teachers to STAY OUT OF THE WAY as the children practice. However the encourager in me just loves to walk around the room giving specific praise for what my good little readers are doing. I reinforce their on task behavior. However, when you are not there to give that praise because you are now busy with groups it becomes a problem. The students are lost without that reinforcement. They are used to completing things for your feedback. So lesson learned, have students practice centers for THEM not for ME! I have to admit it makes total sense now and as I was reading, it was my total Ah ha moment for the day.
I am linking up a little late so I will try and get my reading done and other freebies created by next Monday. But for now I will share what I have done. I have been a busy little bee creating my own daily 5 classroom pack for the up and coming school year. I am going to be offering it as a freebie at my TpT store. I made a lot of different options because I have a feeling I will change my mind 1,000 different times by the end of this book. So I'll tell you what is in the freebie, hopefully you can find something useful for your classroom.

So I wanted to show you how I set up each card. If you are familiar with the book you know that she uses quick ways to write down the 5 daily choices {Sorry I am a total skim and scan for eye catching things first, then read after kind of reader}. So I thought it would be a great idea to incorporate these quick symbols throughout all the materials I create. So far I like that way it looks.

In this preview I have made large Daily 5 posters to hang up in the room. I don't know where this is going to be at the moment but I am excited about how they turned out! There is also student name cards for choice options if I display it that way. But I was inspired by some of the other photos I have seen, so there is more to show you.

BTW I also made hanging choice cards as well as mini center rotation cards with round 1, 2 and 3 cards. I just am not sure what I am feeling will work in my room right now so I am still trying to envision it working. So if you are like me this might be a good little freebie for you to get until we can get deeper into the book.

However, just so you can get inspired along with me, here are some of the photos and resources that I have found on Pinterest. I have linked them up to the original teacher blog so check them out. They are all pretty great if I do say so myself.

I love this big display, but I am not sure I have the room for this. If you check out this teacher's page you will find a ton of free downloads in pdf. =)

This is the type of rotation choice I think I am going to choose to use in my classroom. I am really liking the minimal space that I takes up.

Okay so last photo that I found is super cute! I love this ribbon that she used to hang the cards. I have to figure out a way to get a little ribbon in there!

Make sure you check out the linking party {here} for the Daily 5: Chapter 2!

Before I call it a night I wanted to update you on the status of my Mystery unit! This unit is going to be great but it is just taking a while to get finished. Check out the detective case file I have created as part of the unit. I made these my first year {only these are super cute and mine are, well not, especially when you compare them to my new and improved version} and the students L-O-V-E, love them. They think they are so cool and it makes feeling like a detective that more real.

Okay well, I hope everyone is enjoying there summer and not having bad weather like we are in Florida.  I will try and put the finishing touches on my Mystery unit ASAP.


  1. Well, I am going to try this again but with a smaller post because I don't think I will remember everything I just wrote to you. For some reason, it told me my email was not valid.

    Anyway, LOVE your blog design. I am a new blogger and I only have the blogger template right now because I am trying to learn all the ins and outs of blogging. Do you know of a good website that will give me good directions about blogging and how to find a great design out there? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I have relatives that are in Florida right now vacationing and they are having a hard time coming up with things to do inside with their kids. They are not having the best time in the world but they are making it work.

    I implemented D5 last year in my class and I loved it. I am excited to add CAFE to my literacy block.
    Could you possible make a poster for computers also? I have noticed that a lot of the bloggers have to have computers in their Daily and I am one of them. It would be great to have the same poster for that Daily also.

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I am excited to read other posts from your site.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterly Oasis

  2. The Teaching ReefJune 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Thanks for the comment and it's great to hear you have had success with the Daily 5! I am very excited to start it next year and have heard nothing but great things about this center structure.
    Okay so to answer your questions about the blogging world. To learn a little more about blogging I invested in this teaching expo {} It is called blogging 101 and is all done online. It was wonderful. The only fallback is that you have to pay for it. As far as the design of the blog I used Trixie Scraps. She is pretty darn creative with all of her blog templates. If you look on the side of my blog, there is a link to her site. I am not sure if she will creates a domain for you. My husband put my blog domain together! lol! I was just the one behind him saying no not there, over here. I use word press to make posts, track my blog visits, and basically everything that has to do with my blog. I know that you can use blogger to make a blog as well. I hope that helps.
    Sure I would love to make a sign for computers. I think I am also making one for the library since that needs to be done for some teachers during that time as well. If you follow my TpT store I will send out a product update notice once I get those created. I am going to try and update it this weekend.
    Again, thanks for your comment and I hope to see you visiting my blog again.

  3. Thanks for making the computer poster. I will go to your TPT store and become a follower. Can't wait to see it.

    I did see the Blogging 101 and didn't know if it was worth paying for but you seem to think that it is so I will do it. Hopefully it will help me understand all the in and outs of blogging.

    I will also go look at Trixie Scraps. Maybe I can find a template/design that I like there.

    Thanks so much for the help. It is so wonderful to be meeting all of these wonderful teachers that are willing to help each other. I really wish I had this kind of atmosphere at my school where I teach. Thanks again.

  4. I tried to write a comment on your classroom page but I only found the Facebook Comment tab. Wanted to tell you that I got some great ideas from your pictures and explainations. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I just awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award. Come by my blog and pick it up.

    Mrs Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis

  6. The Teaching ReefJune 30, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    You really made my day! Thank you so much for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award. I am truly so happy and excited!


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