There are many reasons why I love the Daily 5.
it's research based,
it builds independence and stamina,
students work at their own level and pace,
the Sisters are the two coolest teachers ever,
and students are engaged in meaningful work.
Seriously, the list could go on and on.
Today, I wanted to share a little about the Work on Writing portion.
I hold 'Writing Workshop' at another time in the day, but for twenty minutes during any given round of the Daily 5 you might see some of my students quietly and independently writing in their journals.
Every year, this 'daily' (as I like to call the fab five - read to self, read to someone, work on writing, listening to reading, and word work) is a favorite among my students. In fact, I had to start choosing the 'dailies' for my students instead of giving them choice because everyone would only choose writing!
During Work on Writing, students are able to write in their journals on any topic of their choosing. Then, at the end of the round, they can share their stories (the kids favorite part.) When we have our mini-lessons, I'll teach them how to enhance their writing. Just some very brief little 5-7 minute lessons. All of the more difficult longer writing lessons are held during Writing Workshop time.
Work on Writing is a 'daily' that my students can start on Day One of school. At first, it is a beast to keep the kids sitting independently. But as you build their stamina and show them how to solve some troubleshooting problems that may arise, you'll notice your students lasting longer and writing better. It's pretty awesome.
Here are a few examples of one of my student's progress throughout this year:
***It has to be noted that this child is OBSESSED with whales and marine life. It is her passion. She has written about other topics, but for the most part, it's all about those whales!***
Beginning of the year:
|I cannot break some of my really southern kiddos of the "git" problem they have! |
We have discussed this a million times!!
I could have picked a longer piece, but this one cracks me up.
Also, I have other students who can fill pages of their journals in twenty minutes. Their stories are great, too. Typically, the girls love to write about their friends and animals. The boys like to write about vehicles, their cool toys, or cowboy stuff.
I chose this child's work in particular because she is a struggling student.
The Daily 5 is rad!
Also, I really don't miss creating weekly centers. And the printing of center pieces. And the cutting of said center pieces. Which leads to laminating of them. Then, the cutting, again. Plus, you've got the organizing and storing of these center pieces. Oh ya, the printing of the coordinating work page to go with the center. And, last, the dreaded grading of the center work pages. Yep, don't miss that...
Anywho, if you have read some of my previous Daily 5 posts and there is a document you'd like to have but for some weird reason Scribd is asking you to pay for it, then just shoot me an e-mail and I will send you the document (for free!)
Have a great weekend!