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  1. Roobunny

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    I am being observed next week and need to come up with a small group reading lesson.

    My classes do Daily 5 while I do small groups and they rotate 15 minutes at a time. I still haven't found a good way to have them rotate groups. I have a pocket chart that lists each workstation with their pictures. For the first round, I let them all choose their workstation and once the timer goes off, they clean up and I have to rush over to the pocket chart to switch the cards to let them know what station they are at next. Is there an easier way to do this?

    Also, I am being observed for 45 minutes so is my P expecting to see the same lesson taught with 3 different groups?
     
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  3. TamiJ

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    We do mini-lessons in beween D5 rotations. They actually choose which D5 they want to do, so I don't need to make any special charts for them to see. I do constantly remind them about not repeating a D5 activity just to keep the rules fresh in their minds. They can work independently on D5 for 25-30 minutes at this point. As far as your small group, we start with rereading whatever their new read was the day before. Then we do some sort of word activity (elkonin boxes, using their words in sentences, make a picture and draw your word, etc.), and then we read the new read. With the new read we underline the sounds we are working on, and even color new words they are unfamiliar with (well, underline the word then color the picture of the word to help them remember it). The new read becomes tomorrow's story we read at the beginning of group time.
     
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    I think your P just wants to see whatever you naturally do during that 45 minute time. Also, 15 minutes doesn't seem long enough to me for you to do a group. Can you increase the group time? I don't know that next week when you are being observed is the best time to make changes, but could you start to change things up after the observation? I just know that I can't always get through everything in 25-30 minutes, so I think 15 minutes must be even more challenging.
     
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    Tami,
    How long are your D5 rotations? I had considered increasing their workstation times so I could have more time with my small groups because I always feel a bit rushed.

    I've also found that it's hard for me to get to D5 during the week. I definitely don't get to it every day.
     
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    Our D5 rotations are about 25-30 minutes. In your case that would only work if you stopped and did a mini-lesson in between the rotations (the real design behind D5). I have my own modified version, so I actually call it the Daily 3. We don't have a listening station, and we do writing together. But we do read to self, partner read, and word work every day. The kids choose which D3 activity they're going to do before each rotation, and I will check-in with a handful to see what they are doing. It's also a good time to remember the rules.
     
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    I don't do D5, but just for organization...I have my center cards show several rotations all at once. So there's a spot for each of my four color groups, and under their color they see the three rotations that they're doing to that day. If you want the kids to pick the first one and then you pick from there, how about asking them to move their own card for the first rotation at the beginning of the day (while you're doing lunch count and attendance or whatever) and then you can place the other cards before you start reading so you're not running over mid-lesson to change things. I guess it depends on your admin, but mine is really picky about transitions and instructional time, so I'd definitely get "dinged" if I were running over to change cards mid-lesson.
     
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    Waterfall - I'd like to see an example of your center cards you've described.

    Tami - Do you only have your kids do spelling words in your word work station? I want to increase their time at each station but word work station is usually the station that they finish very quickly, but I think that's because they practice their spelling words and then they consider it done. Also, how long is your D5 block? Another issue I am fighting is how to teach a particular reading skill/strategy while also having time for D5 (on top of a writing lesson, grammar lesson, and spelling)...
     
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    I don't have a camera...they're just regular notecards with the name of the center on them. My groups are based on color. It's on a small pocket chart. So for tomorow, it will look like this:

    Green Blue Orange Purple
    Fluency Spelling Teacher Reading Log
    Spelling Reading Log Fluency Teacher
    Reading Log Teacher Spelling Fluency

    So it looks exactly like that except everything is on note cards. We have three rotations a day. So you know if you're in green group you're going to fluency 1st rotation, spelling 2nd rotation, and reading log 3rd rotation. I have them all set up before reading class starts so I'm not running over to switch cards.

    ETA: I typed it with spaces inbetween the groups so that you could see it better, but for some reason that doesn't show up in the actual post. You should still get the general idea. Obviously on the real chart there is a lot of space between each color.
     
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    When I did the D5 in my 1st grade classroom, all my grammar, spelling and reading/strategy skill lessons were taught as mini lessons each day. I had 3 mini lessons, and 3 D5 choices. My students made their own choices after each mini lesson. I made a clip chart where they just moved their clip to the activity they were going to do. It took maybe 2 minutes for all students to move their clips and then get right to work. My D5 block was 90 minutes long.
     
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    They do spelling and HF words. If they finish early, I would look for some more creative ways for them to do spelling. Look online and you can probably find some amazing word work task cards. Last week two new ones we have done before was create a pizza with your words and do rocket spelling. The pizza is a pizza template where they write their words then decorate it like a pizza. The rocket words is where they write a word and draw a rocket around it. We do four word work activities a week.
     
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    My kids don't even have clips to move. I just have them think about what D3 activity they've done, and what they still need to do. Then I check in with them very quickly to see what they are going to work on so it's a great way to make sure they are thinking about doing a different activity, and I also call on the ones who might tend to forget (I have two students who still "forget" that they already did an activity).
     
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    Make each student 3-5 cards (depending on how many stations you have each day). Then have the students place their cards in their choice for the 1st rotation. Instead of quickly moving the cards, have the students place a new card for the second rotation.

    I have many games at my word work station. (I have yet to introduce this station). I have basic game boards with different cards. The cards are color coded for different groups (one group is working on letters and sounds, another group on reading basic CVC words, another group on reading CCVC words). I use the same game board with little passages that have questions to answer and their vocabulary words.
     
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    I have a template made on Notebook Smartboard.
    It looks like a table.
    As students arrive in the AM, they choose.
    They choose the Daily 5 plus a small group with me.
    Some times I select the small groups based on ability needs.
    I run 5-6 rounds of Daily 5 each day.
    Even # rounds have no small groups...individual conferencing.
    Daily 5 rounds are 15-25 minutes each depending on the day.
     

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