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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Giveaway and Daily 5 Book Study

Stacy at Simpson's Superstars is having an awesome giveaway and being I live in Florida I just have to post!

All 15 giveaways are by 15 wonderful bloggers right here in Sun-Shiny Florida:)  So head on over, check them out and follow along to win!

Daily 5 -Chapter 4:  Read To Self


Laura from Tattling to the Teacher   

Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies  First Grade Blue Skies

and Tales from Outside the Classroom are hosting this week.  Check them out for great ideas and a giveaway or 2.

Chapter 4 covers Read to Self. 

This includes the 3 ways to read a book:
     1. Read and talk about the pictures
     2.  Read the words
     3.  Retell a previously read book

Launching Read to Self focuses on building stamina and setting expectations.

The Sisters create an I chart (I for independence) and list what the children and teacher will be doing during read to self.  The magic occurs when the children model examples and NON EXAMPLES!  The children that act inappropriately in the  non examples then model the correct way to act, showing everyone (and themselves) that they CAN make GOOD CHOICES!

We also see in Chapter 4 WHY it is SO IMPORTANT to start with reading for a short period (3 minutes) so everyone has the opportunity to be successful.  A minute a day is added and practiced until primary grades can reach about 30 minutes!

I would love to hear from other teachers to see if each of your Daily 5 components will last for 30 minutes in your room.  I am trying to figure out how to get it all in!  I was thinking 20 minutes max.  Any thoughts?

Mrs. Wathen
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  1. I can't help but think that age is a factor in how long is too long. I am moving to 3rd, so I expect they will be able to build more time then my kinders did!

  2. Hi Tammy,
    I'm your newest follower!! Thanks for showing me some blog love!! I hope to start the Daily 5 in my class this fall!!
    Ms Jones Junction

  3. Thanks so much for posting about my giveaway. The next time we do a Florida giveaway, I would love for you to participate : )
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  4. Hi! I've awarded you a blog award! Come on by to pick it up!!

    The Versatile Blog Award

    A Day in First Grade


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