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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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I'm Loving Daily 5 and a Birthday Sale

I have to say I am REALLY loving Daily 5 this year.  I am joining First Grade in Foxwell Forest for her I'm Loving the Daily 5 on the fifth. My implementation is not perfect, but this is my fourth year using it and works really well.  I thought the kids would get tired of the same five activities on a daily basis, but this year's class has really embraced our Daily 5 time. (Yes, happy dance!)

This year I have also been consistent in following the Sister's suggestions of a short mini-lesson then a rotation.  I use our Wonders Reading series to pull my mini-lessons from and concentrate on reading strategies during small groups. This works well for this class, this year.

I have to fess up now and admit that I am a bit of a control freak!  I do have my kids rotate through 4 centers with the same group and the fifth center is where they start the next day.  The groups are mixed ability and I love that.  I then pull my small groups from centers and work with them.  My goal is to move to the children picking their own Daily Five Center so they have a choice and a buy in to what they are doing.

I would love to hear thoughts and feedback about choice during the Daily 5.  The best resource is truly The Daily 5 book.  I am going to go back and reread the section about choice.  As a side note, the second edition is being released in early February. Click on the picture to check it out!

The Daily 5 (Second Edition)

Well, being that the linky is I'm Loving Daily 5 on the fifth and today is the sixth (and my son's 10th birthday), I have put my TpT store on sale through Saturday. Happy Birthday Zach:)

 I have also uploaded my newest Fry word unit called Treasured Readers {Fry Words 301-400}. 

I put the flash cards onto rings and the students can use them during read to self or read to partner.  This set has adorable pirate graphics to go with it.

I will giveaway this unit to one lucky follower who pins this unit and leaves feedback before Saturday.  Don't forget your email address too:)
Mrs. Wathen
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  1. Happy birthday to Zach! :)

  2. I'm a day late! But I love these word cards, so I am still going to pin them! :)
    Super cute!

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