NOW what?? - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

NOW what??

I had to get something up on those boards.

I am going to try the Daily 5 this year.  Want to hear my reasons? Okay, here it goes. 

I am just a tad bit of a control freak.  I like for my kids to do the activities that I want them to do- in the exact amount of time that I give them- meeting my high expectations.

Doesn't always work out that way does it?? In fact, now that I read over that sentence, it really makes me sound like a brat. 

This year- my goal is to let go a little bit. Math Work Stations started me down that path- now I just need to give it my all.  I feel like the Daily 5 will allow my kids to work at their own pace and on their own level in a much more manageable way.  

What is the first thing that I do to get ready for the Daily 5?  

Make 2 new pretty displays. Apparently it is all about my room right now :)
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Want to see them in my room??? Well of course you do!

 Love, love, love my additions of purple this year. 

 I also decided to do a smaller clipchart. In order to keep track of my kids, I will have them clip their names on this chart!

Yes, I included the smaller version in the download too!

 And because I love you all... here is another version.

And last but not least...go check out Kelley's idea. I can't wait to see how excited my kids will get when they get REAL mail from California!

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  1. BE STILL MY HEART!! I was thinking how cute yours are and how I needs some with red and primary and BINGO! There they are:) Thanks so much!! (Can you tell how excited I am??)

    The Resourceful Apple

  2. I absolutely LOVE Daily 5. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with how well it works. I did the Daily 5 with my 4th graders but altered it to work with my teaching style and class. I love that you are going to try it out because I really like the cute signs you made!! =)

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  3. Oh, friend . . . I heart you so. Thanks for the sweeter than sweet shout out. It means the world. Pen Pals are going to be so much fun this year!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. I'm a bit of a control freak too :) I started trying the Daily 5 last year and mid year I started to vary it a little so that I could have some control over what they do. I gave them "jobs" they needed to complete--but they had 2 weeks to finish it. I created literacy games that had recording sheets that they kept in a folder. And, during that time (word work) they could do all the other fun word making activities. Work on writing was similar where they had some writing activities they HAD to complete. The reading ones were just reading and they did great with that. I really like how it worked out and am excited to see if it will work this year with my new kiddos or---if I'll have to figure things out all over again.... :)

    Thanks for the adorable posters!! =)

    Rulin' The Roost

    1. Angie- your Word Jail activity is SOOO cute. Definitely on my wish list! Thanks for the advice. I love your ideas. I will keep you posted!

    2. Aww! You're sweet! Thanks! :). When I found that clip art, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and didn't sleep till I finished it! I'm excited for it to be more "cute" this year! :)

      I forgot to mention the tic-tac-toe menu I'm going to try that was in that post-but hopefully you saw that too :). I'm hoping it'll give them more variety and keep some of them from always going for the magnetic letters or the wiki stix. :). Time will tell!

      Thanks for stopping by!!! :)

  5. Everything looks great !! I am reading and learning about the Daily 5 but like you, I am nervous about the control factor....

    1. Is it a personality trait of most teachers?? :)

  6. Oh my goodness!! Your bulletin board(fabric)looks almost identical to what I have in my classroom. The only difference is the colors of the two sides!! I am loving all things CHEVRON!! Great Daily 5 additions!!!!

    Ka'Shawna @

  7. I am loving the chevron daily 5 signs, especially the clip chart idea. You always have the best ideas!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. Katie,

    You will love Daily 5 once you get into it. This will be my 6th year doing Daily Five. I did it for 4 years in third grade and this will be my second year doing it in first. I do it just like the sisters. I could not imagine ever doing centers/stations again. My kids even told me it was the best part of first grade because they had choice. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you.

    Fun and Learning in First

    1. BeverelyAnn- I have loved Centers BUT I have realized there has to be an easier/more effective way to do what I am doing!

  9. Super Cute Blog!! Super Cute D5!! I am taking the dive this year too!! ack! I can kinda understand your "bratty" statement! Ha! Really is it to much to ask!! Oh well! Moving fwd!! :D

    Thanks for the D5 posters!! I hope to include them this year!!

  10. I'm taking the plunge with you and am shivering MOST about the choice factor...BUT looking forward to it! After attending Balanced Literacy training earlier this week, I believe it will be the perfect fit! Can't wait to hear how it goes! Best of luck to you!

    A+ Firsties

  11. Love LOVE your boards! I just finished up my reading center tonight-{inspired by your amazing makeover last summer...ya, its been on my list for a YEAR! lol} I'm with you on the Daily 5-I still want to tell them what to do! Aughhh
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

    1. Christie- there will be some control...just gotta figure out how :)

  12. Just returned from the Sisters conference last week for the Daily 5 & CAFE!
    This will be my second year of using it and I can't believe I went so long without it! AMAZING results with the firsties! My blog's namesake stems from the literacy Cafe and a new approach I am trying this year with strategy learning! Stop by anytime!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  13. What font did you use for these posters? I love it!

    1. Amanda- Wish I were Taller is the name of the font- I put and outline and a shadow around it!

  14. Hi Katie,

    Super cute display! Did you use fabric for the background? If so, where did you purchase it?


    The Learning Effect

  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! Can't wait to get into my room & get started !! I' SOOO inspired by you & other firsties! This is my 2nd year in 1st, I've taught 2nd for 8 yes & 3rd for 4 yrs. I LOVE first grade but stil have MUCH TO LEARN! :D

  16. I love the colors! Your alphabet looks so good I thought each letter was framed individually in the first picture! Love your ideas.

    Tangled with Teaching

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