This past weekend, I met up with some other fabulous Hawaiian bloggers and went to a conference put on by the Ka Hui Heluhelu Hawaii Council of Teachers of English and saw the Two Sisters! It was so exciting!!
Instead of Read to Someone, I decided to do Respond to Reading this year. With permission from Ladybug’s Teacher Files, I made a matching sign in both purple and blue so you can have one, too! Just click one of them to download from Google Drive.
I plan to use composition books for the kids to write their responses in each day. I found this set on Amazon for $1.32 each when you buy 48. Luckily, I got some for 50 cents each at Walmart this summer. Inside the composition books, I plan to use Sara Soucy’s Journals for Reading Response.
I’ll have to teach my kids in the small groups about how to use them, then I think they’ll be able to independently do them each day. At the beginning of each group, I’ll be able to quickly check each book to see if they were done and talk about what they wrote. I hope this helps start great conversations about books in my groups, as I want to work more on comprehension and less on fluency as my kids move up the 2nd grade reading levels.
I got my first informal walkthrough today, and it was right when I was calling student names to tell me their choice for Round 1 of Daily 5. The kids immediately started working, everyone knew what to do, and I got to work with my small group right away. Needless to say, my new principal was floored and impressed. So I have to give a huge THANK YOU to The Sisters for making me look so good 🙂
How is Daily 5 going in your room?