We are in full swing with the Daily 5 (adapted to Daily 3) in my 4th and 5th grade Language Arts classes. Students have been reading anywhere from 20-30 minutes daily. They could definitely handle longer, however, we don’t have as much time as I would like. On Friday, we went to the library and each student completed a reading survey to help him/her figure out what type of reader they were.
Next, we completed the introduction of IPICK (method for teaching students how to find the ‘right fit’ book).
I used the analogy introduced in the Daily 5 book which was comparing shoes to books. Since I got to teach the lesson twice, I immediately realized that it went much smoother the second time. The 4th graders immediately recognized the message and understood the importance of choosing the correct book based upon level, interest, and purpose just like choosing the correct pair of shoes based on purpose, size , comfort and so on. My 5th graders are avid readers and most of them already knew the process of choosing the correct book.
I am looking forward to starting the next step on Writing today with both classes.