I have been doing a variation of the Daily Five reading program in my classroom for the past two years. Instead of five centers I only do three centers, make it a Daily Three reading center program. The three centers my students complete are Read to Self, Word Work, and Write about Reading. After Christmas, I usually introduce Read to Someone as well but we have to build our stamina and reader behaviors before we can get to that. To read an updated post with the more recent reading centers that I use in my classroom, click here.
The students read independently for an entire rotation every day. This is a no excuse with me. They have to read every day. While the students are reading they mark their thinking with thinkmark codes, (P-Prediction, C-Connections, etc). Read this post to read more about thinkmark codes and how I use them in my classroom. I also require an accountability piece at this point in the year. I call a five minute warning and that is when they complete a 4 Square Handout over what they have read that day. They must complete one bullet from each box a day. The vocabulary section is a little more flexible though. There are four bullets, so the students have one day as a make up day or to just read and mark their thinking with thinkmarks.
- Reader’s Response Letter (click to here to read more about our reader’s letters)
- Book Recommendation
- Book Talk Form
- Strategy Practice (This is typically a graphic organizer that requires the students to practice a specific skill.)
- Look/Say/Cover/Write/Check from Word Matters: Basically, the students look at their spelling word, say the spelling word, cover the word, spell the word, then check to see if they are correct. If they are correct, the move on to the next word. If they are incorrect, the repeat the process.
- Making Connections: The students choose one word from their spelling and make 4 different connections to that word. I have a list of connections on a chart paper and they choose the four they want to use. You can read a detailed post about this activity by clicking here. Below is an example:
One last resource to show you. I use a checklist to help the students keep track of their assignments and to help me grade. The students stable the checklist to their center work for the week. I put their individual grades for each center on the lines. For the Write about Reading, you will have to write in the number of how many activities the students must complete. This allows you to differentiate this center.