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Monday, November 7, 2011

How do THEY know?

This is my first year to use the Daily 5. We actually call it Daily 5 +2.....there is Work with Teacher and Computer...
I have the posters around the room and on the door and near the centers so that they are using the language of the Daily 5.

I wanted to be sure THEY understood that they were accomplishing these tasks.....daily....

So I made these laminated strips of the Daily 5 (+2)
As they move through our day....centers, word work, writing, etc, they place a check mark with a dry erase marker. Their goal is to have them all marked....and we usually do (and then there are those days where we don't ).

Everybody has one under their name tag.....they are hot glued on.Since we started Read to Self (check out my post on book boxes) first thing in the a.m. they are very excited to have that one checked off.....and there are those who will make themselves cuckoo if they aren't done by recess........
I love that they are taking some responsibility and completing their tasks! (There's nothing like marking off a list to make you feel good!)


  1. First, thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.
    Second, is your name really Miss Squirrel? Because if it is, I am SUPER DUPER jealous.
    Third, very clever check off. Love it.
    Last, I'm your newest follower because I just found you. :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  2. To Kristin...
    Ok here's the deal.. When I was student teaching, it was the first time I had ever really heard my married name with the Mrs. attached....
    I student taught in first grade...My married name is "Quarles"....ok, now say Mrs. Quarles three times fast....what do you get? Miss Squirrels!

    It was cute during year one and year too...
    but our room now gets referred to as Miss Squirrels and the Nutty Bunch....the office staff with intercom my room and make little squirrel noises....and EVERY greeting card that has a squirrel on it makes it way to my mailbox!
    And the cute little squirrel for the profile pick~ that will change as soon as I take a good one!!!! (get used to the squirrel...har har)

    I will have to take pictures of all the squirrels that I receive for holidays and post them.....all I can say is -
    Thank goodness my last name doesn't rhyme with skunk!

    I am excited about my new blogging experience....I'm a dork because now I have 3 followers and I am giddy!!!

  3. That is too funny about your name! And what a cute name for a blog! Welcome and having fun checking out all the wonderfully awesome blogs out there!

    First Grade Delight

  4. Cute blog! I'm a new follower! :)

  5. Love it! Thanks so much for joining. I am your 40th follower which just reminded me that I will be 40 in 41 days. Now I am depressed. Yeah, thanks for that. Just kidding. Love your blog & I will be giving you a shout out soon. Thanks for joining the linky party.
    Peace, Mel D

  6. Mel,
    Sorry about the untimely reminder....:( I have one year left and I will be there too..It seems like yesterday I was a tall beautiful wait, that was a dream I had once....har har!
    I am so glad you stopped by! I am sure excited to post- Sometimes I get that look in a team meeting...the one that says "oh no! she's going to share something else...."
    At least here, if someone is looking at it, they chose too!!!!!
    I love your Seusstatic blog! I am heading over there now to become an official follower!
    Thanks in advance for the shout out- I went from 3 to 50 in less than two days!!!! Whoo hoo!
    Going Nutty!

  7. Well, girls, I would love to be in my 40's again! I am your newest follower and lets just say I am far beyond 40 and this is my first year to do the Daily 5 and I can use all the help I can get! Can I get any earlier posts to help me do a better job? Thanks so much.
    Cam in First Grade

  8. I love your daily 5+2 strips on the desks. I just found your blog today. Hope to see more ideas with you at Mel's Daily 5 book study!

    The Resourceful Apple


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