Hello. I’m a Third Grade teacher and long-time Daily 5-er, now struggling now with scheduling decisions and accommodating our learners with F & P levels from A to V. Most days, when I don’t borrow minutes from the morning writing/content block, we have 70 minutes every afternoon for our Daily 5 Block. The schedule feels best–and most relaxed and humane–when we have 2 mini-lessons, 2 longer dailies, and sometimes a short read-aloud within that block. It feels tight when we put in 3 Dailies, but it sure allows for more choice. My questions:
If Read to Self and Writing are required each day, how do we get in weekly Word Work, Read to Someone, and Listening (all needed and loved)?
Did I read that Listening and Read-to-Someone can now be grouped with Read-to-Self and students may choose one “Reading” Daily? (This, I admit, works well for strugglers! ) I have allowed “flipping” in the past after 10 minutes, but feel I don’t want Read-to-Self or Writing cut off after 10 minutes.
If perhaps someone could share a possible Third Grade block, with allocated minutes, I’d be grateful!
Confessions: I use a 3-minute piece of music for transitions to get bathroom/water/other issues dealt with. To allow the 5 choices, I have not been requiring Writing daily, but very much want to!