I am a second year teacher and plan on using the Daily Three this year and feel quite nervous about it. I have a 105 minute block to fit in reading, writing, spelling and grammar. I want to work in R to S, W on W and Word Work during my “reading” portion of class daily, and then use Calkins’ Units of Study for my writers’ workshop time twice a week. I have thoroughly read both the Daily Five and CAFE books and perused the forums and website for information to ease my nerves, but to no avail.
My worries are how to match my TEKS for 5th grade into a focus lesson and then allow the students to apply what we learned in the lesson. I guess I’m just stuck in the Hunter lesson plan structure and don’t know how to give students time to practice specific skills that the TEKS require. For example, I would teach a focus lesson on identifying figurative language, but how would my students apply this knowledge during a read to self session when they’re reading a realistic fiction book that uses figurative language sparingly?
Any help from the experts would be much appreciated!