So we are doing Daily Five in my classroom for the first time and the kids and I are loving it! It is going so well. I don’t know what I was doing before! I just can’t imagine going back to my old ways. Along with Daily Five, I’m implementing CAFÉ strategies. My kids’ favorite, by far, has been Tune in to Interesting Words. They can’t get enough of this strategy! (Although I’m sure it will wear off eventually.) So this is what I’ve figured out works, through lots of trial and error:
1) Each of my students keeps a pad of small sticky notes in their book boxes so they don’t have to get up and search for paper when they find an interesting word they want to share.
2) Each student has a “special” pencil in his or her book box. These pencils are not allowed to be used for anything other than Daily Five and must be stored in their book boxes! It drove me crazy the first day we did Tune in to Interesting Words and kids were getting up every 3 seconds to find a pencil.