This weekend I got an email from a reader admitting I had freaked her out a little with my talk of integrating Reading Street and Daily 5. I can totally relate to what it is like to get all of the RS materials and be like "what the &@$% do I do with all of this STUFF??"
Yep, I've been there. But the good news is....you don't have to use everything. I decided it would be helpful to show my vision...doesn't mean things will work out this way but it is what my plan is at the moment.
A beautiful part of the revised 2nd edition of The Daily Five is that the Sisters utilize brain research to understand why and how children process things. Thus it is imperative that the vast majority of the focus lessons be under 10 minutes. This actually works out perfectly for many components of the Reading Street series as you can condense them into shorter lessons to get to the gist instead of drawing it out using worksheets or whatnot.
As I mentioned previously, my plan for integrating Daily Five and Reading Street integrates some of the components of RS that I know and love along with the CAFE lessons and such from the Daily 5/Cafe books. This post will focus upon what I envision myself using as the focus lesson for rounds 1 and 2 on Monday (Round 3 is longer and will be described in another post).
Monday Round 1: Concept Talk & Envision It Videos
Each story in Reading Street comes with its own online interactive gallery of "stuff". These videos are very short so you would have time to watch the video, have students turn and talk about it, have a quick wrap up as a whole group and then repeat the process for the 2nd video and still be within your 10 minute focus lesson timeline.
Concept Talk Video - Provides a quick, student friendly overview that highlights the question of the week and builds some background (essential for the ELLs in your class). (You can see this video is on the tab "Get Ready to Read" up at the top.)
The only *downside* to this round is that if you are like me and do not have an interactive whiteboard where you can do this from anywhere, students will need to really be at their seats instead of in the meeting area.
Monday Round 2: Grammar Jammar video
Every week in Reading Street there is a grammar focus along with the reading strategy. One of our favorite parts of the series are the Grammar Jammar videos. They are so silly but the kids LOVE them and they really do help them remember the material (I can almost verbatim recite the subject/predicate video for 4th grade as I have seen it so many times!).
These are actually found in Day 3 of the Interactive Digital Path (you can just see it on top of the picture) but I will use them on Mondays as I want to introduce the concept immediately so we have multiple days to practice. These videos tend to be 2-3 minutes long so you can watch the video and do some quick practices on the whiteboard or chart paper instead of using the worksheets that go with the program. I plan to do some shared writing with these concepts to fill in the other 7-8 minutes of this lesson.
Probably the biggest thing I can think of here is going to be prep time--the videos are easy to prep, you just log into your account and click a few buttons. However, as I plan to do some shared writing with the grammar concepts (and some of the other concepts along the way), it will be essential to have those charts or whatnot ready before you begin the lesson. You are not going to want to lose part of your 10 minutes by writing the sentences out on the board or on the chart paper.
Here's an example of part of a sentences worksheet from this story:
It would be very easy (and prudent!) to write these sentences onto chart paper before the lesson begins to display after watching the short video. You could easily have students discuss with an elbow buddy why one choice was a sentence and the other was a fragment and then share out as a class which is which. It makes it more interactive, allows you to correct misconceptions for the whole class at the same time and doesn't require you to run off a million worksheets. It's a win-win.
Stay tuned for information on Monday's Round 3 mini-lesson: Fresh Reads.