Monday, March 4, 2013

Which is Best: Reading Workshop or Daily Five and a Giveaway

I can't believe it is already March!!!!  When did that happen???  I have been so excited about going to the Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop Conference, that I didn't realize it was next week!  I am going down with Amber, from Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher, and 2 other Instructional Facilitators in my district.  I was in charge of getting the hotel, and dang if it didn't sneak up on me!  Don't worry, I booked one last night!  Whew!!!

This week is slam packed for me!  Our school is doing both Reading Workshop and Daily Five structures depending on the grade level.  For next year, we are choosing 1 school wide structure.  To help with the choices, our teachers are visiting 2 different classrooms that are doing these structures.  2nd grade will visit a Daily Five class this week, then have a planning day upon return.  Next week 1st grade will do the same.  Then we gear up for a Reading Workshop visit in a neighboring district.  I can't wait for my teachers to see these in action!!!  They learned about them this summer, but we all know that being taught a structure  being talked at, isn't the same.  Which one is your preference and why?

Me personally, I am a die hard Reading Workshop FANATIC!  I love running my room using that structure.  I did a training last year district wide, and will offer 2 this year broken down into small grade level sections.  

So onto the giveaway!  I am FINALLY done with my St. Patrick's Day Math Centers for K-1 (and some 2).  These are great for reviewing skills and remediating skills that are still lacking.  It has the following games in it: 
1. Number Concentration and Ten Frame Concentration
2. Number Bump and Addition Bump
3. Collect 20 and Collect 50
4. Collect 10: Add or Subtract and Collect 20: Add or Subtract
5. Number Cross Out and Addition Cross Out

CCSS Addressed in this Pack:


I have worked so long on this pack, that I am excited to have it done in time for St. Patty's day!  If you would like to have this pack, its your lucky day!  I am giving it away to 3 lucky bloggers!!  Just enter below. I will pick a winner on Sunday, March 10.  

Are you feeling lucky?????


  1. Wear green. We won't get to do much else since St. Patty's day falls during the week of state testing :(

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  2. The leprechauns usually mess up our room and on the 17th we hunt for their gold. (chocolate coins) We also wear green and eat a green snack.

  3. I haven't really done anything yet, but I really want to do that shrunken hat thing I see everywhere!

    Extra Special Teaching

  4. Well... I am planning on a tricky leprechaun thing, we'll see. Otherwise, I am going to stick to my favourite St. Patrick's Day stories!

  5. I am not exactly sure I know how to describe the differences between Reader's Workshop and Daily 5. Interesting thought!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  6. I don't know enough about Reader's Workshop to know the differences between it and Daily 5/ CAFE. I think what I do is somewhere in the middle, though. I know a school near me is adopting Daily 5 for K-2 and then readers workshop for 3-5, which is interesting. I think either one is a good way to get kids really spending time READING and not just doing reading worksheets or reading activities or reading centers, but truly putting their heads into books! I'd be curious to hear more about your reading block! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad


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