Disclaimer... and credit where credit is due!

This blog is simply my thoughts, ideas, and suggestions related to the Daily Five and Cafe. I give full credit to the creators of both Daily 5 and Cafe, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, also known as The Sisters. I have attended their workshops, read their books, and subscribe to their website. Everything else, I've interpreted on my own! :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Getting the Teacher Started with Read to Someone

Through the three years I've used Daily Five in my first grade classroom, I've come to realize that it is easiest for my students to build their stamina and be able to do partner reading successfully if I wait until last to introduce it!  By this point, we've practiced and built our stamina for the other four components (Read to Self, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, Word Work.) Children have already started choosing their Dailies during our sessions and understand why/how they need to work in a certain way. By saving Read to Someone for last, they have a much easier time of using the EEKK technique and cues for using their quietest voices. Besides deciding when to introduce Read to Someone, you'll also want to think about the what and where of it!

In my district, we have the Harcourt basal series available to us. The expectation is that we will use Harcourt in our classrooms. So... the leveled readers have become a part of our leveled tubs, the anthologies help us with Read to Someone, and the workbooks... well, let's not even get into where those ended up.
At the beginning of the year, my students all use the Harcourt anthologies as their Read to Someone text. Keeping with choice and encouraging them to learn to pick good fit books, they can use any of the five anthologies. I have 12 copies of each anthology available. Because I have moved toward a more nonfiction approach to teaching science concepts, I also encourage students to choose our hardcover Science book for Read to Someone time. Later in the year, we revisit Read To Somoeone and introduce how to read from their Book Tubs during this Daily. 

My students are free to choose where they sit with their partner. Of course, there is a lot of modeling that takes place before they are given the free choice. However, you will want to think about setting those areas where students can sit together. A favorite place in my classroom is underneath my built-in teacher desk! 

Read to Someone can be a powerful time when students can model for each other, put their strategies to authentic use, and share their thinking with friends. How do you use Read to Someone in your classroom? Tips and ideas?

~Komos :)


  1. How do you have 1st graders read to someone when it comes to a "good-fit" book? Do you just have one read from their book and then the other read from their book? I just don't know if the idea in the Daily 5 book will work where they read the same book. What do you do?

  2. Hi, Rachelle!
    In the beginning, I do have my first graders reading from the same book. I try to do a little extra modeling and guiding in the beginning stages of Read to Someone so that children are thinking about picking a book that will work for both partners. The Sisters do also recommend teaching 3 ways to read a book (pictures, words, retelling,) so you can use that as a way to make sure both partners are comfortable with the reading choice. Eventually, my readers will grab both of their book tubs. They take turns reading pages from whatever book they're currently reading. That is utterly confusing to me, but my kids always seem to love it!
    ~Laura :)