Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daily Five: Dex and Our Reading Super Powers

Yesterday we finally officially started to build our reading stamina. We have been talking about it and building up to it for several weeks now. I started by reading Dex Heart of a Hero. I linked Dex's training and practice to become a super hero to our training and practice to become great readers. This book is perfect for teaching little ones how to and what it means to build reading stamina.
I set our goal for the first day for 1 minute... we made it for 30 seconds. Lol. I made a large stamina chart so that it would be easy for my little ones to read and to follow. For the first few days I will place my students where I want them to read. I am trying to make sure they have a solid understanding of where in the room they can work before I give them the freedom to make their own choice. By the end of the week I will hand the choice over to them and no longer make the decision for them. 

Yesterday we also started shopping for new books. One table per day gets to shop. For example: every Monday the red table shops, every Tuesday the orange table, and so on. The class that I had last year damaged so many of my books that I am starting with the school's books this year. We will start shopping from my books when I see that my students can take care of the school's books. Each student has 3-4 look books and 2 readers in their book box. Right now I am using Harcourt readers from a previous state adoption as the leveled books in their boxes. I have a full set of these in my room so its convenient to use them. As my students advance in their reading I will begin using readers from our literacy room. 

Today we revisited Dex and what we need to do to build our reading stamina. I found the idea for this anchor chart on Pinterest. It came from Mrs. Jones's Kindergarten and Everything Primary. I related us having reading super powers to Dex from the day before. We also reviewed our three ways to read a book chart. I explained that our reading super powers would help us when we read the words in books. We made the chart together and then we practiced using each power in a whole group before going off to read to self. 
We will continue to practice our reading super powers as a whole group for awhile. I will also model the behaviors when I use big books for shared reading. 


Sara Keegan said...

I'm so glad I came across your blog.
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Home Design said...

The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention. Home Design

Mary Finley said...

Very cute blog! I'm a preschool teacher and have found this pretty resourceful and have gotten some great ideas. For my classroom this year I bought some horseshoe shaped preschool tables so the kids can work together in a circle and it makes arts and crafts time so much more fun!

Mrs. Clancy said...

Hi April, I read Dex on Thursday thinking of you! Thanks for the great book suggestions, I am going to use ChopSticks on Monday! Melissa

Anonymous said...

Dex just came from Amazon today and will be appearing in our K next week.. thanks to you and brining a new idea to another K classroom full of kids. Thank you April!! ck

Tish Nelson said...

I am so excited to read Dex to my incoming class! I love your anchor chart, can you/do you mind sharing your print and graphics for your chart?!?

April Larremore said...

Tish -email me and I will share the chart with you.

Anonymous said...

I love your post. I'm starting the Daily 5 in my kindergarten class this year & I'm a but nervous. I've heard it's not for kindergarten. ...blah blah from other but I'm going to give it a try despite the opposition. Thanks

Trish said...

Hi April,

I am wondering if you could share your Super Reader chart with me as well? It would be much appreciated!

kind regards,

The Kilgore Corral said...

Could you share where you got your large green and blue handled baskets for book storage along the back wall of the picture where the children are shopping for books? I love this post! I will be doing kindergarten Daily 5 for the first time next year and love these ideas!!

April Larremore said...

Melissa- All of my book storage buckets came from The Dollar Tree.

The Kilgore Corral said...

Thank you so much, April!!

Deborah said...

Hi April,

I love your blog! I'm always excited to find people who are willing to share great ideas. Would you mind sharing your Super Reader chart information with me as well?
I'm planning to work on preparing materials during the summer so that I'll be ready by fall. Thank you so much for your creative tips!


Christine said...

Great blog. I really like your ideas. I will be teaching kindergarten for the first time next year! Would you mind sharing your Super Reader chart information with me as well? I plan on getting a head start on my anchor charts this summer.

Thank You,

Jennifer D Buttrey said...

I love this post! Would you share your anchor chart with me?

AnaMarie said...

I love the chart. I would love a copy of it. My kinders would really benefit from it.
Thank you

Andrea said...

I love the chart! Could I please have a copy of it? My kinders would love this! Thank you! acleaver@jccu1.org

Sara and Jerimiah said...

I love this! Could I please have a copy for my kinder kiddos!

Anonymous said...

I love this. Could you please send me a copy for my kinders. aawax@mchsi.com Thanks!!

LindsayD said...

Hi! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the super powers reading chart! Anyway you could share it with me? diciocln5@gmail.com


Anonymous said...

Hi there! I LOVE your reading powers reading anchor chart. Would you be willing to share it with me? MY kiddos will love it too!


Ruthiero said...

YES YES YES! We have "super readers" too! AND I can't believe how much teaching guided reading has changed my class (we are on week 3.5 and getting out of the turbulence)
We use finger flashlights from dollar store to help us 'lazer beam' our words- but even my low ESL are talking in sentences!
Where did you get these words? I would love to make an anchor chart for my kiddlets.
ALSO we have started to make our own books using photos of kids and book creator (an app). This week it was using the word 'smaller/taller' with a tower they built outside.

April Larremore said...

Email me and I will send you the anchor chart words.

Jessica Gamba said...

Hi! We just started with our reading Super Powers. Would you send me the anchor chart words? I would love to make this for my classroom.


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Angelica Guillen said...

I would also love to get the super hero reading chart for my kinders as well
@aguillen@valverde.edu and @mommyguillen@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Angelica Guillen said...

I would also love to get the super hero reading chart for my kinders as well
@aguillen@valverde.edu and @mommyguillen@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Karen said...

Me too, me too! Love the reading super hero chart and would
like for my class.
Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Could I please have a copy or direct me to where I could purchase the clipart and words for this wonderful anchor chart?

ttownsell said...

Hi there! As a second grade teacher with 31 years experience, I just wanted to share I love your energy, focus, positive words, and great ideas! I would appreciate it if you would forward the info you are sending others about the superhero reading chart ttownsell@aol.com . I will be subscribing to your blog. Thank you for today's inspiration!! P.S. Saw you had a naysayer; let that be a reflection on "Home Design", and not on you--you are fab!

terri myaing said...

I love your blog. Could I get a copy of your super hero chart please.

Anonymous said...

I love your anchor chart! Is it available for download? Thank you

Beverly Fordham said...

I love your Reading Super Powers anchor chart. Could you send to me? beverlyfordham@gmail.com

Kailey said...

I love your blog and your Reading Super Powers anchor chart too! Would you mind sending it to me as well? My email is kbundy@ridgefieldacademy.org. Thanks so so much!!

Kimberly said...

Ms. Larremore! I LOVE this anchor chart!! Would you share the pieces with me as well? Thanks so much! :)

Anonymous said...

Good Morning! I love the anchor chart you used for the Super Powers! We are starting this unit as well this week! would you mind sharing it with me to use in my class? Thank you!


Anonymous said...


I love the Reading Super Powers anchor chart. Would you mind sending me the pieces for the chart? My email is jen.orzechowski@gmail.com.

Thank you!