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teachingizfun 07-03-2017 03:08 AM

Daily 5 departmentalized
I have used Daily 5 for several years with my second graders. This year I will be teaching 3rd grade in a new school that departmentalizes in 3rd grade. I will be teaching reading all day to all our 3rd graders. I'm VERY EXCITED about that.
My question is this: Does anyone have tips for how to manage the GF books for 3 different classes? I normally use bags but don't have any hooks . Also anyone who has used D5 for multiple classes in a day, please chime in with any and all tips, ideas, or pitfalls. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

kahluablast 07-03-2017 07:00 AM

Could you get bags in different colors and color code your classes? We tried departmentalizing one year and I got some dish tubs from the dollar store (maybe Walmart) and stored things in them using different colors for the classes.

teachingizfun 07-03-2017 11:34 AM

another question
Like the color coding idea! How did your departmentalizing go? What did you like/not like about it?

prestolj 07-13-2017 06:38 PM

I did that in 4th grade this year. I bought 3 different colored large bins (that's how many sections I had) and they kept their books in a gallon sized baggie with their name on it. It worked very well. Each group knew which color bin their book baggie was in!��

kahluablast 07-13-2017 06:47 PM

My new p that year did not like not being in on the decision to departmentalize and after 6 weeks made us stop (without ever visiting our classrooms).

Things I liked: having so much less to prep. Grading was easier as, even though it was more, it wasn't as many different things. Sometimes I had trouble remembering exactly where each class was if we weren't at exactly the same spot. I think I would have figured this out pretty easily if we had continued.

Cons: I do feel like I knew kids less well overall, although I knew them very in the subject matter. Some kids were less comfortable with the switching and had a more difficult time with it than others. I don't think it was too hard for them, but....

linchriste 08-08-2017 08:40 AM

I teach 2 groups ELA, the other half of the day they are with a teacher who does math, sci, and SS in Spanish. Our kids have desk boxes, and I have a place to store boxes from the other class, so I use bags. If I didn't have the desk boxes, I would have a crate (Walmart, color coded) for each class. Then they could stack on top of one another, and just the current class would be on top and available. It would be simple to assign a student to switch the crates at the beginning of each class. If you want to make it even easier on yourself, and depending on the size of your classes, each student could have a hanging folder (the kind with a larger bottom) to put their bag in.

Something I did notice was that with 60 kids, my classroom library was pretty empty! I had to decrease the number of books in bags so there was something to select from.

StaceyBarnGi 07-13-2018 03:42 PM

Help with bags...maybe
I've never done daily 5 or Cafe but I'm planning on using it this year in my new 2nd grade class. I've been in kindergarten for 14 years so it's been a minute since I've been in a departmentalized classroom. I have lots of questions but I may have a solution to your bag issue... I'm planning on having the kids keep them in a crate or bin per class and I'm going to have different DUCT TAPE for most of the bags (mainly to reinforce the edges but for the kids to find their bag more easily) and have the kids names written on them BIG... I HOPE THIS HELPS AND I'M GOING TO KEEP READING THESE POSTS CUZ I NEED LOTS OF ASSISTANCE

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