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Here is the one step friendly version for finding all of my blog posts, unit plans, and articles written this year. If any links have the domain of www.bar.rcs.k12.tn.us- it does not work. Please visit www.mrsbunyi.com and Teaching Matters under Scholastic for my newest resources.

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Thank you for an incredible year. With my school switch, www.mrsbunyi.com will begin working sometime this summer. Enjoy your break and rest up...

Part I: Blog Archive

Part II; Articles, Lesson Plans, and Units

Part III: Classroom Link to our Website

Blog Posts for 2008-2009

May 2009

We Only Part To Meet Again

A Voice on Selective Mutism

Content Week: One Subject, One Day at a Time

Classroom Design: Taking Lemons and Making Lemon Meringue Pies 1 video included

Replacing Overused Words: Just a Band-Aid 3 videos included


April 2009

Essays: The Land of Debate

Writing Workshop Units of Study: A Day with Lucy Calkins

Teaching Conventions in Context: Author's Craft Study

Boys Write, Boys Read

March 2009

A Free Alternative to Smartboards: Interwrite Technology

Organ Dissections: One Day Medical Residency at U of B

Don't Be Afraid to Shine!

Reflections on Having a Student Teacher

The Workshop Model: Assessment Strategies That Work

Digging Deeper with Dr. Seuss

February 2009

Scholastic Teacher Share Blog- Although the title does let you know about a new resource on Scholastic, I award myself with the "Random Blog Post of the Year". Yeah me! I love the flu... and the word "random" according to my teacher friend, Mrs. Myers.

Helping Students Read through a Balanced Classroom Library

You Have Less Than Ten Days to Win a NY Trip Or 500.00 dollars!

Regional Tour through Google Earth and Video Conferences- And yes, we do have all of the regions accounted for. A few are learning the ropes first.

Teaching Moon Phases- Several videos, music, slideshow, and lesson plan ideas.

Science Inquiry and Science Notebooking - Lots of videos, photos, and in-depth look inside a science notebook.

Create a Valentine's Venn-O-Gram Chart

January 2009

Test Prep: The Great BamBunyi Method

Creating Magazine Covers of Your Students

Literacy Scheduling and Planning

Staying Organized,Balanced, and Happy

Government 101: Yes We Can!

Everybody Needs a Goal

December 2008

Animated Cell Interview: CrazyTalk Program

Cell Parts and Functions Music Video

My Favorite Picture Book Published in 2008

Great Holiday Math Site

Recharging Your Mind with Professional Literature

Holiday Gifts for Your Class on a Ten Dollar Budget

November 2008

Fluency Concerns: Is the Book Just Too Hard?

Reading Responses: Creating Quality Reflections

Management Based on Trust

Reading Strategy Charts and Bulletin Boards

October 2008

Halloween Vocabulary Book Parade

Comprehending vs. Comprehension

Making Reading Real Through Reading Partnerships

Stress Free Parent-Teacher Conferences

Latitude and Longitude: Recess Treasure Hunting

September 2008

Guided Reading in the Upper Grade Classroom: Getting Started

Top Five Resources for Incorporating Music in the Upper Grades - please add my current favorite (newly published in Dec. 08) www.songsofhigherlearning.com

A Blended Approach to Reading and Writing Conferences

Building Community in Your Backyard

Easy Movie Making with a Green Screen

August 2008

Five Strategies to Help You Teach 4,000+ New Words This Year (Vocabulary Strategies That Help)

Support Your Budding Writers

Combining Reading Strategies and Multiple Intelligence Research

A Theme That Will Grow On You

 

Unit Plans, Articles, and Lesson Plans

May Lesson

The Craft of Magazine Writing

April Unit Plan

The Human Body Project(Health unit planning involving organ dissection)

Lesson 1: Learning How the Body Works

Lesson 2: Researching the Human Body Systems

Lesson 3: Human Body Project Residency

March Article

The "Art" of Meanigful Integration

January/February Article

Movie Making in the Classroom

November: Unit Plan

Three Dimensional Geometry: Sing It, Move It, Film It!

Lesson 1: Geometry: Let's Get moving!

Lesson 2: Teaching Geometry through Geography

Lesson 3: Geometry: Sport's Edition

October: Article

Homework: Applying Research to Policy

September: Unit Plan

Exploring the Genre of Review Writing

Lesson 1: Writing Food Reviews- Food for Thought

Lesson 2: Writing Movie Reviews-Lights, Camera, Publish!

Lesson 3: Writing Book Reviews- Online and Beyond

August: Article/Video

Welcome to My Room- Let's Go Camping!

Contributor Bio-Scholastic

Classroom Site: http://www.bar.rcs.k12.tn.us/teachers/bunyia/bunyihome.html

Update: The above site will be moved to www.mrsbunyi.com sometime during the 2009 summer. It will have most of the old site content.

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Becky Jenkins

Hello!
I'm from Smyrna Elementary. One of our teachers visited you in the fall and we reference your website and Scholastic pages often.
I did notice that you use GPS in your classroom. I did not know anyone else was doing it, and I wrote a mini-grant for it in the fall. May I ask, where did you get yours, or is there a specific kind you use with the kids that your think is better than another? I'm trying to get my money spent by the end of the month.
This is new to me, but a presenter talked about it at an in-service and it intrigued me.
Thanks, in advance, for any direction you can provide in this area.
Have a great weekend!
Becky Jenkins, M.Ed.
4th grade
Smyrna Elementary

Angela Bunyi

Hello!

No problem at all...I will email you with the details shortly. :)

Angela

Elizabeth F.

Angela,

I am a first year teacher in Rutherford County. My instructional facilitator, Lisa, has offered to teach my class while I visit other teachers in our school/county. I would love to visit your classroom for a day. I was first introduced to your website from our STS, Jill. She raved about your use of technology, which is my passion. I'm still learning about all of the resources we have available in Rutherford County. Even though I teach second grade, I would love to see your reading block. I'm still working on getting something that fits, both with me and with my students. I've tried several variations this year so far, and would still like to try more. I had some experience with 5th grade reading/writing workshop during my Practicum class at Campus School. It's something that I would love to incorporate, but with 90 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of Intervention a day, it's difficult to imagine squeezing it all in. I'd like to see how you do it. Let me know if I can join the ladies above for a day in your world.

Thanks so much,
Elizabeth Farmer

Angela Bunyi

Hello April,

Come on down...however, I hope you don't mind coming on down with another teacher (Cheryl from Williamson County posted above). She is about an 1.5 away but it is on the same path. Maybe you can carpool, as Giles is pretty far from us and will save on gas. I am emailing both of you with a date.

I look forward to seeing you soon...and I thank you for taking the time to write and share how I have helped you out this year. It's really an incredible feeling.

My very best wishes to you,

Angela

April Owens

Hello,
I wrote to you several months ago about your webpage and activities you do in your classroom. I am currently in the computer lab and have been sooo inspired by you that I have requested to go back into the regular classroom next year!

I told my principal about all the ideas I have gotten from you and about Reader's and Writer's Workshops. I was unfamiliar with thia until I saw how you incorporated them into your classroom. This got me very curious and so I was off on a mission. I have been reading books that you suggest and trying to find all the information I can on the internet about these awesome methods. I am not sure what grade I would be in (our school is 3,4, and 5) so I would have to modify things depending on the grade. My principal suggested I write you and request a visit to your classroom. So here goes...

Would if be possible for me to spend a day in the wonderful "Bunyi Conservatory"? I live in Giles County and it is only about 2 hours away. I am very curious about classroom management, how you incorporate language into the workshops, and ideas that you have to teach the other subject areas! I would be so grateful! I have also told many other teachers about you and your site. I have had another teacher interested in doing this type of workshop teaching with me. We do AR at our school and the students are pulled for Title I. I am worried about scheduling and how everything would work. I told Mrs. Swinford (principal) that I would need an uninterupted block to do this successfully. Any other suggestions? We also have a shorter day than you do so that cuts out some vauable teaching time too! We begin class at 8:00 and bus bells begin ringing at 2:20. I could go on and on about things...

I am soooo excited about all the things I can do in the classroom and new ideas that you have churned up in my head!!!

Thanks so much,

April Owens
Southside Elementary School

Angela Bunyi

Hello Katie,

Well I hope my August post helped you out with your action research!

And thanks for the feedback on our web site, but I need to give credit where credit is due. The Extra Mile Club idea comes from Heather Renz...another teacher I speak a lot about on this blog. She is just fantastic! You can use her work with credit...and anything I post here or the class-site in your room.

Best to you,

Angela

Katie Jungbluth

Hi Angela,

I am a fourth and fifth grade teacher in Wisconsin and came across your website when I was searching for ideas for my current action research project dealing with multiple intelligences and reading. Your website is wonderful and I was wondering if I could use some of your ideas and links for the extra mile club. What a wonderful idea! Please let me know if this would be okay with you.

Thanks,

Katie Jungbluth
4th/5th Grade Teacher
Walker Elementary School
West Allis/West Milwaukee School District

Angela Bunyi

Hey Cassie,

This is an excellent question as it may be my largest area of struggle this year. I totally agree that it is easier to work on those primary basic goals with the young ones. The upper grades are another story! I will 100% write a post on this topic, but I'd like to work with our RTI coach first...and maybe ask some teachers what they are doing as well. I will post our assessment paperwork, procedures, etc. as well. Our school has been labeled a model for others in our county, so there are many things I can share on this topic. I do like that RTI starts and sticks with working with the teacher first. The whole idea is that after the teacher has devoted heavy one-on-one help and no progress is being made, THEN additional help comes in. But now I am turning this comment into a blog...

But, in summary, here are a few things we have done...

I have used before school tutoring to really focus on areas of needs for my RTI students. For a select set of students we have worked on skills as simple as word families...ex- If you can spell dock, what else can you spell? using a dry erase board. Of course, decoding and comprehension strategies are focused on as well.

I also use Scholastic's Reading Skills Kit which helps me narrow down concerns to comprehension, vocabulary, or word play. I posted about this under my literacy planning blog. I find myself working on vocabulary strategies a lot with this resource.

With the 3rd literacy block in our schedule, I can meet with these students. I just don't know how upper grade teachers can squish in an additional 60 minutes of one-on-one instruction through other means. Maybe that's why I resorted to before school.

Again, I will get to work on answering your questions on a future blog.

Best,

Angela


Cassie F.

Hi Angela,

I have a kind of of topic question for you but your last post made me think of it! Would you mind explaining to me how your school handles RTI? We are just getting our feet wet with it this year and haven't done much yet- Indiana is kind of far behind! It doesn't see to be as much of a struggle in primary as it is in 4th and 5th. I think 1st and 2nd grade teachers are finding it easier to identify an area of struggle and what to teach (ex phonics- vowel sounds) than we are in 4th and 5th. I guess I'm wondering how you handle RTI in general- especially in Language Arts and Literacy. Could you maybe share with me what you are doing with your RTI students-like with documenting, assessing, etc.

Have a great weekend! I'm dreaming of warm weather-BRRR!

Thanks so much,
Cassie

Angela

Beth,

In the teaching world, you are like Cher...you don't need to say your last name around here.

As you can tell through these blogs, I am a fan of yours and admire your work as an educator. My hope is that you are enjoying your time as a mother and teacher with your part-time teaching position. I did the same thing when Eli was born, so I could learn to balance to two roles with ease. I must say that I've done a good job....I know you are doing the same. :)

Much respect,

Angela

Bunyi...because I still need a last name....which needs a pronounciation guide (sigh)...thank you Brayan....

Boone-yee

Angela Bunyi

Cheryll,

I have a selective mute student in the room, and the level of visitors for the first portion of the year was overwhelming for this student. As a result, we stopped having visitors in December.

However, I will work something out with you shortly. I currently have a student teacher in the room full-time, so you wouldn't be able to see me teach now anyway. I am thinking sometime shortly after Spring Break....I'll email you.

I used to live on the Williamson County border. Half of my neighborhood was in Williamson and half was in Maury. Very odd. Anyway, you will love the change. It is a great place to raise a family!

Angela Bunyi

Austin,

I am so sorry, but our county just changed the username and passwords and have asked us not to post that information online anymore. I wish I could help you out. :(

Beth N.

Hi Angela!

My name is Beth Newingham. I think we actually talked a few times when I was the Scholastic mentor a couple of years ago.

I just wanted to tell you what a great job you are doing as the online mentor this year. I love reading your posts and using some of your great ideas!

I had a baby last year, so I have less time to surf the web for new ideas. I like that I can just quickly go to your blog for new ideas each week!

-Beth Newingham

Cheryll J.

Hi Angela,

First of all I want to say that I love your Scholastic Blog. It is just awe-inspiring. What a gift you are to your students. My name is Cheryll Jackson and this past August I decided to make a big move from a small private school in NE Ohio to public school in Williamson County, TN. We're neighbors! I think Language Arts is weakness of mine. I would really like to improve and thought that a visit to see you in action would be a great place to start. Let me know if this is something that could work out. Look forward to hearing from you.

- Cheryll Jackson
cjacksn@roadrunner.com

Austin M.

You have a great website! Thank you for sharing. Previously you had
usernames and passwords for math and social studies books. Are you
still able to share them? I have utilized both resources.
Thank you!
Austin Mullen
Fourth Grade

Angie Hondorp

Thanks so much for the resources to look into more! I'm very excited about this and exploring your site some more! You should feel famous, all the way in Michigan and you're being talked about at an inservice! =) Thanks again!
Angie

Angela

Hello Angie!

Well, now I feel like a little famous....thanks for sharing this. I am being a little silly, but I am now thinking, "With this blog comes great responsibilty." I will try not to let you all down with future posts. :)

So, to answer your question, if you have already looked at my room you have an idea of what we have. So, let me give you my three inspiration points that might give you some good ideas for a grant.

1. Sharon Taberski's room- I have her CDs which show her room in detail. THIS was my first major turning point. I just had to change my room after seeing hers. Taberski is now retired, but you can see pictures of her room in On Solid Ground (the last time I saw her she said she was working on a new book). From small tables, couches, to taking out her teaching desk, I took that from her.

2. Debbie Miller's room- I had her book out one day, and a student in my room picked it up. She said, "Hey, our room looks like this. Is this where you got your decorating ideas?" Yep.
Christmas lights, anchor charts, and small touches (lamps, small tables, etc.) come from her. The one thing Debbie has that I would want, if I could, would be round, circular tables.

3. The Sister's room- Authors of The Daily Five. They have extensive videos of their room through several venues (well, it's really one of the Sister's room-the other is a coach). From a simple, uncluttered look, black bulletin board backgrounds, to picture frames on the wall, they really motivated me to analyze each part of my room in chunks. Is it student focused or full of teacher stuff? They have the funniest clip called, "Get Rid of Your Teacher Shrine" on www.choiceliteracy.com. I just had to move my stuff out and into the closet after seeing this clip.

I am confident that if you look at these fantastic teachers, you will have a million ideas for your grant!

Keep up the great work,

Angela

Angie Hondorp

Hi Angela -
I am so inspired by your blog and all your ideas. I just noticed Joe, my colleague in another building just posted a comment for you above as well. We had an inservice Monday at which another teacher mentioned you and your great work. i also teach 5th grade and only Language Arts. i am going to write a grant to try to get some different "furniture"/"structures" in the room to eliminate all the desks and make it feel more like a real workplace. I'm wondering how many kids you have? How many desks do you have? If you were writing a grant for other types of "furniture" or home touches, what would you recommend? Thanks so much for all the time you spend responding to people and for sharing all your great ideas!
Angie

Angela Bunyi

That sounds great...I do know that Calkin really stresses that the books should NOT become a script. With the 3-5 book, that wouldn't be possible if you TRIED. Each lesson is quite lengthy and very, very detailed. You'd have to be a professional actor to copy and memorize it all. That said, I like how it forces me to make it my own. I am currently using the essay unit and have mixed that with some other resources as well (mainly Katie Wood Ray's Study Driven). Both Calkins and Ray stress that essays don't have to follow that really scripted path usually taught in school.

I am one unit "behind" because we made our own unit up on review writing (books, movies, and food), but if I followed it closely, it would be one unit per 6 weeks.

Hope that helps!

Angela

Joe Pendleton

Angela,
Today we were treated to an introduction to Lucy Calkins by a Lit. Coach from a nearby district that implemented her Writer's Workshop. It looks like we will begin the program next year. I teach on a team with 2 other teachers. We are each going to teach writing to our Homeroom kids. I have read some of Calkins' books.

In a brief reply could you give us a few suggestions about the program? Do you use the 3-5 part Calkin's program? In a year do you get all the way through the 6 books?

Joe Pendleton

Joe Pendleton

Angela,
Today we were treated to an introduction to Lucy Calkins by a Lit. Coach from a nearby district that implemented her Writer's Workshop. It looks like we will begin the program next year. I teach on a team with 2 other teachers. We are each going to teach writing to our Homeroom kids. I have read some of Calkins' books.

In a brief reply could you give us a few suggestions about the program? Do you use the 3-5 part Calkin's program? In a year do you get all the way through the 6 books?

Joe Pendleton

Angela Bunyi

Katerina,

I am so sorry to hear this. When I was a literacy coach I saw some really great teachers bump into the same road barrier as you. This means I have some first hand experience on helping in this area. Most of the time, the main culprit was time for modeling and DAILY feedback sessions.

For example, at the beginning of the year, we created a chart together. One side said "Students are expected" and the other side said "Mrs. Bunyi is expected" and I let them start with what they expected me to do during our reading block. They were harsh! I could not sit and check my email. I was to speak in a whisper level when I was conferencing with students or in guided reading groups. One even said I should switch to sandals if I had clinkity, loud shoes. I wrote them all down and said I was accountable for this. Then I had the students do the same thing for themselves. They were harsh and detailed as well. So, for at least 4-5 weeks we looked at that chart and reviewed it immediately after or before the workshop time began. I might have asked, "What seems to be a concern?" Once that was selected, that was the focus of the day. So, at the end of the workshop I might have said, "So, today you mentioned movement as a concern. How do you think we did?" To me, it was magically...but it took time. This, however, was just one tiny step in the direction of modeling what I expected in our room. Modeling is really key to it all.

Regarding "reading" a book quickly and understanding all the words, that is where one on one conferences comes into play. I am a very nurturing person, but I have super high accountability with reading and writing conferences. I don't mess around! Students come prepared to talk about what they have read so far, I can calculate how many pages they are reading in one day, I have them read to me outloud to determine reading strengths and weaknesses, etc. I am pretty direct with students if I don't think they are understanding what they are reading or they are not following through with our last conference request. So, for example, when a student gives me a really poor retell on a story, I might say this, "Eli. As I listened to you retell the story and as I listened to you read to me out-loud, I have to tell you that I am concerned with this book choice. Remember that one of the ways we get better at reading is by selecting books that will challenge us and help us grow, but we also need books that are just right for us as well. I notice this book is written by Matt Christopher. Would you like me to help you look for another book that is like this?"

I also make sure to give positive feedback with one area to work on. This is followed up with the next conference. Again, I just expect it, so students are ready to follow up with my request for them. Worst case scenerio I might say, "We meet one on one each week, I try to make the most of our time to help you become a better reader and writer. So, when I give you a suggestion, you have to trust in me that I can see the big picture for you. Listen to me, and I promise I'll make you a better reader. Next time, I expect that you will try X strategy out. You can't get better at X unless you try." You might consider giving a behavior mark for responsibility if your school uses a behavior system like this.

And finally...I am really big on talking to students one on one with anything that concerns me. Whether it be focus, quality of work, etc. I casually bring it up in conversation during recess or walking to related arts. Using language like I am worried about....how can I help you? really seems to work wonders for me and my students.

Besides that, an answer on this blog is just not going to work because it's the tiny details that pull it all together. My main recommendation would be to find someone at your school that you admire and look up to. They are going to be able to give you direct advice frequently. I, on the other hand, am available too. Feel free to write me with specifics via email or on this blog. bunyia@rcs.k12.tn.us

Best

Angela

April,

Web program- Our county uses Dreamweaver. I learned everything from absolute scratch last year. I think it is pretty easy and straightforward. It allows you to create what you'd like with or without html knowledge. I mix html in a little, but I still don't know it very well. To me, it takes one second longer to add it to the website vs. saving it in a document folder. I usually say that if you can save something to your desktop, it takes about that long to get it on the website.

Family- I have a son in kindergarten. He attends a school for the gifted and is a super sponge on all things academic, so you can bet that when I come home it is all about my little man. My secret is doing work in the morning. Yesterday morning-I did laundry, scored three grades, entered benchmark grades, made my copies for the week, etc. I naturally wake up early, so that is how I get it "done". Bedtime is 9:00-9:30 and I am up and ready to go at 5:00 am. I honestly don't bring it home and have even gone so far as go to the classroom early to complete grades when I could have done it at home in the morning. Mentally, it helps me separate the two.

And how neat that you attended MTSU! Sadly, I am one of the few that graduated from UT, Knoxville...but my husband is finishing a guidance counselor degree from MTSU. :) Small world!

Katerina

Mrs. Bunyi,

I love love love your classroom website. I came across it the day before we returned from Holiday break and Im soo excited to be using some of your reading strategies in my classroom. (I teach 3rd grade.) I do have a question though. How did you begin your guided reading program? I started mine, closely to how you have yours, however on Day 3 my students resisted. What are some of your Do's and Don'ts? How did you get EVERYONE to read when you weren't conferencing with them? What happens when a student says he is done with his chapter book in 45minutes? (Retell wasn't that great. ) How can I get students to find words for our expanded vocabulary. I had a lot of "I knew all the words." I really want to have a successful guided reading program implemented in my classroom.. Please help.


Thanks so much,
Katerina

April

Dear Mrs. Bunyi,

I happened upon your webpage when looking through scholastic. I was truely amazed at how much you put into it and how awesome your classroom must be. I taught 6th grade for 3 years, 3rd for two and now am in the computer lab. (oh, how I miss my own class) I am curious about what program you use to create your webpage and if it is very simple. I love to do things with technology and would love to have a great webpage when I move back into the classroom.
You have inspired me! I think you are awesome! (Do you have children of your own?) Just curious because I have two and just don't seem to have the time I used to have to dedicate to my classroom. That was one reason I took the computer lab job...less planning and no grading papers!
PLease let me know what program you use so that I might see about purchasing it.
I was also glad to see that you were from Tennessee, and my Alma Mater, at that! I graduated from MTSU!
Thanks,
April Owens
Southside Elementary School

Angela Bunyi

Hey!

1. I have 23 students this year. I had 26 last year. Regarding abilities, I'll use reading as my base. My son is in kindergarten and one of my children reads on the same level (came from another school district). This means I have a range of 2.3 range- 6th grade. Three students fall under the RTI umbrella meaning they receive extra support by me and/or our pull-out. I work with two children in the morning before school. The workshop method helps me work with students based on where they are, making me feel confident that I am not leaving anyone behind.

2. That's a tough one. I have been blessed to bring in a couch to three different counties and it be accepted. I am very passionate about making our room feel inviting. I believe I would cry if I had to remove our two couches.

And thank you for the kind compliments. This is only my second year at my school, and I often feel like I am in my whole little world out in the portables. But, I am having fun and feeling like I am making a difference. That's all that matters, right?

Enjoy your weekend, and come back later this evening if you are interested on a post about teaching government (Constitution, Branches of Government, etc.) through projects and group work.

Angela

Joe Pendleton

Thank you for your email to the questions that I sent to you. Here are a few more and I promise to change the subject.
1. How many students do you have in your room and do they range in ability?
2. How did your principal feel when you move couches into your room?
I would assume every 4th grader in your school wants to be in your room. You are doing some cool stuff.

Joe Pendleotn

Angela

Okay, I found the original order form that I sent to Scholastic. I found these items in the 2008 large teacher catalog. I don't believe I even searched for it online, but the link you sent is the correct one. What I ordered was a class set with a teacher manual. Here is the info. I used to order it:

Navigating Nonfiction 30 student workbooks and teacher manual, 4th grade- page 204- QGY978288- price $299.70 (okay, I was off on that one)

Also of interest:

Box B Complete Scholastic Reading Skills Kit- page 172- QGY907967- price 275.00 (levels ranged from low 3rd to high 6th, I believe).

I really hope that helps because I threw the catalog away with my mad steam cleaning, toothbrush in the corner cleaning holiday break.

And, honestly, don't worry about writing me at all. The last time I looked there was 230 comments or so. I constitute half of those! Clearly, I enjoy answering questions.

Best,

Angela

Cassie

Angela,

I searched that ISBN and it took me to a book that was only $15. Would you mind taking a look at this link and see if it is what you have. What you described sounds like something I would love to use in my class!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439782910/sr=11-1/qid=1231380161/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1231380161&sr=11-1&seller=

Sorry to be asking so much!
Cassie

Angela Bunyi

I do subscribe to www.thedailyfive.com however, I think I am going to go back to www.choiceliteracy.com. This is where I first found The Sister's work 3 or so years ago. I used that site much more and found it more helpful, in my opinion.

However, if you are new to the concept it clearly is worth it with printables and weekly resources. I saw them in person and had most of the forms offered on the site. Also of importance is that I have created my own thing that is probably not officially under the Daily Five umbrella. We have four mini-lessons a day/ hold one on one conferences/ have time to read with partners/read and write on our own/ work on words/ and meet for guided reading groups...but I don't use many of the forms offered.

Hope that helps...
Angela

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