Daily 5  

Dear Parents,

          This summer the second grade team became aware of a new approach to helping students become better readers, writers and lifelong learners. As a result, the structure of our literacy block may look and sound a little different and we are EXCITED! We introduced classroom routines and structures in a way that removed all of the guesswork from the children and allows them to concentrate fully on learning. In reading, the classroom structure we use is called “Daily 5”. Soon, if they haven’t already, your child will be talking about “Daily 5” at home. The purpose of this letter is to explain to you what Daily 5 is and what you should expect to see.


         Daily 5 is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement. When introduced to each task, the children discuss what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to engage in the task independently. Then, the children work on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing that task.


Five Tasks of Daily 5

                                                       Read to Self

                                                         Work on Writing

                                                        Word Work

                                                         Listen to Reading

                                                        Read to Someone


When all five tasks have been introduced and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing activities, we are able to work with small groups and confer with children one on one. This structure is effective, the results are amazing, and the children really look forward to Daily 5 time. During our three rounds of Daily 5, students will have a choice of the order of their activities. They will also have a choice as to which books to read and topics to write about. Research has shown that choice is a main component of reading motivation which is an important criterion for reading stamina and success.


One thing you’ll notice that may be a change for you is a decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home. While worksheets keep students busy, they don’t really result in the high level of learning we want for your child. Instead, your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand and are interested in, which they will read during Daily 5. They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading.


   As you can see, we are excited about giving your child the opportunity to be involved in a structure that will teach them the skills to become independent readers, writers and learners. Ask your child about Daily 5 and see what he/she has to say. We anticipate your child will tell you about the class stamina, how we are working towards independence, and maybe you will even hear about some of the fantastic things your child has written, read, or listened to during our structured reading time.


Please think of our classrooms as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase. It is our goal to make our classroom and classroom libraries as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing. Please send in gently used books, comfy pillows, floor chairs, low tables, step stools and small bookcases. We appreciate your help and support. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at (707)693-6380.





Carol Erskine ext. #4314

Collette Irvine ext. #4313


Week of June 1, 2015  

Well, I can't believe this is the last week of school!  Thank-you for allowing me to work with all of you and your amazing children.  We have had lots of fun and have learned so much along the way.

On Wednesday we will be having an awards assembly to honor children with outstanding citizenship and/or academic achievement.  Please feel free to come by and take pictures of your young scholar.  The assemble begins at 9:45 in the multi-purpose room.

After the assembly we will be taking a walking fieldtrip to the park.  Make sure your child has sunscreen and comfortable shoes.  We will return to school by our 12:10 dismissal time.

Thursday is a minimum day and our last day of school.  As a farewell gift, I will be providing pizza for the class.  We will eat at 11:00 a.m. amid signing yearbooks or autograph books and watching a dinosaur movie!  Come by and join in the festivities if you can!

I have loved being your child's teacher this year and hope everyone has a wonderful and much earned summer vacation.  Don't forget to have your child read daily so that they are ready for the beginning of third grade in August. 

Week of April 27th  

I hope to see everyone this Wednesday at Open House!  The students have been working hard this year and they have many exciting projects to show you. 

Last week in science, we continued our unit on life cycles.  Our ladybugs and butterflies have hatched and are almost ready to be released.  The class has been working on a butterfly report that they should have complete by this Wednesday.

In math, we are working on Time & Money and on a unit on Geometry.  It seems like a lot but the children love these units!  This week we will start to make some of the 3D geometric shapes out of clay and toothpicks.

We are in need of some donations!  We are completely out of glue sticks and paper towels.  We are currently sharing what students have left in their desks but we are down to the last few sticks of glue!

Don't forget that Friday is Family Picnic Day.  Each second grader is suppose to bring in some sliced fruit to share.  Please send the fruit in Friday morning and then bring a blanket and join us for lunch.  The school will provide lunch for each of the students but family members need to bring their own lunch.


Week of April 13th  

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope everyone is feeling rested and refreshed.  This week in math we will be concluding our unit on 2 & 3-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  The students have done well on this unit but still need a little more practice on subtraction across zeros.  We will take our unit test by Friday and will then be going on to Time and Money.


In Language Arts, we are reading the story, "Farfalina and Marcel."  Just click on the Treasures link to read and listen to this story at home.  It is the prefect story to launch our science theme of Animal Life Cycles.  We began plant life cycles before break and will be focusing on butterfly and ladybug life cycles during the next three weeks.


This week in spelling we will continue to focus on one and two syllable words with open syllables.  Please have your child practice their words each day so they're ready for Friday's test.