Sunday, August 4, 2013

Perfect Books for Launching The Daily Five: A Language Arts Mentor Text

Hi friends.  I start school tomorrow with my new class and I will be launching Read to Someone for The Daily Five as well.  I must say, the launch of The Daily Five is not my favorite part of the year.  But, it is so worth it.  Spending plenty of time training your darlings how to behave and get the most out of their time during your literacy block will pay off all year long.
I, of course, love to find fab books to go along with my launch mini lessons.  I have a few to share during this week's Collaboration Cuties weekly Mentor Text Link Up.
As I mentioned before, this trio of books by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom is great to go along with your Daily Five launch, but if you do not do the Daily Five, you will still enjoy these texts because they promote the love of books and reading.

The Best Time to Read is a great book to read aloud when you are doing the Three Ways to Read a Book lesson with your students.  I really like how the main character talks about how he used to read the pictures, but now we reads the words.  How perfect!

Click on the picture below if you would like a FREE Three Ways to Read a book anchor chart to go along with this lesson.  
When I am teaching students the three ways to read a book, I usually start out on chart paper.  But, later in the year I like to switch to these smaller anchor charts to pull out for review.

The Best Place to Read follows the main character as he searches for (wait for it) . . . the best place to read.  I like to use this book with the Where to Sit in the Room mini lesson.

Finally, there is The Best Book to Read.  This story takes place in the library and shows different book genres.  It is a great jumping off point to talk about how there are books for every person's unique interests.  I usually use this text on the day we are talking about picking Good Fit books.

Click on the picture below if you would like a FREE Good Fit Book anchor chart to go along with this lesson.  

The clip art are from the anchor charts above is from Melonheadz and KPM Doodles.

During the first week of school I teach all of the lessons mentioned above:  Three Ways to Read a Book, Where to Sit in the Room, and Picking a Good Fit Book.  Bertram and Bloom's books fit perfectly with these concepts.  The illustrations are cute and colorful.  And each book is written in a fun rhyming style that the kids go for.
For a more details about launching The Daily Five, click here.

So here is the scoop for this week's Mentor Text:

For other great book suggestions, activities, and lesson ideas, 
be sure to check out the other mentor text recommendations at Collaboration Cuties.


  1. These 3 books sound like a must have. I do D5, and will be introducing the routines and building that first week. Thanks for sharing these and your cute freebies to go with them! Your students start a week before mine. :0) Happy first day!


  2. I haven't heard of these 3 books before, but they do sound perfect for starting the Daily 5. Looks like I'm going to have to make another Amazon order ;-) Thanks for the freebies to go along with the lessons! Good luck tomorrow!

  3. What wonderful books and precious freebies! Thanks for sharing!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  4. These three books are all new to me, I use Reading Workshop-but the lesson topics are the same at the start of the school year! Thanks for sharing!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. I hope you have a wonderful first day! Your little one too! Won't it be so much fun to hear what she has to say about kindergarten? Every night when we would tuck our little ones in, we would ask what was the toughest part of the day and what was the best part of their day. I don't know why, but they were always more willing to share in those quiet moments before sleep. Thank you for another helpful post! I need to get these three books and about a million others too! Have a nice weekend!

  6. Wow, these look perfect for starting with Daily 5!! I have never heard of any of these books! The freebie posters are adorable!!

    Good luck tomorrow! We have meet the teacher day tomorrow and then start on Wednesday! I love that you get started right away! I'm the same way! Have a great first week!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. These books look amazing- definitely perfect for introducing Daily 5. Your posters are also adorable-- thanks so much for the freebies!
    Have a great start to the new year!
    Learning to the Core

  8. Excellent suggestions! I need them for my collection :)
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  9. Thank you so much! I already have one of these books. Now I just have to find the others.

    Simply 2nd Resources

  10. what great book ideas...thanks for sharing

  11. You are right these are great books for launching reading workshop and your posters are awesome - how cute are those shoes and the pigeon. Thank you so much for sharing them. Hope you had a great first day :)