Wrapping up a session of Daily 5 with a purposeful and focused sharing time is a powerful way to review the strategies taught during the day and to review strategies previously covered. Sharing time also provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their own work, share their progress, and celebrate the growth of others.
In order to keep interest high, we typically follow a few different sharing formats.
- Divide students into small groups and have them do a Small Group Circle Share where each child has an opportunity to share a reading strategy used, a portion of text, or a piece of writing. Small Group Circle Share gives each child a voice in a short period of time.
- Assign students a sharing day. As above, the children who are sharing for the day may either select to share a reading strategy used, a portion of text, or a piece of writing. Assigning every student in the classroom a sharing day ensures that every voice in the room is heard over the course of a week.
- The third way we structure Daily 5 sharing comes from the information we gather during our one-on-one conferring time. As we meet and confer with students, we will ask specific children to share at the end of Daily 5. We keep a few things in mind as we select students for sharing:
- Who is using a specific strategy we have taught and could model it for the group?
- Referencing our conferring notebook: Who hasn't had a turn to share this week?
- Who would we like to nudge along, knowing that if they model, they will be more likely to continue using desired strategies independently?
This video is an example of this last type of sharing. Caleb is a new kindergarten student to the class. We wanted to bolster this hesitant writer by having him share and by asking specific questions that will cause him to view himself as a writer. Once children have gained experience with this, we will ask them to share what they notice about the featured reader or writer.