Take One: Early in the year, when my students were first choosing their centers, I was having them put their two choice cards next to their name in a pocket chart. (We are fitting in two rounds on a regular day, and sometimes get in a third.) I soon came to realize that there were a handful of students who were not getting to one part over the course of the week, or visiting the same activity over and over. Scrap that system.
TakeTwo : Next, I tried continuing to give them choice, but I tracked them on a paper in my CAFE binder. That became far too time-consuming and annoying. Scrap that one, too!
Take Three: My third attempt was to take away the daily choice (which I hated, because choice really is powerful), create a regular schedule, and rotate groups of students. It worked for a while, but this made it difficult to have flexibility in my groups. Guess that one is out...
So... you know what they say... Fourth time is the charm?! I was inspired by a Blurt Chart I made for a group of fifth graders a couple of years ago to come up with this:
It consists of little Daily 5 tags printed onto heavy paper, laminated, and attached to small self-adhesive Velcro circles.
Student names will be written in the blank spaces next to each group. As the week progresses, each time the students choose a Daily 5 activity, they will remove the corresponding symbol from the chart next to their name.
When they've visited all five activities they'll start placing the tags back on to indicate their choice. I think it is going to work beautifully and I can't wait to use it!
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