Second Grade Nest: Literacy Studio for the Little Ones

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Literacy Studio for the Little Ones

So I've been chatting about how I've been planning to implement 'Daily 5' in my classroom.
I made several changes to it, so I can't call it a perfect Daily 5.
Also, our fourth grade and fifth grade teams run their reading blocks as "Literacy Studios", so my kiddos feel extremely special when I tell them they are practicing for 4th and 5th grade Literacy Studios.

Literacy Studios have 3 main components:
In our Literacy Studio, we have our 'crafting', which is our mini lesson before our Daily 5, our 'composing' which is our Daily 5 structure, and our 'reflection' which usually happens in the students Learning Logs.
This looks much different in the older grades because of what they are capable of doing and the sorts of activities that will interest the little ones! And we have a blast with our version of it.  

Since I have shown you all the ways that I have planned for Daily 5 changeover in my classroom, I'd love to show it to you in action! 

When you read the 2 Sister's book on setting up Daily 5 classrooms, they suggest Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing. That was perfect for my second grade darlings last year, but this year, I had to change a few things around. 

Here are my five groups....

This is my daily small group time with my five leveled groups. Since we are focusing this part of first grade on fluency and comprehension, I took a cold read running record and level my kids from those results. Students will regroup in another two weeks if there are any changes. 

I meet with all five groups from 12-20 minutes a day! 
This is where a large amount on my reading differentiation comes in. 

Sample things done here:
Running Records
Fluency Passages
Comprehension Passages
Guided Reading 


Two different groups work... How different my firsties are! 
Some groups are working on fluency and comprehension, while some are working on letters and sounds! 
This is a great chance to help teach skills that are no longer taught in first grade for my kiddos that need extra attention for their reading.

As crazy as this binder looks, this is how I stay sane.
It tracks what I want to do throughout the week and what we actually do!! 

This is my favorite room!
We have a Guided Reading room with leveled books for each Guided Reading level. 

There are two components of my Technology round.
We use the computers and a listening center. and Compass Learning are great for these computer centers. 
A.R. tests are also great to give during this time! 

I am currently working on a DonorsChoose project to fund two mini iPads for my technology round (and math, too!). Once I get those in my room, I will certainly update how my technology round is working! 

I had to leave this one! The kids need their daily reading time no matter what.
Some days, I change it to Read to Buddy, but for the most part, they are working on Good Fit books to take A.R. quizzes on! 

Each kiddo gets a book bin. They pick 5 books on Friday for the next week.
If students finish their books, they can take A.R. quizzes on them or trade them out for new books. 

I also get 50 books from my public library once a month. There are a lot of leveled readers for my firsties at the library, so I can grab those and give my lower readers more opportunities for reads closer to their reading levels. Most of my books are second grade books from last year!! 

And of course... a huge staple for my Read to Self time.
Whisper Phones and Sit-Upons! 

I have a daily mom volunteer in my classroom every day (except for Tuesdays!). 
They are truly beneficial for my Daily 5. 

This is my chance to do my seasonal center sets that I don't normally have time to do. I can also throw in random lessons, like Time for Kids or a writing piece in Skill Drill. But the main purpose of Skill Drill is to work on that group of students differentiated needs! 

Here are a few activities they participate in.... 

Here is the Word Work corner where they get their supplies.
We rotate through the following activities...
*Play Doh
*Chalk Boards
*White Boards
*Rainbow Writing
*Scrabble Tiles
*Pipe Cleaners and Letter Beads
*Shaving Cream
*Stamps and Ink Pads

This is the most fun center for the kids because they are getting their hands on the most 'fun' things. Little do they know, they are working on their ten spelling words and five sight words for the week!! 

And somehow, I don't have one picture from this to share. I took pictures throughout the week and somehow didn't snap that round!! 

And those are my kids being absolutely amazing Studio participants!
I have blogged about this before, but here is my bulletin board to keep kids on task where they need to be when I'm busy teaching.
This prevents kids interrupting my group to ask where they go.


  1. Great post Jessica! I love all of your ideas!!!! Thanks for sharing :)


  2. Loved reading this!! Thanks for sharing your organization!! Love that precious Daily 5 board!

  3. I love your Guided Reading room and how you go get books from the library. I completely forget about those resources at times.

  4. I am changing up my Daily 5 a bit this semester too. Thank you for the ideas!!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  5. Wow, Jessica! That is a meaty post of super great ideas. I am pinning now. Thanks so much.

    Mrs, Rios Teaches Second Grade

  6. Great post full of ideas! We have a reading room too. We call it our literacy library.
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. Love these ideas for the Daily 5! I do something similar in my class and they love being independent in their centers!


  8. Where did you get the beautiful magazine type boxes?