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Daily 5 and CAFE for the Upper Grades



I am so excited!!!  I've seen so many fabulous book studies for these books, but up to now, everything I've seen has been for primary.

Well ... guess what?  I'm joining up with a group of fantastic bloggers to bring you the biggest and best book study for grades 4 - 6 ... and YOU'RE invited to join us!  We're going to cover BOTH books - and discuss how to implement them in our upper grade language classrooms.  Have I mentioned how excited I am about this???  I read both these books on my own last summer, and I really wanted to start using the ideas and strategies this year ... but I wasn't able to wrap my head around how it would work or what it would look like in my classroom.  And now I KNOW that won't be a problem next year.

Make sure you have copies and get ready to join us.  Our book study adventure begins at the beginning of July.  I'll let you know a little more when we have more of the details ready.


Happy Tuesday (aka - testing Day 2) (aka - 23 more days to go ....)


107 comments:

  1. Eeeeek! I'm so excited! I've been hearing SO many bloggers raving about these that I ordered them last week. I'm can't wait to get going!

    Laura
    Will Grade For Coffee

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    1. I'm so excited, too! I've already started rereading ... YAY!

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    3. I want to join the discussion but not sure how or where I sign up. I'm sure you've started already. Can you offer advice on how I'll find the discussion for the Junior Cafe group?
      Thanks!
      P.S. I've bought quite a lot of stuff from your site -- love it!
      Junior Teacher

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  2. I read both of these last summer ad implemented them in my grade 6 class this year. I have ideas about how I will do it differently next year. I can't wait to hear what ideas everyone else has! Good luck with day 2, we finished last week and our 3s start tomorrow.

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    1. Karen, I can't wait to hear the perspective of those who have used them in their classes already!!!

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  3. Terrific! And what perfect timing! I just attended a school workshop on Daily 5 / CAFE last week, and I'm so excited to implement this next year. And I can't wait to join in on the conversations geared toward the upper grades.

    Corrina
    Diary of a Sixth Grade Teacher

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    1. I know, Corrina! I've seen so many great ideas ... but most have them have been for primary. That's why I'm so excited about this one!

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  4. I am definitely joining you! This is exactly what I need!

    Jessica
    The Polka-dotted Teacher

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    1. Me TOO! With so many teachers excited about this, how can it not be FANTASTIC???

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  5. So cool! I passed the information along to my 4/5 grade teacher friends so they can join in on the fun!

    Julie
    Light A Fire in Third

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    1. Thank-you so much, Julie! The more people that follow, the better the conversations, the more exciting the ideas, and the better it will ultimately be!

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  6. Got the books last summer and did Daily 5 this year! LOVED it!! Can't wait for the book club....I'm in!!!! Can't wait!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. YAY, Tara!!! I cannot wait to hear your ideas on this! It's so exciting!

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  7. This is PERFECT! I am so excited! Count me in :)

    ~Stephanie
    3rd Grade Thoughts

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    1. Consider yourself counted! We should be able to post more information soon, but get ready for the fun to begin at the beginning of July!

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  8. I am so excited about it and cannot wait! It is going to be wonderful!!!

    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

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    1. Me too, Katie! Look how excited people are already - this is going to be even better than wonderful!

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  9. Very excited........ just got both books and am really needing some help wrapping my brain around how to get it going for 6th grade this year..... Finally a site for the upper elementary!!!!!! Can't wait!

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    1. I agree 100%! It's going to be amazing!

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  10. I read both last summer and went to a workshop with the Sisters. I survived year one and loved it. How do I join???

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    1. Kelly - just keep following. I'll post more information as soon as I have it ... but get ready for the beginning of July - that's when it will start!

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  11. Now.... if we could all just meet up at Starbucks to read & discuss them together that would be ideal!!!!
    Can't wait my friend!!!! Summer is almost here!!! :)

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    1. Wouldn't that be just PERFECT!!! I'd want the seat right next to YOU!

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  12. I just did a HAPPY DANCE at my desk...for lots of reasons like tomorrow is the last day of school, but because this is just what I need! Will be waiting and watching for more information! Happy Days are here again!

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    1. Congrats on your last day!!! I'll do a happy dance for you, too! I'll post more information as soon as I have it, but for now, get ready for the beginning of July - that's when the fun will begin!

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  13. I have been curious how to implement in to my 6th grade LA classroom. I am looking forward to this discussion.

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    1. I hope after this book study, we'll all have the confidence to implement these books and strategies into our classroom. Wait ... I KNOW after this book study, we will!

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  14. Yes! I'm so excited to join the book club!

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    1. Me too!!! Stay tuned - I'll post more information as soon as I have it!

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  15. I am so excited to hear about this. I have looked into this all year, but wasn't sure I could do it. I am going to order my books today.
    Thanks for letting us know! Can't wait to join everyone!

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    1. It was my absolute pleasure to share this information - it was like having a secret I just couldn't keep to myself!

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  16. I will be joining as much as possible. I bought the books this year and want to start in the fall.

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    1. Follow along when you can - and I'm sure we'll have the backlinks available, so if you missed the discussion for a chapter or two, you'll know where to find it.

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  17. My books are on order and I am excited about this opportunity. I can't wait to learn how to make this work in my classroom.

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    1. Me too, Martha! I REALLY want this to happen in my classroom!

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  18. Very Cool! I can't wait to hear some new ideas!! I look forward to this adventure!!

    Jen B
    Niagara Falls

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    1. Isn't it exciting, Jen?! I can't wait to see all the fantastic information and ideas that will be shared!

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  19. Can't wait to join the book club. I've been trying to figure out how I would do this in my 5th grade. I'm ordering my books now.

    Karen

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    1. Karen, I think this is going to be FANTASTIC! So many people are so excited about it - I don't see how it couldn't!

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  20. I did Daily 5 this year with my 5/6 and really enjoyed it. I am interested to see how others may change it up for next year. I definitely would like to tweak some things, looking forward to it!

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    1. I can't wait to hear from people who have already been running this program in their classrooms! It's exactly what we need!

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  21. Just ordered my books! So excited to do this in my 5th grade class next year and even more excited to join this book club!!!

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    1. I think it's going to be FANTASTIC!!! I can't wait!

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  22. I've done Daily 5 and CAFE for a year now with my Grade 5 class and I LOVE it. I had the pleasure of seeing the Sisters speak in Fredericton 2 years ago. They were so engaging. Made 5 hours pass so quickly.

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    1. I'm so excited that teachers who are already using this program are excited to join in the book study, too! I can't wait to hear from those of you who have already implemented it! This is going to be FANTASTIC!

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  23. This is going to be the BEST book study ever!! SOO excited!!! :)

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  24. I can't wait to get started! Is it sad that this is one of my favorite things I am doing this summer?

    Jana
    Thinking Out Loud

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    1. Ummmm ... nope, not sad at all ... I can't wait to get started and organize some of these ideas that are swimming around in my head!

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    1. Me too! Stay tuned for an update this week!

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  26. This is an amazing idea, and I am honored to be a part of this! :) I am REALLY looking forward to the wonderful ideas, and to implement this in my 5th grade classroom next year! Thanks for the invite! :)

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    1. I think this is going to be fantastic! I can't believe how many people are excited about this! Stay tuned for an update this week!

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  27. I am going to be teaching LAL for the first time next year, I'm more of a math girl! But I am going to have a self contained/resource room next year so I have to teach all the core subjects. I've heard great things about these books and am so excited that I found a book study to help me get ideas on implementation! 3 periods of LAL is a scary thought, but I'm excited for the challenge!

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    1. You're going to LOVE teaching Language Arts! I've wanted to implement the strategies from these books into my classroom, so I am so excited about this book study. I'll post more information this week!

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  28. I was happy to find this blog. I've been using the Daily 5 for the past 4 years in my kindergarten classroom, BUT. . .I'm moving to 5th grade and am anxious to continue using it! The Daily 5 is a wonderful management system. It really frees you up to work with kids and it gets kids working independently and more importantly . . .READING! It worked so well with 5 yr. olds...My daughter is a teacher and she has used it in her 5th grade classroom. I'm sure she can "shed some light" as well.

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    1. Wow - that's a big change next year! I can't wait to hear the perspectives from all the people already using Daily 5 and CAFE, and all the ideas from the newbies just thinking about it. This is going to be great! I'll post some more information this week!

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    2. Debbie, I'd love to hook up with you! I'm moving from first to fourth this upcoming year.

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  29. Question ?? The Daily 5 and The Cafe books- the same ones used for primary grades or are there different ones for upper grades. Just checking before I buy. So excited .. Thanks!!!

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    1. It's the same books, Melanie. Since so much of the information out there is geared to primary, I am so excited to get some more upper grade ideas out there!

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  30. Awesome!!! I had actually looked at this book a few days ago, now I have a reason to buy it now!!!

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    1. I bought both the books last summer. I can't wait for this book study to start! I'll post more information this week!

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  31. I'm so excited!! I was planning on reading CAFE. I don't have Daily 5 yet, though. Can't wait to start reading with you all!

    Claire
    Live, Laugh, Love, Teach

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    1. I can't wait, either! I knew I wanted to start CAFE in my class this year, and now I'm excited about Daily 5, too!

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  32. Yippee Skippee!!!
    I have been waiting to see more about this adventure in print! I am soooooooooo IN! I tried Daily 5/CAFE in my sixth grade class this year. There are several things I'd like to change--and I can't wait for a dialogue to help me accomplish this...
    I am going to see The Sisters in Washington at the end of June. I am so excited! But I'm even MORE excited to chat with my Blog Friends about implementation.
    Thanks to the Planners... This news may get me through the next two weeks!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. YAY!!! So happy you're IN! And so excited to hear your ideas after seeing the Sisters ... this is going to be fantastic, Kim!!!

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  33. Does anyone have any info on the Math Daily 5? I don't teach ELA but would love to learn more about how the sisters handle math...

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    1. I've seen some ideas on pinterest about a Daily 5 for math. I think they used the acronym "Build" for it. The grade 2/3 teacher at my school is going to use it for math this year.

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  34. I am so excited this is happening. My colleague and I wanted to implement it in the upper grades. We have read the Daily 5 and The Cafe is sitting on my table waiting for summer vacation to come so it can get read. This is great!!!

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    1. I know! I can't wait to get started! I'll post more info on my blog this week.

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  35. You know I don't know whether I am excited about your ideas or how much you have inspired others. Fantastic, you know I"m in. I have varied the Daily 5 and used some of it. It is great to use in any grade. Good luck with EQAO.Mary

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    1. YAY Mary! So glad you're IN! I can't wait to hear ideas from those already using it in the upper grades! I'll post some more information about it this week!

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  36. I teach 3rd grade and read the book a year or so ago. I have been afraid to try it. I am determined to do it this year. I have been preparing all ready. I know this is for the upper grades but I am sure I can get some good info.

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    1. I think we're now gearing it to grades 3 - 7, so I'm positive you'll get some good info. I didn't know how to start it in my classroom this year, so I'm so excited about this book study. I'll post some more information this week!

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  37. So, excited about the huge response to the literature circle. I can't wait to hear all the ideas about integrating the Cafe and Daily 5 with a class. I've read all about it, but have not been able to implement the schedule into a class, BUT this upcoming year, I can! I am excited to finally have some freedom! Looking forward to joining the convo.

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    1. I know - this response has been CRAZY good! I think this book study is going to be awesome - can't wait for it to start!!! I'll post some more info this week.

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  38. Can't wait to get started. Love all the grade 6 teachers that are taking part. I am going into my 3rd year of Grade 6 and know I need to shake things up a bit.

    As always. love following you Jen, look forward to discussions in the summer (when I am not teaching summer school)

    Ilana Green

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    1. Thank-you so much, Ilana! I can't wait to start this in my classroom next year - this book study has me so excited!!!

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  39. Yay! I am going to implement this in my 5/6 class this coming year, so exciting this is going on! !!!

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  40. GREAT!!! I have the books. I have used bits and pieces in my Grade 5 class. I am looking forward to gathering more ideas in ways to use these books.

    I can't wait.

    Joan
    Mississauga, ON

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  41. I couldn't have seen this at a more perfect time!! I just found out that I'll be teaching 5th next year and I LOVE Daily 5! I'm dying to know how to adapt it:)

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  42. Hello! I am so excited about an online professional literature circle! I'm a geek...I know. I saw the sisters in Toronto about 5-6 years ago in Toronto at the IRA convention. I know this might not be popular but I found them to be a little too "slick" in their presentation but I am willing to give the books a go. Always open to something new!

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  43. As always your timing is perfect! just bought the book. have been toying with the idea since last summer. just never knew how to adjust for upper grades! Can't wait!

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  44. one more thought - can we be sure to discuss classroom arrangement relating to Daily 5?

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  45. Just finished after school sessions on the books and saw the "sisters" at Reading For The Love Of It in Toronto this year. I am looking forward to discussing what's worked for others! Jen

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  46. Just purchased the books and can't wait to start reading and joining the discussion. I'm a 4th and 5th grade Language Arts teacher and am eager to get some practical tips and tricks to try with my students next year.

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  47. Oh, this is perfect! I'm in, I'm in! I've wanted to see if this would work for my Grade 6's and 7's -- AND am also trying to get info about the Math Daily 5, too!

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  48. Yay! I am in too! I am teaching 6-8th grade struggling readers next year and this looks like something I am definitely interested in using! Can't wait!!

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  49. We've been doing Daily 5 for a couple of years at my school...K-5. I teach 3rd and I'm anxious for some new Daily 5 activities that will really engage/interest/excite my students. So many of the activities are geared towards the Primary grades. Just ordered CAFE...my summer read. Looking forward to a big sharing fest!

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  50. Yay!!! I read both books when I was teaching 2nd grade. Switched to 5th last year and only ever got around to implementing Work on Writing. Can't wait! Count me in!!!

    Aubrey

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  51. I've been reading ALOT about different models for my classroom; bouncing between Daily 5 and workshops for my class. Very excited to see what transpires here!

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  52. I keep checking back for more info....am r e a l l y looking forward to this "workshop!"

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  53. New to sixth grade, Daily 5 and CAFE. Looks like I found a good place to start!

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  54. Waiting for the book discussion to start. I hope to implement Daily 5 and CAFE with my 4th graders this coming school year.

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  55. Waiting for the book discussion to start. I hope to implement Daily 5 and CAFE with my 4th graders this coming school year.

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  56. I've got mine on order too! I teach grade 5 and would love to join the discussion. Great idea!

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  57. Wow! I'm so happy I landed on this! I wanted to do this and thought I was going to have to do it alone. So happy :D

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  58. I am looking forward to this book study! I was introduced to Daily 5/Cafe this past year, and want to learn more about it to implement in my 5th grade classroom this coming school year!

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  59. I am looking forward to this study. I wanted to use this in my classroom next school year!

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  60. Signed up for this one, but I haven't heard anything more... wasn't it supposed to start at the beginning of July? I hope I haven't missed anything!

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  61. I have no idea how you join a blog, but I know I want in on this one...Help?

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  62. I have no idea how you join a blog, but I know I want in on this one...Help?

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  63. I would love to participate on a discussion about implementing CAFE in 4th grade. How do I join?

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  64. Same here....I'm going to be teaching 4th grade this year. I would also like to know how you grade your students.

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