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The Daily 5 is a way of teaching your communication arts block. It's more a management style than a teaching method. There is support through the book "The Daily 5." This can be used with reading/writing workshop scenarios, guided reading, and lit circles. Very versatile!
The Daily 5
Posted by:iluv3rd #134958

is really a management system for reading workshop. There are 5 "rotations: that replace centers and are literacy ONLY focused. Literacy blocks are broken into smaller blocks with a group mini lesson followed by a 20-30 minute work time. During the work time the kids choose one of the daily 5 rotations (read to self, read with someone, work on writing, listen to reading, working with words) while the teacher meets with small groups (guided reading or strategy) or holds individual conferences. The book outlines how to help the kids build stamina for each rotation and manage the organization of it all.

The authors (referred to as "The Sisters) have a couple of follow up books in the making. The most impressive to me is about their CAFE menu which is a way to guide instruction using standards. The kids take ownership for setting...

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this is a link to the sister's website
Posted by:mrssimon2gr #138378

I would strongly encourage you to go there and look around. I had HUGE success with the Daily 5 in my classroom this year!
The kids loved it-
Their reading improved drastically
The management is a cinch!


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In 2nd grade
Posted by:mrssimon2gr #138380

I did the daily 5 for the first time this year...this is what worked for us:
I did have all daily 5 as available options each day and gave each child a "tracking report" every Monday. I would remind them at our first meeting/mini lesson that if they "went to writing and read to someone" yesterday---they should pick somewhere they had not gone to yet to start with today. I was adamant that I would keep the "choice" component and not go to scheduling ---it worked beautifully. Nearly all of my kids could do this completely independently. 2 needed support!

I usually had 3-4 "sessions" per day---- I fit in all 5 at the beginning of the year because the stamina is not built up yet.

I also have to tell you that I absolutely LOVED the Daily 5- I am sure that I will...

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2nd Grade
Posted by:tiffglrl #138381

I also did Daily 5 in my room this year...BUT I did not ever do the writing portion during the Daily 5 time. We do Lucy Calkins in our school and my writing was always separate from my reading (which is what I called my Daily 5 block.)
I did manage to get 3 sessions in each day, 4 is difficult, not many people have that much time each day. Each session was about 30 minutes long.
I did not let my kids choose their session - I set up a rotation on my board and then rotated the 4 parts, read to self, read to someone, word work, and work on listening.
I also did receive MANY compliments on my classroom routine from other teachers and my administrator. It really works well, but you have to take the time at the beginning of the year and MODEL,...

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can you break your lesson into possibly
Posted by:mrssimon2gr #138376

10 minute sections? this is how the daily 5 is set up...I did it last year! Worked beautifully in 2nd grade and making my mini lessons 10 min only I learned to "get to the point" teach using that explicit language. It works!

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I have used Daily 5 all year ...
Posted by:abra123 #138379

... and I really do like it. I think you could get the same results with centers, if that's what you use. The biggest difference for me was the amount of modeling and "building stamina" that you do in the beginning. This was really key in the success I found. However ...

Next year, I am changing it up. I am still using the components of the D5, but more to meet my needs.

I am going to meet with readers in guided reading groups and reading conferences, and while I am doing that, the children will choose from Read to Self, Partner Read, and Listen to Reading centers.

I am going to have a separate Writing Workshop time and so am doing away with the Work on Writing center. I haven't figured out what to do with Word Work center, but may also add...

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Posted by:MNPolly #138377

the way that I incorporated them was that I took the time to do my whole mini lesson then the kids did 3-4 choices instead of all five. I set up an accountability system so that they didn't just choose to do listening to reading EVERYDAY and never do word work. So my LA block looked like this:

Whole group phonics exercise
Whole group RW minilesson
Teacher and TA pull small groups while students rotate through 3-4 choices.

This year I plan to have the students make their choices when they first walk in using a pocket chart. Then I plan to set a timer for 15-20 minutes during the rotation time so that when it goes off the kids know to clean up and rotate to their next choice. I just hate to have stop working with my small group...

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If you have the book...
Posted by:mrssimon2gr #138382

It shows you step by step how to start each part of the daily 5. I started with "read to self" and made the anchor charts with the kids - we did role playing and went through how to do each part wrong....at first when I read in the book that you should use a child who probably would do it wrong- I thought "no way! I am not giving that child the power to disrupt my class...." but I did it that way and had the same kid show how to do it correctly- in doing that I have proven to that child and the entire class that even a child who may routinely make poor choices can be successful with the daily 5. I started ( as the book suggests) with a very, very small amount of time- if they stopped being successful after 1 minute then I called them to the carpet and talked about...

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I am using it for the first time this year in
Posted by:mrssimon2gr #134968

2nd grade and I absolutely LOVE it! I think it has given my kids ownership over their literacy AND they are genuinely excited EVERY day over having choice in their own learning! I don't have time for all 5 of the sections every day- Let's face it- school happens- SO, I give my kids a tracking report at the beginning of each week. They are responsible for checking off as they go- I remind them every day to check and see how many times they have been to each section....remember if you've been to writing 3 times and only 1 time to read with a buddy - go ahead and start there today. Many of my kids were doing that on their own by second quarter. When I have a sub I don't have them do the daily 5 because I am basically being lazy and don't want to explain...

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my second graders
Posted by:mrssimon2gr #132067

love the daily 5! We have 3-4 blocks a day but I keep all 5 things open....I also do writer's workshop and use Units of Study (which is why I don't have 5 blocks available) My kids are totally engrossed for the full 25 minutes. It's amazing. I have gotten comments from so many teachers that have come into my room to do observations and stuff. They always comment about how focused the kids are.


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Posted by:AD #132215

Here is what my schedule looks like:

10:15-10:30 Meet with a reading group while students do their first choice of the Daily 5 (they make their choices in the morning when they come in-I've converted a 100 chart to my Daily 5 chart).

10:30-10:35 I ring the chimes in this 5 minutes and everyone puts their things away (book bin or word work materials) and we meet on the carpet. I then dismiss them to their second choice.

10:35-10:50 Meet with a reading group while students do their second Daily 5 choice.

10:50-10:55 I ring the chime again and we meet on the carpet.

10:55-11:10 Meet with a reading group while students do their third Daily 5 choice.

11:10-11:15 I ring the chime again and we meet on the carpet.

11:15-11:30 Meet...

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So Excited by Daily 5
Posted by:cachilders #138387

I teach third and I spent the first 2-3 weeks getting my class in a routine. I am so thrilled with how things are going. I now have a rotation of a variation of the Daily 5. I call mine the Daily 3: Read to Self, Partner Read, and Journal Writing. They are doing great. Now I am starting my small group work and conferencing. i already feel like I have such a handle on who has trouble with comprehension, fluency, accuracy, etc. What I need now is some ideas for how to help those with fluency , comprehension, accuracy issues. Any suggestions!

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Posted by:AD #138927

I love the Daily 5 and will try to answer some questions (as best as I can!).

I do the Daily 5 everyday. It worked really well in my classroom. My students make their choices when they come in in the morning (3 choices a day-unless they were title or ESL-2 choices). They must do read to self or read to someone as a choice. I used the 100s pocket chart. Each student had a pocket for their name, and then 3 pockets after their name for their choices. I liked that it was visual. If they were meeting with me in a group, I had a color card in one of their choices (to show their reading group which were colors). Then they knew not to make a choice for that rotation.

mlbfirst-I think you could definitely do the Daily 5. You would have to have the same expectations for each group since students can...

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The first few weeks are really important.
Posted by:linda2671 #139119

It's so important to lay the groundwork like they describe in the book.
That way, the students are able to develop the sense of urgency and the responsibility that they need to make the Daily Five work. The discussion about the "good fit" books is really good. The kids love getting involved in that. Another important thing is to let the kids model the correct/incorrect ways to read to self and read with a partner. The book suggests letting a child with difficult behaviors be the one to model trhe wrong behavior first, and then have the same child model the correct behavior.
I did the Daily Five for the second half of this year. I wasn't able to do all the preparation that the book suggests. But I felt like it went well because we did a lot of modeling of proper behaviors for centers...

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starting on the first day of school
Posted by:Random #139120

I don't follow the D5 format, because I prefer to do reading workshop and writing workshop (I only have 100 minutes for literacy, including reading, writing, grammar/spelling, word study, etc).

But I do borrow a lot from the D5 approach when teaching my children to read independently and read with a partner. I love the D5 approach to teaching stamina! It goes like this:

create an I-chart
correct model
incorrect model
correct model
short practice session (stop after a few minutes OR as soon as the first student gets off-task, whichever comes first)
short practice session
check-in and shareI started with independent reading on our very first day of school (this was for grade 2). Here's my plan for the first day of reading workshop:

Launching Read to Self (from Daily Five, p. 111)

You guys...

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