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July 9, 2013

Tried it Tuesday: Daily 5

Last summer I shared a bunch about my thoughts on the book Daily 5, and how I incorporate the concepts into my classroom.  Since I didn't know many of you back then, I figured I would write a post with the different links to make it easy.

Yes, my 4th graders use Daily 5.  No, with our schedule it isn't possible to do all 5 rotations throughout the day.  I set it up a little different than the book, it's more like a Daily 3.  We complete Read to Self at the same time (right after lunch) every day.  Many of my kiddos over the years have always needed complete quiet to really focus, so it didn't make sense to have kids reading with a partner during that time.  Everyday we also complete Work on Writing.  They have their assignment that they must do (a small portion of the main weekly project), but when they are done they get to work on their writing choices.  In my district we have to use Open Court for our reading, but I also incorporate time for students to have 20-30 minutes of their choice of Word Work, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, or Read to Someone.  So - about 3x per day it's set up in a partial Daily 5 format.  We make choices, we do mini lessons, we have that motivation that the Sisters talk about.

During one of our times of rereading the weekly OC story, I give students the opportunity to Read to Someone (partner reading) with their comprehension checkmarks, and the opportunity to Listen to Reading using the MP3 players.  My teacher time is in small groups or working with individuals during that "workshop" choice time, during silent reading, or any other moments of the day that I have time to check in.

During teacher time that first year I did try to do the Open Court lesson with the small group of students, but going through the long stories 4 times throughout the day took forever - and it wasn't a good use of my time.  Small moments with those 4 "region" groups made a bigger impact.  (I broke my students up into our state's "regions" since we learn about them at the beginning of the year - so I have a coast, valley, mountains, and desert group.)

Have no clue what I'm talking about?  I highly recommend reading the Daily 5 book - and just read it knowing that you can adjust it to fit your own classroom.  The first year I tried to do it all - and was left feeling completely overwhelmed.  When I reread it during the next summer and made it my own - I was much happier. Linking up with Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper since this is something I've definitely tried.  :)
Happy Reading!


  1. I also use Daily 5 in my room and the kids really enjoy it! We only do Daily 3 as well. I don't give my kids the option of Listen to Reading and we very rarely get to "Read to Someone" because while the kids are doing Daily 5 I am with guided reading groups and I need it to be quiet in the room. But occassionally we'll have time to do a whole class round of Read to Someone!

    Adventures in Room 204

  2. I think our teachers have finally gotten a handle on the fact they don't have to do all 5 and they pick the 3 or so of ones they really want the students to focus on.

    Nice post
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  3. I tried Daily 5 for the first time this year with my fourth graders and absolutely loved it. I love getting new ideas for next year- thanks for sharing.:)

    iTeach 1:1

  4. I love Daily 5 and use it in my classroom..I have tried it with fourth graders too and find that 3 rotations seem to work!! Thanks for sharing

    Style Closet to Classroom

  5. Love reading about doing Daily 5 "Daily 3"
    We also try to do the Daily 5, but are cut short because of time too. This year we are going to try to do most of the Open Court in the beginning of year and then focus the 2nd half with Novels and really try to get in as much Daily 5 as we can. We will see how it works. I'd love to read about more of your Word Work, I'll search your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I tried Daily 5 this year too and didn't have time for all the rotations either. I have the CAFE book but didn't implement those strategies this year. That is my goal for next year. One downfall of our team switching for reading by ability grouping is I only have those students together for an 80 minute block of time each day so I can't fit it Read to Self at another time (like after lunch). I would love to have that count as my Read to Self time. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and linking up, Emily! I pinned them to refer back to later!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. Thanks for the idea! I am interested in trying out the Daily 5 with my 5th graders this year. I am going to check out your links! Thanks for sharing. Hope you like my Linky, I'm such a newbie.
    Natalie ( a new follower)
    Lessons Learned Lessons Loved


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