Monday, September 2, 2013

Implementing Daily 5 - A Beginner's Journey!

Dear Dairy,
This year I am implementing Daily 5!  I am a bit nervous as I have not had any training on Daily 5.  Most of my knowledge comes from reading the book, the Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades and one of my good friends who teaches first grade.  She uses Daily 5 with her students and LOVES it!  I am spending my Labor Day preparing for Day 1 - Three ways to read a book.  I will first introduce the students to the three ways to read a book:  1.  read and talk about the pictures 2.  read the words 3.  retell a previously read book.  I am still trying to decide which picture book I want to use to model this for the students.  As I model for the students, I will be modeling the metacognitive process of thinking aloud about my reading as this is what I want my students to do as they read.   After I model each way to read a book, we will discuss the three ways as a class.

On day two, we will review day one and the three different ways to read a book and then I will introduce read to self.  We will begin by making an I-chart, "Read to Self, Independence." As a class we will discuss the importance of reading to self and I will add student responses to the I-chart.  After we have completed our I-chart, students will model what reading to self should and should not look like.  Finally, students will begin practicing reading to self for 5 minutes.  We will add more time on each day to help students build their stamina for reading to self.  

I also want to introduce my students to their book baskets.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the baskets so I decided to head to the Dollar Tree Store.  My first grade teacher friend found some cute baskets there so my thought was... I would, too!  Not the case!!!! :(  I traveled to 5 different Dollar Tree Stores before I found some baskets that I could use.  They aren't exactly what I was looking for, but I guess they will work.  Now, I have to begin working on labels and name tags for the baskets!

Are you using Daily 5 in your classroom?  If so, I would love to hear how it is working for you especially if you are using it with the upper grade levels!  



  1. I use Daily 5 in my 3rd grade classroom. We have launched 3 of the 5: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work. I'm saving the last 2 until probably October. Just because my students are chatter boxes and I don't know if they can handle Read to Someone. I'm still working on things for Listen to Reading. The difficulty I have is meshing Daily 5 with the basal. Now, this is not my choice. My district requires Daily 5 and my building requires the basal.

    Good luck and I'm excited to see how it works for you! I hear negative nancies say it doesn't work in 4th and 5th...I beg to differ!

    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

  2. I started last week and so far my kiddos are really getting into it. I teach 5th grade too and this is my first year doing daily 5. The ebook "Daily 5 for Dummies" helps you to break it down day by day for those first five weeks. Good luck!!