In this post, I’ve shared where we have gone and given you a ‘hub’ for all things Daily 5. You can click on any of the pictures to be taken to take specific post for a refresher or reread!
What Do I Need?
We started the study laying the fountain for what we need to actually begin Daily 5 in our classroom. What physical materials? This was a simple post with the nuts-and-bolts of Daily 5 – What do I need to get started? I’ve shared some of my favorite materials for Daily 5, and then, at the end of the post, you can enter for a chance to snag these things for yourself. With that said, know that the bare bones of The Daily 5 is BOOKS…and a lot of of them. If you want kids to love reading and spend time reading, you’ve got to have books from which they can choose.
How Do I Build Independence?
What Are the First Lessons I Teach for Each Choice?
We talked about the explicit routines and procedures we teach students for each round of the Daily 5. These procedures set the ground-work for independence and are the lynch-pin of a successful reading block.
How Do I Launch Read to Self?
What Are We Ready for Choice?
What Does the First Week of Choice Actually Look Like?
Is There a Daily 5 for Math?
Later in the study, we were introduced to the math component of The Daily 5, The Daily 3. The Daily 3 and Guided Math are a small-group approach to learning mathematics, just like we meet with students daily during Guided Reading, we meet with students as mathematicians. It is a deviation from whole-group math instruction. While there is still time for whole-group, you invest your efforts and resources into meeting with small-groups of students each day.
Although not an official chapter in the book, Word Work is a critical part of teaching children to read. Students need repeated practice and exposure to high-frequency words and phonics patterns. In this blog post, I shared some of our favorite Word Work centers – sentence scramble, word sorts, pyramid writing – and how I differentiate so all my students are working with just-right words.
Listening to Reading
Work on Writing
Although the Sisters introduce Work on Writing early in the Daily 5 routines, I always hold off and it’s one of our last choices. I want my first grade friends to be confident and be ready to work at this choice independently…which isn’t always possible in August. Our Writing Center is full of scaffolds and organizers so students don’t become bored with the same tasks and so students have many different choices available to them! Read more about our Work on Writing center in this blog post.
With less than 2 weeks until my new 1st grade friends arrive, I am excited to hit the ground running with Daily 5. Are you ready? If you’re not using a full Daily 5, what parts of the study are you putting into action? What do you want to make work this year?
I’d love to hear your ideas and your take-aways from this study! As I begin a new year of Daily 5, I’ll make sure to share how it’s going and what it’s looking like with a new group of friends. Until then, you can sign-up here for Daily 5 and Guided Math ideas and freebies to land in your inbox every month here.