I am a 6th Grade teacher. I started using Daily 5 3 years ago in 4th Grade being Self - Contained. I then moved to 4th Grade Reading/Writing/SS and last year and this coming year I am doing 6th Grade Reading/Writing/SS. I have joined this book study as a way to refresh and rethink, but maybe I can help in some ways too.
1) I need to teach the procedures, rules, guidelines and practice them completely before I let the kids go.
2) Choice is part of the options
Part of the Daily 5 is the students being responsible for their own
behaviors, not me being the behavior police (that's hard for me to
How I have done thing -
I have never done a true
daily 5 due to time constraints and the age of my kids. I have always
done Read to Self and Work On writing. I have also tried to incorporate
Read to Someone. The two sisters will tell you that Read to Self is a
MUST!!! This is where they grow. I added Read to Someone because a)
they like it and b) with as many different levels in my classroom, the
ability for each student to learn from another comes in handy.
the last 2 years, I have had about 2 hours to complete
REading/Writing/SS (much less time than the 2 sisters recommend) plus my
lessons were hard to teach in that 5-7 minute mini lesson. Here is how
I did my blocks.
1 - I tried for 2-3 10-15 minute Mini Lessons
(usually 1 comprehension with a Picture book, 1 Writing, and 1
reading/SS for non fiction strategies)
2- Their Daily 5 (independent) activity was between 20-30 minutes long.
Your mandated curriculum, common core, or TEKS as we call them in
Texas are taught during the mini lessons. Those are your strategies or
4 - While the students are doing their Daily 5, you are
pulling your small groups, or individual conference, and this is where
your differentiation comes in.
I know for us upper teachers
this system seems confusing the first time you go through it. It did
for me as well. The first time I read Daily 5, I thought - Wow this is
great but how am I going to do this, and this, and this. Then I read
CAFE (The second part of this book study) and I went AH HA, that is how.
Believe me it all comes together when you have read both books. Cafe
will also connect to a lot of the mandated, Common Core, or TEKS
requirements. Happy Reading. Hope this helps, and Can't Wait for
These are my comments from the Daily 5 Book Study I am a part of. Please feel free to go on over to the actual blog and read what others are saying.
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