Daily 5 Part One

I have been asked by many people to blog about how I do Daily 5 in my room.  This is a first post in a series 🙂

It is worth noting that I have adapted the program to suit my class.  The way I do it is a little different from the book in some areas.  It is different each year depending on the needs of the students. Some groups need a much slower pace to become independent, while others seem to take it quite quickly.  This year I have a strong “buy-in” by my students and it is moving at a faster pace than other groups.

Daily 5 is a literacy framework that allows children to develop their skills as readers and writers and at the same time allows the teacher to conference with individual students and small groups.  The Daily 5 book can be found here and the companion book, The Daily Cafe can be found here.  I use Sharon Taberski’s Book, On Solid Ground for conferencing which can be found here.  I have also recommended the Daily 5 for Dummies book (Thanks a lot, Tia) which gives a day-by-day lesson plan to use for Daily 5/Cafe which can be found here.

I started off the year by introducing our D5 program by asking the class, “What do you do during silent reading time?” Some kids said “read”, but I caught a boy with a smirk on his face and immediately asked him.  He smiled and said, “I played in my desk”.  I couldn’t help but laugh and thanked him for his honesty.  The rest of the class laughed too, and some said things like, “I wrote notes” and “I cut up my erasers”.  The honesty of 8 year olds is hilarious, so often the filter hasn’t been developed yet.

My whole point of the conversation was that we understood that silent reading is a hard thing to do for a long time.  I explained to them that we were going to learn together how to get better at reading by building our stamina.  We talked about why and how, and the lightbulbs began to come on.  It was that moment when we made becoming a great reader part of our classroom culture.

Begin by introducing “read to self” and develop an “I” (independence) chart with the class:
And begin building stamina for “read to self”.  I use a stopwatch and record our times and post the time chart on our reading strategy board:

We had a breakthrough in our stamina after we did a lesson on “IPICK”.  We found that we made a big jump when we were reading books that were “good fit” books:

We have up to 10 good fit books in our book bins to sustain us for the whole “read to self” time, which can be seen in the background of this photo:

So, read the two books, download the PDF and get started!  You will be glad you did 🙂


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