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A Summer Book Study– The Daily 5 (the second edition) PLUS FREEBIES!
6 Jun, 2014. 11 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Daily 5, First Grade, Free, Kindergarten. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am so excited to be joining with some of my friends over at Freebielicious in our summer book study. We are reading “The Daily 5- second edition” and this week are discussing the first and second chapters of the book. 
I have been using the Daily 5 in my classroom for three years now and love, love, LOVE it. It most definitely has helped my students become better readers and writers. 
For those of  you who are unfamiliar with the Daily 5, it is a structure that you can implement in your classroom. It gives you a framework to help manage your Language block so that you are providing your students with ample time working on authentic reading and writing opportunities. 
Three years ago, I read the first edition of the book and fell in love with one of the Sisters key points. They stated that the way that students become better readers and writers was to provide them with the opportunity to practice reading and writing in your classroom DAILY. I followed the structure that they presented in their book and was overjoyed with the results. My students were devouring books and writing stories and LOVING doing it. The Daily 5 revolutionized my language block and the role that I played in it as a teacher. 
In the first chapter of the second edition the Sisters discuss how the Daily 5 has evolved over the last few years. I was so happy to read this because as I found myself getting more into the Daily 5 I found that I did not have enough time during my language block to have my students going to 5 rotations every day. I was happy to read that I wasn’t the only one! In this edition, the sisters discuss a few changes to the program. While students are introduced to and practice the 5 elements of the daily 5, as the year progresses, they do not get to each choice every single day. 
The choices remain the same. Students can choose between: 
or
{these posters are FREE at the end of this blog post!} 
Students will still practice building stamina in all of these areas at the beginning of the school year; however, once the year progresses, and students display ample amounts of stamina, the number of rotations gets cut down. 
This means that you as a teacher gage your class and see if YOU (the teacher) are stopping your students when they are reading or writing OR if your students’ STAMINA is stopping the rotation. If it is YOU stopping your students, then you can drop out a rotation and increase the amount of time that students are doing a particular task. I like this a lot because oftentimes when I was trying to fit in ALL 5 rotations, I was only allowing my students 10-12 minutes at each activity whereas most of the class had the ability to read and write for much longer than that. This new flexibility allows your classroom to be run based on the stamina of your students. 
{Note: the first 20+ days of setting up the Daily 5 address building stamina to get to these levels of independent, authentic activities. This will be discussed in later weeks!} 

The second chapter of the book discusses the core beliefs behind the Daily 5. It talks about a few main points as to why the set up the Daily 5 the way they do. First they believe in trusting your students. They state that, “It is not blind trust….because we have taught our students how to read and write independently, we now trust and respect their abilities and can focus on teaching rather than policing.” Remember above when I stated that the D5 revolutionized MY role as a teacher during our language block? This is one of the reasons. The Daily 5 allows teachers to teach. It is the perfect structure for holding guided reading groups, meeting 1-1 with students, or providing your students with the help that they need instead of having to go around correcting behaviors. 
In fact, at the end of this school year, my class took a vote as to what their favorite parts of the day were and guess what was one of their favorites? The Daily 5!!  They LOVED having the opportunity to read and write independently. As a teacher, I loved having ample amounts of uninterrupted, QUIET working time in my classroom where I could pull my Guided Reading groups. If you notice in the background of the picture I have a student quietly reading from his book box. The student in my guided reading group is completely focused on what we were working on, and the rest of the class was busy getting better at reading and writing!
Another core belief of the Daily 5 is setting up a community in your classroom. I love this one. I spend so much of my first 3 weeks of school building a community in my classroom. I love creating a culture of learning and loving and respect. 
I wrote this poem last year and my students LOVED it. 
We used this as our first poem in our poetry journal to help us set the tone for our classroom. 
In fact, creating a classroom community is so important to me, I created a packet all about being a friend {you can see that here} and I blogged about it here! Here’s the thing though, the Sisters state, and I 100% concur, that “in creating a classroom community, it empowers students to hold others accountable for behaviors, learning, respect, and kindness.” It makes the students take responsibility for their actions. 
Another key element that the Sisters believe in is giving your students the power to CHOOSE what they want to do. This does not meant that they get to choose anything. It means that during the rounds of Daily 5 in your classroom, your students can choose any of the 5 Daily 5 options. I will be honest and say that I go back and forth with this one in my classroom. I normally allow some semblance of choice, but my students don’t always get to choose between all 5 options in my classroom. Rather, during the first round of Daily 5 in my classroom, my students can only choose between Read to Self and Work on Writing. During the second rotation I add in one more choice: Listen to Reading. However, during the final rotation of the Daily 5 in my classroom, they can choose from all 5 of the choices. I personally do not mind if my students choose read to self or work on writing twice in one day– it is just more practice for them! I do not let my students choose any of the other options twice in one day though. 
To help you, I created choice cards for you to use:
or with words: 
Lastly, another KEY element in the Daily 5 is allowing your students the opportunity to get up and have a brain break. In this case it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone gets up and dances to “What does the fox say?” Rather, in this case, the Sisters did their research (you can read all about it in the book) about giving our students’ brains a break. Once students start breaking “stamina,” you can gather your class back on the rug or your meeting place which allows your students to stop, get up, put their things away and “restart” their brains. It’s really interesting and definitely something that I noticed really helped my students in my classroom. 
If you are interested in the daily 5 posters or choice cards you can download them for free by clicking on the cover below!

The book offers SO much more so make sure that you grab a copy of the second edition and join us next week as we tackle chapter 3- The 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence.

Also make sure you head over to my friends’ blog posts about these two chapters! I’m excited to read what they have to say! 

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11 Comments
  1. You are so awesome! Great freebies!

  2. Thanks for the signs/posters! Need to order my book!

  3. Thanks for sharing the picture cards! I love them. I love the daily 5. It’s amazing!

  4. LOVE the posters!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  5. I absolutely agree with the proper creation of a classroom community. LOVE your original poem!! Thanks for the amazing freebies…you’re such a rockstar:)
    SweetSchoolMoments

  6. Love your poem!! And, I love your posters!! Thanks a million for sharing your hard work!
    Rebecca
    Teaching First

  7. I was very happy, relieved, even overjoyed to read, “We no longer do all five rounds…”
    These posters are adorable. Thanks!
    I’m excited to join in the book study for the second edition of D5.
    KaSandra
    MemoriesMadeinFirst

  8. Love your posters and cards! So excited to use Daily 5 in my classroom this fall!

  9. Thank you so much for the beautiful *freebies*! The real photographs are amazing!

    I love your poem. It will be perfect for us when talking about being pals as we build Our School Family.

    Thank you so much for all you do and share. You make me a better teacher!

    Heather
    Heather’s Heart

  10. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these picture! I am planning on using these with my sweet kinders this year! Quick question…. can you add a picture of a student on a computer and also a “guided reading” or kidney table? OR can you let me know what font you used? Part of our Daily 5 is a reading program on the computer and our “Meet with Teacher” times. Thanks so much. mrskarinabailey@gmail.com

11 Comments

  • You are so awesome! Great freebies!

  • Thanks for the signs/posters! Need to order my book!

  • Thanks for sharing the picture cards! I love them. I love the daily 5. It’s amazing!

  • LOVE the posters!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  • I absolutely agree with the proper creation of a classroom community. LOVE your original poem!! Thanks for the amazing freebies…you’re such a rockstar:)
    SweetSchoolMoments

  • Love your poem!! And, I love your posters!! Thanks a million for sharing your hard work!
    Rebecca
    Teaching First

  • I was very happy, relieved, even overjoyed to read, “We no longer do all five rounds…”
    These posters are adorable. Thanks!
    I’m excited to join in the book study for the second edition of D5.
    KaSandra
    MemoriesMadeinFirst

  • Love your posters and cards! So excited to use Daily 5 in my classroom this fall!

  • Thank you so much for the beautiful *freebies*! The real photographs are amazing!

    I love your poem. It will be perfect for us when talking about being pals as we build Our School Family.

    Thank you so much for all you do and share. You make me a better teacher!

    Heather
    Heather’s Heart

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE these picture! I am planning on using these with my sweet kinders this year! Quick question…. can you add a picture of a student on a computer and also a “guided reading” or kidney table? OR can you let me know what font you used? Part of our Daily 5 is a reading program on the computer and our “Meet with Teacher” times. Thanks so much. mrskarinabailey@gmail.com

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