Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Daily 5

I've said this before and I'll say it again, "The Daily 5 has changed my professional career." The Daily 5 is a reading management system created by The Sisters, Gail and Joan.
If you haven't read the book, you must give it a try.
No more Sundays spent creating, cutting, copying, and coloring literacy centers for the up-coming week. When you follow the Daily 5, the students work on the same five stations every week. They are Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Listen to Reading, and Word Work. Students are working at their ability level, while the teacher can pull reading groups and individual conferences.
During my reading block, I do three rounds of the Daily 5. Each round is about 20 minutes and 5 minutes in between each round is spent sharing. I love sharing time because it provides the kids a time to talk and it makes them accountable for their learning.
 Here's part of my Focus Wall. I use three small pocket charts as a place for the kids to put their choices during our Daily 5 instruction time. I usually pull three reading groups during the three rounds.

I like to leave their Stamina Charts up all year as a reminder of their accomplishments. Also, it helps to refer to the charts when their behavior is slipping.
I post the I-charts we created at the beginning of the year near our guided reading table. These are also referred to when students need reminding.

Here's my CAFE menu bulletin board. I had handwritten the strategies on the board, but I replaced them today with the cute ones Brooke made at Primary Perspective. Thanks Brooke!

The Daily 5 is a lot of hard work in the beginning, but the pay-off comes when your principal enters your classroom and NO ONE looks up because they are too busy working!

I purchased these little trays at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago and they work perfectly to house my Daily 5 Cards.


  1. I hear ya about the Daily 5 being life changing. Love the pics of your room! Very organized!

  2. I've been doing Daily 5 for 3 years now and will never go back to centers. This is authentic and way less work for me.


  3. I love the stamina charts and the fact that you give 5 minutes of share time between each rotation!
    Playground Duty

  4. I found your blog from the Daily Five Linky Party. I'm a new follower!
    Just Add Clipart

  5. I love the name of your blog! So adorable! I just read The Daily 5 and The Cafe Book this week and my school is going to switch over this year. I'm really excited to try it out, and I love looking at everyone's ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love your blog! And the Daily 5 activities. I did in kindergarten last year and loved it! I'm hoping my team this year will grab on to some of the ideas too! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for posting all of this! Can you tell a little more about the cards (not the names) that are listed under each letter of the CAFE menu?

    Erica ( or

  8. I've been struggling with Daily 5 this year. Your organization looks like it might work better for me than what I have been doing. My question is, its been a year since you posted this, do you still like your organization? Have you made any changes? I really want Daily 5 to work for me so any advice would be appreciated!

  9. I LOVE the Daily 5 too! I like your pocket chart system. You allow the kids to choose where they go for the day...correct? (So do I.) However, I am curious how to you prevent the kids from picking the same three choices every day and ignoring the other 2?

  10. What are the last few strategies under Comprehension? The bags in the picture are covering them! Thanks for sharing!