Daily 5


The Daily 5 is a structure that helps students develop the daily habit of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence. The Daily 5 is made up of 5 components, they are: Read to Self, Partner Reading, Writing, Word Work, and Listening to Reading. While students are working on the Daily 5, I will be meeting with students for guided reading groups and doing individual conferences with students.

rk8_boy121.gif    Read to Self

The best way to become a better reader is by practicing each day, with books the students choose and are a "Good Fit"This is also a great time to work on their "CAFE" reading strategies.


Read to Someone

Partner reading allows for more time to practice strategies, helping to build fluency, check for understanding, hear their own voice and time to share in this learning community.


Work on Writing

Just like reading, the best way to become a better writer is by practicing writing each day.  We work on writing by doing writer's workshop.Students work on original stories, lists, poems, letters, etc... during work on writing.  The writing area is stocked with idea starters, decorative papers, pens, markers, and spelling aides.

                                   word-work.bmpWord Work

Expanded vocabulary and correct spelling allow for more fluent reading and writing thus speeding up the to comprehend what is read and get thinking down on paper. Students practice weekly spelling and vocabulary words through hands-on activities like Wikki Sticks, play-doh, using magnets and stamps to make words, dot makers, and letter cutouts.  They can also practice sight words.

Listen to Reading

Hearing good examples of literature and fluent reading expands vocabulary, builds stamina and helps you become a better reader. Students use RAZ-kids.com, CD players, and tape players to listen to fluent reading

The CAFE board will also be a big part of The Daily 5. CAFE is an acronym for comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expand vocabulary. After I teach students a reading strategy during mini-lessons, one of them will write it down on a sentence strip and add it to the CAFE board. These will be strategies that students work on during their independent reading, as well as during guided reading time.