Daily 5 is Alive!!!

.....and going really well in my classroom!!  (Or should I say Daily 3??  I use all 5 at different times so I'm going with Daily 5!)  Anywhosey..................yep, a word:)........................

  Woop, woop!!  I just introduced Word Work last week with my Super Hero Sight Word Mission activities and it was awesome!!!!  (Little side note, FYI......if you purchased that activity, THANK YOU!  If you laminate it and use it as a daily or weekly center, we have learned that the cheaper dry erase markers are much better.  They erase much easier.)

Ok, so back to Daily 5........our stamina is up to 17 minutes and they have learned Read to Self, Word Work, and Work on Writing.  (We do Listen to Reading everyday because I LOVE to read to my littles!!  I just haven't officially "trained" them in that...lol)

Now remember, I don't do Daily 5 the exact way they talk about in the book.  The biggest difference between my room and the book is that my kiddos have free choice within each activity but not with their rotation.  There are several reasons for this and I think there are several of you out there in bloggy land that also have "set groups" because last time I mentioned this I got lots of responses:)  I also have Guided reading groups (another reason for no free choice for rotations)  I meet with and that is one of their rotations (Teacher Time).
So here is how I organize it all:)  (yes, I have a really small class right now)

On most days, I do 4 rotations BUT Friday, for the first time everrrrrrrrrrr 

(cuz last year was my first year with Daily 5 and it was all I could do to get that going right.....I don't deal with change well......yes Miss Squirrels, Farley, and Reagan...Squirrel!!!!)

focus.............ok, so for the first time ever, I did 3 rotations: Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Word Work AND conferences with students!!!!  It was awesome!  I am so excited. (and so freaked out because I have so much review reading to do in my CAFE book!!!)   So today I will be making the cover for my PENSIEVE!!!! 

Goals for this week are to intro some new Word Work activities and conference at least one if not 2 days:)
Also doing a mini-lesson on:

Here are a couple of my Daily 5 anchor charts:

     Hope you all have a blessed Sunday:)  
Thanks for popping by:)


  1. I do Daily 5 the exact same way that you do! We are trucking along on Read to Self and are at 15 minutes. I am planning to introduce Word Work this week, but we have a Field Trip, I have to be gone one morning, and there is a lesson I want to do on September 11th so we might be a bit behind. I was able to do 3 minute reading assessments on all 68 of my little peeps so I now have a really good idea about reading groups and will be working on putting them into those this week.

    Oh, that was a long response! So glad it's going well for you, and hope I have the same luck...my group is a lot on the chatty side this year so I'm a little nervous about letting them go on Daily 5 work....fingers crossed!

    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  2. I'm still holding out hope for D5 to work in my class! All I've trained them on is RTS and...wait for it.... we're up to 4! minutes!! LOL But, seriously, it's a lot for a 5 year old! I'm going to be doing my own little rendition too...just haven't figured out what it is! lol! I'm trying to combine my old beloved station ways with D5 and make it work! So glad your kiddos are doing so well with it! :)
    Rowdy in Room 300

  3. I love how pretty your charts are! I really need to find the time to make "final drafts" of the ones I made with the kiddos. My sloppy handwriting all over the classroom is driving me crazy.
    I have this crazy class of awesome readers ... we can read for over 35 minutes (that's the longest I've given them, so who knows how much longer we could go) ... but for word work, we're at about 8 minutes.

    A Place to Thrive

  4. I love your anchor charts!!! They are so neat and "HAPPY". mine never look that good.

    Mrs. B's Nook

  5. I started conferences too this year -was nervous as ever - and I love it. The kids seem like they are opening up and taking responsibility for their learning more than previous years.

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  6. So cute I love it!! I love Daily 5 it was the best thing that ever happened to reading :) your guided reading system is soo cute!!


  7. I think I am going to daily 5, but not necessarily refer to it as Daily 5. We are definitely doing to do Writing, Read to Self, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. I am struggling a little with how to organize word work. I want to do Spelling, Grammar, and Vocabulary. How much time do you spend on each type of word work? I would love to know how others organnize this part of their daily 5 lessons and activities?
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  8. Hey Tara! I was psyched to read this! I'm starting this week--we do 3 rotations as well. How long are your rotations? Do you signal each transition? Thanks girl! :)

  9. Oy vey! I am jealous!!! This is amazing. You make it all look so easy. I tried Daily 3 last year and struggled with it so much. This year I chose not to do it, but after reading this, I am thinking differently. Thank you SO much for sharing!

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  10. Love your rotation board for Daily Five. Do you have the signs for sale?

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!


  11. Love your charts. We are at 20 minutes for read to self and 15 for work on writing. I'm going to try this week to let them pick which one they start on. I am not too sure it's going to work. We shall see :)

  12. Tara!!! Love your charts! Last year we only did 4, but this year I want to throw in listen to reading with a couple of my iPods, just for some of my kiddos who I think will benefit from listening to a fluent reader as they are following along in their book. Hope I can get my stuff together for that soon! And of course I am always looking for more great word work activities to add to my collection!! I also have a lot of review reading to do with CAFE!! Hoping to start teaching some of those strategies next week so that my CAFE board is no longer empty!! haha That is so great you have such a small class this year! 15? I had 13 last year and it was ah-ma-zing!!!! I could get sooo much more done with them!! Class size makes a huge difference! Can't wait to see what your pensieve cover looks like! I really need to make one too! :)

    Lessons with Laughter

  13. That's awesome that your kids are up to 17 minutes! Does your whole school do this? We're just implementing it in our school, and I'm excited to see how it works. Unfortunately I won't get to do it full force (I'm the reading specialist, so I'll be pulling kids out and/or pushing in to other rooms), but I think it's a great way to go!

    I completely agree with you on grouping the kids. If you know your class can handle complete choice, awesome, but I feel like that's usually not the case.

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  14. I am doing Daily 5 for the first time this year. Like you I am still going to do Guided Reading Groups. I haven't given the students the freedom of choice yet, but am contemplating it. I think I'm going to give it a try, but may end up with a rotation system like you. So far I am loving the Daily 5, and they're QUIET and actively involved! =)
    Thanks for your great ideas and thoughts.
    The Zoo Keeper


  15. Thank you, Thank you!!! I have been puzzling and thinking and trying to figure out how to organize my Daily 5 groups. Last year I did free choice and I HATED it...the kids had a tonne of choice about what they could do during each rotation but I would much rather schedule who is going where and with who. It makes me feel so much better knowing that others are doing it this way too.
    I'm pinning your post right now!!
    Thinking of Teaching

  16. D5 is always a work in progress, isnt it? What makes me so happy is that there are teachers all over doing different renditions of it, making it work for them. For me, this year will mean lots of modifications with the new grade level. Your story is inspiring!


  17. This is fabulous! Do you have your signs for sale? I would totally purchase them. I think this system is exactly what I'm looking for!

  18. So helpful Tara!! I just implemented daily 5 this year but only daily 3 works for me too..
    I loved reading how you have it up and running, thank you!! This was SO helpful :) enjoy the weekend

  19. Wow, 17 minutes that is Impressive! We are up to 8 minutes right now. We started at 6. What did you guys start with?

  20. Your rotation set up is wonderful! This is my first year doing Daily 5 and I absolutely love it. We just began and it is going great. Are you selling your rotation cards? I would love to add them to my classroom.

  21. Great ideas there! I'm only hearing of daily 5 through Australian and American teacher blogs (Ireland hasn't caught onto the trend just yet!!) and I'm so excited to get started on it! Are your class trained in quicker because they have previous experience of it?!


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