Daily 5

Jen from Runde's Room inquired about Daily 5 for upper grades. So, I thought I would share my implementation and success with the Daily 5 in my 4th grade class this year...

o      We do the "Daily 4" in my classroom: read to self, work on writing, word work, and listening (I left out read to someone).
o      Unfortunately for my students, they do not get to choose when they participate in each activity. I have a rotation schedule set up (mostly because I want everyone to get a chance at the listening center). See schedule below.
o      The students get a chance to read to self and complete word work each day.
o      I create word work packets for students, which include pages from their reading workbooks and other worksheets on grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills.
o      My students participate in writing every other day.
o      During the writing portion students write in a journal. At the beginning of the year I give them a list of prompts, which they glue to the inside cover of their journal (see below). Once a week, I usually will give them a specific writing assignment, based on something they have learned in class.
o     On the days they are not writing, my students are at the listening center, where they listen and follow along to a novel.
o     At the beginning of the year I teach students about each activity and how to transition from one to another. After a few weeks, it becomes automatic, and I am left with 45 minutes a day to work with students on reading and writing.
o     It’s AMAZING!




Feel free to share the resources above my clicking on the pics.



20 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your ideas - I think something like this would work well in my classroom. I'm definitely in the collecting ideas stage. Is your language block only 45 minutes, or do you teach a structured lesson for the rest of the time?
    Jen
    Runde's Room

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  2. I have not had a chance to read about the Daily 5, but it is on my "to be read" pile.

    I love your blog button.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  3. I love the way your blog is laid out! So easy to find things! I'm a new follower :)

    Hadar

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  4. I am so impressed with your master schedule. I'm feeling massively unorganized right now :)

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  5. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I love it! I teach fifth and I would love to start implementing Daily 5 in my classroom this year. When do you meet with your guided reading groups? How many groups do you meet with during the day? Does a group miss a rotation while they're meeting with you?

    I'm just trying to get everything straight in my mind! :) Thanks!

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  6. Hi Linda,

    In my district, Guided Reading isn't mandatory. In fact, I only pull guided reading groups with select students. I usually pull students who need guided reading once a day during daily five rotations. I usually pull them during their word work time. I don't want them to miss key reading and writing time. The upper grade classes at my school also do 30 minutes of independent reading after lunch. I use this time for guided reading also, and to work with students one-on-one or in small groups.

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  7. Thanks for your reply! It really helps to know how others are making the Daily 5 work in upper elementary. Love your blog!

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  8. I love you blog and also find it very helpful and motivating I have to ask what font you used in the PDF above. It is adorable! Thanks!
    Christine

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    1. To be honest, I'm not sure what font I used in the "Write About..." PDF. I typed that one up about 4 or 5 years ago. I feel bad. I recently realized that I should have been crediting fonts to the original font source. I thought that you only needed to credit the font maker if you were selling an item, but lately I have been seeing a lot of bloggers crediting font sources for everything they make. I'm trying to be better about it.

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    2. Thanks for checking...I am always on the look for cute fonts because I get board with them. Hee Hee I don't know about crediting the font source either if an item is not for sale...maybe people do it because people ask.

      Have a great back to school time! :) Cheers! Christine

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  9. I like your Daily 5 master schedule. Is there a trick of getting it? When I click on it nothing shows up. I get the writing suggestion page-not the master schedule.

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    1. I think I may have fixed it! Let me know if it still doesn't work!! Thanks!!

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  10. I love this and think it is greatly organized, but doesn't it defeat the purpose of Daily 5? Daily 5 is about having choice in where you will go and what types of activities you do. That is why Daily 5 is so successful, kids have choice. You guide them through mini lessons and individual conferencing on what it is they should be practicing on as an individual in order to meet their goals.

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  11. Is there a way to modify your Language Arts Schedule??

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  12. I click on the image and it states "Sorry no preview". Is there anyway you could fix or send this to me? Thanks.

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    1. Please send me an email at rjyoung23@gmail.com

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  13. I clicked on the pictures as instructed and was directed to a page stating I need permission to view the page. I have sent the request.

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  14. Hello, I want to set-up a listening center in my room where the students can listen to novels on tape. Can you give me more specifics on what is needed, where you get the tapes and how it works in your room. Thank you : )

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    1. I have actually given up my listening center for the past couple of years. However, when I was using one, I started with CD players (went through about 5 in three years), and then ended up using an iPod. I used grants to buy sets of several novels and purchased the audio books, as well. In the end, it was challenging to manage, especially since CD players and headphones kept breaking. I do know other teachers in my school who continue to use and love their listening centers. I will have to find out their secrets!! ;)

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  15. Hi, is there anyway that you could send me your schedule that is not a PDF? If that's too much trouble- I totally understand! My email is karley_turner@snowlineschools.com.

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