Thursday, July 7, 2011

Intro to The Daily Five

I am so excited to hear how many people are interested in starting The Daily Five this school year! I will admit, I was a little skeptical when I read the book last summer! But, I am here to say, I have been won over!!! I LOVE DAILY FIVE! I think a lot of you will be surprised to see that you are ALREADY doing a lot of the components of The Daily Five. D5 is just a different way to organize your reading block.

I am going to give a quick over view in this post and then each day for the next 5 days, I will go into detail about each part of D5! Check out the The Daily Five website for LOTS of great information!

A few of the key ideas of the Daily Five are the power of mini lessons, student choice, and independence. Our reading block now consists of 7 - 10 minute mini lessons, followed by 15 - 20 minute work sessions. You can explicitly teach a 10 minute mini lesson with little behavior issues, or teach a 30 minute lesson, with several behavior redirections. Doesn't that make SO MUCH sense???

A peek at our reading block:
8:15 - 8:55 Explicit Phonics mini lesson and work session
9:00 - 9:40 PE and Snack
9:40 - 10:05 Writing mini lesson and work session
10:05 - 10:35 Read aloud and work session
10:35 - 11:00 Reading comprehension/vocabulary mini lesson and work session

*We have our reading comprehension read aloud as a seperate mini lesson because it takes about 7 - 10 minutes just to read the book and we didn't have time to READ the book, and then discuss it, all in one mini lesson! :)

These are the 5 activities your kiddos can choose from during the work sessions:
Read to Self - independent reading
Work on Writing - independent writing
Read to Someone - buddy reading
Word Work - word sorts, games, phonics center activities
Listen to Reading - books on tape, CD, iPod or computer

Up next...Read to Self! :)


Jessica Williamson said...

Thank you, very helpful! I'm looking forward to more D5 posts.

Brittany said...

I'm also starting the Daily 5 this year and am super excited! Thanks for sharing a look at your schedule. Will you be using any other kinds of centers in your Daily 5 like science or poetry?

Thinking in Primary said...

Thank you for sharing! I am nervously planning to use the Daily 5 this year. All ideas are helpful!


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Miss Nguyen's Class said...

I fell in love with Daily 5 and CAFE. I actually went to the workshops for both last week or so. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I have some freebies for CAFE on my blog so that you can make the conferring notebook.

Kelli :) said...

Brittany ~ I actually have 7 choices for each work session: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, Listen to Reading (individual CD players), Computer (Raz-Kids), and iPad (I have phonics apps, etc).
I incorporate poetry into Word Work and Read to Someone.

Wild About Kindergarten ~ Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

Grade School Giggles said...

I loved seeing your schedule for Daily 5. Do you have a required reading program? I do & I am trying to figure out how to do both.
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ashley said...

I will be trying to implement Daily 5 and Cafe this coming year. I am so excited but a little nervous too! My phonics lessons usually last way longer than 10 minutes! I understand what you mean about doing a short lesson with few interruptions vs. a longer one with more interruptions but many of the activities I do take longer than 10 - 15 minutes! I'm still playing with my schedule to figure out how to make it all work!

Kelli :) said...

Fun 2B in First ~ Yes, we use Harcourt Storytown's progression. I use a lot of the materials to supplement my mini lessons and small groups!

Mrs. Magee ~ Our phonics Phonics session is different than the other sessions! We do 5 minutes of phonemic awareness, a 10 minute mini lesson, the I spilt the class in half and I work with half of the class on the rug, while the other half buddy reads decodeable books and then we switch! They do not choose their activity during this session. Hope that makes sense!!! :)

Kelli Beason said...

I am having a linky party about reader's workshop on my blog link up and share your ideas! I want to do Daily 5/Cafe but use a basal and chapter books. I teach 3rd grade. Help me please

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