Monday, June 13, 2011

The Daily Five

I've finished the first book from my summer reading list: The Daily 5!

I know that I'm probably a bit behind--many of you have already read this and even use it in your classrooms! And I can honestly say that after having read it myself, I am motivated and inspired to use this in the fall with my 4th graders! I love the fact that The Sisters give such detailed descriptions of how to implement this into your room. So many books I've read have wonderful ideas, but really leave you hanging when it comes to how to even start the process.

I also love how they address ways to use The Daily 5 in an upper grade level classroom. Because I teach 4th grade, I don't have quite as much time in my schedule dedicated to literacy, so I love how the program can be tweaked to address your needs. For example, I probably won't dedicate as much of my day to Listening to Reading...perhaps for my lowest students, but the majority of the class will listen to reading during read aloud or by reading with someone.

I also love that it's a framework that fits in with your curriculum. Students get that individualized reading time that they desperately need (and that can't be provided by whole group reading instruction), yet we can still use the programs that our schools have purchased and oftentimes expect (or maybe even insist) that we use. It's not enough simply to tell students to read a book when they're done. Reading a book after completing classwork is just not the same as being provided with a way to actively engage with the text you are reading.

The Daily 5 makes differentiation so much easier! Students work at their own pace, and they're given the tools that they need to be successful. Last year, I had an immature class. Wonderful, sweet children--yet very immature. They were very weak when it came to being self-sufficient workers/learners. They were more content for me to "hold their hands" through their work instead of attempting it on their own. If I'd had knowledge of The Daily 5 a year ago, I think my entire school year would have been a different experience. The kids would have been set up for success, and I could have spent more time with the students who needed my individual attention.

If you haven't read this book yet, I would highly recommend it. I'm also about a quarter of the way through The Cafe book--I'll be back toward the end of the week with my thoughts on it.

What about you? Have you read The Daily 5? Do you use it in your room? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments!



  1. It's me again! I have read The Daily 5 and CAFE-but going to go through them again this summer more thoroughly since I want to implement them in 6th grade this next year. They.just.make.sense.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for joining the giveaway and following! Love your blog! I read the Daily Five book recently and can't wait to implement it and CAFE into my reading instruction next year!

    3rd Grade Gridiron