Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Daily 5 Part 1

I've been asked to put together a Daily 5/Cafe handbook for new teachers. I have also received quite a few emails asking what I do for reading, so here it goes.I have so much to say about the Daily 5/CAFE so I decided to break it into 6 parts. Today I'll be describing an overview. 
For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about you have to read The Daily 5 and CAFE books by Gail Boushey and Joan Mosher.
This is what my schedule looks like: 

9:45-10:00- check in and Daily Language Review.  
10:00-10:20- Round 1
10:20-10:30- Mini lesson 
10:30-10:50- Round 2
10:50-11:00- Mini lesson
11:00-11:20- Round 3
11:20-11:25- Wrap up 

Rounds- On Mondays I teach 3 different word study groups and introduce spelling words for the week. Every other day I meet with guided reading groups 2 out of 3 rounds and use the 3rd round to have individual conferences.

Check in- this is what students see when they first come to the carpet. If they see "Ms. D" they know they are working with me that round. You can download a blank copy here on google documents (if it shows up weird, click file, download as word)

We gather on the carpet and the first thing the students do is make their choices for the day. Afterwards it looks like this: 

You'll notice I have a small dot next to Thalia's name. I do this to keep track of who I leave off on so I know whose turn it is to choose first the next day.

I do have a few rules to keep Daily 5 running smooth. Each student MUST choose read to self every day. Listening can only be done once a week. My original word work rule was that it couldn't be done on Monday or Friday since spelling words are introduced Monday and the test is first thing on Friday. I have since allowed my students to play word work games on Monday and Friday BUT they must also make sure they choose word work on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to practice their spelling words. I will talk more about each choice in separate upcoming blog posts. You can download the rule sheet here

I also keep track of what my students choose each day because I do require they do everything at least once (except read to self that's every day). I tried several different recording sheets but ultimately this simple one ended up working the best for me because I can glance quickly and see what each student has and has not done. I just write their names in and each sheet lasts me 4 weeks. You can download the track sheet here. You can see that on Thursday I circle what they have not done yet so that I can remind the students before check in. I also intentionally didn't include read to self since they have to choose that everyday anyways. This was my first attempt. It's cuter and fancier but didn't serve the simplistic approach I was looking for.But maybe it will work for someone else! 

Tomorrow I will post about the mini lesson part of my schedule with an amazing resource that describes the first 27 days to a T (well almost!). This post will also include anchor charts and behavior modeling.  



Kris Hughes said...

This is awesome! I've always struggled with this area. so excited to implement your strategies!

Mrs. D said...

Thanks for sharing your schedule and the wonderful documents! I look forward to reading your future posts! :)

Vivian said...

Can't wait to see what you post tomorrow.

Mrs. Degeo said...

I have Daily 5 on my summer reading list. I am excited to hear your future posts on this! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Ibarra said...

Yay! Thanks for your shares. I can't wait to read more posts.

Hollie said...

Thanks! I can't wait to get some ideas for my reading groups to run smoother!!

hsamuelson said...

Love your detailed informational post! I do a modified version of the Daily 5, but I love your resources and can definitely apply them to my workstations! Thank you so much!
Do you also use the Daily 5 approach in Math? I would love to see how you do it :)

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Ms. Durning said...

I'm thinking about trying out the Daily 5 for math next year.. so we can take that adventure together!

Unknown said...

Thanks soooooo much for sharing this! I can't wait to read the other posts

Lorena said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I finally hope to get Daily 5 working in my class, at the very least even a Daily 3. :)

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weety said...

I'm very interested in this program. Thank you in advance for sharing all your insights with us! I'm wondering, too, if you are doing a handbook for 2nd grade, is there also a handbook being done for 1st and/or kindergarten? I teach K, so sometimes it's hard to envision from a 2nd grade model. tillack@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I love this. Can you tell more about the handbook for 2nd grade?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for making this blog. It has given me a clear path of where to start with the daily five and thank you for posting pics. If you decide to share the appendix, I would love a copy:)

Mrs, Regan's Adentures said...

I love your tracking chart - Thanks so much for sharing.


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