Thursday, June 2, 2011

Daily 5 in Upper Elementary Classrooms?


So I've started my summer reading list early. Two of the books on my list are The Daily 5 and The Cafe Book. I've finished the first and am about half way done the latter. I would really like to incorporate the Daily 5 into my literacy block, but I think I need some help in setting it up. I will have a grade 5/6 class next year (currently have a 6/7 class). My literacy block is 100 minutes, and I'm required to have daily guided reading time. Does anybody have (or have seen) a successful Daily 5 program in the upper elementary grades? I could really use your suggestions or advice ...

16 comments:

  1. I do Daily 5 in my 4th grade classroom, and I've also done it in 5th. I am a huge advocate for Daily 5 & CAFE! Basically, I have enough time in my schedule for 2 "choices". We do not do "listen to reading." Sometimes I limit the "Read to Someone." You can do guided reading with a group while the other students make choices. I'll probably be posting about Daily 5 & CAFE a lot on my blog this summer! Good Luck!

    Rachel
    Go Fourth! With Owens

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  2. Thanks for your comment. I am now following your blog and am looking forward to reading your posts about the program during the summer.

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  3. Daily 5 is the "what" they are doing while you do guided reading/conferences. You are going to love it!! Daily 5 is my students favorite time of the day. It's important to spark that love of reading early on so they see this time as their time. I will be posting a lot on D5 throughout the summer. I used it in the 4th grade for four years and this year in third. I head to training with the sisters in July. I've been to a small couple hour training and they are hilarious! So, a two day training should really rock!
    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  4. I bought the Daily 5 and CAFE books last year and loved them! However, when I became pregnant and was only going to be at school for 4 months this past year I decided not to implement it....so long story short I am going to be starting it this September in my grade 4 class with my teaching partner who tried it out last year and I plan to blog a lot about it as well.

    http://thinkingofteaching.blogspot.com/

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  5. I have had great success with using D5 and cafe with 5th/6th graders. I have also used it with first graders :)

    We don't do listen to reading although our library just got new audio books and they were for the older kids. I will be speaking with the librarian assistant about them :)

    I have all levels in my classroom- ELL, LD, ED, OHI-


    Get the Daily5 Cafe for dummies- it is on Proteacher.


    Jennifer

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  6. My teaching partner and I implemented a version of the Daily 5 this year with our 4th graders, and we LOVE it! You inspired me to write about it on my page. Please feel free to visit.

    http://www.mrsrojasteaches.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for all your comments - I can't wait to read more about it this summer (watching for those blog posts). I didn't even know there was a D5 for dummies ... hope THAT doesn't make me a dummy ;). Rebecca, I'm heading over to your blog to read more about it now ...

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  8. Ohhh, I so wish D5 would have worked out for me! But our district has adopted a pretty stiff curriculum, and combined with guided reading, I couldn't make it work. I tried starting it last year, but they wanted us to start guided reading out the gate the 2nd week of school, and I couldn't build stamina with them and teach guided reading for 90 minutes. I hope it works out for you and I would highly recommend looking on Proteacher as well...I got a lot of great info there when I was doing my research!

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  9. My language arts block is 100 minutes. I spend the rest of the time teaching writing and I do a read-aloud. I look forward to hearing what else you come up with!

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  10. Megan, I don't have to start guided reading until the beginning of October (we start at the beginning after September). We do our DRA testing around the 3rd week of school, then build our groups. However, my new class coming in has A LOT of management issues, so that is my first priority. I guess my next step will be heading over to proteacher to collect some more research.
    Rebecca, thanks again - I'm glad to hear you have the lesson and read aloud time - I'm so not willing to give up my read aloud time - definitely one of my favourite times of the day!

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  11. I'm teaching in New Zealand and our school year runs February to December. I am getting myself organised to start it up for Term 3 so I will be blogging about my successes (or epic failures) as it unfolds. Check it out.

    Liam
    www.twistofliam.blogspot.com

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  12. I am teaching 5th grade language arts and social studies only (reading is taught by another teacher) and i see 90 students per day. I really want to do the daily 5 with language (working on writing, word work, grammar work, and a skill center that works on whatever we are working on that week) has anyone done this type of variation with this many kids?

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  13. I've done Daily 5 with my third graders for the first time this year and LOVED it!!! My district has asked me to pilot it this upcoming year as a possible district-wide model. However, I just found out I'll be switching to fifth grade. I'm a little nervous about using it with this higher level so anyone with tips I'd love to hear from you as well!! I'm also considering starting my own blog to track my successes/failures. If anyone has any suggestions about starting a blog I'd REALLLY appreciate it!! You can email me at lcrispino@staff.cwcboe.org!

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  14. I've done Daily 5 with my third graders for the first time this year and LOVED it!!! My district has asked me to pilot it this upcoming year as a possible district-wide model. However, I just found out I'll be switching to fifth grade. I'm a little nervous about using it with this higher level so anyone with tips I'd love to hear from you as well!! I'm also considering starting my own blog to track my successes/failures. If anyone has any suggestions about starting a blog I'd REALLLY appreciate it!! You can email me at lcrispino@staff.cwcboe.org!

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  16. I would love to see what your kids do during Work on Writing.

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