This week, Primary Inspired is hosting the book study with a focus on Chapter 1: How Daily 5 Has Evolved.
The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.
Students work though activities such as:
- Reading to Self
- Reading with a Partner
- Writing about Reading
- Listening to Reading
- Word Work and Spelling
These activities are completed independently by students providing the teacher with time to confer with individuals or to pull small groups for reading instruction.
The second edition of The Daily 5 places an emphasis on flexibility. This is not a one size fits all program. Students do not have to move through all 5 rounds of the Daily 5 in one day. You are the teacher, and you know what works best for your individual students, so do what you know is best.
While reading chapter 1 I immediately think of how we integrated Engage NY's ELA Modules into our ELA block this year.
We spent the first hour of our ELA block working through a module lesson. The second hour was spent on reading centers and guided reading. We did not complete all 5 rounds of the Daily 5. There was simply not enough time. What was important is that students were actively involved in reading, writing, and working independently during the second half of our ELA block which provided me with valuable teacher time to work with small groups on individual needs.
Have you tried Daily 5 in your classroom? If you have, I'd love to hear how it works in your classroom?
Check back soon! I will be posting about my thoughts on chapter 2.