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What is The Daily 5?

Welcome to a new school year!  We hope you have had a wonderful summer and enjoyed spending quality time with your children. This summer teachers have been deeply engrossed in discovering what research says most benefits students as they become readers, writers and lifelong learners.  As a result, the structure of our literacy block will be filled with five components called The Daily Five.

            It won’t be long until you hear your child talking about “The Daily Five.”  The purpose of this article is to fill you in on what The Daily Five is all about, so you don’t have to nod your head while wondering what in the world your child is referring to. 

            The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then will be given independent practice time to read and write independently while we provide focused, intense instruction to individual and small groups of students.

            When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five, which are comprised of:

  • Read to Self
  • Work on Writing
  • Read to Someone
  • Listen to Reading
  • Word Work

There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5 component.  We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5 and fostering our classroom community.  We will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction. We look forward to sharing this information with you in the future. 

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