Wednesday, August 13, 2014

                                                            Chapter 7  
           When to Launch the Next Daily 5

Many of you are getting ready to return to school and are ready to launch the Daily 5 in your classroom.  Feel free to respond to these questions, ask questions, or share your concerns, tips etc.

1. When is “choice” introduced in Daily 5 (p. 111) and why is       choice important?

2. Which Daily 5 is your children’s favorite?  Which do you find the most difficult to launch?

3. Have you any tricks or advice to share in introducing any of the Daily 5 activities?  What are some activities in your Word Work
Area?  What do you use for Listen to Reading?
4. Do you use the Check-in form as the 2 Sisters suggest or do you have another system?


  1. In my early years of Daily 5 I avoided Read to Someone, always launching it last. But with practice and following the sisters foundational skills I found that it worked really well and became a favorite among my students. I would see students flat on their tummies sharing the same book, sitting on either side of the easel reading a big book, or sitting side by side in bean bag chairs singing songs and poems in their poetry folder together. They were coaching, reading, asking who/what questions, and actively engaged in learning.
    One spring I noticed that my first graders were not choosing the Listen to Reading baskets, which had been one of their favorites earlier on. When I asked why it had become less popular they let me know that they knew how to read and preferred reading their own books over listening to a book in a basket. I was pleasantly surprised by their answer! It certainly made sense.
    You might be thinking...well maybe they had listened to all the stories by springtime. Not true. Our first and second grade had pooled all of our books on tape and CDs several years ago and transferred 186 stories to M3P players. We organized all the books into baskets by the month of the year. We each could take out 5 books a week and put one into 5 individual baskets with an MP3 player in our own classrooms. Any child would be able to listen to 5 stories that week. Then we would trade those books for 5 more the next week etc. There were enough books to last the entire year. Of course, some children were still enjoying Listen to Reading and it is especially helpful for academic language, fluency, prosody, and of course our ELLs and struggling readers.
    Joanne, CRA

  2. I love the idea of using MP3 players during the listening to reading. On Pintrest I learned that some teachers are using QR codes for their listening to reading workshop time. I may try either MP3 players or use the QR codes to replace my cd listening center.