Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What is Daily 5?

The Daily 5 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 are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.
When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily 5, 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 have spent our first weeks working intensely on building our reading stamina.  Today we have reached 20 minutes of independent reading!!! EVERY student read books for entire 20 minutes without getting distracted or losing focus!  What a great achievement!  I am so very proud of my first graders.  Here is a clip of us celebrating our accomplishment:D