Monday, October 19, 2015

Daily 5

In our classroom, we use a modified Daily 5 structure during a part of our literacy block.  Each literacy block begins with a whole-group mini-lesson at the rug.  After the mini-lesson, your child makes 2 choices per day out of a total of five choices.  Soon we will add a sixth and seventh choice called "Word Work" and "Listen to Reading."

This framework gives us flexibility in our teaching of reading and writing.  We can meet with individuals, pairs or small groups based on need as defined by the assessments or observations.  Our groupings are fluid and we are likely to catch areas of concern sooner.

The structure of daily 5 means that we can spend more focused time instructing rather than managing behavior.  The children are independent and working on purposeful activities for 10-15 minutes of time.

The children have more ownership, the goals are clear and the children know what they are working on, and they have the power of choice, they are taking charge of their own learning within a controlled learning environment.

Daily 5 is a framework that builds independence, so that we can teach individuals and small groups.
Students build stamina through training and practice and take an active role in their learning!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

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