The DAILY 5

In reading, the classroom structure we use in Grade 3 is called Daily 5. This is not the Alberta Curriculum, but a rather a method of teaching it. The purpose of this page is to help explain to you what the Daily 5 is and what you should expect.

The Daily 5 is a literacy structure that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. When introduced to each task, the children discuss what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to engage in the task independently. Then, the children work on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing that task.

These are the five tasks:

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

When all five tasks have been introduced and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing, I am able to work with small groups and confer with children one-on-one. This structure is effective and the children look forward to Daily 5 time.

Ask your child about Daily 5 and see what they have to say. I anticipate your child will tell you about the class stamina and how we are working toward independence, and maybe you will even hear about some of the fantastic things your child has written, read, or listened to during our Daily 5 time. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued support!

Reference: The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades (Second Edition) by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. (c) 2014 Stenhouse Publisher
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