The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades / Edition 1

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Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining, and directing students on a daily basis? If so, you'll want to meet “The Sisters”, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. Based on literacy learning and motivation research, they created a structure called The Daily Five which has been practiced and refined in their own classrooms for ten years, and shared with thousands of teachers throughout the United States. The Daily Five is a series of literacy tasks (reading to self, reading with someone, writing, word work, and listening to reading) which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.

This book not only explains the philosophy behind the structure, but shows you how to carefully and systematically train your students to participate in each of the five components.

Explicit modeling practice, reflecting and refining take place during the launching phase, preparing the foundation for a year of meaningful content instruction tailored to meet the needs of each child.

The Daily Five is more than a management system or a curriculum framework; it is a structure that will help students develop the habits that lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571104298
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 17,290
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Note to Readers     ix
Daily Five Basics
Introduction     3
From "Management" to "Principled Habits": Foundations of the Daily Five     17
What's the Difference?: Key Materials, Concepts, and Routines for Launching the Daily Five     27
The Daily Five in Action
Read to Self     45
Read to Someone and Listen to Reading     59
Work on Writing and Word Work     79
Putting It All Together and Troubleshooting     91
Bibliography     107
Launching Charts (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, and Word Work)     111
First Twenty-Five Days Weekly Charts     119
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Yes...Independence is possible!

    This book is about teaching students independence in the classroom. I didn't believe it could happen at first, but after trying just one component in the book (there are five), I am a true believer and can't wait to do the whole program next year (and, after seeing how quiet my kids were reading, several more teachers are doing it next year as well). The book explains in detail, using step-by-step instructions, how to build the 'stamina' kiddos need to work independently. It starts with 1 minute of work and works up to 30/45 minutes. The components will fit into any literacy program 'reading, writing, working with words, guided reading, etc'. Try'll be glad you did.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    The practicality of the Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser

    The Daily Five is a handbook on how to organize and implement teaching strategies for reading and writing. The authors borrow techniques from various sources like, Fountas and Pinnell, GUIDING READERS AND WRITERS; Stephanie Harvey, STRATEGIES THAT WORK; and Donald Graves, ALL CHILDREN CAN WRITE. While there is nothing new in this book, it does help both novel and experienced teachers because it contain explicit details about reading performance and gives creative methods to incorporate reading throughout the school day.

    It is important to note how, and why the authors explain each part of the daily five which are; read to yourself, read to someone, listen to a reading, write (about something) and do word work (spelling, defining, prefix, suffix, root and base words) The authors claim, and I agree that incorporating these five practices everyday will promote more reading, and writing that will increase reading and writing proficiency.

    Another important factor the authors emphasize is room management. Again what they profess is not original, Haim Ginott, William Glasser M.D. and Fred B Chernow & Carol Chernow all address room management and classroom discipline. Boushey and Moser state that having students involved in different aspects of the same subject keeps the students busy and on task. And from my experience having students involved in short mini lessons does keep students on task.

    While many of us teachers who have been around the block a few times and have heard something new is coming our way, we yawn and say, "Okay, let's see it." And what we get is an old method of teaching in a new package. I could say the same thing about the Daily Five. Many of us teacher's who have been teaching have used the daily five in some way, shape or form at some time or another. However, that being said, the Daily Five helps in the organizational process. And even those like me who has a routine down, can gain from using the Daily Five method of teaching.
    The Daily Five book is especially valuable because it is a practical, and easy to implemented book. I would recommend this book to any elementary teacher. And I would suggest after familiarizing you with the essentials of the book, use it as a manual, and keep it on hand as a guide. It really does make the teaching day go smoothly

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010


    I ordered this book after a recommendation from another teacher. It is fantastic! I read it right away and was so interested that I couldn't put it down! This book explains the foundations of the Daily 5 and gives steps for successfully implementing the routine. It even includes sample scripts for initiating the Daily 5 routine. This is a great book for those interested in establishing the Daily 5 in their literacy block.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Be Cautious

    Before jumping on the Daily 5 band wagon, be informed that this is a framework -- not a complete language/reading program. It is a form of "readers workshop' using a more comprehensive student training.
    It does not provide teaching materials or lesson plans for direct instruction. This framework can support other reading programs and can easily be adapted to programs in place, but does not provide adequate resources to be a stand alone program. It is very student directed.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

    New approach

    This book has a new approach to organizing reading instruction. I always like organized ways of planning my lessons. I'm planning to apply this to my 6th graders.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    What every teacher dreams of....

    The Daily Five is a practical, common sense approach to literacy teaching. It gives teachers a guideline to use in assisting him/her in helping students become independent learners. The use of metacognitive strategies to build routine, strategy use, and stamina will stay with those students forever. This is a wonderful book for new teachers and teachers who wish to change their practice. One can take this book into their classroom today and start implementing The Daily Five!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    Getting Students to Love Reading at It's Best!

    I started implementing the Daily Five two years ago in my fourth grade class. I have never seen my students so into reading, so motivated, and wanting to read all the time! The "program" is easy to implement and can be used for any grade level, which is nice!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I prefer Sugar's "The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds"

    Sugar's 'The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds" is a book that is all about educational reality, the facts on the ground, not vacuous educational theories.

    Sugar pioneered the SMARTGRADES school notebooks that contain the new learning technology that empowers students for academic success. She transformed my kids into Grade A students.

    1 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    Just take a break!

    Alphabet Meditation for Teachers
    By Nancy Oelklaus, Ed

    Alphabet Meditation for Teachers is an inspiring book of poetic meditations that bring a calming peace to the soul - one for each letter of the alphabet. In this book, Dr. Oelklaus takes each letter and assigns a meaningful word to it. While a teacher might teach "B is for Ball" and "C is for Cat", this book meditates on "B is for Bells" and "C is for Change." In "B is for Bell" the mediation is on the delays caused by bells. Bells, that interrupt thoughts, bells that bring an abrubt end to a day. The meditation ends with the pondering of a solutions to the "BELL".

    I especially liked "Q is for Quiet." Oftentimes, as teachers (whether it be in an academic arena, Sunday School, or summer day camp) we get so wrapped up in our days and our agendas that we forget that the little persons that we work with each day have a life outside of our view. Some live in a posh loving home. Most live in a home full of "Hellish voices" -as suggested by the author. We must remember not to add to the "noise" that is already in their hearts, their minds-their souls. But instead, we should be bring a calmness to their spirit as we seek obedience to the rules on the wall. We must seek obedience without destroying or crushing their small spirits. Some never get a kind word at home-Let my classroom be one of peace, understanding and communication.

    The meditations in this book are awesomely centering. It reminds of the big picture -the little faces that stare back at us awaiting a word of, not only instruction, but of love and caring compassion.

    This would be an excellent teacher for a new teacher or one that has walked the halls for many years. I would use this book as a meditation as I take a short break and sip a cup of tea..or during quiet time as children sit in their seats to begin their morning journaling. Ahh! Peace. Stillness..Mediations for Teachers!

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Daily Five

    This book offers help to classroom teachers, reading specialists, and administrators who are looking for "real reading" activities. The book is easy to read and is an excellent guide for classroom procedures. I would also recommend watching the DVD on this topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Recommend "The Daily 5" for Elementary Teachers

    This book is excellent for teachers k-5. I have always struggled with centers, and this book provides a great alternative. The students can't wait until it's time for the Daily 5!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    News for Thistlefang and Lethal for 12-1-13

    Thistlefang:<br>Striking saved a kit, Blossomkit, and seems to want to impress her. He is calm at his camp whenever she is around and he seems to only truely care about her. Devil returned as soon as you left. Also, Striking caused turmoil at BloodClan last night. He stormed in, planning to kill Stealthshadow and Broken. He somehow managed to survive Blackenedsoul, Broken, Lightlessheart, Devil, and a couple others attacking him at the same time. Stealthshadow was at first badly injured and taken to the medicine den. The fight moved there after Devil released Striking, believing him when he said he'd go. Striking killed Broken once while in the main camp and then again three more times in the medicine den. Mischeif, Dark, Flaming, Blockade, Steel Blue (Sweetrevenge), amd some random wolves came to help Striking aroujd this time. Steel Blue and Mischeif managed to kill Broken once. Envy came to protect Broken, as he is Envy's leader, and at first everyobe attacked him too. Striking then ran off to fix himself up and never got a chance to come back. Broken has three lives left.<p>
    Lethal:<br>Valourpaw is now Valourmask. Valourmask became mates with Shadowhound (best not to elaborate). Broken is upset because Scaleheart, Scalestar, whatever his name is, came to try and take him and Shadowhound and H<_>ell and others I can't think of back to his Clan. Apparently Broken's brother, Travel, is still alive. Along with Broken's parents. Other than this, not much happened here, other than Shadowhound getting upset that Broken was giving himself up for a Clan that didn't truely appreciate him or something like that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I have seen it work.

    Although I was somewhat disappointed that as usual these "helping" ideas quote others here and there to support their ideas, I found that by looking at this as a realistic usable method my disappointment dissipated. I have also seen it being used affectively as well as others trying but not being successful. It takes willing teachers to embrace this and make it work. But, when it works, it works! It only makes sense to enable the students to teach and scaffold each other. By teaching them how to help each other we provide them yet another skill. Working together toward a common goal. I have coined a word to explain my goals. We need to prepare them to be "Solutionists". To look at a problem and strive to solve it together and to make everything more efficient instead of bogging it down with rhetoric. WE need to give our children something to look forward to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    great ideas

    It explains clearly how the two sisters set up their classroom management with The daily five. Good information

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Easy Read - You'll be happy you read it!

    The Daily Five is a wonderful way to get your students on the road to independence and a love for learning. I used to stress out so much trying to do reading centers. The Daily Five gives me more time to work with my small groups without the feeling that all my other students are just wasting time. Now I feel that everyone is engaged in authentic learning. This book spells everything out for you and helps you understand the philosophy behind this method.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Extremely useful book

    We use this all the time in the classroom. A wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Five stars for the Daily Five#d5 - its a framwork for success

    I have tried readers workshop, centers and more. What excited me about the Daily 5 is the language and the explanation for how to build the independence.

    With the common core coming and the emphasis on text complexity, teaching students how to choose a food fit book will be key. I appreaciated the examples and the firsf 5 week lesson plan outline.

    Up next... the Cafe Book. The complementary book to this series that better explains the curruiculm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Good ideas

    I've now read two of the books writen by these wonderful teachers. I highly recomend this one. As well as their cafe book that show a more in depth look at their classroom managment system and how they work and plan for the need of each child in their classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Daily five

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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