Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Daily 5


Post Assembly Pose


I am thrilled to announce the official launch of the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is a research-based classroom management system that fosters individual literacy development within a busy classroom environment (Boushey & Moser, 2014). As a result, now, I and the assistants can easily work one-on-one with students while other students actively study with partners, small groups or individually.

Word Work Station
Word Work Station

The “5” refers to literacy stations: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work and Listen to Reading. In each location, students develop comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanded vocabulary skills. 

Choice is a key element in the Daily 5. Students are allowed to select whatever they wish to read or write about. Choice, as you might imagine, makes sincere participation much more likely and it exercises decision-making skills.   

Listen to Reading
Listen to Reading

Other key elements in the Daily 5 are trust, respect and accountability. The Daily 5 has me step back and trust our students to decide what she or he wants to work on. In return, they respect my role to provide feedback and guidance to each of our community members. We all become accountable to improve as readers, writers and thinkers.

Read to Self

The Daily 5 is integral to this school year’s success. So far, no surprise, some days have been better than others. However, each day we improve, and to keep improving, we will need your help. 

Please, I would like you to check-in with your student each day and simply ask questions like, “How was the Daily 5 today?” “What was your favorite part of reading today?” How do you choose a Good-Fit book?” “What are some cool ideas you are writing about?” “What were some interesting new words you discovered or struggled with today?” “How can I help you become a better reader or writer?” And so on… 

D5 Notebooks

The Daily 5 will produce independent and capable lifelong learners. If you simply ask about our classroom doings, you will be extending and deepening the understanding of these essential literacy behaviors. A couple questions daily will be all that is needed. But note that research suggests the brain maintains attention for about ten minutes before it needs to refocus (Bousey & Moser, 2014). 

The good news is a quick brain break (e.g. get up and move around, sing, laugh, dance, etc.) is all we need to reset our attention. So, keep brain breaks in mind (so to speak) whenever you are talking about the Daily 5 or any other attention-grabbing/sapping topic. Let’s keep this fun.

Writing Buddies

Together, we can develop better readers and writers and decision-makers now. This year we are very lucky to have a crew of third graders who truly love literacy development. But as young learners, each needs a steady daily hand to support meaningful improvements.

Thank you for taking an active role in our Daily 5.

With gratitude,


Boushey, G., & Moser, J. (2014). The daily five (second edition). Portland, ME: Stenhouse.


  1. Mr Johnson, reading about The Daily 5 makes me so excited. I notice Carlene's increased interest in story writing. Carlene returned home on Thursday afternoon talking about her interest in writing and publish a book. She told me of her work at school, that she was writing a book entitled "Born A Wolf" and that she had already written 4 paragraphs of her story. I have encouraged Carlene to write her story in a book as opposed to in paper pieces which may easily get lost. She agreed to that. I pray that Carlene's dream of being a book author will be realized. Thank you for your efforts in nurturing culture of book literacy among the young brains. Harriet-Parent to Carlene.

  2. Your words warm my heart, Harriet. Thank you.