Daily 5 Checking In

I've been using a Daily 5 organization during my literacy block, but I've struggled all year to find a good way to manage checking in.

Take One: Early in the year, when my students were first choosing their centers, I was having them put their two choice cards next to their name in a pocket chart. (We are fitting in two rounds on a regular day, and sometimes get in a third.) I soon came to realize that there were a handful of students who were not getting to one part over the course of the week, or visiting the same activity over and over. Scrap that system.

TakeTwo : Next, I tried continuing to give them choice, but I tracked them on a paper in my CAFE binder. That became far too time-consuming and annoying. Scrap that one, too!

Take Three: My third attempt was to take away the daily choice (which I hated, because choice really is powerful), create a regular schedule, and rotate groups of students. It worked for a while, but this made it difficult to have flexibility in my groups. Guess that one is out...

So... you know what they say... Fourth time is the charm?! I was inspired by a Blurt Chart I made for a group of fifth graders a couple of years ago to come up with this:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7gOvS8EhmZSclAzcTRGS1RWaE0/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7gOvS8EhmZSclAzcTRGS1RWaE0/view

It consists of little Daily 5 tags printed onto heavy paper, laminated, and attached to small self-adhesive Velcro circles.


Student names will be written in the blank spaces next to each group. As the week progresses, each time the students choose a Daily 5 activity, they will remove the corresponding symbol from the chart next to their name.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7gOvS8EhmZSclAzcTRGS1RWaE0/view

When they've visited all five activities they'll start placing the tags back on to indicate their choice. I think it is going to work beautifully and I can't wait to use it!

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7 comments

  1. I love this idea - I hope it works out for you : )

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  2. Ok. I'm going to give daily five a whirl next school year. My misconception has been all five activities every day. That's an incorrect assumption isn't it? I love this idea and am on my way to your Facebook page

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    1. Hi Tobi! I usually reply by e-mail, but I think this is a great question that others might like to see the answer to as well...

      I think in a perfect situation students would get to all 5 every day. That's certainly not the reality in any classroom I've seen firsthand. I'm thrilled if I get three in during one day. Definitely get the book (you can find links right there in my post) and give it a read. I chewed through it in one day. It makes such sense for many aspects of your day, not just literacy. When you've got your head around The Daily 5 (which is the structure), check out CAFE (which is the content). It has changed how I teach reading and it is my favorite part of this duo. I see such progress in my students. I've done a lot of playing around with this part of the day as well, and am really happy with where we're at. You can read more about it at this post

      I hope my trial and error this year makes implementing a little easier for others! Thanks for stopping by!

      Erin

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  3. Your chart looks great! I hope it works out for you!
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  4. I live this idea. Are you willing to share your file foe the small pictures? Did you use a bristol board for the poster? I really enjoy the simple idea.

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    1. It is already shared, Madame Perruzza! Click on any of the images to download! Yes, I used one sheet of bristol board for the poster.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Erin

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  5. Hi Erin,
    I came across your website in a Google search. I'm looking to start Daily 5 in my 3rd grade classroom next year. I love your picture icons! By any chance, do you have an editable version of them? Feel free to email me at Kristi320@comcast.net

    Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Kristi

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