The Daily 5: Chapter 2

Chapter 2 was focused on the core foundation: Trust, Choice, Community, Creating a sense of urgency, building stamina, and get out of the way.


  • need to build trust
  • have trust between teacher and students and students themselves
  • trust the class/students to do any task example: each take 2 chips(instead of passing them out yourself), checking out books and so on
  • we gradually build trust and build behaviours so we can trust the students to manage on their own


  • students feel comfortable and safe with structure and routine
  • allowed to choose the Daily five Activities
  • student’s choice will depend on their goals, mood and motivation
  • Choice is highly motivation


  • begins with getting to know each other on the 1st day of school
  • the community provides its members with ownership to hold other accountable
  • if one student succeeds in a goal-the whole community rejoices
  • if one student is disrupting, the whole community helps the student get back on track

Sense of urgency

  • We need to know why we have to do something. That is why the Daily 5 explicitly states why they are learning the task at hand.
  • teaches the students to be responsible for their learning
  • each task is clear (you read to yourself, you read to someone, you listen to reading…) so the activity becomes a worthy concentrated effort


  • slowly build up your classes stamina for independent work, this will prevent frustration
  • add a minute each new day until you reach the time you want

Stay out of the way

  • stay out of the way and let them read
  • we want the student to make their won decisions and monitor themselves
  • DO NOT interrupt them to praise them, they will depend on your reinforcement

My Thoughts:

  • I love that the sisters want you to make the program your own. This is so important
  • Great guidelines about how to make the Daily 5 work and run smoothly
  • How can we trust ‘difficult’ students?

The Daily 5: Chapter 1

Chapter 1 of this book is an introduction so it is pretty vague. I really enjoyed how the authors talked about the chaos of their first years as teachers.  We have all felt that way and it gave me hope that this system could really work.

They talk about taking time (approx 20 days) to build your classroom community, define and practice behaviours, build stamina, and assess your new students needs.  I also love this because I have seen the difference between classes that do this and that don’t.  The classes that do take the time to build their classroom community are more behaved, better listeners and more respectful.

I like the fact that a lot of the responsibility is placed on the student: self reflection and going to all centers. There is a huge sense of a classroom community that the whole class makes important decisions about taking care of their classroom such as cleaning or layout of the class. Everyone, including the teacher, has the smae amount of space that is theirs.

Distinguishing features of the Daily 5 are:

  • students are taught to be independent
  • the daily 5 manages your entire literacy block
  • provides students a lot of time to read and write
  • integrate reading and writing
  • builds stamina so students can work for a longer time
  • teach students to understand and monitor their goals
  • establishes instructional routines

I’m concerned about the time needed for this program.  It says you need 2 hours uninterrupted. I know that our blocks are never 2 hours. I wonder if it will be possible to alter it.

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