What is it?
The Daily Five is a series of literacy tasks which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals. The Daily Five is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of of independent literacy. The structure also allows teachers to focus on teaching specific reading, writing and spelling skills to match each students' individual needs. The Daily Five is a part of the language learning in every grade from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5. Teachers also give traditional, whole class language arts lessons as well, especially when language arts is connected to the Unit of Inquiry.

What does the 5 stand for?

While the teacher has small group or individual lessons, students choose 1 of 5 activities:

Read to Self
Read with Someone (or the Teacher)
Work on Writing
Word Work
Listen to Reading (only a choice in classrooms with tape players and books on tape)


Where can I learn more?

The Daily Five website