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The Daily 5™ is more than a management system or a curriculum framework - it is a structure that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.

Since the publication of The Daily 5™, our learning about each component has flourished. We continue to study our children, refine the structure, and fine-tune our teaching.

In this section, you will discover our newest thinking and refinements, tailored to specific grade level bands. We look forward to meeting your needs as you read written support documents, listen to podcasts of conversations about our learning, and view The Daily 5™ in action through web video.

Pursuit of Understanding—Exchanging Books
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
Independent reading or Read to Self is an essential component to reading instruction. Readers need lots of time to read and reread books that they love! The logistics of organizing how young readers . . . More...
Pursuit of Understanding—Growth Mindset
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
Lately we have been thinking about Three Ways to Read a Book and growth mindset. A mindset is a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that de . . . More...
Take Me to a Place (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
When students are reading accurately and fluently, we shift our conferring focus to comprehension and think about how we can use the time most effectively. You may wonder what the conference w . . . More...
Three Ways to Write (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
We love it when our students make connections—then we know they are fully engaged and thinking strategically. Recently, we were talking with a group of kindergarten students about writing. We . . . More...
Pursuit of Understanding
We are excited to introduce Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, staff developers who believe that effective professional development is customized and includes side-by-side teaching, discussions o . . . More...
Building Blocks (ARTICLE)
Janice Such
Blocks come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. As a teacher, literacy coach, and mother, I have seen many varieties—cardboard, wooden, plastic, foam, and more. I've watched chil . . . More...
Good-Fit Books—Good-Fit Clothes (ARTICLE)
Lisa Schmid shares a clever and new way to teach students about Good Fit Books. Revised 10/13 . . . More...
FAQ - Where can I get the checkmarks?
A: At times a tool to help children focus and remember what they are to be doing can be helpful. That is the reason for the checkmarks we use in our classrooms. As you can see in the photo ab . . . More...
A Kindergarten Conference (VIDEO)
Most of our youngest readers are working on accuracy strategies and a few of our little ones are developing concepts of print as well. Trish zeros in on both of these goals during this conference. Off camera, her wonderful kindergarten students are actively engaged in the Daily 5 of their choice. You'll be as impressed as we are by the level of independence in the room. . . . More...
CAFE Menu: Does It Include Behaviors? (ARTICLE)
We talk about behaviors extensively as we launch Daily 5 using "I Charts". However, we do not place them on the Menu bulletin board. Instead... . . . More...
Cozy up with a great book
This classroom finds cozy comfort in blankets and throws. It makes us want to curl up with a good book, too! . . . More...
Explaining Daily 5 and CAFE to parents
Are you looking for a way to explain Daily 5 and CAFE to the parents of your current class? This might help! . . . More...
Launching Read to Self in Beth's Room (VIDEO)
One of the best forms of professional development is to watch our colleagues in action. We love being in Beth's room, because we always come away with new ideas. Now you can visit via video. . . . More...
Helping Partners Pick Books (VIDEO)
Explicitly teaching children how to choose a book or books for Read to Someone helps them get to the important task at hand, reading, without wasting any time deliberating what they will read. . . . More...
Launching Read to Self - Barometer Child (VIDEO)
If we truly want to help our students become independent, then we have to adhere to step 8, which is Stay Out of the Way. Here's why... . . . More...
Autograph Book (DOWNLOAD)
Old Title: Autograph Book . . . More...
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