Daily 5

Daily 5 is a literacy framework that instills behaviors of independence, creates a classroom of highly engaged readers, writers, and learners, and provides teachers with the time and structure to meet diverse student needs. Because it holds no curricular content, it can be used to meet any school, district, state, or national standards.

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Essential Elements

Start here! Learn every aspect of what makes up the prep, implementation, and support of Daily 5.

Daily 5 Tasks

How to launch and maintain Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work, Read to Someone, and Listen to Reading.

Daily 5 Research

Learn more about the research behind Daily 5, and what it’s for, and hear other teacher’s thoughts.

Daily 5 Essential Elements

Though Daily 5 is a flexible framework, certain elements are essential to its integrity and success. These elements fit into four stages: Understand, Prepare, Teach, and Support. The self-assessment is not intended to be used for evaluative purposes, but as a tool to help you assess your knowledge and application of each element and its supporting behaviors.

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Explore the research behind Daily 5 and how the purpose and philosophy align to ensure longevity of the framework.

1 Framework

2 Tasks


Identify the materials and enhancements necessary to organizing an environment that promotes a successful launch.

3 Classroom Design

4 Materials


Learn the instructional moves that make up the unique framework.

5 Launch

6 Choice


Discover teaching strategies that reinforce desired behaviors and sustain the framework in action.

7 Stamina

8 Barometer Behaviors

Daily 5 Tasks

The basis of Daily 5 is the five tasks the students choose between during our literacy block. If you’re ready to launch the tasks, you should have completed your analysis of the Understand and Prepare stages of the Essential Elements. Explore the two phases to launch within each task below. 

Daily 5 Research

Daily 5 is a simple but powerful structure that

  • enables teachers to spend less time on classroom management and more time teaching;
  • helps students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
  • provides students with an abundant amount of time for practicing reading, writing, and math;
  • increases the amount of time teachers spend with students one-on-one and in small groups; and
  • improves schoolwide achievement and success in literacy and math.

A wealth of resources in the form of articles, lesson plans, activities, and videos will help you launch and sustain this simple yet powerful structure in your own classroom. Discover, like so many teachers around the world have, that you can move from a harried classroom toward a relaxed one that hums with productive and engaged learners.

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