Daily 5

Daily 5

The Daily 5™ is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.

Book Cover of The Daily 5

The second edition was released in spring 2014.

How does it work?

Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include

  • Read to Self,
  • Work on Writing,
  • Read to Someone,
  • Listen to Reading, and
  • Word Work.

Teachers tell us their Daily 5 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who are developing a true love of literacy. 

The benefits of The Daily 5 for teachers and schools include the following:

  • students develop independence, stamina, and accountability;
  • less time consumed by classroom management leaves more for instruction;
  • the framework adapts flawlessly to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates;
  • improves schoolwide literacy achievement; and
  • behaviors of independence transfer to other content areas.

The CAFE System is how The Sisters, and teachers all over the world, deliver instruction within The Daily 5 framework. It is what enables teachers to choose individualized goals, assign strategies, monitor progress, and provide just-in-time instruction to meet the needs of every student.

Hover over the Daily 5 tab above to begin accessing resources to launch and sustain The Daily 5 in your classroom. You'll be able to access articles, lesson plans, videos, and more. 

We continue to update on a regular basis to share our newest thinking, refinements, and current research, and others’ contributions.

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