I was curious about switching up daily 5 so students all read 2 self during first round. Other rounds they get to choose. The only reason I thought about this is so I can really build up their stamina. Each round now is only about 20 min max but I can extend that 1st round slowly throughout the year so they can eventually read for at least an hour without breaking stamina… otherwise I don’t see any other way to do that.

Has anyone done this before successfully? I know the sisters say they need to focus with distractions but I will also be doing strategy groups during that time and there are always people in and out of my room…

As far as choice they will still get to choose for any other rounds.

Thoughts? Thanks yall!






I am wondering what age kids you work with. That makes a difference in the length of the rounds you have.

Erin Walker

My kiddos are 4th graders. So 9 and 10.


Although your goal of reading for an hour sounds great, I thinking the brains of your 4th graders wouldn’t be able to hold stamina that long!!
I think it would be more valuable for your kids if they spent time on writing and read to self for equal amounts of time, and break your strategy groups and conferring into those two rounds. The model for this age kiddos does show that you might only have two rounds–read to self and writing–and just add the other choices for those students who could benefit from them. They could choose which of the two they wish to do first.

Erin Walker

I agree an hour may be too muc. When they do get their end of quarter tests they are required to test for up to an hour and a half at a time…including their reading exams. And though I am definitely not saying testing should gear instruction in any way I’m wondering if extending their read to self time gradually (though maybe not to an hour) may help their success with that. Especially since some of these tests are promotion criteria.
Also, I have a seperate writing block so work on writing isn’t included in my daily 5- we do listen to reading, read to someone, and sometimes book club…
I really appreciate your feedback a lot! I’m gonna take what you said and discuss it with some of my team mates!


Another note . . . We also have a separate writer’s workshop, where our students work on specific writing strategies and lessons, and their writing is focused on those.
The writing as part of Daily 5 is meant to be journal writing of the students own interest and style. it’s a great way to really get a picture of what they actually use in their writing. It gives you an insight into what strategies your kids have internalized, to view their spelling and use punctuation conventions in their unedited writing. I love how it helps me decide on and design what lessons I will cover during Writer’s Workshop.

Erin Walker

I really like that idea! Thank you!! I do have them journal their thinking each day - that is somthing new I just started. But I do like the idea of having them free write too as that is so important yet so difficult to get in!

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