Intermediate Daily 5

Fostering Independent Literacy Learning in Grades 3–6

Imagine a classroom where there is a quiet, purposeful hum of literacy activity during workshops. Students read, write, and work with classmates independently. All this activity takes place with little monitoring from the teacher, who is busy conferring with students or meeting with small groups.

Daily 5 is a series of literacy tasks (reading to self, reading with someone, writing, word work, and listening to reading), which students complete while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals. It is more than a management system or a curriculum framework; Daily 5 is a structure that will help students develop the habits that lead to a lifetime of independent literacy. Now teachers in the intermediate grades are seeing the power of the system for older learners. This two-hour DVD takes viewers into grades 3–6 classrooms with Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, as your hosts.

Filmed over two years in diverse classrooms, the program includes:

  • Launching lessons for each of the five program components;
  • "Good-Fit Books" and "Three Ways to Read a Book" lessons;
  • Coaching sessions with teachers;
  • Discussions of the specific needs of older learners;
  • Sample troubleshooting sessions with students on dealing with crowded classrooms and missing materials; and
  • Suggestions for using Daily 5 in classrooms of students who have a range of previous experience with the program.

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