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The Daily Five [Kindle Edition]

Gail Boushey , Joan Moser
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"Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining, and directing students on a daily basis? If so, you'll want to meet “The Sisters”, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. Based on literacy learning and motivation research, they created a structure called The Daily Five which has been practiced and refined in their own classrooms for ten years, and shared with thousands of teachers throughout the United States. The Daily Five is a series of literacy tasks (reading to self, reading with someone, writing, word work, and listening to reading) which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals. This book not only explains the philosophy behind the structure, but shows you how to carefully and systematically train your students to participate in each of the five components. Explicit modeling practice, reflecting and refining take place during the launching phase, preparing the foundation for a year of meaningful content instruction tailored to meet the needs of each child. The Daily Five is more than a management system or a curriculum framework; it is a structure that will help students develop the habits that lead to a lifetime of independent literacy."

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193 of 203 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical buy even for experienced teachers! January 17, 2007
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I purchased this book and read it within a few hours. This book is cleary written, conscise, not full of jargon, and truly written for the classroom teacher to implement effectively. I teach 1st grade and can easily transition my students into this routine. The authors offer practical advice regarding teaching of behaviors, management, assessment, and references for further reading and research. What a refreshing change from dense, heady teacher-reading! An ASSET to any professional library (literacy teacher or elementary teacher)!
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122 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Daily 5 July 24, 2006
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The ideas and lesson procedures discussed in this book are very beneficial to teachers who incorporate balanced literacy components throughout their daily curriculum decisions. The discussion of muscle memory and how to build the students' stamina for longer periods of independent work are clearly laid out for the reader. A sample schedule that shows how to include daily lessons in the beginning weeks of school to build this stamina are detailed in the appendix. I would recommend this book for any teacher who wants to improve students' independent work time.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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Read and implement this! This would definately help you start you classroom off on the right pace to more independent learners without getting into the paper trap of worksheets, worksheets , worksheets! Gail's ideas to increase independence from gradual release of responsibility would help all students learn more and also permit you to teach in the smaller groups for greater differentiation.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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I've never had so many web visitors ask for my opinion on a book as I have with The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades. And as soon as I started reading, I realized why.

"The sisters" are obviously long-lost relatives of mine.

Let's run down the list of similarities here, shall we? Gail Boushey and Joan Moser were classroom teachers when they wrote the book and tell about systems they created with their own students, they don't advocate one `right' way to teach that requires you to throw out everything else you do, and they show you how to teach your students to run the classroom. Check, check, and CHECK. I'm totally on board.

Most of you reading this review are already familiar with the Daily 5 (it's been out since 2006), so I'll make this less of a book summary and more of an opinion piece. I loved how readable the book was. The tone was conversational and easy-to-understand. I loved the ongoing discussion of how their teaching practice has changed and evolved over the years. Not only does this make the sisters seem like real people who didn't start off as master teachers on day one, but it gives permission to the rest of us to grow and let go of ineffective practices we've become attached to. I also love how the book emphasizes the element of choice for children. This truly is a student-centered way to run your literacy block.

But mostly, I love the way the sisters emphasize modeling and practice for routines. This is something I've been droning on about for years, but I've never seen the concept so perfectly explained for the context of literacy routines.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Applicable to middle and high school June 12, 2009
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Though this is a primary-oriented text, I found it working wonders in middle and high school. This is the MOST POWERFUL structure of creating reading and writing independence I've every seen. I've adapted this to my high school classroom, making it the Daily 3: reading to yourself, reading to someone, and working on writing. My older students needed the structure of reading and writing and I NEEDED the structure to conference on their work and process daily.

I thought I was going to get to teach process and content from this book, but the by product was exceptional classroom management self-regulated by my high school students - all this I credit to the "2 Sisters"!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daily Five February 5, 2009
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WOW! I have been teaching first grade for 23 years and have been looking for a way to really engage my students in literacy activities while doing guided reading. I wanted them to really become independent during that time so that I wasn't answering their questions about the activities and trying to read with others. The Daily 5 has allowed me to do just that. Reading to self and others, writing, word work and listening to stories have taking the place of reading tickets that have to be created each week. The noise level in my room is now a hush with children working the whole time. I have even been able to get through my small groups with no distractions. I started this program mid way through this school year and I am so pleased with the results. Great program for any age.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful management plan! July 28, 2006
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This book is a wonderful resource for any teacher who has wondered what the other kids will be doing while you have reading conferences or small group instruction during your literacy block. Step by step, detailed lessons for the first 5 weeks of school will get your students working independently WITHOUT the need for you to create and plan an endless menu of center activities. The students will be doing what we need them to do most - reading and writing! This is a quick and easy read, with lots of classroom examples, and lessons for teaching your students to be independent withing the first 5 weeks of school. Get this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked
I used this in my classroom. I liked it
Published 4 days ago by C Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, very useful in the classroom
Published 5 days ago by Kathleen P. Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good resource
Published 6 days ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read & Resource
This is a great read for teachers who want to improve their language arts. It is not a new program, rather an approach to the way you organize LA. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Themom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This has been very helpful in setting up the routine in classrooms I work with.
Published 7 days ago by Loretta Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Simple and workable.
I love the way the sisters put it all together and help you see the big picture. I feel like it's crystal clear and their methods are simple so I'm really excited about this year... Read more
Published 8 days ago by J. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this
Great book and very easy to understand and apply.
Published 9 days ago by Carolyn S. Manos
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for establishing student routines for independent...
clear directions on how to build independent readers. excellent resource for establishing student routines for independent work wile teacher works with groups.
Published 12 days ago by Roller Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Loved it thank you
Published 12 days ago by Kathy Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the new one
I had the "old" version, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the new one! Thanks, Gail and Joan. You made my life so much easier!
Published 13 days ago by Wendy McDonald
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Upper elementary classroom
YES! I teach 4th graders and I love it. I use the Daily 3, though. Due to time, we do Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Writing. The first lessons teach kids how to be independent readers. We have mini lessons on how to read a book and we spend a lot of time modeling what each piece looks... Read More
Feb 12, 2009 by Jamie |  See all 7 posts
Daily Five & Open Court Reading
In the book, and in the workshop Joan Mosher discusses how to use a basal series within the Daily 5 format during your literacy block of time. You insert those parts of your basal into your lesson. Some of the easier lessons on grammar, for instance, can be taught during one of the... Read More
Nov 16, 2009 by Booklady |  See all 8 posts
Daily 5 and AR-how do they work together?
We use AR too. I just ordered the book so I can't really speak from the experience of integrating AR into Daily 5. But I think you are on the right track of establishing a routine and then adding AR to it.

One thing that has worked for me as far as AR goes is having a sign up sheet for taking... Read More
Dec 13, 2008 by J. Marsh |  See all 17 posts
Daily 5 in Kindergarten?
Yes! I've used it successfully for the last two years in my Kindergarten classroom. They are reading! One of the most empowering thing with our students is the three ways to read (read the pictures, read the words, retell the story); they can do 2/3 of those at the beginning of the year and as... Read More
Jun 11, 2012 by chris m. |  See all 2 posts
Daily 5 for Science and History
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Nov 9, 2011 by elizabeth lotter |  See all 3 posts
How about adapting this model for middle school ELA classes? Anyone have... Be the first to reply
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