It’s no secret that building strong literacy skills from an early age pays huge dividends for students. However, implementing an effective literacy program in the classroom—one which meets the widely varying needs of all your students while building a genuine love of reading—is a significant challenge. One of the most popular and successful frameworks that has emerged to help educators meet this challenge is the Daily 5™, first introduced by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser in their 2006 book, The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades. This method offers students the following five choices of activities to work independently toward personal literacy goals:
Read to Self
Work on Writing
Read to Someone
Listen to Reading
Ready to try this rewarding, student-centered instructional method in your classroom? Or, maybe you’ve been using the Daily 5 for years and are simply looking to refine your approach. No matter where you are on your Daily 5 journey, we’ve assembled this guide with useful tips to help you fully understand the framework and put best practices to work.