I have been a big fan of the Daily 5 since Gail Boushey & Joan Moser (The Sisters) released their book. I remember reading about them and the release of the book and ordered a copy in advance. After I received my copy and started reading I knew instantly that it was going to change my teaching style in the classroom. I read the book in two days and started working on changing my plans and routines that very night.
Each year I have made changes to the Daily 5 in my classroom to reflect my schedule and my students for that year. The best part about the Daily 5 is that it really works for any grade level, any group of students and any teacher. A few years back our district started using a program called SRA along with our reading series StoryTown. I was not happy at first because this meant that for the first time the children would break up into small groups and work with their SRA teacher for 1 hour. I was worried because I was not always going to have my students with me. I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough time when all of the children returned to our classroom. I was definitely wrong. I love the program and have used the Daily 5 to manage the rest of my ELA time. The Daily 5 gives the children time to work independently, in small groups and time for one on one assessment with me.
Over the past few years I have tried a few different ways to have the children to keep track of where they should be. Last year I came up with a new system which I really like. Below you will see pictures of 2 of the rotation charts I give to the children. (I changed the names to my first name.) Each child keeps their Daily 5 rotation card in their book box. I keep miniature copies of all the cards with me so I can always keep track of where the kids should be.
Since loosing 1 hour of our ELA block to SRA I had to cut down on the rotations each week. We do 2 rounds each day and the children will visit each station twice a week. I also changed my Daily 5 choices. In our classroom we do: Read to Self, Work on Writing (W.O.W), Listening, Computers and Word Work. We don't use Read to Someone as part of the Daily 5 because we partner read at other times.