Sunday, April 1, 2012

Daily 5?!?!?!?!

Hola my bloggy friends!  I'm officially on SPRING BREAK and I am SOOOOO pumped.  We aren't going anywhere...just staying here and trying to sell our house!  We put an offer on one we want and they countered, and I think we're going to accept!  Now we just have to sell our house...*FINGERS CROSSED*.

So as I think about teaching 1st grade next year, I'm thinking of incorporating the Daily 5.  This is where YOU come in!  I read the book in 2 days and am really excited.  However, I have lots of questions!  I started to write out my 1st grade schedule for next year and quickly realized it is going to be a MAJOR challenge to get 4 sessions in!  Those of you who do it, how on earth?!?!?!  My problem is that our day is broken up.  There is no way I can fit in 30-minute blocks for Daily 5.  I took it down to 25 minutes, but I'm still only able to fit in 3 sessions.  Here's a look at what my schedule will be next year (to the best of my knowledge):

9:00-9:10 Morning Work/Daily Number

9:10-9:25 Calendar

9:30-10:45 OPEN (Was thinking Math 9:25-10:05, Mini Lesson 10:05-10:15, 25-minute Daily 5 session)

10:45-11:15 Reading Intervention (which I teach...we take the bottom 12 or so kids in the grade and do an intervention class with kids will get split between the other 1st grade teachers)

11:15-11:35 Lunch

11:35-12:05 Recess

12:05-12:15 Restroom Break

12:15-1:50 OPEN (Was thinking Mini Lesson 12:15-12:25, 25-minute Daily 5 session 12:25-12:50, Mini Lesson 12:50-1:00, 25-minute Daily 5 session 1:00- 1:25, Mini Lesson 1:25-1:35...but then that gives me 15 minutes....)

1:50-2:30 Specials (Art, Music, Library, Computer, Gym)

2:30-3:15 Recess/Wrap Up/Pack Up

Ahhhh....I'm so stuck!  Any guidance on this crazy schedule?  I'm looking for ideas!

ALSO, when you work with small groups during Daily 5, do they just miss a Daily 5 session?  I'm just trying to wrap my brain around how all this works!

I'm looking forward to hearing how you do this!  And for future reference, I'm going to work on a Daily 5 packet for next year, so be on the lookout!  I'll give one away when I get it done!  :)


  1. I am no expert on this, but I believe our First Grade team does Daily 5. They do 5 minute mini lessons, then a "station" in between each lesson. Does that sound about right?

  2. Yep, that's what it's looking like to me! I just can't figure out how to get it all in...I plan to extend my mini lessons to 10 minutes, only because I know how we can get to talking. :P Maybe I can figure out a plan to get them down to 5. Hmmm...

  3. I'll be following this post b/c I want to implement portions of the Daily Five next year! Our schedules are going to look very different next year, so I haven't started planning the time aspect of it yet.
    Congratulations on finding a new house and good luck on selling yours! My husband and I are building but thankfully we are just renting now, so we don't have to worry about selling too! Best wishes to you! :)
    Stories From Second