The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student

    is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are

    ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as

    well as help foster the children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit

    whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write

    independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups

    of students.

    When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily

    Five, which are comprised of:

    •Read to Self

    •Read to Someone

    •Work on Writing

    •Listen to Reading

    •Word Work

    There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5

    component. We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and

    writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5 and fostering our classroom

    community. I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest

    needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.

    One thing you’ll notice that may be a change for you is a direct decrease

    in the number of worksheets your child brings home. While worksheets keep students

    busy, they don’t really result in the high level of learning that I want for your child.

    Instead, your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read,

    understand, and are interested in, which they will read during the Daily 5. They will be

    spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one

    way to improve reading. I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will

    skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accomplished by extended

    practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.

    As you can see, I am excited about giving your child the opportunity to be

    involved in a structure that will have a positive effect on their education.

    Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own

    child’s bookcase. It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your

    favorite bookstore for browsing.