Daily Five Jump and Jive

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Ok so I can’t actually jump right now seeing as my foot is still good and broken. But in my head  I am absolutely jumping and jiving!! Why you ask? Well, for the past three years I have wanted to get started with the Daily Five in my classroom. I bought both the  Daily Five Book and the CAFE Book as a first year teacher. (They’ve accompanied on many a Spring/Christmas break, and I’ve read them more than once.)


 I taught my firsties to do Read to Self…and I started incorporating more work work centers..but I never really had either up and running. Then this past year my wonderful student teacher introduced it to my class because we had an extra 30 minutes of down time every morning due to the state testing schedules for a good month. Being as it was near  the end of the year, they very quickly were able to do most of the pieces with minimal training. (Oh the beauty of 4th quarter independence!!) So everyday they would rotate through a round or two of Daily 5. They liked it so much I called my friend in second grade in to watch, and she in turn got her class doing it too.

Then our school hired a new principal. {I will spare you the long never ending saga of drama that has surrounded- and continues to surround – the decisions that led to my school hiring a new principal, as it takes away from the happy I’ve got going on} But I will say I’m super excited to work with her. She is a former instructional coach and has already spent oodles of time working with staff in preperation for next year.

Well a few of my colleges and I approached her to discuss Daily Five/CAFE and our desire to incorporate these programs into our literacy block. And she was all about it!! She purchased the books and sat down with us yesterday to begin discussing how we can merge these programs with our current Basal curriculum. She also wants us to put together some professional development workshops to present to the elementary staff. And guess who volunteered their room as a “model room” to show the rest of the staff what a room that is set up for the D5/CAFE would look like….Oh yes, that would be me, the girl who recently broke her foot and hasn’t even begun putting her room together as a result. But I couldn’t help myself!! Apparently jumping and jiving will make you do irrational things. I’m sure I will figure it all out though. I have been all about owls lately. Not real ones, just the super cute one’s popping up in classrooms across America.

owl themed classroom.

Visions of Owls +Polks Dots + Daily Five/CAFE have been swimming around my head all day!!

So that was my news to share. I’m preparing to lose myself in a world of Daily 5 resources over the next few weeks. I’ll be diving back through all the book study posts that have been popping up all summer long– there have been multiple great ones going on!! Rachelle from What The Teacher Wants shared a post with some great D5 freebies today too. If you are a Daily Five/CAFE veteran– any particularly awesome resources you would like to send my way are greatly appreciated! If you’re a Daily Five/CAFE newbie like myself– where are you at in your planning process??

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Stephanie Stewart

Stephanie Stewart

Hi, I' Stephanie! I’m always looking for new ways to put a creative twist on the standards and I love helping primary teachers do the same in their classroom. Think of me as your virtual teaching partner right down the hall. I can’t wait to share new lesson ideas, teaching tips, and engaging K-2 resources with you!

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  1. You and I are in the same boat! Well, the D5 boat, anyway… not the broken foot boat (sorry about that!!). I talked with my principal today about me implementing the Daily 5 in with our basal (StoryTown) this year. She was very positive about it and wants me to model it, as well! I sent her Rachelle's link this afternoon when I got home from our meeting so she can check out what blogland has to say about it! The two of us may have a lot to chat about this year 🙂

    And, don't worry, I haven't started on my room, either b/c of my little boy – a 12 week-old doesn't fare well without being entertained all day in my classroom! Eek!

    Have fun, and good luck!! 🙂
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  2. I am just moving into 2nd grade from special ed. When I interviewed for this position the principal was really supportive of Daily 5 and said she'd had teachers implement it very effectively in the past. I'm so excited to use it next year! So far I'm just setting my classroom up (and yes, jumping on the owl band wagon too!) I bought bins for the "good fit" books at the dollar store. Check out my blog for pics teacherandamom.blogspot.com I hope your foot heals quickly, you'll need both feet to keep up with those firsties!!!

  3. I LOVE Daily 5. Have been using it for the past two years. I am moving to first grade this year and plan to loop with my kiddos. I started the Cafe but just could not get it going for some reason. I hope to do better this year. I too am in the owl theme club. I have spent so much money but will have an AWESOME room this year!!!!! I have not really started either as we are kicked out of the building until August!

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Hi, I’ Stephanie! I’m always looking for new ways to put a creative twist on the standards and I love helping primary teachers do the same in their classroom. Think of me as your virtual teaching partner right down the hall. I can’t wait to share new lesson ideas, teaching tips, and engaging K-2 resources with you!



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