This year, we are piloting a new literacy program in grades 2, 4 and 5. This grew out of our summer professional development book groups, which you can read more about here. The program, called the Daily 5, is grounded in the knowledge base of what activities and behaviors are most effective for developing basic literacy. The Daily 5 was written by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, who also maintain the DailyCafe.com website.
Our first Parent Connect this year was dedicated to sharing information about The Daily 5 and our implementation of it this year. Here is a review for those parents who were not able to join us, as well as anyone else interested in learning more.
Everything we do is grounded in an understanding of what our students need in order to be successful in this connected, high tech world. We believe the Daily 5 helps us help our students to become independent learners.
Our librarian, Karin Hallett, shared some of the research behind this program in the following slides:
If you would like to learn more, here is an excellent article that synthesizes current research and underscores the importance of self-selected independent reading.
We watched a video of Amy Stein teaching her second graders the "I PICK" strategy for learning how to choose "good fit books."
We also watched Stephanie Teitelbaum introducing "Read to Self" to her 4th and 5th graders.
Here are some thoughts from Andrea Hernandez and Jon Mitzmacher:
This final video includes a discussion about The CAFE Book, which is the counterpart to the Daily 5, as well as information about the data collection process.
Stephanie has started a professional blog, Teach, Blog and Tweet, where she will be documenting and reflecting upon the process as it unfolds. Please feel free to follow her there, and add your voice to the discussion.