Daily 5 Series: Preparation & Resources to Get You Started

I think the most important part of Daily 5 is the preparation. You cannot prepare enough because the systems you put in place early with pay HUGE dividends for the rest of the year!

One of the first things I did was to buy my two favorite books from The 2 Sisters:

.... and then I spent the remainder of the weekend reading them cover to cover and sticky-noting everything!!

If you start with one, start with the Daily 5-- it explicitly tells you how to setup your classroom, gives helpful management strategies, introductory lessons, and more.

The Sisters also have a fantastic website, http://www.the2sisters.com/, that I recommend looking through as well.

Have you ever visited ProTeacher.net? They have a Peony Meeting Room that addresses Daily 5 questions, comments, and inspiration from other teachers. ProTeachers.net is free to sign up and offers tons of other message boards on all things teaching.

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I would also highly recommend searching on Pinterest to see Daily 5 boards. If you are like me, I have to see something in action to fully wrap my head around it.

There are so many wonderful classrooms and teachers out there, please don't feel you need to reinvent the wheel! The majority of my great ideas, and a lot of my confidence, came from reading other blogs, looking at videos, and seeing how other teachers manage Daily 5 in their classes!

Are there any other resources for Daily 5 that I am missing? Leave your favorite resource in the comments below, I would love to add to this list!


  1. Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you found us, so we could find you! I am definetly going to follow up on your Daily 5 posts! Thanks!
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  2. Do you use Daily 5 along with your reading curriculum or is it something that helps enhance it? I am definitely going to check out the books you recommended!

  3. Hi Danielle,

    In our school, we use the Reader's Workshop model from Lucy Calkins and this fits in perfectly. Definitely check out the books, they are soooooo helpful and well-written. The Daily 5 book is perfect for the structure of reading and CAFE is perfect for the lessons to teach. I am going to do a post on lessons later in this series :)

    Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Stephanie,

    Daily Five is reminding me somewhat of The Four Blocks Literacy Model by Patricia Cunningham. Have you worked with this program ever or heard of it? Four Blocks consists of Working with Words, Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, and Writing. I am wondering if they are similar or if Daily Five is an updated version of the same ideas....

    Thank you for your thoughts in advance!