Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Daily Five: Focus on Word Work

When I began using The Daily Five I spent most of the summer planning just how to execute it in my classroom.  I was embarking on my journey on my own.  No one at my school was doing it yet.  In fact that is how I found teaching blogs.  Searching online for what The Daily Five looked like in other classrooms led me to many awesome ideas and inspirations.
If you looking for Daily Five ideas, below you will get a peek at some of the Word Work activities I use and a few tips.
I make a rotation schedule for my students through the week so that each student gets a turn at every activity.  My ipad is always one of the Word Work activities during our Daily Five time.  
The pictures above are only a few suggestions.  I'm sure you know, there are many ideas on pinterest.  If you have any fun activities that your kids love, I'd love to hear about them.

Also, don't forget to check Instagram hashtag #teachertalktuesday for loads of pics from classrooms all over the place.  You can find me @schoolisahappyplace.
Happy Tuesday.


  1. Thanks for sharing all of those great ideas! I'm thinking about starting the Daily 5 next year in my classroom. I will definitely keep this post in mind when planning!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  2. What a great post! Thank you for all the great ideas. I dabbled in D5 this year, and plan to do it fully next year and have been thinking about word work. I'm your newest follower. Please visit my blog: Kindergartendoodles.blogspot.com

  3. I just wanted to tell you that I just shared this with my best friend who just got a job! (she went to UT too :)) Her school does Daily 5 and she hasnt done it before and I remembered you having the BEST word work ideas!! Thanks so much for posting this and all your other daily 5 ideas! We are learning so much!

    The Army Wife Teacher

  4. I am just starting Daily 5 this year in my classroom and am anxious to get materials stocked and prepared for my students. I love your ideas!

  5. Do you use one of these each day? Offer a few to choose from? Or do you pick one of these and then after five weeks switch to something else? I am new to Daily Five but excited to try it this year. Thank you!

  6. What grade do you do this with?

    1. I use The Daily 5 and these word work activities with 1st graders.

  7. I am currently in the process of implementing the Daily 5. I just wanted you to know I found this blog to be very insightful. I am excited about using this information in my classroom this upcoming year. Thanks for sharing !!!!!!

  8. I am curious how you decide which words to give your students. I am struggling with that portion of daily 5!