The first two to three weeks of The Daily Five are considered the launch period. It is really important to take the appropriate amount of time to teach your dear students the desired behaviors while doing The Daily Five. The rest of the year will run much more smoothly if you do not short change the launch.
Most of this information is basically the launch recommended in the book. The other four elements of The Daily Five (Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work) launch in basically the same fashion. Just make sure you pace yourself, you do not want to launch all on the same day.
Click here for a closer look at the first mini lessons to use during the launch of Read to Self.