Daily 5 – Chapter 3!

July 2, 2012

Here we are with Chapter 3 of the Daily 5!
The amazing Anna Brantley over at Crazy for First Grade, Mrs. Freshwater, and Jana at Thinking Outloud were lovely enough to host these books studies. There are 2 going on (Can I join both?!?)

 Chapter 3 went through a few routines that are crucial to a successful D5 program. 
One that stood out to me was the modeling of “good-fit” books. This concept is one that I am sure every teacher talks about with their students, but the comparison to shoes in Figure 3-3, was one I loved! It makes so much sense and I can’t wait to use it next year!
I also made this little poster to reinforce the concept!

Okay… I’m going to share a secret… don’t judge… but I only made ONE anchor chart last year with my class, ONE. And… before last year and my blogosphere discoveries I hadn’t actually heard the words “anchor chart.”

Ahhhh, okay I am a horrible teacher! But hey, isn’t that why we’re doing this book study?!?! To learn and grow! Well, learning and growing is exactly what I’m doing! I love to doodle & create posters so I have a feeling I will be making lots and lots of adorable anchor charts with my kiddos!

Now, I have read some teachers saying they are already making anchor charts during the summer, but I thought the purpose was to make it together with the students to further enforce their learning. That way they are a part of it, right?? Please correct me if I’m wrong – I wanna make sure I have this right before I start next year!

Last, but not least, I loved the short intervals or repeated practice to build up their STAMINA! If anyone read my last post, building stamina has quickly become one of my favorite parts of introducing the D5 and I made some cute little posters to remind our students to build their “reading muscles.”

You can click on the pics to get my lil reading hippos!


Now go link up so I can read your genius ideas!


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  • This was my tenth year teaching, and the FIRST year I ever heard the words "anchor chart". I guess I'm a hillbilly and have been calling them "posters" for my career thus far. But whatevs. And I only made some this past year because I had to for a training assignment.

    Of course, after stalking blogs and becoming addicted to Pinterest- there are some pretty cool ideas out there. I think most of them I will create with my kids. Because you're right- their input is what makes it work. But I also think I'm going to make a little "catalog" of the anchor charts I've found on the web so that I have an idea as to what I might want to do as a basic layout- or if any "steering" may be necessary. Buuuuuut, I could see myself doing some anchor chart prepping during the summer by drawing the background graphics, and then leaving space to record the kids ideas. If I found myself that motivated to add to my already huge to-do list.


  • Hi Susan! I'm doing the Daily 5 book study too – through Mel at Seusstastic. Is this a different one? Not sure if I should link up to both…

    Anyway, anchor charts…never made ONE! I would like to do it this year, but I don't even know what to buy. I don't have an easel and just don't know what I need to get started.

    You can check out my chapter 3 post here:



  • I love those posters! Adorable! I am doing a Daily 5 study too – but we won't be on chapter 3 until next week. Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

  • I went to The Sisters workshop 2 summers ago and they emphasized the importance of the students being a part of creating the anchor charts. They did say you can redo or pretty them up after but for the students to "own" them and make the routines intrinsic, it is very important that they are part of the creating. I love Daily 5 and couldn't believe the amount of progress my students made this past year. I am so glad I found your blog!

  • I have been using Daily five in my classroom for the past two years now and love it! I create the anchor charts with the children, but I hang the charts that I made and laminted previously. Love your blog!