Daily 5 {Second Edition} FREEBIE and Book Study Ch 8

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Math Daily 3?  What??
Yep, that’s what Chapter 8 is all about and I have to say, I like it.
I already do a lot of what they describe, we use Investigations (for better or worse) so the math games are a check, and whole group is something I  do well…if I do say so myself, but intervention/small group is my hugest source of frustration.  After 3 or 4 different attempts to explain a concept, manipulative changes, different methods used…and more, I start to lose faith.  I start to get frustrated. I’m only human right?  I hope that including Math Daily 3 and using the smaller bursts of whole group instructions will help my small group time to be more effective.   =)
Here are some examples of how I set up my math storage and stations:

Well, now that I’ve taken care of my confessional, onto Chapter 8.  They say that Math Daily 3 isn’t about providing specific math content, but is instead about providing tasks and activities that engage students in the math they are expected to learn.   The chapter focuses on what the kids are doing independently during math time.
Math Daily 3 includes:
Math by Myself
Math Writing
Math with Someone

(Bookmark included in the freebie below)

The first two are steeped in kinesthetic practice and math concepts…primarily activity based.  Independent and partner math games along with problem solving with manipulatives.  I agree that at the beginning of a new unit, the games should be mostly review.  
Here are some of the games I use, I have a lot that are freebies if you click the tab on the right for “Math” and go back a ways…some games I use are from Investigations and the Geo Board It Pack below is in my TpT shop =)

 These are class sets:

Investigations’ games are for homework:

 I store the small homework versions in baskets like this:

These are examples from my Just Add Dice Game pack for Valentine’s Day (I have them in my TpT shop for all seasons!)

Math Writing is the time when kids express and articulate their thinking and understanding by working on a particular math problem or concept through pictures, numbers, words, or creating problems of their own.  I expect my kids to explain their reasoning…I use this Data Board for my Math Journaling in the morning from my Math Question of the Day Pack:



As with Daily 5 for Reading, the focus is still on building stamina and becoming independent.  Whole group is for short bursts of math instruction from our math program…breaking it into manageable chunks.  Math Daily 3 breaks up those chunks.  The first focus lesson is the daily explicit teaching of a math concept.  The second lesson provides time for guided practice.  The third lesson is often a problem that reflects that day’s math focus, where kids share their thinking either with a partner or the class.  Toward the end, the chapter goes into depth with the supplies, tools, foundation lessons, & the launching process.
Here are some resources I created to help me get started this year!

Hope you will be able to find them useful!
Happy 4th of July!
You can find the FREEBIES {here} on TpT and visit the other links for their chapter reviews and freebies! The book study will be taking a break this coming Friday because many of us will be living it up in Las Vegas for the ITK and TpT Conferences, but we will finish up the book with Chapter 9 on July 18th!


  1. Love your confessional… I, too, have struggled with the small group aspect of math time… Hopefully Math Daily 3 helps with that! Thanks for the freebies! Also, I used your geoboard pack last year and my kiddos loved it! They loved trying to copy the pictures on the little task cards. So fun! 🙂

    First Grade Garden

  2. I love your confessions. I will be teaching first for the first time this year, so here is my question, I read the original daily five a few years ago and implemented it in my class. Is the second edition worth the purchase? I am following the study but am torn about buying the book. I am going to check out your geoboard pack…. Thanks!

    1. In my opinion, it is worth buying. The amount of flexibility with the 2nd edition was refreshing. I never bought into ALL of the first Daily 5 book….but this edition makes it easier for me to see myself doing most of it. I am pretty sure they offer digital downloads on Amazon for less than the book copy =)

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. I have a question not related to the topic… 🙂 Would you please share where you purchased the boxes with the blue lids in your second picture. They look like they are half the size of regular shoebox containers. Thanks so much!

  4. Great post. I am just wrapping up the new edition of The Daily Five and I was so excited to get to the math chapter. You did a great job explaining it. I will certainly check out your question of the day packet, since daily math writing is not something I currently use with my kids.
    Thanks for the freebies as well. They will be very helpful when I try this format with my class during the upcoming school year.
    I look forward to reading more about how the Math Daily 3 is working in your classroom.
    School Is a Happy Place

  5. I love all of these ideas! I want am now thinking of ways to adapt this in my third grade classroom! I especially love the math writing center with the question of the day! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration! <3

    1. I would buy the second edition…and if you needed/wanted more info about the original, I would see if a teaching buddy has it and just borrow it from them =)

  6. I am not sure if anyone has them, let me ask our 2nd grade teachers to give me a copy of what I need and I am sure I can get something together for a 2nd grade version before school starts =)

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Daily 5 {Second Edition} FREEBIE and Book Study Ch 3-4

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Ok, so this week we are looking at Chapters 3 and 4.  They are both all about Independence.  Chapter 3 was a large chunk of information, so let’s get started!

Chapter 3 is about the 10 steps to teaching and learning independence.  I LOVE the idea of my kids being independent learners.  We all know that kids learn differently: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic…but the book points out that memory stored in the kinesthetic system lasts the longest.  SO it is important to have kids act out the ways in which we move around the room, or where to sit, or how to be readers.  (I also like acting out the WRONG ways, too!)  The model for Read To Self is still, “Correct/Incorrect/Correct Model Interaction” (except for beginning of the year Kinder)
The 10 steps are:
Get your copy of the above 10 Steps chart and the I-Chart below{here}
My favorite is Step 2…you should set a purpose and a sense of urgency.  
WHY are we learning this and why is it important?    
With the I-Chart, it emphasizes the idea that with young learners, you may not add all the desired behaviors the first day, you might add two a day.  Again, it is flexible and should meet the needs of your students.  I LOVE that you focus on positive statements…not the negative behaviors that you don’t want.  For the I-Chart, you list what good readers DO…not what they DON’T do.  I created this little I-Chart for your kids to record the things your class will place on the class chart.
Get your FREEBIE {here}
It’s also important to note Step 8 where we STAY OUT OF THE WAY in the beginning!  Their on-task behavior cannot be anchored to us and our presence…we cannot go around giving them reinforcement and stimulus when ultimately we want them to be able to do it later independently.  
 Chapter 4 is all about what you need to get started.  The book recommends quiet chimes, I use a music box…there are a lot of possibilities that can be used to create the quiet signal.  The book discusses research that supports the “above, pause, whisper” approach to getting kids recognize transitions.  The meeting area (or “gathering place”) should be large enough for all your kids to sit on the floor.  Research shows that classrooms with large libraries have more successful readers (well, duh! right?)  Here are some snapshots of my gathering place and libraries (I have several)
and book bins are encouraged in the Daily 5 book, or book bags or boxes…whatever works for you!  Here is what I use:
 Book Bins from Really Good Stuff =)  In this picture, they are filled with books at the end of the year when my kids are reading a lot!
The book suggests 8-10 good fit books in book bins.  Comfort is key for Read To Self…stamina will be built most successfully when we (they) are comfortable.  
According to the book, it is important to display charts of collected class learning throughout the year, not throwing them away or taking them down after a week…which I have been guilty of in the past!!  Overall, I enjoyed the two chapters and it reinforced the things I know are important.
Link up and follow along with my Freebielicious friends…and bloggy friends, too!  
Everyone is welcome to link up!


  1. I love your recap of the chapters. Fabulous organization of your library and gathering space. Did you make your adorable bunting? So cute!

  2. This is great! I love Daily 5, but I am trying to figure out the best way to organize my classroom library. How do you organize your library? Is there a system for your students to "check-out" books? I think organizing my library will be my next project!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I have several libraries. I don't really have them check out books, but they have their book bins that are levelized according to where they are. But I also have thematic libraries that are themed and not levelized. I have seasonal book baskets and AR leveled books, too. There are non-fiction baskets in all my stations, too. There are a lot of opportunities for my kids to read …in a variety of ways =) I will try to post about them more in depth soon!

  3. Thank you for your recap of the new edition! I loved being able to see all the places your students can read around your classroom. Will you be making I-charts for the other parts of Daily 5? I really like the one you made for Read to Self and I plan on making it into a poster. However – the OCD in me knows that I just have to have matching ones! 🙂

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