The Daily 5
I've been using this program as a management tool for reading for the last 3 years. It consists of 5 components:
Read to Self
Read to Someone
Listen to Reading
Work on Writing
During the first month of school, the students and I create a I-chart for each of these components, discussing what the teacher and the student would be doing and why these are important. After that, we put it to practice and work on building stamina for long periods of time. This is my 4th year of implementing The Daily 5, and I LOVE it!!! Once the students have built up enough stamina, it allows for me to have one-on-one conferences or small group time.
Due to the length of our school day, we are only able to get in 1-3 of the Daily 5 rounds per day. Despite that, you would be quite impressed with what you saw if you entered my classroom and saw every student working in his/her successful spot the whole time. You would also hear children share their challenges and successes when we check in at circle. This really is a way for me to attempt to meet the needs of all my students in the classroom.
I also use CAFE in conjunction with Daily 5. It stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand vocabulary. As I meet one-on-one with students in the classroom, they are given a goal to focus on during their Read to Self time. With the help of read alouds, I introduce and model different strategies within each of these categories. Students then are to practice a particular reading strategy to help them become better readers. I have seen a lot of success in the last few years with the help of Daily 5 and CAFE!