Sunday, September 11, 2011

Daily 5 - Work on Writing

More Daily 5 info! I tried to do more pictures, since I know that's what I personally like looking at :)

I have been introducing each one of the Daily 5 choices slowly,  starting at 1 minute of stamina, then moving to 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and then 10 minutes. It usually takes us a few days to build up to that and I don't introduce a new Daily 5 choice until they have reached 10 minutes. Currently I have introduced Read to Self, Work on Writing and Word Work. This week, since we have learned all three, I will let them choose from all 3 for a few days and I will introduce Listen to Reading later this week.

Here are the different writing tools the students can choose from during Work on Writing:

These tools are right next to the typing paper/dictionaries. I separated these tools from the dry-erase ones so students wouldn't accidentally use markers on dry-erase boards and dry-erase markers on typing paper. 
Write the Room pages are from the fabulous J. Meacham. You can find it under "Write the Room, By Letter, Long Form)

Letter Tracing Pages are from Learning Page. You have to be a member to download the pages BUT it's free to become a member!

Writing tools labels (pdf version) were created using Microsoft Word.  If you want the actual word document you can get that here.

They did such an amazing job with this one! We talked about only writing WORDS/letters on dry-erase boards and typing paper. That was really hard for them to remember but they got it by time we got to 10 minutes of stamina! I am so proud of all of them! Here are some pics of them working.

I was going to group this post with Word Work as well but it's WAY past my bedtime. More to come! :)


Unknown said...

This is probably a really dumb question but I'm seeing daily 5 all over the blog world and I know nothing about it. Is there a book? I would like to have a little more information.

Judy Lau said...

Kerri - it's basically a different take on literacy centers. I absolutely love it and Kindergarteners are doing just fine with it. The authors ("the sisters") have a book and great website about it. Here is the book:
And here is their website:

Kellerclan5 said...

Love your ideas on daily five - introduced to my little k friends and we are building stamina! Thanks for sharing all you labels:)

Jill A said...

I love your blog!!! I am just starting the Daily 5 this year - so you have been a great help!!! I was wondering if you have a pacing guide you go by with your Kindergarten kids and if so would you share.
Thanks!!! Jill

Judy Lau said...

Jill - thanks! I don't really have a pacing guide because it really depends on your group of kiddos. We have 6 kindergarten classes on my campus and we are all at different places with daily 5.
I usually start with read to self (feels like it's the easiest to get started and it's also a very calm one to start with) for 1 minute of stamina for a day (3 or so Daily 5 rounds that day). If they did great that day I increase it to 3 minutes of stamina, then 5, then 7-10. When I get to 10 minutes, I introduce the next one all by itself and we work on JUST that one choice until we get to 10 minutes of stamina, then I introduce the next one. This year it took us about a week of doing each choice. Last year we took it a little slower - just depends on what they're ready for. I hope that helped!

Unknown said...

I have been moved to kinder and your blog gives me hope that I can still do daily 5 :) I received a Versitile Blogger Award and wanted to pass it on to you. Thanks for being an inspiration.

Kristin said...

I see I'm a little late to the party but you are loved!! Paying it forward! I just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out:

Judy Lau said...

Wow Melissa and Kristin thank you guys so much for the award! It really means a lot :)

Emily said...

Love the ideas for word work! Do you happen to have an electronic copy of the write the room sheets (long form)? I tried getting it from the link you posted, but it said the file was damaged and I couldn't download it! :(

Annie said...

What is in the mini office? I am very interested in using some of your ideas for word work :)

Judy Lau said...

Annie, I based my mini offices off of Jessica Meacham's. You can find them here:

Hope you get a chance to check out her website. Her ideas/shared resources are AMAZING.

Anonymous said...

Love your labels! What font do you use?

Unknown said...

So you have been a great help!!! I was Garcinia cambogia wondering if you have a pacing guide you go by with your Kindergarten kids and if so would you share.

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