November 30, 2011

Daily 3 Signs {printable}

Hey there everyone! How is your week going?

Today I wanted to share some new signs from our classroom.

For the past couple of years, we have used a version of the Daily 5, well actually, a Daily 3 for us. We always had an independent reading time, as well as "Listen to Reading" and "Work on Writing" (this is when we did Reader's Response).

I am sad to say that this year, I am woefully behind in regards to my rotations. I mean, we do these things within our Reader's Workshop, but not nearly as organized as in the past. It's our first year with a new Reader's and Writer's Workshop a spelling series we implemented a couple of weeks into the year SO I've had a hard time finding a balance between everything new we're learning and the old things that have always worked well for my students and I.

Luckily, I think I'm getting there finally. I did build stamina with my students since the beginning of the year (they are voracious readers for the most part anyways!) and they have done well with independent reading.

Now, I'm ready to start introducing the three rounds next week as a routine with our class.

For Listening to Reading, we use some interactive stories online, as well as stories on iPods (I am still adding to our audio collection). This is a very popular rotation of course, and very important for my limited English proficient students.

Work on Writing (Reader's Response) takes a bit more differentiation, since we have a wide range of writers in our class. I'm hoping to blog more in-depth about this part in the coming weeks.

For now, I am getting the rotation cards ready to go for next week. I decided to keep them simple (and round, to match the rest of our decor!). I have a small black bulletin board I will use these on. I'm trying out some new repositionable (That's not a word? It should be...but I see that red dotted line, aargh! Aargh's not a word either, apparently!) tape. We'll see how that goes, I'll be sure to let you know if it's any good.

So, this is probably one of those documents that very few people will actually be able to use but hey, you never know! I'll be happy if even a couple of you can use them!! You can download the file directly by clicking the preview below...
Do you use the Daily 5 in your room? Do you modify it? If so, how? I would love to hear what you all do!


  1. These are so cute! Do you make your own clip art?

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  2. Hey Mor! Thanks for the sweet words, on the other post too! No, I wish I were that talented...the graphics are by Thistlegirl Designs: I LOVE them!

  3. I took a linguistics class a while back and recall learning that any word can be considered a word as long as the person (or people) you are talking to understands what you mean. Gotta love language! :)

  4. oooo, thanks MG, that makes me feel better!! :)

  5. Daily 3 is the way to go. I have been pressed for time, so it's listen to reading (online, tag pens, and cd station), read to self, and read with someone. Good luck with your rotations!

  6. Hi,
    We do a modified daily 5 like you. We also do Daily 3, because our writing block is using Lucy Calkins. So we do read to self, buddy read, work with words ( word games and activities) the other peice is while they are doing these, I work with a child or small group of children.
    I love the colored fill-in font you used for your labels. What font is it and how do you get differed colors inside the letters?

  7. Don't do D5 but I can certainly use these to label my centers. Thanks!

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  8. I love the bright colors of these - can't be missed :)

  9. These are WONDERFUL! And very useful. Way to go.
    I'm just kicking D5 into gear in my Kindergarten. And I will be modifying to a 3 as well. (we call it the Big 3) Since we have listening in our centers and writing in our journals daily, we'll put Read to Self and Word Work into a small afternoon block. Thanks for sharing.

  10. So cute - I just linked to it from my blog

  11. Wow! Just stubbled upon your blog through pinterest! I just started using Daly 5 this year, and love it! I've also started using the CAFE model as well. Is anyone else here doing the same? I'd love to hear your feedback.

  12. I modified the daily 5 for my fifth grade classroom as well. I do 15 minute rotations with read with someone, word work and computers. Then they all do read to self with a readers response together for 25 minutes. This just works better for my group because they tend to get distracted if they're trying to do read to self and someone is talking...

  13. Just started Daily 5 in January. I modified it a bit also. I don't do Listen to Reading, as I read a chapter from a chapter book every day. I have found that on most days I can get to 3-4 rotations. I love the signs. Especially since they are CIRCLES! Thanks for all your hardwork. Ooops, red dots. Hard (space) work. Better. :) Things that make a blogger go hmmmm (more red dots).

  14. I do the Daily 5 in my classroom and I LOVE it! We have turned it into a school wide initiative that all of our students love! Your signs are super cute! Do you have signs for all of the Daily 5 choices?

  15. I am newbie to Daily 5. I implemented it last year, but it still needs some tweaking. I love your signs!!! Would you be able to provide the other 2 - Word Work and Read to Someone? Thanks!

    1. Hi! I actually have a brand new set of all 5 for this school year:

  16. many great posters and it provided so much bright idea for parents and teachers! Thank you Ladybuy!