The Daily 5

(Grades K-3) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 5T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40144

Course Description

Do you find that working with small reading and writing groups at the primary level is a less than ideal situation? Are students constantly interrupting your small group instruction for directions and clarifications? Let’s face it — it is very unusual to find students in grades K-3 who can work independently in a consistent and successful manner. This online course introduces the Daily 5, a framework for structuring the time that students spend working on literacy. This literacy block routine is structured in such a way so that an entire classroom of students is engaged in deliberate, thoughtful, interesting, and fun activities which are focused on literacy while the teacher meets with small groups or individuals to provide targeted instruction. This course provides an in-depth look at the five core components of the Daily 5 — Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. Participants will learn about the overall structure of the Daily 5, including how to introduce all five components using specific foundation lessons. Strategies will also be offered for differentiating and assessing each of the Daily 5 components, and participants will be given specific tips and suggestions for making each component a success in his/her own classroom. By the end of this course, teachers will feel very confident in implementing the Daily 5 approach to literacy in their primary grade classrooms. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This was a great course that introduced me to the Daily 5 and how to use foundation lessons to teach students the routines and procedures of the Daily 5, and then focus lessons that use the CCSS for the Daily 5. The material was presented in a way that was easy to follow." - Charlotte Huffman

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$120 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD

$304 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC40144
Unit One
  • Introduction to the Daily 5
  • Defining the Core Beliefs
  • The Daily 5 and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Preparing the Classroom for Optimal Learning
  • The Ten Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence
  • Helpful Support
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Read to Self
  • Focus Lessons and Differentiation for Read to Self
  • Read to Self: Make it a Success
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Work on Writing
  • Focus Lessons and Differentiation for Work on Writing
  • Work on Writing: Make it a Success
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Read to Someone
  • Focus Lessons and Differentiation for Read to Someone
  • Read to Someone: Make it a Success
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • Word Work and Listen to Reading
  • Focus Lessons and Differentiation for Word Work
  • Word Work and Listen to Reading: Make them a Success
  • Assignment #4: Create Daily 5 Lessons
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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