I've been doing Daily 5 in my classroom for the last couple of years and still feel like I'm trying to figure out what works best for me and my class each year. Since starting this "program" I have only had time to have 3 rotations each day- wouldn't it be wonderful to have more hours in the day!? When I taught 1st grade I decided where my kids went each day. I just didn't feel comfortable giving them the responsibility of deciding where they were going to go each rotation. But, when I moved up to 2nd grade I decided to give it a try. The class that I did this with was AMAZING, so that definitely helped-BUT, it truly is amazing how resonsible kids can be when they have clear expectations and are given some choice!
In order to let my students choose where they went, I knew that I needed to come up with a creative way to manage each rotation. I saw something like this on Pinterest, and made it work in my own classroom. I've used this for the last 2 years and absolutely LOVE it! Super fast, easy and the best part-CHEAP!
I do have my students complete a "Check Chart" after each day so that they can keep track of where they are going each day. In our classroom, they MUST go to "Read to Self" each day, but it doesn't matter what rotation they do this in. The check chart really helps with making sure that they don't go to "Word Work" or "Listen to Reading" every single day- I really recommend it! I wish that I could take credit for this, but I downloaded this FREEBIE off Teachers Pay Teachers and it works great! I laminated all of them, and my students just keep it in their Daily 5 Folders. They use dry erase markers to mark off where they go each day-definitely helps limit the number of copies!
So, that's it! Even though it does take a little while to set this up at the beginning of the year, I think it's totally worth it! I'm not spending HOURS making any copies, and my students absolutely LOVE having the choice in what they are doing!
How do you manage Daily 5 in your classroom???