Disclaimer... and credit where credit is due!

This blog is simply my thoughts, ideas, and suggestions related to the Daily Five and Cafe. I give full credit to the creators of both Daily 5 and Cafe, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, also known as The Sisters. I have attended their workshops, read their books, and subscribe to their website. Everything else, I've interpreted on my own! :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Lots of people have commented and asked me to share some sample schedules, so I thought this would be the easiest way to do that! :) I have found that the Daily Five/CAFE works well in ANY kind of schedule. It works great if you have an uninterrupted block of time, but it also works great if you have small chunks of time.

I couldn't find the exact schedule, but the first year I used Daily 5 in my classroom, I had 3 thirty minute blocks when I squeezed in our 3 rounds. On average, we'll do 3 sessions each day but children can always choose from all 5 options.

I generally try to map out how I think our day might look, but I usually end up making changes once we get into the routine and see how we can help our day (and our brains!) flow smoothly. Here are a few samples of schedules I've used in recent years.

Schedule 1
8:50-9:30 Poetry/Journals/Reading
9:30-10:00 PE
10-10:20 Whole Group Reading Instruction
10:30-11:20 Mini-lesson/Daily 5/Small Grp Instruction/Conferring
11:30-12:10 Lunch and Recess
12:10-12:40 Mini-lesson/Daily 5/Small Group/Conferring
12:40-1:10 Library/Intervention
1:10-2:10 Math
2:10-2:30 Snack
2:40-3:10 PE
3:10-3:40 Music or Science
3:40-3:55 Packing Up
3:55 Dismissal

Schedule 2
8:50-9:15 Poetry/Reading
9:15-9:45 Intervention
9:45-10:15 Thinking Together with Books
10:15-11:20 Mini-lesson/Daily Five/Small Grp/Conferring
11:30-12:10 Lunch and Recess
12:10-12:40 Nonfiction Studies
12:40-1:10 PE
1:10-1:40 Music or Computers
1:40-2:00 Snack
2:00-3:00 Math
3:00-3:40 Writer's Workshop
3:40-3:55 Packing Up
3:55 Dismissal

Schedule 3
8:50-9:30 Poetry/Reading/Journals
9:30-10:00 Library or Nonfiction Studies
10:00-10:15 Whole Group Reading Instruction
10:15-10:45 Mini-lesson/Daily 5/Small Grp/Conferring
10:45-11:00 Snack
11:00-12:00 Mini-lesson/Daily 5/Small Grp/Conferring
12:00-12:30 Word Work/Writing
12:40-1:20 Lunch and Recess
1:30-2:30 Math
2:40-3:10 PE
3:10-3:40 Music or Computers

Schedule 4
8:50-9:30 Poetry/Reading/Journals
9:30-10:00 Library or Nonfiction Studies
10:00-10:45 Mini-lesson/Daily 5/Small Group Instr
10:45-11:00 Snack
11:00-:11:30 Word Work/Writing
11:30-12:30 Math
12:40-1:20 Lunch and Recess
1:20-2:30 Mini-lesson/Daily 5/Small Group Instr
2:40-3:10 PE
3:10-3:40 Music or Computers

If you're just getting started with the Daily 5, it might be best to just try what you think might work and tweak from there. I've had some classes who were able to do 3 rounds back-to-back while others could only handle a max of 2 in a row. I hope this helps you in some way! :)


  1. These schedules are great! Helps me consider how to design my schedule as I begin the year with my kinders. Thanks, Laura.

    Jenn (@jenn_dare)

  2. Scheduling can be a challenge and you have to be flexible. Activities and lessons that require lots of self-control are difficult for my second graders in the afternoon! This year my school is scheduling literacy blocks, which in theory are nice - but mine starts at 1:15!
    My schedule per administration:
    9 -10 Math
    10 - 10:45 Specials
    10:45 - 12:15 - Social Studies and Science
    12:15-1:10 Lunch/Recess
    1:15 - 3:19 Literacy Block (this is when reading intervention pull outs happen too)
    (Note: Buses leave at 3:25 - so I won't be teaching until 3:19)

    This is the schedule I would like (currently discussing with assistant supt.)
    9 - 10 Arrival, morning routines, read aloud - First Round of Daily 5
    10-10:45 Specials
    10:45-12:15 - 2 Rounds of Daily 5 or 1 Round of Daily 5 and Writing Workshop
    12:15 - 1:10 Lunch/Recess
    1:15 - 2:00 Math
    2:00 - 2:30 Social Studies/Science
    2:30 - 3:00 3rd round of Daily 5 or Writing Workshop
    3:00 - 3:19 Chapter book read aloud

    The main thing about Daily 5 is that it is very flexible. And the fact is sometimes I will only get 2 rounds in or will skip writing workshop for a day because we are doing a long project or their is an assembly. I also like that it allows for me to meet with more kids each day compared to my old reading workshop model. I think you need to be flexible with your scheduling. Don't be afraid to change it and try something else. I am trying to be open-minded about my literacy block in the afternoon - any thoughts?

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  4. I'm a first year teacher with a unique situation. I was hired to sub a maternity leave for 2nd grade. So I started the year teaching the other teacher's routines and procedures. Two weeks into the leave, I was offered a full time position and told I'd be keeping the same group of students and that they'd be moving with me to my new T-building. I'm still in the other teacher's room until the T-building is habitable, so I haven't started anything with the Daily 5 yet, but I'm very interested in it. I've only just heard about it and started reading up on it, but I'm nervous about changing up the routine since we've now been in school about a month. Any sugestions?