Monday, September 16, 2013

Daily 5 Station Ideas

Each Monday we collaborate with our building's new and Dual Language staff members for a professional development session based on what they highlight as their needs and/or desires for learning!

This week we focused on Daily 5 ideas as all of our staff are currently working hard to get their stations and guided reading up and running! The teachers who attending the session came up with a variety of wonderful ideas and activities that could potentially be used throughout the year in these work stations. I thought some of you may enjoy taking a gander at what they came up with as well!

Just a little background... we utilized a strategy many of you may be familiar with called "Round Robin" to gather ideas during our meeting. The staff were given the anchor charts with only the titles and asked to add any activity ideas they were doing, would like to do, etc. based on the title on their paper. We gave each group 1 minute to brainstorm and write their ideas, and then they were asked to pass the poster to the next group. We continued to do this until all posters had made it to all groups. 

This is a great strategy that you could use with your students as well to assess their background knowledge and/or learning of concepts. You could even do it at the beginning of the year to see what activities they already know and enjoy doing during Daily 5 if they are familiar with it from the year past! This may give you some insight as to what they may want to do in your classroom as well!

Alright now onto the posters...keep in mind these were quickly written by our staff and we discussed them a bit after as well, so not everything may make perfect sense! But feel free to ask questions in the comments if you have any and I would be happy to try my best to answer!

After our meeting, I also took some time to type up all of their ideas onto one page for them to hold on to and refer to throughout the year. You are welcome to a copy if you'd like- just click on the image below :)!

(Graphics: Scrappin Doodles, Priscilla Concepcion)


  1. These are great ideas. I especially like the way to do Round Robin at a meeting to get your peers different ways of doing things. It is a great way for teachers to share their ideas.

  2. Love the round robin brainstorming!

    I have my kids access our Class Blog when they do Listen to Reading on the computers--I have a page with links to about 10 different sites they can visit. Here's the link if you're interested:


    Teach On.

  3. WOW! Love the new design. And all those anchor charts ;)

  4. I love these ideas for collaboration among the students. This activity is perfect for my learner centered classroom. It really gives the students an opportunity to generate great ideas!! Thanks for your expertise!! :)

    1. So glad they were useful for you! Wonderful what you can come up with when you put a bunch of teacher heads together ;)!

  5. I would love to know how you make sure the kids are actually doing constructive work and not just playing and not being productive. Thank you

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