Daily 5 Chapter 8 Summer Book Study

 Welcome to Chapter 8 of our Daily 5 Summer Book Study! Today we are changing things up a bit and talking about math instead of ELA! Last year I heard about Math Daily 3, but I knew it would be difficult to implement since I was teaching a 2/3 combo. I struggled to have adequate time to meet with individuals, but luckily I had a very high class. This year I'm teaching a straight grade, so I am planning to run my math block similar to Math Daily 3. 
If you need to purchase a copy of the book, click on the picture above. You will definitely need it to implement Daily 5 in your classroom!

After reading Chapter 8, I have some ideas in mind that I want to share with you. I have also found some wonderful freebies and other products in my search for Math Daily 3 activities. After learning about Daily 5, it just makes sense to implement the same procedures during math, since students will already be familiar with the procedures of Daily 5.
  • The structure of Math Daily 3 is similar to Daily 5.
  • Younger students have one round of Daily 3.
  • Older students have two rounds since they have more stamina.
  • Focus Lessons, Students Choices, and Teacher Choices are all components of Math Daily 3.
  • Begin with a whole-group focus lesson.
  • Meet with a small group that needs more support.
  • The rest of the class participates in the first round of Daily 3. 
  • Individual teacher conferences take place after small group, then the first round ends.
  • Begin second whole-group lesson. 
  • Students begin second round of Math Daily 3 choices.
  • Teacher works with small group, then has individual conferences. 
  • Third round of whole group instruction takes place with students practicing on their own. 
I found a wonderful Math Workshop pack by the amazingly talented Tara from 4th Grade Frolics. This board would be perfect for Math Daily 3, and matches my classroom perfectly! I love that this is editable too! Click on the picture below to check it out.

These the Things I Plan to Use:
  • Organization- Sterilite drawers, toy bins, and tool boxes work for organizing supplies and activities.
  • Game Boards 
  • Dice
  • Counters
  • Playing Cards
  • Math Tools
  • Math Notebooks
  • Whiteboards (I like using a piece of white cardstock in a page protector.)
  • Task Cards (I plan to add these to my choices.)
  • Math Centers (I plan to have these sitting out ready to grab and go.)
  • Roll and Cover Math Facts Practice
Below are a few of the activities I plan to have my students work on during Work by Myself and Work with Someone. I love this pack from PAWSitively Teaching. I have the growing pack, The Purposeful Problem Solving Bundle, which is a steal! The Worm File below is a freebie that is similar to the other themed packs in the bundle. Click on the picture below to check it out. 
She has another pack that I'm also going to set out during Math Daily 3. I think it would work great for second or third graders. The students use bottle caps to cover their answers. Click on the picture to see more examples of this pack.
The pack below is a freebie from my larger Addition Enrichment Math Pack. It is geared towards third grade, but could work for second and fourth. Click on the picture to grab your copy. 
I have a few other math task card freebies that you can grab HERE.

The graphing pack below is part of my Graphs Galore Bundle and is one of my students' favorites! It has a set with QR codes, without QR codes, and it comes in color and blackline. I'm going to give away a set to one person who leaves a comment about Math Daily 3. Be sure to leave your email so I can let you know if you won! This graphing bundle also comes separately in Set 1 and Set 2
I think task cards are going to be great to use during Math D3. The key for my students has always been changing things up, so I plan to rotate the task cards and other activities throughout the year to keep them engaged. It's important for students to practice their current concepts, but reviewing older concepts is just as important. 
  • Similar to Daily 5
  • Teach students to be responsible with gathering, using, and cleaning up materials.
  • Teach students how to work independently.
  • Stamina building begin on day 1.
  • Model how to use one of the activities.
  • Model gathering, setting up, and cleaning up.
  • Label the activity on the Math Daily 3 board.
  • Create an I-chart together.
  • Teach the 10 Steps to Independence. 
  • Students use pictures, numbers, and words to express their thinking.
  • Use problems from your curriculum or problems of the day. I will use math notebooks during this time. 
  • Be sure to model each activity you plan to have students do, and add it to your math board.
  •  Choice begins when students are working independently with Math by Myself and Math Writing.
  • Students practice and build stamina.
  • They choose either Math by Myself or Math Writing for each round.
  • Math with Someone is launched after practicing this for about four days, but use your students as your guide.
  • Students practice building stamina with an activity that requires a partner.
  • Teach the 10 Steps to Independence. 
  • If the noise level is too high, less partners can participate in Math with Someone.
I'm a little nervous about Math with Someone. I really need it quiet when I'm working with a small group, and I have a large class. Hopefully, if I follow the 10 Steps to Independence and model correctly, my students will be focused and independent like they should be.

I have to say... after reading this chapter, I was left wanting to know more about Math Daily 3. I wanted more ideas about activities students could do during Math D3 and more examples of group conferring. This chapter really needs to have a book of its own! I'm hoping the Sisters come out with one someday. 

Be sure to come back on Thursday, July 30th for Chapter 9. We will be wrapping up this book study on that day. 
In case you are just now joining us, I have provided links to the other Daily 5 Chapters below. Be sure to check out the other teachers who linked up with me. There are some Daily 5 Pros in this group who have taught this newbie a ton! 
Chapter 1:   How Daily 5 Has Evolved
Chapter 2:   Our Core Beliefs: The Foundations of Daily 5
Chapter 3:   The 10 Steps to Independence
Chapter 4:   What Do You Need to Begin Daily 5?
Chapter 5:   Learning Read to Self
Chapter 6:   Foundation Lessons 
Chapter 7:   When to Launch the Next Daily 5
Make sure to visit the other bloggers linked up below! A few of them have been implementing Daily 5 and even Math Daily 3! I can't wait to read what they have to say! 
Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!


  1. I experimented with Daily 5 at the end of last year and plan to implement it starting on Day 1. Once I am confident with the Daily 5, I plan to implement the Daily 3. Your post today makes it seem very do-able. My email is maryjanekinney@gmail.com

    1. Mary, I am excited to jump right in and begin it in a few weeks! Thank you for stopping by! :)

  2. I use Daily 5 but haven't read the 2nd edition book with Daily 3 in it. I'd also like to know other activities to use during the Daily 3! How much time are you giving for each session? Are the first two sessions Math with Someone and Math Writing? And the last is Math by Myself for the third session? Can't wait to read more about your Daily 3 experiences! tlem22@live.com

    1. Hi Tiffany,
      The second book is a must have! For primary, they are suggesting four 7-10 minute lessons, with three 20-30 rotations where students choose either Math by Myself, Math with Someone, and Math Writing for each of those rotations. I would have have cut it down a bit, because I don't have that much time for my math block! The students actually choose which one they want to do for each round. It's a lot of student choice, but I can see where the training is so important. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

    2. Tiffany, you're my winner! I am going to email you now! :)

  3. I love the way you broke this down! I agree that there really should be another book for Daily 3- but I think in my room, we'd have a lot of math fact options that never really change. (My kids can ALWAYS use work with their facts!) It's been great to get to know you a bit more through this book study :)


  4. You are right, Jenny, math facts are always something mine need to practice too! I have really appreciated your ideas and have enjoyed working with you too!

  5. I am going to be implementing Daily 5 and Daily 3 in my 3rd grade class for the 1st time this year. Wish me luck! My plan for Daily 3 activities is task cards and games for Math with Someone, technology for Math by Myself (Xtra math, DigitWhiz, Front Row) and then Problem Solving in a notebook for Writing about Math (still unsure exactly what I'm doing here). If any of these are finished before the round is up or maybe as another option for math with someone/myself, I'll have fact practice. These are just my initial thoughts. We'll see how it goes! My email is dawnmariebarr@gmail.com.


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