Tuesday, April 22, 2014

100 Minutes and The Daily 5...Joining Together!

Thinking of Teaching

In my first post about the upcoming 100 Minutes Book Study I mentioned my desire to read this book because in the past I haven't been able to work The Daily 5 structure effectively into my own language program. 

Wow...did I get a lot of comments from other bloggers/teachers that feel the same way!

There is definitely a LOVE for The Daily 5 out there but like all things, it's not a one size fits all and it seems like there is a group of us that just can't get it to work with our teaching style. 

Does that mean we just just throw it all away? 

Give it up?

Start from scratch?

No way!

Lisa Donohue, the author of 100 Minutes, has a great blog post on her blog that address this exact concern. 

If you are on the fence about whether this book is for you, or whether you want to join in on the book study I highly recommend checking out Lisa's post

Lisa talks about connecting the strong independent activities and routines that are built using the Daily 5 structure with whole class and larger group activities, like Guided Reading or Writer's Workshop. She has come up with an acronym for this- AWARD time (Applying Writing and Reading Daily) and there is an entire section in her book about it.

Another great feature of Lisa's blog post is the diagrams that illustrate the reading and writing cycle that can take place in a literacy block. There is also a chart that shows how the 100 minutes of your literacy block can be divided and where The Daily 5 fits. 

100 Minutes and The Daily 5...a perfect match!

I'm planning to conduct an interview with Lisa Donohue to start the book study so if you have any questions you'd like me to ask please let me know. 
Leave a comment below or email me at 


I'm still looking for co-hosts for the duration of the book study. Being a co-host is simple....you sign up to host a chapter, post your thoughts, provide a linky so others can link up with their thoughts, and if you want to have a giveaway or a freebie that coincides with your chapter. 
(A freebie or a giveaway is not necessary!)

If you are interested in being a co-host 

for the 100 Minutes Book Study
 please click here to fill out the form. 

The co-host schedule is now full.


The book study starts on May 23rd...
so you've got lots of time to grab a copy and get reading. 

Don't forget that we are celebrating this great book study with Pembroke Publishers and a giveaway! 
They have provided a copy of 100 Minutes by Lisa Donohue and Word Nerds by Brenda Overturf as a prize. 

 I'm also offering a choice of any product from my TPT store as a prize as well. 

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a copy of 100 Minutes, Word Nerds, or a product from my store. 
The giveaway ends May 2nd. 

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4 Brilliant Teaching Thoughts:

Vicky P said...

This sounds very interesting! I only have 75-80 minutes per day, so I'm intrigued to see if I could use some of this to make that little time work. Loving the Daily Five as well!

Anonymous said...

I have adapted my own way of using Daily Five also so am eager to see what ideas Lisa Donohue has to share. Thanks for the opportunity!

Tina Crofts said...

This will be VERY interesting to read! Thanks for the opportunity. I just signed up to host a chapter, so hopefully you aren't filled up already!

Crofts' Classroom

Amy (Littlest Superheroes) said...

Hello! Both books look quite intriguing. I love teaching vocabulary and I'm also looking to take my D5 time to the next level.

Amy @ The Littlest Superheroes

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