Common Core, Daily Five, and FL Next Generation Standards – Oh My!


This summer I have tasked myself with developing plans for English Language Arts.  Traditionally, this area has been distinctly taught as Reading and Writing, at different times of the day, and our current Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards (say that five times fast!) are set up that way.  I am very excited to see that Common Core State Standards put the two subject areas together into ELA.  This works beautifully, I think, with my plan to incorporate The Daily Five into my day.  If you’re not familiar with the Daily Five, it is really a structure of mini-lessons in reading, writing, and word work, alternated with choice times for students, allowing them time in the day to choose to read alone, with someone, listen to reading, work on writing, and doing word work.  This structure may be a life saver for me as I will most likely have 4 – 5 fourth graders and around 15 fifth graders in my class.  Yikes!

To add to the complexity that will be my classroom, our school district recently decided to abandon early out Wednesdays, which gave us two hours a week for uninterrupted planning or staff development each week.  That means that while our Wednesdays will again be full days, the other four days will shorten by about fifteen minutes each.  Even with the previous longer days, it was a struggle to fit in our 90 minute reading block along with 45 minutes for writing.

In theory, The Daily Five takes a chunk of the day.  In fact, in a perfect world, it would take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to work through the literacy block.  As it is, I will have somewhere around an hour and 50 minutes.

So, I’m throwing a couple of questions out to the cosmos (that’s you!).

  • Those of you in Florida teaching intermediate grades… Are you using the CCSS this fall, or are you still utilizing the Next Gen Standards?  If you’re using Common Core, has your district given you any kind of road maps to follow?
  • And to those of you using The Daily Five, if you have a more limited time each day to teach Reading and Writing, how to you adapt Daily Five to make it all fit in the time you have?

I’d appreciate any insight any of you could share with me.  Right now I feel like I’m trying to plan for The Daily Common Next Generation Core Sunshine State Five.  Holy cow.


2 responses »

  1. Hey Debbie! I’m going straight for the Common Core this year! I know we are supposed to wait, but, since this is my first year in 4th grade after a LOOOOONNNNGG stretch of being away, I’m going right for the future! I’ve been reading “Pathways” and I really love these standards! I call them “Old School Kicked-up a Notch!” I plan on doing Daily 5, but as a supplement type of thing. Lisa and I are abandoning the reader and going with whole class here and there novels and book clubs-Big time Book Clubs!!! And that’s teacher present Book Clubs, not kids meet on their own! I always let them lead, but in the end, ask the higher level questions that need to be asked! We have no real plan per say, but did get this book of curriculum to “follow” for language arts! ( but we have it in book form!) Math will be a on the go type of learning. We haven’t really looked there yet because there isn’t really a book out there to read about them. I might check out that North Carolina site and see if they do math! That would be a good tool to use! This should be good!!!

  2. Hi Debbie,
    I am instituting the Daily Cafe, Daily Five, and some Common Core in my fourth grade classroom as well this year. I am however, only doing a Daily Three; word work, read to self, and work on writing. I will follow SSNGS as well…FCAT and all.My thoughts now are to work with some of the CC exemplars during the whole group lessons to teach Daily Cafe strategies. I am very apprehensive about all of this. As I continue to think this through I am hoping it will come together.

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