Thursday, February 7, 2013

A New Look at the Daily 5 Math....

I decided to take another stab at the Daily 5 math.  Since I became interested in using a structure similar to the Daily 5 for math, I have tried many different things.  I was especially excited when I saw that The Sisters (The Daily Cafe) were beginning some work on creating a math structure.  Although it was in the early stages, I began my journey with Daily 3 math.  This consisted of three rotations; Math with a Teacher, Math By myself, and Math with a Buddy.  There would be choice within those three rotations, but the objective would be to get to each rotation daily.  This worked very nice for a little while, but the kids were not as invested in math, because they weren't in charge of choosing when they go to each station.  I really wanted a system that made it possible for the children to be in charge of choosing what they were working on, setting goals for themselves, and having small group and 1:1 conferencing with a teacher, similar to The Daily 5.  The next thing I decided to try was implementing Math Daily 5 exactly like The Sisters had explained it.  When they first started developing their math structure the five choices were; Number Games, Fact Games, Strategy Games, Math Tools, and Paper and Pencil.  If you click this link, it will bring you to my post from a few years ago, explaining how I started the Daily 5 math.  It is a very helpful post with a lot of pictures and free math games.  It takes you step by step to show you how I set my classroom up.  I had been using that structure for the past 2 years.  

So out comes the new Common Core.  With this, it was very important that I looked and reflected upon my math block to see how it aligned with the Common Core.  After collaborating with colleagues and constantly reading  other teacher blogs, I decided to tweak my Math Daily 5.  This is what I came up with.  As you can see in the picture below, the 5 choices are; Paper and Pencil, Number Games, Fact Games, Patterns and Shapes, and Math Technology.  Within each of those categories, there are many different choices the children have.  Take a look at some of my pictures to get a better idea how this works.  I have a check-in board that is displayed on my interactive whiteboard.  They use this exactly how they use my Daily 5 check- in board.  I also have a list of all the options in Number Games, Fact Games, and Patterns/Shapes.  So not only do the children choose what they would like to work on, they get to choose which way they will work on that skill.  So far, I have to say, this is working great.  Adding a Math Technology column helped to integrate all of the wonderful math apps I have  and it also gives them a chance to use their Everyday Math Online Games.  They each have a user name and password and it tracks their progress as they play these games.  

I still am using the Math Binders that I have made for each kid.  In those binders are every game board we have learned.  They also have all the materials they need for each game.  If you look at THIS post, it will explain how I set up the binders.  This has not changed.  

I hope you enjoy my updated Daily 5 Math.  If you have any questions about how I set this up in my classroom, feel free to email me.  

Here is my Math Daily 5 check-in board on the interactive whiteboard.

Here the children are dragging their names up to choose their first math session.

This is where I keep a running list of all the games we have learned and that are available to use.

Here are some other games that we have added to our number and fact game drawers.

Here are the kids hard at work during the Daily 5 Math.  Notice how everyone is doing something differently, but they are independent, quiet, and on task!

Math Technology

Number Games

Don't Get Stung- Number Recognition

Fact Games:

 Domino Kaboom

Football Addition

Domino Kaboom

Paper and Pencil:

Roll and Color- Heart

Roll and Color- Chinese New Year


  1. That looks great! I love the pocket chart with all the different games they can choose from. Super effective way for them to have a choose in their activity!

  2. This kind of method of teaching with the help of some figures and actual activities can really make the students motivated and interested to learn.As we have observed, kiddos really want something to be seen visually because in this way, they can easily understand and learn something in it.Singapore Math have this kind of method of teaching.Try to click this link for more information Singapore Math Tutorials.

  3. Hi Sara! I'm curious about the Daily 5 check-in board. Do you save the pages each day? Meaning - You have a new page daily, and save the check-in for data? I would love to purchase it if its possible to save the page daily. Thank you! Love your page, btw! ~Kate (

  4. Hi! Did you make the names of the games for the pocket charts? I am very interested in those as well as your check in system. Please email me at LOVE YOUR IDEAS!!

  5. I would love to be able to purchase the smartboard file as well as the posters with games. I love all of this! You have helped me decide to do math daily 5 next year. Thanks

  6. I too would love copies of the games. Do you sell them on TpT? Marsha

  7. I would like to purchase the smartboard file as well. Thank you for sharing!

  8. I appreciate all of the info regarding Daily 5 Math. I plan to implement math stations into my classroom next year. I have been using Daily 5 for 2 years, and love the flow, so I'm excited to try this. I would love to know where I can find your Math Game chart labels. They look so nice! Also, love the smartboard file. Do you sell on TPT?

  9. Awesome stuff! I would like to purchase games, and smartboard file. Please email me with details.

  10. Hi! I'm a first grade teacher and love your posts. I'm interested in purchasing your games/smartboard files. Please email me at of let me know if you have a TPT page.