Lesson Plan

Digital Daily 5

Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to use technology during Daily 5 to read to self, read to someone, work work, work on writing, and listen to reading. 

World Class Outcomes:

  • Create meaning strategically in: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening

Enduring Understanding:

  • Critical understanding enhances performance

Possible Essential Questions:

  • How does what I am reading impact how I am reading?
  • What is the central idea running through the text? 
  • What is the relationship between fiction and truth?
  • What logical inferences can I draw based on what is in the text?
  • What specific evidence in the text supports my ideas?
  • Why am I writing? For whom?
  • What do active readers do?

Here are ideas for integrating technology into your daily 5 routine.


English Language Arts
Grades K - 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Read to Self

Students can use the computer or the iPad with Raz-Kids and Newsela to read to self during daily 5. Raz kids has leveled ficition stories, and Newsela has leveled non-fiction stories. Both programs allow for differentiation with the option of a comprehension quiz that the teacher can use to monitor progress.

2 Read with Someone

Students can use the sock puppet app to retell a story they have read together during "Read with Someone."  They can use a different sock puppet to represent different characters in the story while using different voices to retell the story.

3 Listen to Reading

StorylineOnline has a growing selection of high quality literature read by some of the best actors and actresses today.  These high quality, high interest books are a great option for the classroom during "listen to reading."


4 Word Work

Alpha Writer is a great choice for "Word Work" during daily 5. Using the reading recovery strategy of sound boxes, students build words using different phoneme segmentations. They can build CVC, CVCe, and double consonant words.


5 Work on Writing

StoryJumper and Storybird are great, low-maintenance ways for students to publish their writing during "Work on Writing." Both programs have options to choose illustrations within the program allowing students to publish a polished story with minimal steps.  This can be very useful during daily 5 when you want students to publish often.

6 Wrap Up

Book Creator

If you're looking for an authentic way for students to respond to literature during daily 5,  try using book creator to create an interactive digital notebook. Graphic organizers can be inserted into the pages of the book, and students can respond with voice, video, or typing. Tech with Jen has a great resource for setting up a digital interactive notebook.