Lesson Plan

Going Digital with the Daily 5

Students explore reading, writing and word work in a digital format
Kathy V.
Technology coordinator
Edmonton AB, Canada
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My Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to participate in the Daily 5 in a digital context.

Read to Self

Work on Writing

Listen to Reading

Read to Someone

Word Work

*There are so many great apps out there but I will list my favorites for each section 

English Language Arts
Grades 1 – 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Read to Self

$1.99 per newspaper; $54.99 per year

Students can do their round of read to self using any of the above apps. Most of them are free or very inexpensive.  I have also let students use their own devices for this as they can read books that their family may have purchased on Kindle or Kobo

2 Listen to Reading

These apps are wonderful for books read aloud. I find this is a great use of the digital world as there are so many great options.  Be sure to check your local library as well!

3 Read to Someone

I find that most younger students prefer to read a hard copy book with a peer, while older students seem to enjoy logging into Epic and reading the same book as a peer.  Do what works for your class.

If you are looking to take a running record, listening to your students read aloud, or simply to have a record of the reading be available for parents then the apps about are great ways to record reading.

4 Word Work

There are so many great apps for word work out there, the above are my students' favorite, they are very engaging and educational all at the same time! Win Win!

5 Work on Writing

Students can use the apps to inspire their writing, then your favorite writing tool, be it paper pencil, word document or my new favorite, google docs.  If you use google make sure you install the chrome extension read write for google, this allows students to use voice to text, word prediction and once they submit an assignment you can easily offer feedback.