Sunday, August 4, 2013

Daily 5 Folders

This will be my first year implementing Daily 5 in my classroom. Last year as a Curriculum Coach and Resource Teacher, I was exposed to it in the classrooms I visited. I have read the book and am excited to start using it in my classroom, as well as, learning about it through others.

As I have been planning different activities and deciding how I’m going to set up my classroom, I came up with an idea of how my students are going to hold papers for the activities that they complete along with holding them accountable for their work. Well, I created this folder.

This is the front cover, where my students will write their names. Here is what the completed folders look like. (I go through step by step on how to make one.)


Here is the first folder which has a pocket for Read to Self/Read to Someone Response papers. It also has a pocket for Listen to Reading Response papers.
When you turn the first folder, I placed a sheet protector with a Daily 5 checklist and rubric.
The next folder has a pocket for Word Work and Work on Writing papers.
On the back cover, I placed "EEKK!" and "I PICK" reminders for my students.
Now here is how you make these Daily 5 folders.
First, you need 2 folders with pockets and prongs, as well as, a sheet protector.
Next, print off the papers to make the folders. You can do so by clicking here.
Now, open up one of the folders. Fold it in half so the pockets are facing out. Like the image below.
Then, open up the other folder and place it in front of you. Place the folded folder inside the flaps where the prongs are located.
Now, you line up the prongs and holes and close the folder just like you would if you were placing papers inside it.
Turn the folder to the next and do the same.

Once you have closed all the prongs, your folder will look like this closed. You now have two folders fastened together for durability.
Now, to add the sheet protector page. Open the folders to the very inside of the folders. You will see the back of one folder and the front of the other. I simply place the sheet protector down and taped it with colored masking tape on both sides.
You are now done making the folder but you have a few more steps.
Glue the front cover on.
Then, cut out the labels for the pockets. I cut around the design, however to save you time you can just cut them into a rectangle and glue to the pockets.
You then, need to place the Daily 5 Checklist and Rubric into the sheet protector. Why are they going into a sheet protector you might be asking yourself? How are they going to mark on the checklist and rubric? Well to save on paper each week, I will be having my students use dry erase markers to mark on the sheet protector. Each day my students will circle the Daily 5 activities that they completed on their Checklist. I can then easily look at it at the end of the day or at the end of my Reading Block. Next, the rubric will be completed at the end of each week with the students circling their score and then writing the number in the box.
 Finally, I glued the "EEKK!" and "I PICK" reminders on the back of the folder for students to review if needed.
I hope you find these folders as a great resource for your classroom. I am looking forward to using them in mine and know it will be a great way for them to be held accountable for their work.
I will also be participating with First Grade in Foxwell Forest, for her monthly Daily 5 on the Fifth Linky Party. Click below to stop by and check out all the wonderful things others are doing in their classrooms with Daily 5.


  1. Oh my word, I am totally IN LOVE with this idea! Now I just need lots of pronged folders! haha!

    The Caffeinated Teacher

  2. Thanks, Raye! I went and bought mine at Walmart. I paid $.15 each. I had to buy 44 so, my total was $6.60. I'm working on a Math version as well. I'm planning on making my Math centers a Daily 5 version.

  3. Hi there!
    I am so excited to meet you through the Daily 5 linky! Your folder ideas are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your resources!
    Happy to be a new follower too!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  4. Cara! You're folder ideas are a GREAT way to keep everything organized and in one place! What a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and for linking up to the Daily 5 linky! I'm so glad that you joined in the fun of learning and growing together!!

    Becca :)
    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  5. I LOVE these folders! Such a great idea and so organized. Thank you for posting about this! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  6. Hi Cara! I found you com your comment on Jeannie's blog. I wanted to stop by and check out your blog and say hi! Love your postt on the Daily 5. I'm thinking of trying it this year. Thanks for sharing such great information! Btw-I'm a new follower!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  7. Thanks for sharing your folder idea for Daily 5! I am looking forward to see how you do Daily 5 for math!!

  8. Thanks everyone! It has been crazy here lately. I've been working on my room and I hopefully will have it ALL finished tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

  9. Great idea, thank you for sharing!!!!
    Andrea Arguello

  10. Fantastic idea. I love the idea of keeping everything organised and together in a 'special folder'
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  11. Awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Fantastic idea thanks for sharing!!!!