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October 10, 2015 - Daily 5: Making Connections

Guided Math (Daily 3 Math) is Similar to Daily 5 for Literacy

Daily 5 teaches our learners to be independently engaged in literacy activities so they can practice important skills. This is the same goal for Daily 3 Math.

The focus of Daily 3 Math is not to teach specific math content. It is a time to give our learners time to practice and explore math concepts through engaging and differentiated activities.

Daily 3 Math

1. Math by Myself

2. Math with Someone

3. Math - Writing

Note: Many teachers have added Math with the Teacher and Math with Technology for Daily 5 Math.


1. Math Daily 3 - The Two Sisters

10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence

Just like Daily 5 for Literacy, behaviors need to be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. Read by Myself and Math by Myself are introduced and practiced in similar ways.

  1. Identify what is to be taught (for example, Math by Myself)
  2. Set the purpose and establish a sense of urgency (makes me better at learning and understanding math, and it is fun).
  3. Brainstorm desired behaviors using an I-chart.
  4. Model most desirable behaviors.
  5. Model least desirable behaviors, and then most desirable.
  6. Place students around the room.
  7. Everyone practice and build stamina.
  8. Stay out of the way.
  9. Quiet signal (as soon as stamina breaks). Come back to group.
  10. Group check-in: "How did you do?"

Add This Topic to Your Agenda

Each grade has a Google Doc to add items they would like to discuss at their next Math Meeting. Add this topic to the agenda if your team would like to discuss it as a group.

Next Meeting Dates

  1. Tuesday, October 13 - Frost 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grades
  2. Thursday, October 15 - Brentwood - 5th, 4th, 3rd Grades
  3. Friday, October 16 - Frost - K, 4th, K
  4. Monday, October 19 - Brentwood - K, 1st, 2nd Grades