I am reading the CAFE Book by The Sisters and have been checking out thedailycafe.com. I see in the book and online that there is a DAILY 5 (I think 5) for math. Does anyone know more about this? I've looked on the website (I don't have a subscription) but don't see any extra info on it. Thanks!

Didn't know there was one for math as well, but will check this thread again. Hopefully somebody will know more about it. The daily five for language is super -IMHO So I would love to do it for math as well!

Apparently The Sisters are working on a Daily book for math instruction. From poking around on their website and on ProTeacher, I found the categories would be: 1) Math assignment/paper practice 2) Fact Practice 3) Number Games 4) Fact Games 5) Strategy Games I'm going to see what I can work out using those categories and our textbook over the summer. Their book is coming out in sometime in the fall.

I searched the website with my subscription and didn't find anything on there yet about Daily 5 for math. Interesting idea though...I'm thinking of having 1/2 hour for games with Everyday Math, and this would be a good structure for making sure students are picking different kinds of games, practicing a variety of skills.

How do you envision these looking? I really would like to change up the way my math block runs and these might really come in handy in order to do that.

We use EDM. I wonder what games in our program or other centers would be considered number games (maybe with base 10 blocks etc?). And strategy games.. Like time Memory?

Hmmm, at third grade I think Name That Number would be considered a strategy game, because students have to use a variety of operations to name the target number. Number Top It or Addition Top It would be number games. Beat the Calculator would be a fact game.

I created a math menu like the reading menu in the cafe book. I also have created math bags like my word work bags. If a student chooses to work on the goal of money, measuring using inches, and 3d shapes. During math work rotation, they will grab the bag that all different kinds of games and manipulatives to practice the certain skill. I taught a guided math format this year so it will segway right into the daily math approach. I plan to teach mini-lessons to the whole group, as well as strategy groups and still have individual conferences that will pretty much be individual assessments to record their progress. I also am using fast math- a computer program with just math facts as a rotation, Also math partners. They can work on games, reading math literature etc.

If I understand your post correctly, you do something like the CAFE menu with each goal (numeration, money, time, etc) in the same place as comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expand vocabulary? From the description of your bags, too, are those single-goal oriented (like counting money to $1.00 in a bag, telling time to the half hour in another)? I was just a little confused by the description! How does this work for you? What math program do you use? We use EDM so there's a spiral, which is nice, but at the same time I could see where it might be hard to mesh whole- and small-group lessons.

I use Saxon math which is VERY easy to supplement other items to. I actually only use the worksheets for the fact that the entire school uses them. I want my students to be familiar with the format. Last year I used the worksheets every day. I made a pre- assessment and gave it every two weeks. This is how I decided what whole group and small group lessons I would work on. I could do the same thing this year with the math work bags. My principal is 100% okay with not using the program just because we have it. "It is a teaching tool." I plan to complete 2 worksheets a week from Saxon and the other days use my worksheets. Not using the worksheets will affect homework since they had a side B worksheet for homework every night. For homework the last two months of school I started giving a weekly homework packet. (I ran out of Saxon materials). I had more participation turning in homework this way. So I plan to do the same thing all year. I actually had 5/22 parents call or email telling me how much better they liked homework. My parents never contact me for any reason! Yes, I created a math menu to look like the CAFE menu using our state indicators. I have strategy bags. Our tech person went to a conference and received 50 free messenger bags. So inside I am labeling (in the middle of doing it) each of the pockets with "counting with dimes and nickels", "Money up to a dollar" etc. In the big section I have things like money stamps, things to make a money store etc. that they can use regardless of what benchmark they are working on towards the final goal. I have a measurement bag, number sentence bag, pattern bag, fraction bag, counting bag, money bag, graph bag and shape bag. Who knows if they will keep it neat and organized, but it is worth trying!

D5 and math Here's some info posted on ProTeacher: http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=136682

Daily 5 / Math Workshop In our district we use EDM and literacy workshop models are being adopted throughout the district. I have been working with teachers to implement a workshop model for math in several classrooms. The format has been much the same as daily 4 or 5, but the more successful models have been primarily outlined activities by the teacher and the teacher has been the one of the activities. He/She teaches a small group lesson based on the part 1 of the lesson for that day, then the math games, Journal work , possibly fact triangles or computer games or notebook journaling is the 4th station. The day starts with a mini lesson and some work on the whiteboards along with a description of the expectations and schedule for the day. Then the day is wrapped up with discussion about the activities.

In the sisters latest tip of the week e-mail, they mentioned that there are videos on their subscriber's site.

I saw the Sisters in December. They were piloting their math at the time and said they had things to iron out before publishing. Basically it was the strategies stated above.

I have read the Daily 5 and have been trying to wrap my head around doing D5 for math. In my situation, math is shorter than language arts, so I would have to make it daily 3 or 4 depending on time. I think any activity could work for D5 for math as long as you build stamina and set procedures as they suggest in the book. The thing that I struggle with is incorporating the games. I have many games (homemade and purchased) that go along with the math standards. I can't teach them how to play every single game in the beginning because some go along with concepts they won't be learning until later in the school year. I also find it time consuming to explain the correct way to play the games after a lesson. Plus, for many of my games/activities I only have enough for a few students to use at a time. How do you build stamina for this if they can't all practice at the same time? Same with the computer. I only have enough for a small group to use. How do you train them to use the computer effectively? With D5 for language arts, the activities don't require many or any supplies, so it's easy to have the kids practice together and build stamina. I'm just not so sure how they could practice for some of the math activities... I would love to figure it out and have the students do D5 for math. It would give me more freedom to work with those that are struggling and challenge my high achievers. It's definitely something to think about. I'd love to hear ideas.