I Made Something For YOU for Daily 5

It's Monday Made It and I made something for YOU!!! Hopefully you can use it!!!! 

A while back, I did a post on my "Daily 5ish." I called it Daily 5ish because it's definitely a modified version of the Daily 5- I tweaked it to fit the needs of my kids, as well as what was working best for us in our classroom, and our time frame. You can read more about my Daily 5ish and see some pictures {HERE}!

I basically rotate the kids through stations, in flexible groups based on their needs and levels. The groups are always changing, so I needed a quick and easy way to manage this. I also needed a visual way to let the kids know where they were supposed to be and what they were supposed to be doing. Here’s what I came up with:

Here are some things I should tell you about our Daily 5:

-The green stars have music transitions linked to them. When you click them, a song plays letting the kids know it’s time to clean up that station, or it’s time to move to the next station.

-The kids’ names are either red or blue. On even days, red kids get to sit in the classroom library, and on odd days blue kids get to sit in the classroom library. This is to keep it real fair.

-The iPad pictures let the kids know they are (or are not) supposed to bring their iPad with them to that station (We are lucky enough to have 1:1 iPads!) 

-We usually only get to 3 stations in one day- 4 on a great day. We just pick up where we left off the next day.

-We rotate between listening and word work because there just isn’t enough time (story of my teaching life!!!) Once every group listens, then every group does a specific word work activity, and we switch continuously.

-There is no writing rotation because I do an hour writing block in the morning with my students.

-The boxes with the kids’ names are movable- after we’re done with a station, I have a helper rotate the boxes clockwise.

After the original Daily 5ish post, I got LOTS of emails asking to share the SMART file. And I’m happy to do that!

Here’s a SMART board version for you (Click HERE or on the pic below). This is very basic- there's no clipart included or music transitions in this file because it is copyrighted, so I’m not able to share that with you. {So sorry!} You could always add your own, though!!! (I got the clipart in the original file from Scrappin’ Doodles.) All you need to do is add your student’s names and you’re good to go!

***You MUST have SMART Notebook software in order to open and view this file. If you don’t, it won’t work!

If you need help adding music to the SMART Board file for transitions, you can watch a tutorial I did {HERE}.

Here’s a PowerPoint version for you to edit as well (click HERE or on the picture below)- this one does have the cute clipart (no music), but it does not have the timer in the middle (since that’s a SMART Notebook software thing…) Again, you’ll need to add your student’s names and you’re golden.

***You MUST have PowerPoint in order to open and view this file. If you don’t, it won’t work!

If you download, please leave me some love- I’d love to hear how you plan on using it in your classroom! Also, if you have a blog post or advice on how Daily 5 works in your classroom, please leave a link in the comments!!! 

Happy Monday Made It!!!



  1. Sandy - I love how you shared this! I don't have a smartboard but funny I have a tagboard circle that is very similar to this. I'm telling you girl we do a think a like twinsies for sure!

  2. How cute, Sandy! This will be my first year with Daily 5, so I still feel like I have no clue what I'm doing! This looks like it makes sense though :)

  3. This is such a great idea! Sadly, I will not have a SmartBoard at my new school, but I will be saving this in case I get one in the future. For now, i use daily 5 bookmarks that I created so my students know where to go when.
    The Traveling Teacher

  4. You are so techy! Love it. Sadly I have nothing in my class except and Elmo ;) I guess I will have to stick with my old chart until we catch up to the technology age.

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  5. This looks amazing. So jealous of your 1:1 ipad . So fun!
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! I can't wait to get my laptop from school (with SMART Notebook on it) so I can download this awesome tool! I really haven't used it much - so this will help me!


  7. Thank you for sharing this! I was trying to figure out how to create something like this for my sixth grade rotation, and you did the work for me. Much appreciated!!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  8. Just what I needed!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

  9. Love this! In the past, I have had a Mimio in my classroom, but I am switching over to a Smart Board next year and I am SOOOO excited. This will be perfect for our guided reading rotations. Thanks for sharing!

    ❁ Kate
    Purely Paperless