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[The Daily Five + Reading Eggs] The Perfect Fit for Your Literacy Model

[The Daily Five + Reading Eggs] The Perfect Fit for Your Literacy Model

The Daily 5™ literacy framework is one of the most popular and successful literacy frameworks used by educators today. Since it was first introduced in 2006 by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser in their book, The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades, educators have used the Daily 5 to structure their literacy blocks not only to meet individual student needs but also to help students develop a genuine love and appreciation for reading.

Incorporating an online learning program, such as Edmentum’s dynamic, two-in-one learn-to-read solution for pre-K–6th grade students, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, is a great way to provide engaging, online reading options to your students. Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress are designed to build and reinforce foundational skills in a rich, interactive, online world that inspires learning for all your students. With just-right activities aligned to the five pillars of reading and numerous dynamic learning areas, our program is the perfect fit for your Daily 5 model.

Even if you are already familiar with the Daily 5 and best practices for implementation, adding an online learning solution like Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress to your framework will only empower your students with more tools for success on their journey to reading proficiency. Take a look at how Reading Eggs pairs perfectly with the different tasks of the Daily 5:

Read to Self

What is it?
During the Read to Self component of the Daily 5, students should be equipped with a book and seated alone so that they can read independently. As simple as this step sounds, establishing a roomful of focused, independent readers takes time and practice. One key to success here is to make sure that students are engaged in what they are reading and  are provided with readily available, quality reading materials.

What Reading Eggs (pre-K–2) feature aligns?
For students who are not yet ready to read independently, Stepping Stone lessons in Reading Eggs build and reinforce foundational reading skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency vocabulary, and comprehension. These core reading and comprehension lessons help emerging readers gain confidence and build stamina through engaging, animated activities in a game-like world. Each student’s reading path is scaffolded independently, so as the student learns letters and words and explores stories included in each lesson, he or she can achieve independent success.

What Reading Eggspress (2–6) feature aligns?
Core comprehension lessons in Reading Eggspress are also a great option for students with developed foundational reading skills who need to build up stamina and reading comprehension skills. These 220 lessons are organized sequentially, and they allow students to build their comprehension skills through a series of scaffolded learning activities. They are the perfect substitute for the Read to Self station when students are a little more fidgety than usual. 


Read to Someone

What is it?
During this task, students can pair up and share a book of their choosing with a reading buddy. This is typically a favorite station among students, and it is helpful for developing readers in increasing areas of comprehension and fluency.

What Reading Eggs (pre-K–2) and Reading Eggspress (2–6) feature aligns?
After getting paired up with a reading buddy, students can browse the Library within Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress, which contains over 2,000 fiction and nonfiction titles, and self-select a ‘“good-fit” book based on genre or Lexile® level. After reading to one another, students can complete a short comprehension quiz at the end of the story as a final check for understanding.


Listen to Reading

What is it?
The Listen to Reading component supports fluency skills, and it is valuable to all ages, especially for students who are emerging readers, students whose listening comprehension exceeds their reading level, and students who are learning English as a second language. Listen to Reading can take many different forms, including audiobooks and Web-based solutions.

What Reading Eggs (pre-K–2) feature aligns?
The Library once again will come in handy during this station, as it includes many lower-level books with a “Read to Me” feature. Students can easily follow along and flip through pages when they’re ready.

What Reading Eggspress (2–6) feature aligns?
Once students have finished the Listen to Reading station, many educators rotate to computer time, where students can focus on other reading skills in an engaging virtual environment. Using Reading Eggspress, this is the perfect time for students to work through some of the program’s 220 core comprehension lessons. Comprehension lessons are designed to stimulate students’ cognitive reading skills through engaging activities, leveled texts, and assessment questions.


Work on Writing

What is it?
The focus of the Work on Writing task is to allow students to practice sustained writing in any form. While this center can be used to continue the writing style or process that is being taught outside of the literacy framework, students should have the choice and the freedom to explore different writing topics during this extended writing practice.

What Reading Eggs (pre-K–2) feature aligns?
In Reading Eggs, the Story Factory is a place where users can practice writing skills and storytelling. This learning area allows students to create their own storybooks, which they can save and reread later or submit to a weekly contest.

For emergent writers, handwriting is an important skill that requires frequent repetition. In the teacher portal of Reading Eggs, K–2 Teaching Resources offer interactive handwriting practice, available in the form of activities that dictate letter formation and tools that allow students to practice on an interactive whiteboard. Each handwriting movement is animated on screen and supported by activities to assist students with their letter formation and fluency. Additionally, a “make your own worksheet” feature allows teachers to create their own handwriting printables to reinforce valuable penmanship skills (perfect for helping your youngest students practice writing their name).

Teaching Resources for grades K–2 also include writing posters that dig into different styles of written text; perfect inspiration in your writing center!


Word Work

What is it?
In the Word Work task, students focus on spelling and vocabulary by working with high-frequency words, word patterns and families, prefixes and suffixes, and so on. Creating a print-rich environment and offering learning manipulatives for students to experiment with and develop an interest in language allows them to hone their knowledge and increase their writing skills.

What Reading Eggs (pre-K–2) features align?
In the Spelling Skills Bank, students can build spelling skills and learn new words. Lessons in this learning area test spelling skills strategies, including word structure, word families, meaning, segmentation, phonics, and repetition to build spelling knowledge.

Additionally, Reading Eggs Driving Tests and Puzzle Park help students build sight-word knowledge, vocabulary, and word recognition through fun game-like challenges.

What Reading Eggspress (2–6) features align?
Reading Eggspress similarly provides an English Skills area for students to practice more complex spelling patterns and earn rewards. Within the English Skills area, students explore key spelling patterns through 216 sequenced lessons that include a short instructional video, spelling questions, and targeted spelling tests with immediate feedback.

Reading Eggspress also features the Stadium, where students can compete in real time against users all over the world in exciting head-to-head challenges that test skills in spelling, vocabulary, usage, and grammar.

Both Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress offer a variety of teacher resources in the Teacher Toolkit, accessible from the teacher dashboard. In the Teacher Toolkit, teachers also have access to printable student worksheets for grades pre-K–6 that align directly to in-program lessons and cover both phonics and spelling. Lessons can be printed for students to complete independently, allowing students to explore phonics and phonemic awareness while also helping them build their word-working skills.

Combining a trusted literacy framework like the Daily 5 with a proven foundational literacy solution like Reading Eggs and Reading Eggpress can pack a powerful punch. Ready to start using Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress in your Daily 5 stations? Sign up for a free trial today!'s picture
McKenna Wierman

McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.