CAFE and the CAFE Board
This week I focused on the strategy listen with understanding from the emergent menu. Every time I read a picture book or from a chapter of Junie B. Jones I referred to the strategy card and icon. On Thursday I moved the strategy to the CAFE board. Once I did this I continued to physically touch the strategy before each reading. By Friday my students could tell me how we needed to listen for understanding, what that meant, and why it was important. They were also familiar with the word strategy. On Thursday I also added the strategy identify front and back cover.
I started the 7-10 minute mini-lesson/15 minute round of daily five schedule. Since we are not building stamina yet, I used the 15 minute round time to teach a lesson from Kim Adsit's Blasting Off With Reader's Workshop Unit. I divided each lesson into three parts so that I could teach one part during each round and complete one lesson per day.
I started each morning with my comprehension strategy lesson. This was my read aloud for the morning. Then I used a poem activity from Deedee's August/September poetry unit for my second mini-lesson (accuracy). I varied my third mini-lesson each day. Some days I taught another accuracy strategy lesson and other days I taught a fluency lesson.
I am working through all of Kim's lessons in the unit up to the three ways to read a book during the third week before I introduce building stamina. So many of my books were damaged by my students last year. I am trying to avoid that by spending even more time on how to hold a book, turn the pages, etc.
Last year I color-coded my shelf and book boxes with different colors of duct tape. I did this so my students could find their book boxes faster and easier. This year I did not want to spend the money on duct tape and I did not like how I had to scrub the sticky off the shelf when I pulled it off, so I went with clear packing tape and colored strips of construction paper instead. I taped colored strips onto the shelf. Then I used a marker to color code each book box. This way was much cheaper, faster, and easier than the duct tape method.
Next Week's Plans: We will continue reviewing and practicing the two CAFE strategies we already learned and add a retelling strategy. We will also continue on with the next week of lessons from the Blasting Off Unit.