In our classroom, we will use the structure of CAFE to focus on
reading comprehension strategies. During Daily Five, two
of our whole class mini-lessons will focus on CAFE strategies.
I will also meet with small strategy groups and individual
students when I finish meeting with guided reading groups.
Our CAFE board shows the four strategies we will focus on-
Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary.
As we learn skills for each strategy, we will post them below.
The most exciting part is that students will have the chance to
declare the strategy they are working on. Taking ownership
of comprehension strategies is an important part to becoming
This is our CAFE board. You will declare which strategy
you are working on by putting a sticky note on the cactus page
below your strategy. We will make a list of skill cards
for each strategy as we learn them and display them underneath
Here are the skills we will work on this year:
Your TICKET to teaching comprehension!
A Photo Tour of my Pensieve
I got this great binder from
Inside my pensieve is my
calendar on the left where I can schedule conferences.
The piece of paper on the right
is where I keep track of who has had reading and writing
Next are graphic organizers
(just incase!) and a quick refrence sheet from The
Sisters with comprehension "hold ups" and possible CAFE
Next are my
group lesson plans.
After the group lesson plans,
are the individual student dividers. Each divider
is numbered... so that I don't have to re-type names on
them each year!
The first document in each
student section is a personal copy of the CAFE menu.
This is handy and a quick refrence during conferences.
The pages in green are the
reading conference sheets.
Each student has several copies of this in their
After the green reading
conference sheets, there are purple
writing conference sheets. This way all of my
"literacy" related documentation is in one handy place!
The last thing in each
section is a writing menu
that I designed, which is very similar to the CAFE menu
Don't try and implement this without reading the book by