In our classroom...
As a school, we use the Reading Street series. In addition to using this series in our classroom, I have also implemented the Daily 5 and CAFE reading programs into our daily literacy instruction.
What is the Daily 5?
The Daily 5 is a series of literacy tasks which students will complete daily while I am meeting with small groups or individual students. Tasks include the following:
1. Read to Self
2. Read to Someone
3. Work on Words
4. Work on Writing
5. Listen to Reading
"The Daily 5 is more than a management system or a curriculum framework--it is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy." - Joan Moser and Gail Boushey (The Sisters)
For more information on the Daily 5, click on the picture below.
How do we use it in our classroom?
Each day, students will be able to choose which Daily 5 centers they would like to go to. At every center, they will have a checklist of activities and tasks that they need to complete and a list of expectations to follow. Each center activity has been designed to promote independence as well as essential practice with our weekly skills.
The Daily C.A.F.E.
While meeting with small groups during Daily 5, we will be using what is called the Daily CAFE Menu for our literacy lessons. C.A.F.E. stands for the 4 major reading strategies that we will focus on throughout the year:
E- Expanding Vocabulary
For more information on the Daily C.A.F.E., click on the picture below.