Back to my own personal book study with The CAFE Book. :-) Chapter 5 is pretty short, mostly containing example conferences, so I'm combining it with Chapter 6 in this post.
(VERY) Brief notes about chapter 5:
- Teach students to ask themselves "who" and "what" to Check for Understanding.
- Have students keep personal word collectors (can be used with Work Work for Daily 5), and keep a class word collector, also.
Notes about chapter 6:
- I LOVE how they point out that we never "finish" teaching reading strategies-what a great philosophy!!!
- The CAFE menu is built basically in order of instruction.
- I don't know that I can fit in 3 strategy lessons a day-how do those of you that do The Daily 5 and CAFE do it?
- Students practice strategies in whole group by turning and talking to a partner.
- We identify what is to be taught, and share the "secret to success" with the strategy.
- We teach the strategy.
- Students practice with partners.
- We select a student to write and illustrate the CAFE Menu strategy card (the first time it is taught).
- We review the strategy.
- We encourage practice during independent reading times.
- We post the strategy after independent practice (the first time it is taught).
- We continually connect new strategies to strategies already on the CAFE Menu board.
- A very important lesson to be taught early is the lesson on good-fit books.
- The CAFE Menu Board is "simply a visual organizational tool that can help you link assessment data and goal setting into purposeful, intentional instruction" (p. 104). WOW! Visual and organizational!!! This book is TOTALLY speaking my language!!! :-)