June 20, 2012

Reading Strategies

I know so many teachers out there who are using and loving Daily 5 (D5). I am on board as well!
I started this framework this past year, but I am working hard to make sure everything is set to go for this coming year. 
  I have seen people change this sign to FACE and say "This is the FACE of a Reader." I LOVE it and will prob do the same when I get back to my classroom. 
 I created a starter set for myself (yes, I have it available for you as well) and prepped it. This set is for any type of Literacy Stations and include a teacher and aid station.

I had a vision for my menu board for CAFE, but it didn't work. I had to modify. Here is a picture of my CAFE menu. I used my headers I created and added ribbon to them. I glued the ribbon on the top and bottom, and just a few dabs in the middle to stay down. I am going to use clothes pins with student names on the ribbon. There is also plenty of room for my CAFE Strategies (yes, I made them too! see below)
This is the back of a set cubbies. I painted it with magnetic paint and then chalk board paint.

Here are FREE CAFE signs for K and 1.
Grab them here for free.

If you have not done CAFE or D5 yet, you might not understand why you need these signs and a board. I didn't either until I started doing it.
-You need anchor charts to refer to every single day as a reminder to students of what they are to be doing in each station. (Remember the key is to model and model and model.)
-You also need the CAFE type board because you teach independent reading strategies to your students in mini-lessons daily or more often. (Some strategies cover Comprehension, other Accuracy, or Fluency, or Expanding Vocabulary). When they are reading to themselves, other, listening to reading, or reading with you... they are practicing these strategies.  (After all, no K student is going to get better at reading by just reading... they need strategies to teach them how to read correctly.)
-You display the strategies under the CAFE header it goes with AS YOU TEACH IT. You refer to the strategy often and so do they. Each student will put their name on what strategy they are working on. You know where they are, they know where they are... that is the purpose. (It is also a way to differentiate.)

My struggle was how do I explain these hard reading strategies to little ones? Esp in August when I am hoping they can write their name! Even before I thought about CAFE... I needed a visual way to represent what strategy I wanted my students to be working on. Are they going to backup and reread? Did the chuck the sounds for words they didn't know? (Or am I just going to keep telling them the answers and not let them think for themselves... guilty here!!!)

I got to work and created Reading Strategy cards with TONS of pictures and clues for reading strategies. I am not planning on using these with just Daily 5... that is only an option. I believe these strategies can be and should be used with every young reader out there. I think anyone using Literacy Work Stations and teaching reading needs these cards!!!

Here is an example of three strategies.
ALL the K strategies are included in this pack, so you don't have to buy both.
Here is my newest strategy cards covering the Kindergarten Common Core for English/Language Arts. This one is different than the others because it covers the wording and skills on the Common Core. It is different than the Reading Strategies for Young Readers.
Grab it here.
 I have gotten a lot of questions concerning my choice board and how that works... so I will answer that one next week. I hope this explains some of the CAFE system for you, but PLEASE get the book... it is way better detailed and has such great resources.

 I hope you know NOW why you need this book as well.  What CAFE questions do you have?


  1. I have already purchased both reading strategies and K-common core. I LOVE these!!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing- I'm trying to carve out some time to re-read D5 and am collecting items for it so when I can get into my room I can set it up. Love these.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing the headers. You did a great job making them!

  4. I am reading through all the posts regarding D5 & I"m following the book studies. I"ve spent years (30) teaching via literacy centers. Last year I was "reinspired", by following all the fantastic blogs. I spent HOURS after school each day & then taking work home making new centers via cutting, laminating, putting into baggies. (I loved it, hubby didn't.) Is there / are there certain posts you could point me to that would help me transition into this. Is it hard to transition from literacy centers into D5? What am I in for? I will keep reading & researching, but wanted some direct answers to these questions if possible. Even a few brief suggestions would help me greatly. Anyone who has made this transition & has time to respond, please email me at smskdg@hotmail.com or respond to this post. Thanks in advance. hugs!

    1. Before I started D5 in March, I did 4 small groups for reading; one independent, one with a TA, one with me, and one on Ipads/iPods. When I started to move towards D5, I made the Independent group read to self, the iPads/iPods work work, and slowly moved my TA into Listening to Reading. Then I added a choice board and let them choose. It took about a month to change the class from 4 groups to D5. Does that help some? You have to make it work for you and how you teach.

  5. Thank you for sharing all of your experiences and resources! You certainly have given me some things to think about. The updated common core resources will be especially helpful as I try to wrap my brain around those, the daily 5, and what I have been doing in the past.

  6. I am trying to see this Reading Strategies set on TPT but it says the link is not working -- is it still available?

  7. Hi! I wanted to see your K Strategies but it says the link isn't working for me either. I hope it's still available?