August 16, 2011

Do you CAFE?

A few months ago we were exhibiting at IRA in Orlando. 
A teacher asked me, "Does CTP have anything for CAFE?" 
It first I thought...cheeseburgers and French fries,
but then I realized that was not the CAFE that she meant. 
The answer to her question is "Yes" and "No".

The Daily CAFE and the Daily 5 were conceived by
two real life sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. 
Visit their website
for more information.
According to the website The Daily CAFE and The Daily 5 
provide a structure for fostering literacy independence
in the elementary grades.

CAFE is an acronym for
Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary

I have been visiting classrooms for the last week or so. 
(I love this time of year...everyone getting ready!) 
  I have noticed CAFE and Daily 5 in dozens of classrooms. 

The ideas for the implementation of
The Daily CAFE and The Daily 5 are copyrighted. 
You will have to go to the sisters' website for specific details. 
However,  lots of teachers are using CTP products to display
the terms CAFE and Daily 5
 and to track the students as they work through the processes.

While CTP does not CAFE...
with Dots on Turquoise we can
help you display it in a creative way.
Go to and search for Dots on Turquoise to see all the products used in these pictures.

These pictures are from Katie Huff,
second grade teacher in Keller, TX.
Katie CAFEs!
Below each component she has pictured some
prompts for the kids to use for that skill.

Katie's class generated some ideas to use when reading independently.

These pictures are from Tara Mounts,
fifth grade teacher in North Kansas City, MO.

Tara not only CAFEs but she also Daily 5s.

Tara teaches 5th grade so she adapts the way that she CAFEs. 
She says.....
On the CAFE board under each heading is blue paper.
For my class I will write strategies for each skill 
on sentence strips and post them there as we discuss them.
(check for understanding, re-read, etc...)
 In a regular classroom you would have students put their names on sticky notes and post their name under the heading where they are working
 (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, vocabulary).
My students will not do that because I have 3 classes and only 1 board.
I will have a separate management board for tracking where they are.
This board is for whole group instruction and introducing each strategy.
The Cafe board also has a space on the right
for anchor charts and or powerful words.

Tara's Writing Process Board
The kids' names are placed on the 10 X 10 cards
 according to where they are in the writing process.


 According to the Two Sisters...
 The Daily 5 is a structure
that  helps students develop the daily habits of
reading, writing and working with peers
that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy

The Daily 5
Read to Yourself
Read to Someone
Work on Writing
Listen to Reading
Word Work

I talked to a teacher yesterday about how she uses The Daily 5.
Her kids use the Daily 5 to work independently and with peers
 while she is doing guided reading groups. 
She monitors to make sure that a child is not stuck on one thing...
like listening to reading every day.

As you can see teachers adapt The Daily CAFE and The Daily 5
to suit themselves and their individual situations. 

 CTP and Dots on Turquoise
can make them look good
while they are doing it!


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