Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers
Instructional Resources for Reading Workshop
I will plan to send a newsletter at the end of each week (hopefully on Fridays) with a collection of events from classrooms during the week, as well as new resources and book titles for you to check out! I am looking forward to settling into a regular schedule and getting into classrooms to work with you and your students this week! Have a wonderful weekend!
What is the value of the CAFE system? Why should teachers consider using CAFE?
In The CAFE Book, the authors share a way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. They based the system on research into the habits of proficient readers: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary.
Why should you consider implementing CAFE? The system is designed to help you:
- provide students with a visual aid to help them remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned;
- track each child's strengths and goals;
- and organize assessment data so it truly informs instruction .
In the back of the book and on the CD, the authors include a one page sheet with suggestions for teaching each strategy. If you would like a copy of these one-page guides, let me know! I also have a copy of the CAFE menu for emergent readers, if you are interested.
Here are a few of my favorite recommendations for introducing reading strategies at the beginning of the year. Even if you are not formally using the CAFE model or menu, reading aloud mentor texts to introduce your students to strategies they will be using all year is a great way to launch your reading workshop! If you are looking for a book for a particular strategy, just let me know. My project next week is to create a list of mentor texts that connect to each CAFE strategy!
Book Recommendations for Launching CAFE
Winston the Book Wolf
This is a fun twist on Little Red Riding Hood with a wolf who loves to eat books. In this story, Winston falls in love with reading and learns to devour books with his eyes!
Wolf is my all-time favorite book for talking to students about reading fluently! This is the perfect book for any K-5 classroom!
Tune Into Interesting Words
Max's Words is a great text to encourage our readers to be word collectors and always on the look out for new words!
Winston the Book Wolf
Excellent Resource for Literacy Centers and Small Group Instruction
The materials on this site are organized by grade level or grade spans including K-1, 2-3 or 4-5. You can find centers for:
*Reading Foundational Skills (Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Fluency)
*Reading Literary Text
*Reading for Information
*Writing and Speaking & Listening
I highly encourage to review these centers for your RTI interventions and as you plan for your reading workshop! As an upper elementary teacher, I even used the materials for the early grades to support my struggling readers. If you need help navigating the site or finding what you need for instruction, just let me know!
If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness and possible lesson ideas for working with your students, Courtney Deane shared this excellent website with me that is full of resources for teaching mindfulness to children! One of her favorite links is the Mindful Mantras for Kids. Thank you to Courtney for sharing this resource!
Celebrate Dot Day!
The Dot connects to many of our Habit of Minds, including Cultivating Creativity and Imagination. The message of this book and the opportunity to celebrate Dot Day is perfect kids of any age! Here is the link the Educator's Handbook for International Dot Day, which is full of activities and suggestions. Enjoy!