Reading is a big part of our day.
We use the CAFE model in our Literacy Block every day. Each week we focus on a different CAFE reading strategy in class. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. All of these areas of reading are extremely important and good readers know they need to read regularly to improve their skills.
We have a CAFE Menu in our classroom. At the end of each week we put a strategy card on the menu.
At the beginning of the year this is what our CAFE Menu looks like.
By the end of the year, it will look more like this!
Last week, our reading strategy was Check for Understanding.
This week, our strategy is Make a Picture in your Mind.
These two comprehension strategies help readers to understand their texts, and we will continue to build on our comprehension as the year progresses.
After working on our reading strategies collectively as a class each morning, the students then participate in 15 – 20 minutes of independent reading. During this time, they practise the strategy independently while reading “good fit” books.