Reader’s Workshop in 3/4C

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 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 Reading Menu in our classroom. At the end of each week we put a strategy card on the menu.

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This week, our reading strategy is Check for Understanding.

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When we check for understanding while reading a novel, we need to pause after reading a page or two and ask ourselves three questions:

  1. What just happened in the story?
  2. Who was in that part of the story?
  3. Where was that part of the story set?

This comprehension strategy help readers to understand their texts, and we will continue to build on our comprehension as the year progresses.

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After working on our reading strategies collectively as a class each morning, the students then participate in 15 minutes of independent reading. During this time, they practise the strategy independently while reading “good fit” books.

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What reading strategies do you use?

What areas of reading do you want to work on this year?

What books do you like to read?

Reading Strategies

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.

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By the end of the year, it will look more like this!

CAFE Menu

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Last week, our reading strategy was Check for Understanding.

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This week, our strategy is Make a Picture in your Mind.

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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.

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What reading strategies do you use?

What areas of reading do you want to work on this year?

What books do you like to read?

Reading Strategy: Tune Into Interesting Words

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.

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This week our reading strategy is Tune Into Interesting Words. This strategy is part of the expand vocabulary area of reading. Good readers have a great vocabulary, which means they know and understand the meaning of lots of different words.

Tune in to interesting words means you stop and think about words that are new, different or unusual while you read.

Knowing what these words mean helps you in all areas of literacy, as it improves your comprehension while reading and you can use the interesting words in your writing. Understanding interesting words also helps you with your speaking and listening.

Miss Jordan looked through some books on her bookshelf at home and found lots of interesting words. She used Tagxedo to create a word cloud to share the words.

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We would love to know what words you have come across when reading. Submit an interesting word you have noticed during reading into our Answer Garden below.

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What interesting words do you know?

Can you write us a blog comment including lots of interesting vocabulary?

What is your favourite reading strategy?