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.
This week, our reading strategy is Check for Understanding.
When we check for understanding while reading a novel, we need to pause after reading a page or two and ask ourselves three questions:
- What just happened in the story?
- Who was in that part of the story?
- 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.
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.