Sunday, August 19, 2012

How's Daily 5 & CAFE working for you?

Howdy! Lorraine from Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies here. Tomorrow I start back to school.....no students yet, just staff development and setting up my classroom.
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Many of you started school already and have started using Daily 5 and CAFE.  So tell us, how is it going?  Did you start Daily 5 the very first day or wait for a few days in?  What would you change?   What advice would you give those of us who have never tried Daily 5 & CAFE?

Comment with your reflections & advice!  Thanks in advance for sharing!

15 comments:

  1. I am so excited to be trying Daily 5/Cafe in my 4th grade classroom this year. I am nervous but I am hoping it will instill the same love of reading that I have. I am hoping to begin on the first day.

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  2. I'm just getting started. I have one student in particular who Can. Not. Handle. Read to Self without talking to a neighbor. He needs to choose a better spot in the room, but I'm trying so far not to point him out but instead just to stop the group and then talk about how it's going in general. We've only tried twice, but I'm curious how that will go this week... I think my 3rd graders should be able to do 3 minutes of reading!

    I waited a day to get started with Daily 5 and CAFE, but I think you could easily start it the first day.

    If you're thinking of getting started, go ahead and decide on some books that you'd like to use to teach the first few strategies. I find myself finding them each day and it would've been easier to set those aside from the start! Maybe this blog could host a Google Doc where people list their favorite books to teach each CAFE strategy, and the grade levels it would be good for?

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  3. I have just begun....slowly, but am surprised by how easily and honestly my 5th graders took to the check in with the thumbs up-thumbs sideways. They took the building stamina for read to self as a personal challenge and after the third time seemed like old pros.
    I love the idea of a spot to collect book titles.

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  4. I LOVE the idea of a spot for titles too! I don't get kids until Sept. 4th...can finally get into my classroom tomorrow...trying D5 and Cafe for the first time with my 3rd graders..can't wait!!!

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  5. D5 this year is going OK. I am on week 3 and next week I start guided reading. In my mind, this is my last week of training :)
    I started using D5 language (stamina, purpose...) on day one, but I do not follow the sisters step by step implementation. I follow what is comfortable with me and my kiddos (and the boss).
    My biggest advice is not to rush it. Take it s-l-o-w...The time you put in now will pay off. My students last year are amazing readers and writers (The 3rd grade teachers said so!)..I know d5 will work out for you too:)
    My Second Sense

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  6. I'm adding daily 5 this year! I can't wait to start I have read both books over the summer ( daily 5 & cafe ) I was hoping to start on the first day!

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  7. I'm trying Daily 5 along with our mandated Reading Street curriculum. I've had to modify both routines, but I think it will work. I start Day 3 on Monday. I'm very nervous because I'm the only one in my school who is giving it a try - wish I had one other person to bounce ideas off of. I'll keep you posted! I hope other Reading Street teachers will share what they are doing.

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  8. We started school on Thursday and I started using the Daily Five for Dummies script on Friday! It went well! I am excited to keep following the script and adding in the cafe inclusions! I know Daily Five works, so I am excited to really start understanding CAFE. We have a new library and she did her thesis on DAILY FIVE in the library! SO EXCITED about that!

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  9. Luckeyfrog (& others) Regarding finding helpful read alouds to teach strategies, I stumbled upon what I think is a superb blog find! It's called Teach Mentor Texts - http://www.teachmentortexts.com
    These two ladies are amazing! Every post is an in-depth look at a mentor text and includes PLENTY of teaching ideas. Check the word cloud on the right side to find posts that address a specific skill you are teaching.

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  10. This was the first day and I started Read to Self and check for understanding. The kids loved it. One child asked if we would read to self every day! She was very excited by the answer. The main problem I have is that it is not automatic yet. I find myself thinking what I am supposed to do next and I have taught so long that many things come automatically. I am looking forward to a good year!

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  11. I am going to be impementing Daily 5 this year for the first time. I teach 2nd grade and our school also uses Reading Street. I am hoping to work it out with all of what is expected of me to teach and still do the Daily 5. We will see how it goes.

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  12. I am in my 2nd week of school. We didn't get a lot of our stuff until the last minute so I've been playing catch up. I want to make sure we're organized and all ready to go before I implemented D5/CAFE. I am hoping to start on Monday. How long is everyone's literacy block? I had planned to have 90 minutes of uninterrupted literacy instruction since I'm self-contained; however I was forced into only having 65 minutes. For those who have 65 or so minutes are you doing Daily 3? Daily 4? Daily 5?

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  13. We just started CAFE and Daily 5. So far so good but all of us really need help in finding just right picture books to teach strategies. We would love a blog hop on suggestions others have used! Next year we will know to get those ready over the summer!

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  14. I have started Read to Self but am tweaking it to fit my students, me, an Reading Street. I am interested to see how it will go in a few weeks when the kids are on their own.

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  15. I'm launched Daily 5 on the 2nd day of school and we're up to 8 minutes of Read to Self after 4 days! The best part is my 3rd graders are begging for more. I planned to launch CAFE at the same time but decided to wait until next week. After only 4 days, I'm really enjoying it and hopeful that this will be my best year ever teaching reading!

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