We will be using the Daily Five/CAFE program during our balanced literacy time. While the students are working on independent activities, I meet with guided reading groups. Groups are formed based on specific reading strategies that would be most helpful for each student.
Daily Five: Each day students rotate between five different literacy activities. Read to self: students read "good fit" books independently. Read to someone: Students read with a partner. Listening: Students select a book on CD and read along. Writing: Students either work on cursive or a self selected writing piece. Word Work: Students work with their Words Their Way list.
CAFE: This is a simple way of organizing the mini-lessons that I present to the students each day. The acronym CAFE stands for; comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expand vocabulary. The attached CAFE menu is a sampling of the specific skills that are addressed in both the mini-lessons as well as during the strategy-based reading groups.