I have received a number of emails from colleagues and teaching friends asking for more descriptions & clarification on what Daily 5 looks like in my classroom. Specifically, what does the first 25 days look like in first grade? Well this blog post is in response to those wonderful questions and I hope you find this information helpful with your planning this year! This year, I have taken the first full 8 days to front-load a Growth Mindset climate in my classroom! We began with this....
and then added the POWER OF YET!!!
I am trying to stay organized and keep a running diary of read alouds that we have done so far...
Now that we had a very positive "Growth Mindset" approach to our learning, we began our Daily 5 routines in first grade!
I am so thrilled that our district has adopted the Daily 5 and CAFE frameworks! Personally, I have been using it for a number of years now and I absolutely ADORE it!
The pre-planning prep at home looks like this in August!!!
This year, I have decided to use my "real-life images" collection of critters to showcase in what I like to call our new and improved "CAFE CORNER!"
Over the past 7 years of doing Daily 5 and CAFE, I have created and utilized a variety of CAFE menus. When I had the absolute honor of moving into a larger classroom this year, I took full advantage of making my CAFE menu into an entire area of the room to make it interactive and fun for the kids!
Along the top cabinets are the CAFE Accuracy Strategies and Critters.
The top poster set is by Lyndsey Kuster. The Real-Life Images are my set.
Along the bottom 13 cabinets, are the most utilized CAFE comprehension strategies and critters that we use in first grade.
As the year progresses, we will add our fluency and expanding vocabulary critters to the white wall adjoining these. Over the summer I found my CAFE letters that I had spray painted a few years ago and never used them due to "lack of space" in my old classroom.
Well now they have a fabulous home and really bring our CAFE CORNER together nicely!
The critters are very functional. The kiddos can take one off to practice with during Read to Self time or during teacher conferring.
I used these 3M products to hang them up with and pinned a safety pin to the back of each critter so they hook on and off with ease!
I am thrilled at how well our CAFE CORNER turned out!
It's great to see the kids run over and check something out or grab a critter to practice their strategy reading!!! How do you CAFE?