Disclaimer... and credit where credit is due!

This blog is simply my thoughts, ideas, and suggestions related to the Daily Five and Cafe. I give full credit to the creators of both Daily 5 and Cafe, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, also known as The Sisters. I have attended their workshops, read their books, and subscribe to their website. Everything else, I've interpreted on my own! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CAFE start-up

Well, it's about time I started sharing some Cafe ideas! Here's a lesson I've used to introduce the concept of the Cafe menu with my first graders. (Before teaching the lesson, I've collected a bunch of paper menus from various restaurants.)

After reading aloud A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe by Barbara Odanaka, I hand out the restaurant menus and have children "read" through them. I ask them to find words they know, foods they'd like to eat, and things they'd never want to try! After they've explored for a bit, I ask them to pick something from the menu that they would order if we went to that restaurant. Naturally, items come from all parts of the menu (appetizers, main dishes, beverages, and desserts.) Children share their choices out loud, and I write them into columns on chart paper under appetizers, main dishes, beverages, and desserts. I draw attention to how everyone chose different things depending on what they wanted, needed, and/or liked.

I then reference our Cafe board (or my CAMP board, as the case may be.) We talk about how this is also a "menu" that is going to help us with our reading. I explain comprehension as a "main dish" in making sense our of what we read. It's the biggest part of our menu. Accuracy is like an appetizer, because accuracy is what we need before we can understand what we read. Making reading fluent is like the beverages many of us have chosen; it helps our reading go down smoothly (just like a big glass of water helps our dinner go down smoothly!) Lastly, Practicing Vocabulary is like dessert. It's very important in making reading more exciting!

In the next lesson, I've reviewed the concept of our menu. Then, we've talked about the restaurant menus and how everyone needed/wanted different things. We talk about how this is just like our CAMP menu; everyone needs to work on different parts of their reading.

This seemed to help my first graders grasp the concept of how we'd be using the menu throughout the year! What's your favorite way to introduce the Cafe menu?

~Komos :)

12 comments:

  1. Your ideas are wonderful for the Cafe board! Love the comparisons you make with each component. I introduced the board to my 4th graders but just did a general overview of its purpose. Then after I tested students fluency, we decided on a goal for the coming weeks. I am will definitely have to borrow those comparisons tomorrow as a review. Thanks!

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  2. I love your blog!! I just gave you a shout out over at my blog - Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher!! You inspired me to start up a linky!
    Come on over and check it out!!
    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  3. So excited to try this when I start my CAFE. Our school library has the book too! :) Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  4. Great site! I start school tomorrow and am ready to dive full speed ahead! Your blog would be very beneficial to a group of "tweeters" who follow the #Daily5 hashtag on Twitter and do a weekly #Daily5 chat on Friday evenings at 7:00p CST. Teachers from all over the world discuss and share #daily5 ideas. For more info you can email me at wezieheckmorgan@gmail.com

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  5. Thank you so much for all of your comments & compliments! :) I'm passionate about Daily 5 and truly enjoy this kind of collaboration.

    And, yes... do join in on the Twitter chat!! I help moderate with Melody and Mitch every Friday at 7 pm CST.

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  6. Oh, and thanks for the shout out, Julie! :)

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  7. I don't know what the daily 5 is but that sounds like an awesome way to introduce it! haha

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  8. Tell us about your pensive! I so love your ideas and would love to see what you use to keep track of your work with your kids!!

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  9. Hi laura,

    Thanks for this great launching idea. Is Camp an acronym? Would love to know as my classroom is designed like a camping classroom. I am going to have my friend's kids share their menus from camp this summer. I have posted a link to your blog on mine...

    Come and check us out. I am a brand new blogger ;)

    theadventuresoftravelnteach.blogspot.nl



    theadventuresoftravelnteach.blogspot.nl

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  10. I have never introduced CAFE on the first week of school, but now I will! This is a great way to start -- thank you!! (And the book is no on my Amazon wish list!)

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  11. I'm not familiar with this book. It sounds like a wonderful way to introduce CAFE. Thanks for the idea!

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