Re: moving to fourth
    Alice Lee

    What is CAFE? I've never heard of it. Alice Lee
    On 6/22/11, Mariely Gomez (MG) wrote:
    > I know you sent me an email in which you asked if I had anything
    > to share, but I can't locate it! Anyhow, I did the daily 4 last
    > year with my kids and they loved it! The key is modeling every
    > little thing. Make your I-charts and keep them up year round,
    > reference them every now and again to remind them of proper
    > behaviors. I used gallon freezer zip lock bags instead of bins
    > for their read to self books. My four rotations were Work with
    > Teacher, Read to Self, Listen to Read, Stations. For stations I
    > had up to five things they would work at, a different station
    > each day. I had, playdough words (they built their spelling words
    > out of play dough), Science (they read a science book and did an
    > activity), make a sentence( I would color code and cut five
    > sentences and it was their job to put the words in correct word
    > order) and I also had Take to Seat (which were those take to seat
    > activities. They would pick from five and do one at a time.) I
    > was amazed at how quick they got the hang of it and how much
    > their reading improved. I also used special rubrics which rated
    > their Daily 4 behaviors and their reading, comprehension, fluency
    > and rate. This went home once a week for the previous week. It
    > allowed for great parent teacher communication and it helped me
    > back their reading grades. I can share those with you if you'd
    > like
    > On 6/20/11, Marlene wrote:
    >> Hi, MG...
    >> I've been teaching upper grades for 10 yrs (4th & 5th, 5 yrs.
    >> each.) I use the sisters' CAFE, but not Daily 5. CAFE works
    >> very well; this is the 2nd yr I've used it. Our school does
    >> not use whole class sets, rather we do whole class mini
    >> lessons, guided reading, conferring, and whatever it takes to
    >> move the kids up the Fountas & Pinnell levels. I'm moving to
    >> 2nd in the fall, and have much the same concerns you do. Scary
    >> but so exciting. Please feel free to email me directly if
    >> you'd like. I adore 4th graders - they're so independent and
    >> they get my dry humor. Best of luck!
    >> Sincerely,
    >> Marlene Grefig (MG!)