In Room 10 our class participate in the Daily 3 every Tuesday – Friday where we focus on different reading and writing choices for each group to complete. To complement this program we will now be looking closer at different reading strategies using a program called the Daily CAFE.
Daily CAFE will help us understand and master the 4 areas of successful reading.
CAFE stands for:
We are very lucky this term to have Sue Godfrey visiting our classroom every Wednesday morning to teach us about reading strategies and the CAFE.
For our first lesson Sue asked us the question:
“What do good readers do when they read?”
Everyone spent a few minutes reading a book quietly in their heads while paying attention what we do when we read to ourselves.
Sue then asked us to share our thoughts with a partner and then write down 2 responses on 2 post-it slips that we had each.
We all had a turn placing our strategies for reading where we thought would fit under one of the CAFE headings.
We discovered that most of us were quite confident in being able to visualise pictures in our heads when we read, predict what will happen next in a story, make connections between ourselves and the characters and events and making sure that if there is a word that doesn’t make sense that we re-read the word to help us understand what we are reading.
Check out some of our answers here
There are many strategies that good readers do when reading.
Over the next few weeks during the Daily 3 rotations Sue and Mrs Baldwin will be working with groups on different strategies to help us improve our comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding our vocabulary.
To finish we had a discussion of the importance to practise reading each day. Sue discussed with us about the difference between people who read 5 minutes every day to those who read many more minutes of reading every day.
We all know that Mrs Baldwin sets 20 minutes of reading for homework every evening. We also do quiet reading every day during the Daily 3. Mrs Baldwin loves how so many students really enjoy reading in Room 10, and this shows with students filling in the Premiers Reading Challenge and also making the most of the class library along with library borrowing time very Friday.
Well done to all the fantastic readers in our class and we look forward to building on our reading strategies this year.