LITERACY IN MYCLASSROOMUsing the CAFE and Daily FiveProgram
Whole class CAFÉ – 15 minutes• Focus: Introducing a new café strategy and/or revising previously taught strategy.• I use online stories on the Interactive White Board (using Oxford Owl or similar resources) or Big Books, to model the strategy.
Read to Self – 15 minutes• Students read ‘Just Right Books’ that they have selected from the Classroom library. During Reading Conferences I monitor students’ book choices.• During this time I hold small (10 min) Reading Strategy Groups. The focus has been determined during the previous week’s Guided Reading sessions. During this time students are introduced to their new reading goal, and are explicitly taught the strategy that they need to work on and are given the opportunity to practise it. They are given a book mark with their goal on it.
Word Work Rotations –30minutes Activities include: Spelling investigations Comprehension activities Guided Reading texts Listen to reading (using iPad, MP3 or CD player) VCOP tasks (focusing on Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers & Punctuation) All activities are differentiated to cater for the ability levels and needs of individual students) During this time I hold guided reading sessions. Every week students have an explicit strategy to work on and this is documented and used to group students according to common area of need.
Work on Writing- 50 minutesStructure: Whole Class Introduction, Share modelled writing with whole class Individual writing for approximately 20 minutes Interactive writing groups held regularly to support individual writing needs. Writing conferences are used to determine individual writing goals and future strategy groups. Strategy groups are held to explicitly teach strategies and give student the opportunity to practise goals. Whole Class Share time to reflect on and consolidate learning as well as celebrate
Interactive Writing in my class Journal Writing Focus: Using connectives ‘and’ & ‘because’ Model: I model and students add to construct a sentence. Magnetic letters are used to support spelling. Independent: Students complete own work with modelled work nearby for support.
My Reflection Positive Minus Interesting• Student learning is • Can be tricky to fit all • I would like to allow goal – oriented in each morning student choice over• All tasks a • Haven’t yet found a Daily 5 and differentiated system to cater for ownership of learning.• Reading strategies a Writing task in the • Reading goals on explicitly taught Daily 5. However this bookmarks ensure• Student are able to year (2012) I have students are articulate their goals started with small reminded of what• Students work in both comprehension their reading goals similar ability and responses after are. mixed ability groups. independently reading their guided reading books.
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