So I sat down this evening to send out a reminder about my 100 follower celebration giveaway and to my surprise I now have 199 followers! I am AMAZED (and thrilled) about all the awesome teachers and comments I have encountered on this little place in cyberspace SO I thought what better way to celebrate than to send out some freebies. So sit back and get ready to download! I was introduced to the Daily 5 and CAFE' books last summer by my teacher friends. I took them with me on my vacation to St. Thomas last year and enjoyed every page as I finished both books listening to the waves of the carribbean ocean. I came back so excited and couldn't wait to implement my Daily 5 routine and put up my CAFE board. Here is what my CAFE board looked like:
After I put up my cafe board, my teacher partners started talking about switching the letters around in CAFE to FACE and introduce these strategies as part of "The FACE of a reader". I really liked this idea and thought my first graders would relate a lot better to this analogy ~ so I changed my board to look like this:
As you all know, I have a camping theme in my room (and very partial to polka dots) so I created a bunch of CAFE (or FACE) headers for my board before I finally chose my favorite to display. I printed out the headers on paper then glued them to polka dotted scrapbook paper and laminated them.
I then typed up ALL the strategies that go with each header and cut out, laminated and would place on my board as I taught each strategy. (I know this goes against the sisters a little - but it was my first year teaching first grade and couldn't imagine these little guys writing all these strategies out on sentence strips.) I surrounded each strategy with a border the same color as my header section. For example: All fluency strategies are outlined in blue, all accuracy strategies are outlined in orange, etc. This helped easily locate and organize my strategy cards. I only wish I had a picture of my board AFTER my strategies were up, but no such luck. You will find a variety of header cards below (click on the pictures to download) and then strategy cards for each header.
I hope you find these useful. I am so thankful to each and everyone of my followers. I don't feel like I have much to offer but love teaching, love sharing and love kids. I hope to have much more as the new school year begins.
OH ~ and don't forget that tomorrow is the last day you can enter my giveaway to win any one item from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten TpT store AND a $25 Target gift card!