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Interactive CAFE Menu
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Assessing young readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next. We developed the CAFE Menu to help students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers.

CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and fine tuning one on one conferring.

To get started:

  1. Click on the Interactive CAFE Menu link above and voila, The CAFE Menu will appear
  2. Next, Click on the column titles Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary, (also, Behavior is located at the bottom) to learn about those goals. You'll be taken to all of the articles, templates and videos related to that goal.
  3. Looking for other information on The CAFE Menu such as what's available in Spanish or all the videos, print downloads or other content, check out the other links.

ASCD 2014—Brains and Best Practice
Joan Moser
With more than 300 sessions to choose from in four short days, I found it really hard to narrow down my selections. Offerings on brain research often won out. Here are some of my favorite takeaways. . . . More...
ASCD 2014—Wonderful Websites
Gail Boushey
After the conference, I continued my informational reading by checking out websites that were recommended by various presenters. These are just too great not to share! (The blurbs are from the websit . . . More...
ASCD 2014—Reflections and Realizations
Allison Behne
Have you ever taken a class or attended a workshop and learned so much that your head hurt? That is how I felt after the first day of ASCD! I was able to spend four days with thousan . . . More...
ASCD 2014—Highlights, Frights, and Sound Bites
Lori Sabo
Highlights Spending three and a half days being learners together with Joan, Gail, and Allison at the ASCD conference was a definite highlight. Having time to excitedly share what we' . . . More...
Kindergarten Writing Conference—Adding Details
Duplicate video on Writing Conference - To the Point (VIDEO) (deleted on new site) This original title was danielleconfer.mp4 HTML5 . . . More...
Assessment for Learning—Flip the Sound
Hollie Gebhardt
Many of the letters in our English alphabet make more than one sound, which can make it tricky to read accurately. Teaching children to use their knowledge of letter sounds by trying out, or "flipping . . . More...
Comprehension Check with Sitting Statues
Lori Sabo
Suzi Newbury uses drama to enrich the literate lives of the students she works with every day. One technique is especially quick, easy, and accomplishes a lot. She calls it the sitting statue. . . . More...
Lit Lesson—The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah with Kelly DiPucchio (DOWNLOAD)
In the book Th . . . More...
Worst to First (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
I'd barely sat down to begin a conference with Chris and Aaron when one of them declared, "We have a problem with our goals." A little surprised by the sudden statement, I asked them to please share . . . More...
Assessment for Learning—Recognize Words at Sight
Hollie Gebhardt
There are about 300 words that we encounter most frequently in our reading and writing. Many of these words have unusual spellings that do not conform to phonetic rules. These words are often a focus . . . More...
Word Sorts and Spelling
This small group works on sorting words into –tch, –ack, –dge, –ake, –each, and oddballs categories to increase their spelling skills. script type="tex . . . More...
Helping Students Become Readers (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
If you asked Sandra, a first grader, her favorite things to do, she would say riding bikes, playing with her sister, painting her nails, and more. Reading would not be on her Top 10 list. Sandra cou . . . More...
Helping Readers Develop Focus During Read to Self (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
We know that after setting up the routines and structures for the Daily 5, most students are quite skilled at Read to Self. They remain focused throughout each cycle and are truly engaged in their b . . . More...
Expanding the Conversations During Read to Someone (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
We love listening to readers' conversations during partner reading. As each reader takes a turn reading the text and checking for understanding, we gain insight into what each student understands abo . . . More...
Why Do You Think That? (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
Many of our friends ask us, "How can we help our children as readers?" The typical list includes read to them, find time for them to read, talk with them, play games together, and so on. Recently we . . . More...
Are They Really Reading? (ARTICLE)
Clare Landrigan & Tammy Mulligan
Once our systems and structures are in place, we begin to wonder: If we build it, will they read? How do we know our young friends are engaged in reading when we are teaching small groups and conferr . . . More...
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