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These articles include all the forms we use to set up our conferring notebook, along with the a The CAFE™ Menu itself.
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Assessment—Read Appropriate-Level Texts That Are a Good Fit
Hollie Gebhardt
To foster fluency and comprehension, students need . . . More...
Principal's Pensieve (ARTICLE)
Susan Gioiella
After learning about the CAFE Pens . . . More...
One Authentic Writing Idea That Yields Three Benefits (ARTICLE)
Allison Behne
Allison Behne shares how her son's teacher inspired him to write through the use of a Student/Teacher journal. . . . More...
Emergent CAFE Menu Update (ARTICLE)
Allison Behne
Here is an updated Emergent CAFE Menu that's been aligned with the Common Core. . . . More...
Kindness Really Is Cooler (BOOK)
Trish Prentice
A picture book can often be the perfect lead-in to a meaningful class discussion, and in this case, a flurry of meaningful activity. . . . More...
But I Haven't Read That Yet (ARTICLE)
Lori Sabo
Although it would be nice to have always read the book a student is reading, it isn't always possible. The good news is that a meaningful conference is completely possible whether we've read the book or not. (Revised and Updated 11/13) . . . More...
Read to Someone—Coaching or Time?
The Coaching or Time technique helps partners be effective and valuable coaches. . . . More...
Flip the Sound: I love Lucky...and Lucy too. (ARTICLE)
Lori Sabo
Flip the Sound is a simple, but powerful accuracy strategy. Here's what it sounded like in a one-on-one conference with a second grader. . . . More...
A Multiple-Student Conferring Sheet
by Lori Sabo
This simple conferring sheet can be used by principals and literacy coaches as they hunker down to confer with students when they visit classrooms. . . . More...
Ideas for Successful Parent Conferences
Revised 10/13 . . . More...
Leadership Support: Suggestion #3, Know What to Look For! (ARTICLE)
by Allison Behne
Administrators wanting to support their teachers often want to know what to look for when they go in the classroom. What indicates that Daily 5 and CAFE are being used? Here are a few ideas. . . . More...
Strategies to Start With (ARTICLE)
Though groups vary from year to year, we've found these four strategies carry a lot of valuable weight, so we not only begin with them, we continue to reinforce them throughout the year. . . . More...
Organizing Ready Reference Guides (ARTICLE)
Allison Behne shares how she keeps her Ready Reference guides organized and handy. . . . More...
Transition Menu Ready Reference Guide - Check for Understanding (PDF)
This Comprehension Strategy - Check for understanding - helps readers uncover the meaning in text. Frequent stops are used to reflect on what has just been read or seen in pictures. Answering the questions "who" and "what" help focus students' thinking. . . . More...
Transition Menu Ready Reference Guide - Cross Check, Double Check (PDF)
This Comprehension Strategy - Cross Check, Double Check helps readers determine if pictures, letters and words make sense and match what is on the page. . . . More...
Summer Collection - (DOWNLOADS, WEBSITES, ARTICLES)
This collection features articles, downloads, and websites gathered together from our site for quick access relating to all things Summer. . . . More...
A Pensieve Summary to Pass to the Next Teacher (DOWNLOAD)
Allison Behne
Allison Behne shares the document she created to inform next years teachers about student work and progress. . . . More...
Closing the Gaps Between Common Core and The CAFE Menu (PDF)
Allison Behne describes the thought process behind aligning Common Core with CAFE and highlights some things that we need to remember about each. . . . More...
Common Core Alignment - 7th Grade (PDF)
The Common Core Standards define the . . . More...
Lit Lesson: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Fly Guy is an engaging favorite. Allison uses a one in the series to teach a variety of strategies. . . . More...
Common Core Alignment - 6th Grade CAFE Menu (PDF)
The Common Core Standards define the . . . More...
Lit Lesson: Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall (DOWNLOAD)
This week, Allison shares a lit lesson for the beloved classic Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall. . . . More...
Feedback: An Essential Ingredient in Conferring (ARTICLE)
Janice Such
Feedback followed by appropriate student action is one of the foundations of the CAFE Assessment System. To be successful in guiding students towards their goals, effective practitioners of conferring in CAFE have to understand how to give feedback that is purposeful and valuable. Researcher Grant Wiggins' article "Seven Keys to Effective Feedback" (2012) provides insight that supports our goals in CAFE. In her article review, Janice Such highlights how these Keys fit with CAFE. . . . More...
Common Core Alignment - 5th Grade CAFE Menu (PDF)
Here is the CAFE menu aligned with th . . . More...
Common Core Alignment - 4th Grade CAFE Menu (PDF)
Here is the CAFE menu aligned with th . . . More...
CAFE Meets Common Core - Third Grade (PDF)
Here is the CAFE menu aligned with th . . . More...
CAFE Meets Common Core - Second Grade (PDF)
Here is the CAFE menu aligned with th . . . More...
CAFE Meets Common Core - First Grade (ARTICLE and DOWNLOAD)
In this article Allison Behne explains how CAFE and Common Core Standards align and includes the first download of this alignment. . . . More...
Curricular Coherence, Working Together with Interventions (PDF)
We don't always see the growth we'd like in our most at risk students. How can we design really intentional and effective interventions for these students so they can grow and achieve academically? . . . More...
Recording Assessment Data (DOWNLOAD)
Three or four times a year, we monitor progress in order to celebrate growth and adjust instruction. This form makes it easy to keep track of. . . . More...
Ready Reference Guide - Accuracy: Abundant Reading (PDF)
Abundant Easy Reading is a strategy we've recently added to the Cafe Menu. Here's the Ready Reference Guide. . . . More...
Historical Overview of Instruction (PDF)
This article gives you a glimpse into our professional journey and evolution as teachers. . . . More...
Reviewing Good-Fit Books with Those Shoes (DOWNLOAD)
Teaching children to choose their own good-fit books is one of the greatest skills we can impart. Because we want the teaching to stick, we reinforce the lesson all year long. Revised 10/13 . . . More...
Spanish Parent Pipeline - Make a picture or mental image (PDF)
The Parent Pipeline for Make a picture or mental image is now available in Espanol. . . . More...
Daily 5 and CAFE-The Launch - Part 1 (ARTICLE)
A Note from Gail and Joan: We are hoping to alleviate the concerns teachers have about how to combine Daily 5 and CAFE simultaneously. We hope it is just in time to help you think through the launch of your school year. . . . More...
CAFE Student Book - Resources to Start

Autumn Ipok from Lake Stevens, Washington wrote:

I teach an elementary self-contained class for students with moderate to severe disabilities in the Lake Stevens School District. I have been using CAFE for two years with some of the students in our program and have seen great results! I made a few resources for my students to help them remember their goals, and I thought that other special education (or general education) teachers may be interested. . . .
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Send Home a Picture of The CAFE Menu Board and Other Board Ideas (DOWNLOAD)
Keep It Going! by Trish Prenti . . . More...
Stoplight Segmentation -- A Creative Twist on Elkonin Boxes (LESSON)
By Darlene Daley This tool, a crea . . . More...
New CAFE Strategies Highlighted
This is the latest edition of the Cafe Menu. We've starred the newest strategies for easy identification. Each of these strategies will have a new ready reference guide and parent pipeline soon. . . . More...
Data Walls & Technology by Karen Shook
I was looking through the Tip of the Week Archives . . . More...
The 2011 Updated CAFE Menu (ARTICLE and DOWNLOAD)
Educational research has always been the starting . . . More...
Sometimes Y: Teaching the Different Sounds of Y (ARTICLE, DOWNLOAD)
Here's a short mini-lesson to try that helps students learn that the letter "y" at the end of a word makes several sounds. Sometime we hear a long "i" and sometimes we hear a long "e." . . . More...
Engaging Advanced Readers with Book Chats (ARTICLE)
by Jen McDonough I get asked a lot by te . . . More...
Spying on Yourself (ARTICLE)
Have you ever tried spying on yourself as a reader? So many of us spend time and energy teaching kids what to do to improve their reading, but do we know what we do? Even proficient readers use the CAFÉ skills! . . . More...
Expanding Vocabulary, One School's Creative Idea (ARTICLE)
We are always looking for clever and creative ideas for supporting children as they work on expanding their vocabulary. We received permission from Darlene, a literacy coach from Canandigua, New York, to share with you her school-wide vocabulary initiative call "Big Dog Words." The initiative is grounded in the research by Isabell Beck, PhD and her work with 'tier two' words. . . . More...
Buddy Letters Bonanza, Learning Digraphs th, ch, sh, wh (DOWNLOAD)
Have you ever noticed how many words have a th, ch, sh, or wh? Children need to know what happens to these letter sounds when they stand side by side. To help them cement the sounds to the letters, Trish decided to sing about it, add an action, and a visual chart. . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Trade a Word/Guess a Word That Makes Sense
Written by: Allison Behne . . . More...
Skip the Word and Come Back (PDF)
Written By: Allison Behne . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Compare and Contrast Within and Between Text (Word)
This download by Allison Behne is a wonderful resource to add to your parent resource efforts to support skill building at home. . . . More...
Goal Holder (DOWNLOAD)
Penny Peterson teaches fifth grade in Washington S . . . More...
Matching Excellent Book Titles With CAFE™ Strategies (DOWNLOAD)
You can find books that match specific CAFE™ Menu strategies on our Interactive Cafe. If you want to add some of your own books to strategies, check out this tool sent in by Suzanne Rea that she created to keep track of her book titles that support specific strategies, . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Recognize and Explain Cause and Effect Relationships (PDF)
By Alison Behne By learning about ca . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Recognize Literary Elements Part 2 of 2
Written by: Allison Behne Reco . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Recognize Literary Elements Part 1 of 2
Written by Allison Behne Recog . . . More...
Expanding Sight Word Vocabulary
by Allison Behne It is im . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Use Punctuation to Enhance Phrasing and Prosody
Written By: Allison Behne Last . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Use Prior Knowledge and Context to Predict and Confirm Meaning
Written by: Allison Behne Lik . . . More...
Introducing Parents to the CAFE Menu and Parent Pipelines
Revised and updated 10/2013 . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Blend Sounds; Stretch and Reread (PDF)
Written by: Allison Behne Man . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Use Main Idea and Supporting Details to Determine Importance
Written by: Allison Behne . . . More...
Daily 5 and CAFE - The Launch Part 2 (ARTICLE)
Did you miss Part 1 of this article? . . . More...
Parent Pipeline -Make a Picture or Mental Image
Written by: Allison Behne . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Voracious Reading
By: Allison Behne Have you ever r . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Use Pictures, Illustrations, and Diagrams
Written by: Allison Behne . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Using Dictionaries, Thesauruses, and Glossaries as Tools
By: Allison Behne I think man . . . More...
Parent Pipeline—Read Appropriate-Level Texts (PDF)
Allison Behne
Revised 10/13 . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Retell the Story (PDF)
Written by: Allison Behne . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Ask Someone to Define the Word for You
Written by Allison Behne When . . . More...
Use Punctuation to enhance Phrasing and Prosody- Yo! Yes? (Lesson and Book)
By Trish Prentice Get ready for some fun! Wa . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Author's Purpose (PDF)
An author's purpose is the author's r . . . More...
Ready Reference Guide- Comprehension Use Prior Knowledge to Connect with Text
Ready Reference Guides contain essent . . . More...
Ready Reference Guide - Predict What Will Happen; Use Text to Confirm
Ready Reference Guides contain essent . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Reread Text
Reread Text is the fluency strategy m . . . More...
Friends - Determine and Analyze Author's Purpose and Support with Text (Book and Lesson)
Friends by Helme Heine Charlie Ro . . . More...
Parent Pipeline- Use Beginning and Ending Sounds
by Allison Behne When I first su . . . More...
CAFE - Parent Pipeline Back Up and Reread
Have you ever been reading a book, go . . . More...
Book - Elmer - Predict What Will Happen Next
Elmer, the elephant, is most unusua . . . More...
Book - Hop on Pop - Use Beginning and Ending Sounds -
Who better to focus on words and so . . . More...
CAFE™ - Teacher Talk Cards
Teacher Talk Cards, created by Melissa Killingbeck . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Infer and Support with Evidence
By: Allison Behne Reading . . . More...
Ready Reference Guide: Accuracy, Chunk Letters and Sounds Together (DOWNLOAD)
The term Ready Reference Guide refers to a one page download that gives you the most important information to remember when introducing a strategy from the CAFE™ menu.

This Ready Reference Guide is for the Accuracy strategy called Chunk Letters and Sounds Together. . . .
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Parent Pipeline - Cross Checking (Download)
The Parent Pipeline is a way to create a partnership with parents, enabling them to provide support that is consistent with what their child receives at school. . . . More...
Parent Pipeline-Tune In to Interesting Words (PDF)
The Parent Pipeline is a way to creat . . . More...
Check for Understanding—Parent Pipeline (PDF)
Revised 10/13 . . . More...
Personal Conferring Form for Students (DOWNLOAD)
Updated and revised 11/13 . . . More...
CAFE™ - Conferring Cheat Sheet (DOWNLOAD)
Kristina Wootan took two of our forms and combined . . . More...
FAQ - Do you have a Spanish version of your Emergent CAFE Menu?(DOWNLOAD)
We are grateful to Carrie Sorensen for translating . . . More...
CAFE - Cross Checking Ready Reference Guide (DOWNLOAD)
The term Ready Reference Guide refers to a one pag . . . More...
Partnering with Parents; Communicating CAFE Skills and Strategies (PDF/PUB)
Parents can be an untapped resource for continuing . . . More...
CAFE - Combining Daily 5 and CAFE (DOWNLOAD)
This download gives you a visual look at the first . . . More...
Parent Pipeline - Predict What will Happen; Use Text to Confirm (PDF)
Written by: Allison Behne W . . . More...
Accuracy: Use the pictures- Ready Reference Guide (PDF)
The term Ready Reference Guide refers . . . More...
CAFE™ - Regarding Reading Levels (Download)
We have several reasons for determining a child's . . . More...
Spanish CAFE™ Menu (DOWNLOAD)
Are there any Spanish speaking/reading students in . . . More...
Comprehension Back Up and Reread Ready Reference Guide (PDF)
The term Ready Reference Guide refers . . . More...
FAQ - Help! I want my students to independently select Good Fit Books, any suggestions?
A: We teach our students, regardless . . . More...
CAFE™ Menu for Emergent Readers (DOWNLOAD)
This Menu would be used before the CAFE™ . . . More...
Accuracy - Flip the Sound, Ready Reference Guide (Word)
The term Ready Reference Guide refers . . . More...
Student-Led Conferences (DOWNLOADS)
Revised 10/13 . . . More...
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