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An Insider’s View of a Brief Focus Lesson

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Whether you are new to Daily 5 and CAFE or a longtime practitioner, you may want to consider these tips to take your brief focus lessons from good to great.

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If You Read Too Much, You Teach Too Much

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Here is one way to keep your lessons brief.

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Do I Read the Whole Book During a Brief Focus Lesson?

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There are many other times during a school day to explore a full text. Create time by using these ideas.

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Simple Kinesthetic Motions to Support CAFE Goals and Strategies

Take a look into Beth Lawson's second grade classroom where she is using simple, kinesthetic motions to support her young learners. 

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Brain Research–Are Your Lessons the Correct Length for Your Students' Brain Development?

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The brain research is clear: lessons that go on too long are not helping students learn. How do we make lessons shorter and more focused, thereby maximizing student potential for engagement and retention?

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Whole Group and Small Group Planning at a Glance

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Sabrina Pagnotta shares her idea for whole-group planning at a glance. 

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CAFE Brain Break and Assessment—An Engaging Way to Assess Student Strategy Knowledge

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This engaging activity is a favorite among students and helps teachers assess student knowledge of CAFE strategies. 

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Narrowing the Focus and Length of a Lesson to Make It Brain Compatible

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Shannon Campbell, a fifth-grade teacher, shares how she uses her curriculum as a resource to provide support, extend instruction, and adjust the focus and length of the lesson.

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Whole-Group Planning for CAFE Lessons

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This tool makes it simple to plan whole-group instruction based on student needs.

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Idea Index

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An idea index can help us keep track of author's craft and possible strategy instruction so we are always ready for a focus lesson. 

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Do You Have a List of Great Read-Alouds for Teaching CAFE Strategies–A Teacher "Must-Have" List?

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Do you have a list? Because we sure do, and we want to share it with you!

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Comprehension Check with Sitting Statues

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Suzi's class listens intently to the read aloud so they'll be prepared to show their comprehension by performing these creative representations.

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Student-Produced Strategy Cards

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Learning sticks, and students take ownership when they write the cards and refer to them frequently on the CAFE Menu.

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Titles for the First-Day-of-School Read-Alouds

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Here are some of our favorite read-alouds to begin a school year.

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Developing a Brief Focus Lesson

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This template will aide as you plan and endeavor to teach brief focus lessons that are aligned with brain research.

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Infer and Support with Evidence

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Beth Lawson leads her class to think about inferring, and then asks them to work together with a partner to put the definition in their own words.

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Singing About Our Love of Reading

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Trish Prentice believes in the power of music. In this video, she and her kindergarten students use song to proclaim their love of reading and the benefits of reading voraciously.

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Integrated Launch of Daily 5 and CAFE

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Here is what we do in our own classrooms when launching Daily 5 and CAFE together. 

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Check for Understanding–Whole Group Lesson

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Checking for understanding while reading is such a vital strategy it is typically the very first strategy we teach each year, regardless of the grade level. In this video, Janet models the strategy for a group of first graders.

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Using a Read Aloud to Infer and Support with Evidence

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See how a read-aloud can spark rich conversations.

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Introducing er in Kindergarten

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In this focus lesson, Trish introduces her students to words with er at the end.

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Review The CAFE Strategies By Determining Where They Fit on the Menu

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It's early in the year when Gail and Joan guide these sixth graders on an interactive review of the CAFE strategies, but the lesson could work any time of year with second through eighth graders.

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Review the CAFE Menu with Guess the Strategy

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This great lesson on understanding CAFE Menu strategies can be done with any grade level at any time of the year.

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Use the Pictures . . . Do the Words and Pictures Match and Cross-Checking

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Laying the groundwork for one strategy when teaching another demonstrates to readers that using skills in isolation isn't typical. They often layer together.

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Building Awareness of CAFE Strategies in 6th Grade

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In this video, Pam Pogson kindles her sixth graders' interest to actively understand and apply CAFE comprehension strategies.

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