While Gail was in Heather's fourth grade classroom, they took a few moments prior to introducing the Daily Five to review what the students remembered about it from their previous years. It was enjoyable watching and listening as they reminisced, sharing their most vivid memories of Daily Five, some of which surprised us.
We also use this lesson to wrap up our last days of school together. Each morning of the last week, we record on chart paper what we have learned. It always seems to begin with an I-Chart review, and then the kids surprise us by the depth of their understanding of the Cafe Menu, the reading strategies, and how to apply the strategies in various situations. Their reflections are insightful, smart and often times downright funny!
Whenever you decide to do this lesson, you'll find it is a great way to get kids thinking about what they know about Daily 5, CAFE, and gives you a wonderful way to tap into their schema.