Introducing The CAFE Menu–Ordering Off the Menu


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Gail introduces the CAFE Menu to a group of fourth graders by comparing the menu in a restaurant to the CAFE menu in their classroom. It is a lesson that helped them understand we pick and choose, depending on what will best meet our needs.

When developing the CAFE Menu we spent a great deal of time trying to find an appropriate acronym. CAFE seemed to work perfectly, especially with the addition of the word Menu, since each time readers read, we are constantly picking and choosing between strategies that will aid in our reading experience.

Check out this video as Gail also asks the students to model strategies from the menu.

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