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Simplify Your Reading Block. Krista Geffre. Agenda. Outline of my literacy block Independent Work (Daily 5) Instruction & Café Menu Small Group Reading Instruction Assessment/Individual Conferences Read Aloud and CCSS. Disclaimer.

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  • Outline of my literacy block
  • Independent Work (Daily 5)
  • Instruction & Café Menu
  • Small Group Reading Instruction
  • Assessment/Individual Conferences
  • Read Aloud and CCSS

I use many ideas from “The Sisters” who created the Daily 5 and Café Menu.

The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in The Elementary Grades


The Café Book: Engaging all Students In Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction

By Gail Boushey & Joan Moser “The Sisters”

how i have simplified my reading block
How I have Simplified My Reading Block
  • Independent work is meaningful and student led
  • Independent work does not require daily planning
  • No stacks of papers to grade
  • Lessons are focused and short
  • 1 lesson for multiple book groups
my literacy block
My literacy Block
  • Mini-lesson # 1
  • Independent Work / Meet with book Groups or individuals
  • Mini-lesson # 2 / Refocus
  • Independent Work / Meet with book Groups or individuals
  • End reading block with review and/or sharing
  • Read aloud with a CCSS focus*

*this is outside of my “literacy block” time this year

mini lesson
Mini Lesson
  • Keep it short – 10 minutes
  • Café menu Put your objective or CCSS on the wall for reference
caf menu
  • Comprehension
  • Accuracy
  • Fluency
  • Expand Vocabulary
caf menu1
Café menu

Objectives are printed or written on cards

Put them on the wall as they are taught

Students refer to them throughout the year


Strategies and Standards are posted as they are taught

Keep the café menu and strategies you haven’t used yet on the inside of a cabinet door

independent work simplified daily 5
Independent work simplified - Daily 5
  • Read to Self
  • Read to Someone
  • Work on Writing – During writing time
keys to success
Keys to success
  • Give students choice
  • Explicitly teach how to do it
  • Teach students how to pick books
  • Build Stamina
  • Hold students accountable
  • Reteach if needed
where to sit
Where to sit
  • Students enjoy choosing their own spots around the room to sit
what they read
What they read
  • Students choose their own books
  • Teach them how to decide if a book is a good fit for them
build stamina
Build stamina
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • In the beginning just practice
  • Make sure they can be completely independent before you pull reading groups
daily 5 and caf resources
Daily 5 and Café Resources
  • Many free resources and more if you join
  • Café menu copies
  • How to launch the daily 5
status of the class
Status of the class
  • Hold students accountable
  • They choose read to self or read to someone
  • They choose their strategy focus
  • Quick check-in
small group reading
Small Group Reading
  • Any text
  • Vary groupings throughout the year
book groups simplified
Book Groups - Simplified
  • Plan one lesson for all groups
  • Vary level of the text
small group outline
Small Group Outline
  • Mini-lesson
  • Model of strategy and fluency
  • Students read and mark their books
  • Share thoughts and read aloud
video mini lesson example
Video – Mini Lesson Example
  • CCSS
  • Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions)
  • Objective / Learning Target
  • I can use specific details from the text to describe characters, settings, or events.
  • I can locate sections of a text where characters, settings, or events are described.
  • RL.4.3
video summary
Video summary
  • Use post-its to mark thoughts and ideas
  • Grades for group participation
group participation grading
Group Participation Grading
  • Discussion
  • Share ideas
  • Comment / Ask Questions of other students
  • Demonstrate their thinking and understanding of the concept and story
  • Don’t start small group work until students are really ready for independent work
  • Teach students when it is okay to interrupt – sick or injured
  • Paper hand – emergencies only
individual reading conferences
Individual Reading Conferences
  • Visit with individual students and track their progress.
  • Keep general notes in a binder or spreadsheet
outline for individual conferences
Outline for individual conferences
  • “What are your working on today?”
  • Have them read to you
  • Choose something to focus on and teach
  • Have them repeat their focus/goal to you
read aloud
Read Aloud

Use CCSS to determine your focus

I use cards from the café menu to help focus my instruction and also remind students what we are working on.

questions contact me
Questions / Contact me
  • Krista Geffre