Reading Workshop

In order to meet the needs of each individual reader at his or her level, I organize reading workshop into three major parts: Independent Reading, Shared Reading, and Guided Reading groups using the Café model and The Daily Five.

  • Independent Reading: Students will read independently in class and at home every day. Students may read books on their level from the school library, public library, or personal library! Students will be required to complete a written reflection for an independent reading book conference each week. 
  • Shared Reading: This includes all the wonderful literature we will read together as a class, read alouds by the teacher, and whole class reading lessons and activities. We will explore the genres of reading: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, fairy tales, fables, fantasy…ect.
  • Guided Reading: Guided reading groups are based on student interest and reading levels. Students will meet regularly with their group and will complete activities to practice reading and language arts skills.
Here are a few documents to help explain the Cafe model:
CAFE Parent letter.pdf

CAFE Menu 2nd grade pdf.pdf

Ways to help your Child to Read Better 

  • Take time to read daily. Set up at least 10 minutes of reading time each day to show your child the importance of reading and time spent together. Practice Cafe skills at home.
  • Do a picture walk before you read a story. Flip through the story and look at the pictures. Ask your child, “What do you think the story will be about?” “What is happening in the pictures?” “What do you think will happen next?”
  • Help your child become an independent reader. Don’t be too quick to tell them a difficult word. Remind them to use the Cafe reading strategies. This helps children become problem solvers. When they make a mistake, ask, “Did that make sense?” Work on stamina - use a timer to help.
  • Encourage your child to use the reading strategies taught in school. When at a difficult word, ask questions such as: “Did you look at all the letters in the word?” “What word would make sense that begins with this letter?” “What word would make sense in the sentence?” “Skip the word, and read to the end of the sentence and then return to the unknown word.” If the child still struggles after using these strategies, you may help to “figure out” the word yourself.
  • Talk about the story after you read it. Ask your child questions such as: “Did you like the story?” “What did you like or dislike?” “Was it real or make-believe (fiction)?” Share your views too. Let them know it’s okay to have your own opinion.
  • Get excited about your reading time together! Show your child that you love to read too.

Parent Pipeline - Here is an explanation of the Cafe strategies we have learned so far:

Parent Pipeline ~ Chunk Letters and Sounds.pdf

Parent Pipeline ~ Check for Understanding.pdf

Parent Pipeline ~ Predict What Will Happen_ Use Text to Confirm.pdf

Parent Pipeline ~Recognize Literary Elements 2.pdf

Parent_Pipeline_~_Ask Questions[1].pdf


Parent_Pipeline_~_Cross checking.doc


Parent_Pipeline_~_voracious reading - fluency.pdf

Parent Pipeline ~ Use Pictures, Illustrations, and Diagrams.pdf

Parent Pipeline ~ Use Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of Words1.pdf

Parent Pipeline ~ Use Main Idea and Supporting Details to Determine Importance.pdf