For the past 50 days or so, I have been pumpin' iron (insert laugh) and building my teaching stamina with the launch of our new Critter Cafe in first grade. My friends, I absolutely ADORE this approach to CAFE. Why? I've had 50 days and seen measurable growth as my little firsties make faster, stronger, more meaningful connections (compared to last year's group with no beanies). Linking strategies to beanies and beanies to strategies has been around awhile but, I needed more! So I expanded and created more critters to cover all 38 strategies on the menu! From this point on, I hope to write a weekly post that gives you an up-close look at How the Critters Work at the Cafe' and what anchor activities we're using to connect our learning with these awesome beanie critters!
It did look like this---
Then this week, as I transitioned students from declaring personal reading goals from notebooks to the board, the kids were having an extremely difficult time reaching the height of the headers. (insert sad face.) So, I swiftly changed the board around to work more efficiently for the kiddos! So here it what the Cafe menu looks like now!
|Here you see a student declaring his Comprehension goal for the week and pinning his monkey tracker to the corresponding header.|
|Student #2 declaring her Accuracy goal for the week.|
|I laminated these cute monkeys and with our student numbering system already in place, students will pin their monkey tracker on the menu board to remind them of what reading strategy to practice during the week.|
Who's new at the Critter Cafe this week?
|Day 1-launch new critter inside the Mystery Critter Box and make predictions!|
|Introduce Purpose Pig and what she can do when she reads with our strategy poster.|
|Choose a student to write the strategy card and add to Menu Board.|
If you just can't wait until then, please hop on over to Mrs. Bartel's School Family and visit my new teaching friend Alyce! She just posted about her wonderful week using C.C. Cow from the Critter Cafe! Click here to read all about it.
|If you are interested in the Critter Cafe, email me!|