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Intermediate CAFÉ in the Classroom: Helping Children Readers Thrive in Grades 3-6

Grade(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Topic(s): Teaching Reading, Whole Site Article Archives, Guiding Groups, Minilessons, Conferring

Assessing readers involves more than determining a reading level and moving them onto the next. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser developed the CAFÉ assessment system to help elementary students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers. CAFÉ is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs. This two-hour DVD takes viewers into grades 3-6 classrooms with students who have a range of previous experience with the CAFÉ system.  Filmed over two years, the program includes:

  • Sample whole-class and small-group lessons;
  • Conferring with diverse students;
  • Step-by-step explanation of the conferring notebook;
  • Coaching sessions with teachers;
  • Discussions of the specific needs of older learners;
  •  Launching lessons and introduction of the CAFE menu;
  • Suggestions for using the CAFÉ system in classrooms of students who have a range of previous experience with the program.

Joan Moser and Gail Boushey are known simply as "The Sisters" to the teachers they have worked with in Washington state and throughout the country. They are biological sisters, and elementary teachers with over forty years of teaching experience between them.  They are nationally known consultants specializing in literacy, assessment, and creating lovely spaces for learning in classrooms.

You can view sample footage from the DVD below. Please be aware that compressed video on the web is much lower quality than that on the published DVD:



Chapter 1  CAFE Board Review Part I  6th Grade

Chapter 2 CAFE Board Review Part 2 6th Grade

Chapter 3  CAFE Handout  6th Grade

Chapter 4 CAFE Handout 4th Grade

Chapter 5  Author's Purpose Lesson 4th Grade

Chapter 6 Author's Purpose Debrief 4th Grade

Chapter 7  Small Group Compare and Contrast  6th Grade

Chapter 8   Small Group Series Books 4th Grade

Chapter 9  Conferring with Makhmud 4th Grade

Chapter 10  Guess My Strategy Lesson 6th Grade

Chapter 11  Conferring with an English Language Learner 4th Grade

Chapter 12  Small Group Reading Rates 5th Grade

Chapter 13  Whole Class Define the Word Lesson 6th Grade

Chapter 14 Small Group Text Features 3rd Grade

Chapter 15  Conferring with Kylie 6th Grade

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Cost: $199

"The Sisters" (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser)

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser are known simply as "The Sisters" to tens of thousands of teachers all over the world who follow their acclaimed programs on literacy instruction and classroom design. Gail and Joan are the authors of the bestselling books The Daily Five and The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction, as well as many DVDs. You can learn more about their work at their thriving membership website, The Daily Cafe.