Daily 5 is our favorite time of the day. We like to save it for the afternoon because it's such a relaxing way to end the day.
We have taught many strategies from the CAFE Menu but I'd have to say that making connections was a big hit! We read various picture books throughout the week and talked about how we can make meaningful connections to each. The kiddies were able to practice by making personal connections, sharing with a partner, with the class, and also writing them down in their Daily 5 Notebook. To conclude the week we made this cute connections chain... We all wrote down one connection to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and linked them together.
Need a quick lesson on visualizing? Try this... Read this poem to your class, without telling them the title, and ask them to draw a picture of what they "see." Once everyone has their picture complete, do a "Gallery Walk." This means the kids walk around and look at everyone else's pictures. Invite them to share some similarities and differences between the pictures and explain why they drew their picture the way they did. Next, tell them the title and read the poem again. Pass out a small copy of the poem to everyone. They can glue this in their notebook and then draw a new visualization. Our classes were so surprised to know that the poem was really about a PENCIL!
We'd love to hear how you teach the strategies in your classrooms!