March 17, 2012

CAFE (actually, CRAFT) Board











Happy Saturday bloggy friends! I hope this counts as an anchor chart, because I'm linking it up in Ms. M's and my Anchor Chart Linky Party...it does, right??

Anyhow...I know it's getting late in the year, but I wanted to introduce the sisters' CAFE method to my ELL students. I almost said "ELL newcomers" but, at this point, many of my students don't seem like newcomers anymore! Their English skills are strengthening and this translates into all other areas (especially reading!). So it is actually the perfect time to introduce CAFE to my students!

Only, I wanted to alter it a bit to fit the needs of my 4th and 5th graders...

So our board has most of the conventional headers of a traditional CAFE Board. Comprehension is a must...

As well as Accuracy and Fluency...

I decided to take out "Expand Vocabulary" though, since that is a given in our newcomer ELL magnet class! I made two different headers instead.

I wanted one that would focus on Reader's Response, since we do a great deal of response to text in our Reader's Workshop.

So I made an R for Response to Text...
(I know that first strategy above sounds pretty basic for 4th and 5th grade, but it is something I must remind my ELL students of...plus I have three brand new students who are just beginning to speak English). I plan on adding other strategies to hone our skills in response to text...our next one this week will be "Use quotations from the text to support your answer".

I also made a T for Text Elements. This will be for text features and other aspects of books I would like to introduce or review with my students (I made it "elements" so I could keep this category broad and address any unfamiliar concepts to my students, as well as how to use these elements).

Altogether, the letters form the word CRAFT, as "we are developing our reader's craft"!

We have been using our CRAFT Board since Monday and it has been working very nicely so far. It has kept my Reader's Workshop mini-lessons focused and I love how the strategies stay up for students to refer to again and again.


(It's common for my ELL students to read plural words without the "s" so that was our first strategy under Fluency this week).
I am so happy with this board that I plan on doing the same for math, to help focus my math lessons a bit more. Or a lot more, actually.

Thanks for reading! I hope you will have a moment to check out the Anchor Charts Linky Party, or even join in if you would like!

Update! If you'd like to grab this file, please hop over to this post:

101 comments:

  1. love the colors, font, graphics, everything!

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  2. Oh how wonderful!!! I love the Respond to Text and Text Elements additions!!!! Those are awesome and wonderful additions to the Daily 5/Cafe!!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  3. so gorgeous...just staring....and staring...
    makes walking in the classroom so wonderful!

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  4. I LOVE this!! It's beautiful and I love the added Response section. Great idea and great work! :)


    Second Grade Sugar and Spice

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  5. I love this, especially against the black! It makes it so easy to read while still being colorful. Is there any way you could share these with us?

    I'm racking my brain to figure out if there are any words I can make that include CAFE and R...

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  6. I love the added letters! Genius! I pinned you! :) Thanks for sharing your amazing teaching talent!

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  7. As always...super. I like the response part, since I feel so many students fail to express their thought when reading.
    Pat

    A Time to Share & Create


    MY WEBSITE

    Fabulous 4th Grade

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  8. Fantastic! Love the response. I'm teaching my kindergarteners that they have an opinion that counts....but they have to have a reason and support! Great!

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  9. Love, Love, Love, Love, LOVE!
    (Can I fill up the whole comment box with LOVE?????)
    I rephrased mine too, but kept it at CAFE
    (I think I changed A to Application)... Now I like yours better!

    Sigh.
    It's just so pretty.
    It is so amazing that your work is so thoughtful and helpful to kids--but also so incredibly LOVELY!

    Okay. I have to ask. When will there be a tutorial on making those round letters? And the dots. Gotta have the dots. You can charge... and still get a "room" full of avid listeners.

    You're gifted, Kristen. And we are so lucky you share your gifts with us!

    I'm leaving this post so amazed...

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  10. I love your new board! I want to get rid of accuracy on my CAFE. I love the responding to text and text elements....you got me thinking!!!

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  11. Kristen,
    I LOVE your CRAFT anchor bulletin! Are you selling the signs? I would definitely buy them!

    :) Alex
    theschoolpotato.blogspot.com

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  12. OMG!! What you do is a thing of beauty!! I'm soooo sure you don't get paid enough!! I LOVE IT! All of it!! CRAFT is HOT!! Did you come up with this all on your own?! Not that you couldn't, but, it just looks like it should be in a book! You should write one!! You don't need to meet the sisters!! They need to meet you!! I'm looping next year and so worried about being fresh and inspiring to the same group another year. You just have me stoked!! I'll admit you had me on the edge of buying my own circle cutter last fall but this is soooo going to put me over the edge!
    MORE PLEASE!!
    I want to see what you have planned next! What comes after use quotations!!?!
    Your biggest fan!!
    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

    Sorry for all the explanation marks. I get a little excited by this stuff. :)

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  13. Love this...i would definitely buy the signs too!!!

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  14. Yup, you are absolutely amazing!

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  15. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing - especially the RESPONSE - anchor chart option you created!

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  16. AMAZING!!! Thank you for the constant flow of inspiration, you are beyond talented and your students are very lucky to have you :)

    ~Stephanie
    3rd Grade Thoughts

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  17. These are amazing!!! I love the added letters. My students respond to reading after read to self. This is perfect!!!

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  18. What a great idea of adding the "R" for ressponse!

    Thanks for sharing!
    http://secondgradelockerroom.blogspot.com

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  19. Well, I just had to say that I pinned this and it had a big response! After just 32 minutes it had been repined by 43 people! Wow!
    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  20. PLEASE,,,SEND ME PDF's....!!!! LOVE THIS!
    mccarty20001@yahoo.com

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  21. Um, hello. BEAUTIFUL!

    Also I tutor an ELL student once a week and he also doesn't say the S at the end of a plural word!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  22. This is beautiful! What a great way to update the CAFE board. Can I ask how you used the strategies they already have on their menu and how you switched them around to fit your new headers? Also, what strategies did you add? Will you be selling these on your website anytime soon?? Or are they available as a PDF?
    bemilyjane@hotmail.com

    Thank you!!!

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  23. Oh em gee I love this board!!!! I'm with the other... where can I find them?! ;)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  24. Okay I have another question

    I am having a giveaway on my blog and I have passed over 200 comments. The problem is that blogger will not show me the comments pass 200. I know that they are there because I am receiving the emails but they will not load on the page. This is a huge problem because when I use the random number thingy I can see the person's comment pass 200

    Can you please help

    Ms. Patterson

    Pocketofkinders@gmail.com

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  25. Wow that looks amazing...thanks for sharing! I'd love to see some more of the skills/strategies you teach and put under each CRAFT heading.

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  26. First, I just love your stuff. Second, will you post those cute letters and headers? I started CAFE this year, but feel accuracy could be combined with fluency. I love the addition of Response and Text Elements. I teach on an Apache reservation and have 100% ELL students. This will be a perfect fit. Thanks so much for taking the extra time to post pics and inspire teachers everywhere!
    YosemiteHikers@yahoo.com

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  27. Kristen, please allow us to purchase these! How awesome these are...I am dying to hear about how you will use this in math. I use BUILD right now, but see myself using Daily 5 Math next year for sure for the consistency especially. Can't wait!!

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  28. LOVE THIS, Kristen!

    You should absolutely make this a part of your TN store. I really like the additions you made. I think they are essential in upper elementary classrooms. :)

    Abby
    Third Grade Bookworm

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  29. I LOVE everything about this board!!! The colors, strategies, font, EVERYTHING!!! Are you selling this pack?

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

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  30. Love, love, love, love!!! Want, want, want, want!!! Do you well the set? Please let me know!!!!

    Conchy

    Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

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  31. The CRAFT board is great! I would LOVE to buy the pack with all the cards!

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  32. Kristen, this is amazing and so BEAUTIFUL!! I remember when I was teaching that my ELL students also pronounced words without the s. This would totally target that problem! Love all your stuff!!

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  33. I LOVE it..I love all of it!!! I can't wait to try all this out.
    Beth

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  34. Love it! It is so eye-catching! I modified CAFE as well for my ELLs and we have CAFE Lt. (Lt- literary analysis)

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  35. Kristen, you are awesome!!It is beautiful and I love that you made it yours!! I would LOVE to have this in my room!! :)
    Curls and a Smile

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  36. Let me just second, third, fourth, fifth, etc all of the previous comments! LOVE THIS!!!! You have so much talent and are SO generous with sharing! I would also love to purchase these! We are moving into a new building next year and you have inspired me to have a clean, bright classroom. LOVE everything you do! Now I'm going to stalk your blog (again) to see if you have classroom pictures up :)

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  37. WOW!! All I can say is ditto to the comments above! These are AMAZING! I totally want them!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM! I, too, would purchase them. You ROCK!!

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  38. I love this idea, Kristen! It looks so great. I'm always so impressed with your creativity!

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  39. What an amazing way to incorporate those two additional strategies to Cafe! I really, really like the Responding to Text as an additional feature not only for ELL students, but for basic skills students as well. I have loved CAFE for a long time...this is a fabulous addition!

    ~Kitty
    The Write Handed Teacher

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  40. Kristen, this is absolutely amazing!! I LOVE the changes you made to CAFE and I totally agree with the person who said that you should write a book! I would most defintely buy these if they happened to be for sale (hint, hint and begging!) Thanks for inspiring so many of us...I may just have to buy a circle cutter now. :)
    Dianne
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

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  41. This is awesome! Great job! I sure stands out against the black background. I love it!

    Sarah
    funintitlemath.blogspot.com

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  42. I just adore all of your displays. How do you have so much wall space!? I have none like that!

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  43. I saw this in pinterest and KNEW it was you. I had to come over and see what amazing adaptation of CAFE you did. I love how you added the response to text and text elements. Such a smart way to get more of our standards in. We are working on Text features right now, and they are so tricky for the kids. But the more we look at them, the more the "lightbulb" is going off that they are just a visual way to represent the same information. Again...just so smart to add it in.

    You are an amazing photographer. Do you want to come in to my room and take my pictures for me too?

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  44. This is a fantastic idea!! I love it!! I would love to see all the great things that you are going to put under each heading........your children are lucky to have you as their teacher!!

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  45. Please come design my room. I'll pay you!
    RuthAnn Funderburk
    Dallas, TX

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  46. Can you use CRAFT for 3rd graders or is it too advanced? This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Amazing! I LOVE it! This is the kind of post that inspires me! I will definitely be pinning this and sharing it with my fellow teacher friends who don't blog. Definitely an AWESOME idea!

    EmilyK

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  48. I just awarded you two awards! You're awesome. Stop by and check it out!
    http://mcteach5.blogspot.com/2012/03/linky-party-intermediate-grades.html

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  49. This is AWESOME!! Love the colors, the look--everything! But of course you already know that I think you're pretty fabulous! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  50. Hello Kristen!
    What a great blog:) How do you do all your signs?
    and do you sell them?

    Thanks

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  51. Wow, its gorgeous! I think next year I will model my writing board like yours and I don't even do daily 3 or 5. As always your fab. I want to be like you when I grow up. :)

    Thanks again for hosting with me.

    Ms. M

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  52. I guess I am like everyone else, I love it and want to purchase it. Let me know when we can :)
    katie.heister@yahoo.com

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  53. Love it. Want it. Inspired by it.

    Job well done!

    Rachel
    rachelelena@gmail.com

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  54. These are beautiful. I am starting CAFE next year and have been trying to figure out how to add the response piece as I really felt that was missing. Thank you for sharing. Can you please put this on TPT for purchase? I LOVE and WANT!

    Thank you Thank you!

    Wendy

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  55. This is awesome for the upper grades! Thanks for posting and explaining!
    Rambling About Reading

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  56. This is wonderful! I can see using it even with my first graders! I agree with everyone else - I'd love to learn how to make the cute letters and dots and I'd buy or download this! :) Lisa
    First Class with Mrs. Mac

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  57. *Fabulous* as always!! Love, love, love it :)

    Color Me Kinder

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  58. I LOVE your blog. I just awarded you the "One Beautiful Blog" award. Stop by my blog to grab your award.
    -Lovely Nina
    Lovely Little Learners

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  59. Great!! Please post this in your shop. I would really like to get it.

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  60. This is an amazing post! I absolutely love how you changed CAFE to work for your class. I just wrote a post about my love for Daily 5 and Cafe and I am so happy that Kim from Finding JOY in 6th Grade sent me here to check out your blog. I am your newest follower.

    Amy
    The Crazy Adventures of a University Graduate

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  61. Kristen,

    I LOVE your CRAFT board! What a great take on the CAFE menu!! I started using the CAFE menu in my class this year and love getting new ideas from other teachers! Your board definitely has me thinking about maybe adapting mine next year!! I saw a picture of your board pinned on Pinterest from Mor and came right over! I am so glad to be a new follower of your fabulous blog!!!

    Molly
    Lessons with Laughter

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  62. I love this so much! Is it possible to get the strategies to go with this? You are really inspiring!

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  63. Amazing!!!! I love this, and I will totally be using it in my classroom! I love how nicely it aligns with the Common Core goals too! :) Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us!

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  64. Kristen, These are awesome......You're so creative! Quickie question, while looking at your anchor charts, what do you use to make your circle cut so perfectly? Thanks, Lisa

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  65. Kristin - Perfectly awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. I know you mention that the fonts are by Kevin & Amanda and Sweet Shoppe. Can you share which ones since I'm still using the CAFE acronym? Much appreciated!

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  66. This is amazing! Absolutely beautiful. If you sell the cards and headers, I'll definitely be your first buyer!

    Angie

    ohthewayswellgrow.blogspot.com

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  67. This is simply fantastic! I'm hoping I can teach reading also when I change schools and I will be picking your brain since I work with ELLs. :) Love it!

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  68. Thank you for sharing! What font do you use for the strategies?

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  69. I'll be using this in a Seventh Grade Strategic Reading Intervention class next year, with the new e-solution curriculum. It's a pilot program. I plan to make "honing our craft" the focus of the class. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  70. Started CAFE this year and plan on switching to CRAFT next year. I love the detailed strategies under heading. I teach 5th grade and would love to know what other strategies you put under the categories!

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  71. I LOVE this! When I student taught in 4th grade it seemed like the acronym for CAFE didn't quite reach what they were working on. Now going back into 3rd or 4th grade after teaching in 7th - I am DEFINITELY using this! Thank you for filling in that gap!

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  72. JUST in time! I plan to implement CAFE this upcoming year, BUT I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this adaptation!!!

    Will you be posting strategies for the newly created categories? (I hope! I hope! I hope!)

    Thank you for sharing all of your GREAT work!!

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  73. Just found your post from Pinterest. Thank you for sharing your changes for CAFE - I love it!! :)

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  74. I was also going to ask if you were going to post strategies. This is really great!

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  75. I like you adaptation of CAFE. I am a 4-5 looping teacher and next year I am keeping the CAFE acronym, but using the words:
    Critical and Creative Thinking (inference, evaluation)
    Author's Purpose (main idea/theme)
    Facts and Details (literal comprehension)
    Expand Vocabulary
    I hope, at some point, The Sisters will address the unique needs of upper elementary students who have been brought up using D5/CAFE.

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  76. I LOVE your modified version of the sisters' CAFE! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! Can you share the minilessons you teach for "Response to Text" and "Text Elements?"

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  77. I too, would love to see your strategies under each heading - especially the "Text Elements" and "Response to Text". I just love your additions to the Cafe. Showing evidence is so critical, by using the "Response to Text", I can visualize so many ways to help students be able to respond and show evidence. Thank you so much for sharing this - absolutely love it!!

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  78. Love your modifications! I would also love to see the strategies you placed under each heading

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  79. Me too! I have been waiting for you to post your strategies under Response to Text!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! You are wonderful!

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  80. I would love to see your list of strategies under each heading. I teach ELL as well, and I would love the list of strategies to incorporate this year - I have never seen the R or T before, so I was hoping you wouldn't mind emailing me them.

    I am trying to set up this board for the beginning of the school year.

    Thanks!

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  81. Hi everyone!! I'm so sorry to have kept you waiting. I feel absolutely terrible about it and have been trying to finish up the strategies as quickly as possible. CRAFT had such a late start in our classroom and I've been spending time getting the rest of the strategies ready over the summer, looking at our curriculum and doing some professional reading. Thanks so much for your patience! I will be posting them soon!

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  82. yay kristen...I love them, I was just in your shop adding all sorts of stuff to my cart :)
    I'm torn between your alphabet in white or flipped in black?? ugh decisions, decisions..
    Everything looks amazing as usual.

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  83. Waiting patiently :) We all understand and appreciate all of your hard work and effort that you put into all you do!!!! Thank you so much...I can't wait to print and laminate:) Have a great day!!!!!!!

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  84. First of all, THANK YOU for posting these for free! I plan on using these in my classroom this year as I implement a modified version of cafe. I also LOVE your addition of the R, since responding to text is something we work on a LOT in 5th grade. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to post an alternate "A" like you did the alternate "T." With the exception of a few struggling readers, my 5th graders will be ready to combine accuracy with fluency, so the "A" could be changed to "awareness" with something like "I am aware of genre and text elements." I could try to make one myself, but it would be so much easier if you could do it for me. ;) Thanks again!

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  85. I also really like this adaptation. Can you please share a few of the strategies you place under respond to text and text features? Thanks

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  86. Thanks for your patience and understanding! I've uploaded some strategies and new headers here: http://www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com/2012/08/updated-craft-board-with-strategies.html

    :)

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  87. Kristen-
    Thank you soooo much for providing all of these wonderful and inspiring products for all of us. I just downloaded and printed out the CRAFT board, but wanted to add a couple things... being a Type A personailty, however, I want the fonts to match. Can you possibly let me know what the font is called that you used to create the CRAFT and CAFE boards? THANKS!

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    1. Hi Miranda, the font for the letters is My Own Topher by Kevin and Amanda fonts and the swirlier font is Scruffyangel by Sweet Shoppe Designs.

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  88. I can't find the link to the CRAFT File - can you send a direct link please? My 4th graders really need this! Thank you!

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  89. I love this! I am a middle school ESL teacher and I think this will work fabulously for them and for me! Thank you for making it available!

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  90. I love this! I have mentioned you in a post on my blog The Aud Classroom

    Audra

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  91. I am so in love with this. I am using CAFE with my special education students. Our school is new to the D5 thing, so I am modifying it somewhat for my kiddos! I am so excited and happy to find this great art to use for my board!

    Kim
    Mrs. H's Resource Room

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  92. Thank you for helping to make my reading lessons better! The charts are priceless!

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  93. I am curious about where you placed all the strategies and if you added more. Do you have cards for them?? I would really be interested. Thanks!
    kmonnier@sdlwi.org

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  94. Can you send me a direct link. I am having a hard time finding where to get the download. Would love to use it...thanks for sharing.

    jfaver@wfisd.net

    Thanks

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  95. I have been using CAFE for a little under two years. I believe the "R" will be a great addition to our reading strategies.

    Could you please send me the editable lined paper.

    rflores@interact. ccsd. net

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  96. Absolutely Awesome!
    Can you tell me where I can find a downloadable list of the strategies for each? I saw that you included for 2 letters. Where can I fin d the rest? Thanks

    chris

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  97. Aloha and thanks so much. I just featured you on my blog at pypinparadise.blogspot.com
    My fifth graders are loving CRAFT and I love the bright and colorful visuals.
    Thanks again!

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  98. CRAFT will be great for the upper grades! Thank you, thank you! I love the Responding to Text and Text Elements but was thinking it would be a shame to get rid of Expand Vocabulary. So...I thought I might replace Accuracy (which can group with Fluency) with Acquiring New Vocabulary. I am so excited about this!

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