Daily Five/CAFE Professional Development

     A  few weeks ago I had the opportunity to present at a Literacy Institute for 100 fantastic teachers on Text Complexity and what it means in the primary grades.  I met some WONDERFUL primary educators at that conference and was so excited to get started on my own classroom after I left.  
     Well...the next day a principal that attended the Literacy Institute contacted me asked if I could come to present at her school in a few weeks as well... So I spent this weekend getting ready to present on the Daily Five/CAFE at her private school on Thursday.  I'm still fairly new at presenting professional development for other teachers, and I LOVE it, but to tell you the truth I still get really freaked out!

    I know I'm being super irrational but crazy thoughts start entering my head.  "what if all the teachers are super negative?" "What if no one laughs at my jokes?" "What if I cant find where I'm presenting?" "What if I forget something?" "What if the technology I need doesn't work?" "What if I run out of time?" "What if I have too much time?"  OKAY OKAY! I need to breathe. I'm sure it will be just fine :)

     So as I was preparing my presentation I found some  resources that I'd like to share with you all as well! The first I cannot claim as my own, but the others I have created myself.

1: Check in sheet from Christina Bainbridge. Grab a FREE copy here.
2.  Response Sheets for students to use during Read to Self or Read to Someone.  I put these in students poetry binder with a divider in the middle so they can easily flip to them to respond.  I ask my students to complete one think sheet every day and I collect them each week. Click here for a FREE copy. (If you'd like to see my post on poetry binders click here)

3. My weekly lesson planning page.  I created this page for myself to make sure that I was fitting in mini lessons in all of the areas of CAFE as well as a way to organize which groups and students I needed to pull.  You can download a copy FREE here.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Now just a quick question for all of you out there.  If you use the Daily Five/CAFE in your room, what tips or advice would you give to a group of teachers that have never tried it before? I'd love to share your ideas with the group of teachers I meet on Thursday!


  1. I am trying to find a template of your daily 5 plan sheet but keep running into dead ends. Any help would be appreciated!

    1. So sorry it took me so long to respond! This comment was in my spam folder. Email me at jessica@mrsplemonkindergarten.com and I'd be happy to send you a copy :)


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