CRAFT Board Update

Do you all know about Kristen & Ladybug's Teacher Files? If you haven't been there yet, go immediately and read every single post, starting from the beginning.

Kristen is an amazingly talented upper-elem teacher and I am in love with every single one of her ideas. I think one of her most super-genius ideas was the CRAFT Board:

Gorgeous, right?!

Plus, with the incorporation of the "R" and Response to Text, it has made our writing about reading all that much better, since it is incorporated as another strategy in our daily reading work and Daily 5 time.

One thing I really liked about the CAFE concept was the Expand Vocabulary, since it was something that my higher readers could latch onto and build from. I asked Kristen if she would be willing to adjust her "T" to incorporate that in a "Terms & Vocabulary" heading and she did....

.... I have gone to Teacher (and Teacher Blogger) Heaven:
She now offers everything in one amazing download on her blog. Check her out HERE.

Thanks, Kristen!


  1. oh my goodness Stephanie, you totally made my night, no my week! Thank you so, so much for this!!! And thanks for sharing your brilliant idea!!
    :) :) :)

  2. Hi Stephanie!!

    I found your blog from Kristen's! It is adorable and I have already read through several of your posts!! I am definitely a new follower!

    Lessons with Laughter

  3. I love Kristen!! She is so talented and sweet!

  4. I love your suggestion! I had been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to fit vocabulary in (since I loved her Response to Reading addition too!). Thanks so much for sharing it with her- now I'll have a combination of BOTH of your awesome ideas in my room next year!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  5. I found you through Kristen too. I LOVE all of your Daily 5 posts as I am determined to implement it with our reading series next year. Your posts are so detailed and helpful!! :)