Our first CAFE mini-lesson today was reviewing a previously taught strategy to "Retell a familiar story using the beginning, middle and end." We are doing an author study this week on Eric Carle and read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After completing a few other activities with the book, we practiced retelling the story using our pocket chart and pictures to help guide us along with the important details. I started off with the days of the week on the chart and we discussed how the author used the days of the week to tell time and how on each day the caterpillar ate or did something different. Students took turns retelling the story as I placed the next picture in the chart. After all of the pictures were placed in the chart, we retold the story as a class using the pictures.