I started doing Daily 5 three years ago with my 4th and 5th graders. I'd read the book, I was excited, and I really wanted it to work. We practiced using the chimes to get back to the carpet, and that went well. We made our I-chart for read to self, practiced stamina, and that went well. We made our I-chart for read to someone, practiced with partners sitting EEKK, and that went well.
I couldn't make the rotations work because I simply could not justify interrupting readers who are in the ZONE (Yep, I read The Reading Zone too!) so they could do word work. I could pull groups and conference with individuals while my other students were reading because we'd worked on the D5 structure and practiced so my students could read independently very well.
Then I read The CAFE Book and thought: Wow! The Sisters really nailed it this time!
I got busy and made myself a pensieve with all the forms I thought I'd need to keep track of conferences and keep anecdotal records for each student.
This year my goal is to use the parts of Daily 5 that work for me such as the early training and the recordkeeping while I mesh CAFE and Treasures and The Comprehension Toolkit. Sounds like a pretty lofty goal, doesn't it. Well I'll chronicle my work - both success and challenges with the hope that you and I can work the kinks out together as we blog. Until later . . .