To my fellow teachers who use Daily 5 and/or CAFE in their classrooms: I have a few suggestions for you. Take them or leave them! 1) Let your students make the CAFE menu cards. This is HIGHLY recommended by "The Sisters," and I have seen the benefits of doing so in my classroom. The students become "experts" on the strategies. They take more ownership for their learning. Yes, we like to make everything pretty and neat and typed up, but, trust me, you will see the benefits of letting the students take control. I even did this with my kindergartners. 2) As the book recommends, make the I-Charts with your students, instead of having pretty typed-up pre-made I-Charts displayed at the beginning of the year. Again, this allows students to take more ownership of their own learning. Post them at eye-level and in a way that allows them to be removed for frequent review. 3) I would strongly encourage you to let your students choose what they would like to do for each round, instead of choosing for them. I follow the sisters' suggested way of tracking what students do, and I can't imagine doing it any other way (please let me know if you would like more info). At first it may be difficult to trust your students, but it can be done. Of course, I am not an expert in all things Daily 5 and CAFE, and I recognize that every classroom/student/school/teacher is different. However, I have been implementing both in my classroom for 4 years, and I find that the more control I give to students, the more successful and proud they become.