I've been teaching upper grades for 10 yrs (4th & 5th, 5 yrs.
each.) I use the sisters' CAFE, but not Daily 5. CAFE works
very well; this is the 2nd yr I've used it. Our school does
not use whole class sets, rather we do whole class mini
lessons, guided reading, conferring, and whatever it takes to
move the kids up the Fountas & Pinnell levels. I'm moving to
2nd in the fall, and have much the same concerns you do. Scary
but so exciting. Please feel free to email me directly if
you'd like. I adore 4th graders - they're so independent and
they get my dry humor. Best of luck!
Marlene Grefig (MG!)