Hello out there. I'm trying to make a system that works. I have to use basals, and meet with guided reading groups. I plan on having five groups but I am not sure how to fit them all in! So my question is how do you use the basal with your students (as a mini-lesson and read-aloud or shared reading?), and fit in all your GR groups? Here's what I had so far for scheduling groups: M-F 40-45 min Meet with two lowest reading groups during Independ. Reading & Response. I figured the higher groups could sustain that long reading time a little easier. 20 min per group M-F 30 min Meet with Med. group M-W, High Med. TH-F during literacy workstations Not sure when to meet with the highest group. T hanks for your responses on how you use basals and schedule GR groups.