Hi, This year our district is starting a new reading series (Treasures) and a new 'system' where we will need to divide our class into small groups so that we can do whole group and small group instruction. We are supposed to come up with center type activities (or something) that the rest of the class can be working on while we are focused on the small group. I have done this style of teaching (years ago), but it often seemed the kids that weren't in the group would be too loud for real effective focus on the small group, or they ended up having to do busy work, or just not really getting anything out of their 'center' time. Anything that they are working on during this required 90 minute block MUST be 'reading', not writing instruction (they can write, but only as it relates to reading, no grammar or instruction in writing allowed! I am sure many of you deal with this type of set up. I'd love some input on how you handle the issues involved. I am a fan of keeping it as simple as possible. I really don't want to spend hours setting up new centers! Thanks!!!