You're doing Wonders too? Sounds like we have a very similar reading block. The curriculum is pretty challenging for my students, and I find they need a lot of direct instruction to do well on the tests. However, I've worked hard to fit in independent reading time too, and they love it. I also "sell" books... It helps a lot. This year I'm trying to get them to read more in general. Just read and write, as much as possible. I have mostly stopped giving out worksheets... I still do the same pages, but I project the sheets, so they have to write in their notebooks.