"Discussion Tables" is a fun activity to analyze text. Pick a passage from the class' book and glue it to a large sheet of paper. In groups, students write their thoughts around the corners of the passage. Set the timer and then rotate!
The buckets / guided reading groups this week. I have 5 different groups with 4 students in each group. Each group will be reading a different Jerry Spinelli novel: Wringer, Report to the Principal's Office, Maniac Magee, Loser, and Fourth Grade Rats.