What do the children who aren't reading with you do during guided reading? I usually have a group doing follow up comprehension from the book they read with me, but I always struggle with the others... Ideally they would have some independent activities to get on with. I've never got to grips with the handwriting part as they race through the books and don't take enough care when an adult isn't standing over them. Ideally I need ideas for activities which are mostly independent and will keep them busy for the entire 20 minutes so I can read in peace with a group. Any ideas?