After teaching a mini-lesson, my 5th graders complete literacy focused tasks from a reading contract. It includes projects and activities based on the skills and strategies we will focus on for the week. The students work at their own pace. Many times, they work with a partner to complete the larger projects. My students look forward to completing the reading contract each week. They love having a choice. They get approximately 6 days to complete the work on the reading contract. This work is completed while I hold guided reading groups.