"Down" Time

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  1. Historyteaching

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    Not that you really ever have true down time..but..

    9th graders..first semester civics...

    I'm looking for something that I can put in a designated area that students can grab and do if they get done with a test or a project early and don't have an AR book to read..things like that.

    I want it to be something they can continue to learn the topic but earn a few points perhaps for doing it. Not extra credit...
     
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    Does your school subscribe to any current events magazines? We get New York Times Upfront, and I'll sometimes give copies to students if they finish something super early. 99% of the time, if I'm giving a test or other assignment that I anticipate taking the entire period, I have a content-related word search puzzle or homework assignment for them to begin working on if they happen to finish early.
     
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    Civics trivia?
     
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    We used too, but not anymore.

    My P isn't fond of word search, I used to do that and she threw a fit.
     
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    Possibly..thank you :)
     
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    I've tried different methods and many kids DO bring their AR books and will promptly pick it up..last year was unreal how many did this. I didn't have to worry about it..so I'm out of touch with it from the past years
     
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    Wow, I can't imagine a test in my class without a word search for the early finishers!! :)
     
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    Do you subscribe to a newspaper? Could you bring in the newspaper for students to read? Even if you have older papers, they could still find articles of interest.

    Maybe do something with current events? The students could find an article in the newspaper. You could definitely have a lot of fun with the election coming up!

    I would also check out Kelly Gallagher's article of the week. It might give you a few articles that you could print and keep in a spot for students to grab. They could write a summary or determine if the article is based on facts or opinions.
     
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    I did it all the time until the current P came to work there. They didn't see it being viable even when it was connected to the unit/theme etc..
     
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    Thanks! I feel like such a dummy, you all are giving ideas that I could have come up with.

    Sometimes it just helps to say it outloud for your brain to say HELLO!
     

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