Early Finishers

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  1. luv2teach1st

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    I had a problem last year with some students constantly finishing early. I found myself always trying to find something else for them to do, while the other students were still working. Any suggestions?
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    My kids have 'Ketchup' folders at their desks (get it, catch up). In these folders are work that needs to be finished, monthly activity packs with brains stretchers, word searches. They can also grab a 'browse' book, a Flashmaster (electronic video-game like device for practicing math 'facts'), or play spelling hangman quietly on a white board with another student who finishes independent work.
     
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    I love the ketchup folder!! Awesome idea.
     
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    I copied a Heinz ketchup label, changed 'Heinz' to my name and print them for the kids to glue on the folders (the folders are of course, RED!!)
     
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    Is the work in the ketchup folder work that needs to be graded? I tried to have an unfinished work for kids to work on when they finished. However I found that many would either lose the work and I would have to have them start over and it was harder to keep up with grades when students turned things in at different times. I didn't know if they lost it never got it or were absent. Or they will end up stuffing the folder with things that don't belong
     
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    I don't record grades for every paper the kids complete. Mostly I just check and give a happy face or circle errors. Monthly activity packs I don't look at. Unfinished work in the folders has a time limit on it...I have 'finishing center' time during my weekly literacy centers for kids who owe me something.
     
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    How long is the time limit for the work in the folder, and what is the consequence if they do not get done in time?
     
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    It's a catch 22. If you make the work too exciting they will rush through the required task to get it done. I use a must do/ may do board.

    The "Must Do" side lists all of the required assignments.

    The "May Do" side is the options for when the must dos are complete. I limit it. I am a big fan of reading a leveled book. It's beneficial, easy to do and isn't so exciting that kids are rushing to get there.
     
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    Last year when I was in first grade, I put old worksheets (extras, word searches, etc) in a purple basket and my students loved to work on that when we they were finished. I only allowed them to get items from there one at a time to minimize the distraction in the class ( I had a small room) and they could put the pages in their unfinished work folder.
     
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    I made a poster that says "I'm All Through... What Do I do?" Then each week/day (whenever you want to change it) I write about three things they can do. Exampl: Write a story/poem/song, play a math game form last week, play vocab tic tac toe with a partner. I see you have 1st grade, so you would probably need picture clues on it.
     
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    In Kindergarten, I try not to use a bunch of worksheets, but my teammates and I all use some. Well, we trade off because we use different ones and I put them in a folder called "Early Bird" work, because I also use it for children that arrive very early for class. Anyway, since we are all working on the same skills, the children enjoy picking out some different worksheets.
     
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    Thanks czacza,

    The Ketchup folder is a great idea!
     
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    Leveled books

    I have a huge supply of leveled readers which they can read quietly.
     
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    In my class, I have challenge papers that the kids can do when they are finished. They don't have a limit to how many they can do, but they can only do each one 1 time. If they are correct they get to put a chip in the bag for a weekly drawing. I highlight their names when they are correct so they know they can't do it again. I give them as many tries as they need to get them correct. The activities vary from word puzzles, synonym/word studies, math sheets and brain teasers. There is usually something for everyone and every level. Come to think of it, the activities are from a Book called "I'm through, What Can I do" (grades 3-4) I think I got it from Scholastic.
     
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    To extend that ketchup thing a bit (and I think I've seen it discussed on this site before) you can do Mustard "Must Do", Ketchup "Catch Up" and Mayonnaise "May Do". There's a website that has a great version of these. I'll have to see if I can find it.
     
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    scholarteacher,
    Thanks for the website. It is great!
     
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    Thanks for this website.
     
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