Extra Work for early finishers?!

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  1. 2ndGradeSub

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    Hello, I was wondering what some of you do when some students finish before others when completing an in-class assignment? I just bought a book titled: "Finished Already?" and I think it is wonderful! It has many constructive activities that really have the students spend their extra time wisely. However, I do not know how to distribute these worksheets to the class. I was thinking I would give each student their own "extra work" folder and each week I would photocopy 3-4 worksheets to go in there. But then the problem would be...one st. might finish all 4 of the wkshts before another student, then what would I do? Please Help me!
     
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    I would keep them in stackable bins or in a general location for students to pick up when they have spare time, if they compleete all of them then they could reed a book.
     
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    Reading is an always good fail safe - you can't go wrong with "Wow, you are lucky, you get some extra independent reading time."

    Other ideas are to have them help a student who is struggling, any other unfinished work they might have (I have a bin), or select a language or math game.
     
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    I hate to see you use worksheets all of the time. The students have so much written work as it is, why not make centers for them to use at another table or even at their desks? Give them something besides the typical worksheet. I plan on having 3 or 4 centers plus center activities that can be used at the students' desks.
     
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    I have my kids finish any other work, read or draw (they can have a drawing pad at their seat).
     
  7. MissFrizzle

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    Some possiblilities

    Independent writing time. Have them write creatively, decorate their work, etc.

    Read the room with a partner....

    Use letter tiles- then have them make up words.

    Find the small words inside the big word

    Mad Minute math ( timed) to review basic skills

    and of course, read....

    Maybe an arts and crafts type center... ????
     
  8. soozabelle

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    I think centers are a great idea as well. One of my professors in college always gave children work to do that took about ten minutes, but left 30 minutes total, that way, even students who were struggling or worked slow, had time to work in centers.
     
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    When I subbed in this class the teacher had given each student a GIANT book that said, "What to Do When I'm Finished" and it has puzzles, word seaches, coloring pages, etc. This was for a 3rd grade or maybe it was 4th grade class and they loved it. It was out on the desk all the time.
     
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    Early Finishers

    I have an "I'm Done" crate filed with different activities for the students to do. I change them monthly. Each folder is labeled by number so the students can keep track of what they have finished. Some activities are games for one or two people, drawing, Sudoko puzzles, word searches, challenge activities etc. They are optional but they work...:rolleyes:
     
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    I have a red sheet posted in the front of my room that says "What do we do when we're done?" It lists about 15 things they can do. I used it last year and never had to answer the question again. My favorite was having them write a letter to a friend, but it had to have all 5 parts of a letter. I can send you this list.
     
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    I love the idea of a poster of a list of things to do...

    What was on your list mrs_a?
     
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    Please send it to me.....thanks
     
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    Mrs_a can you send me the list, or can you post it. Thanks!
     
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    I would love to see the list too ! :)

    I think you should post it ! :D
     
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    I was just going through my kids new coloring & activity book, there were lots of fun things I would think would be good for (after regular work is done)

    mazes
    scrambled words
    circle a word
    make a word from a large word or phrase
    finish the picture (half of picture was left undone)
     
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    “What do we do when
    we’re done?”
    1. Check your work for errors
    Can you make it better?
    2. Read your library book.
    3. AR test.
    4. Get a book from the reading center.
    5. Write in your journal.
    6. Tidy up your desk.
    7. Tidy up the classroom. (assigned spots)
    8. Catch up on homework.
    9. Study for a test.
    10. Take a nap. (good for the talkers)
    11. Help someone else.
    12. Check out a new book in the library.
    13. Write a letter to a friend. (including all 5 parts)
     
  18. corps2005

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    I have T chart that has "First" "Then"
    On the first side:
    1. Read
    2. Write
    -AaBbCc...
    -123...
    -story
    Then:
    1. Centers
    2. Draw

    They have to do everything on the first side before they move to the then side. Often times, by the time they finish the first side, we're all ready :p
     
  19. JennaRose

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    what to do when done

    I would like these if possible...this seems a problem in my room as well!!

     
  20. Teaching Grace

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    i agree with the reading. you may allow them to go to the library or take an AR test. but be careful because other students may see these as rewards and try to finish quickly in order to also be able to do these too.

    mrs a, could i also get that list please?
     
  21. Miss W

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    I have a blue poster that was pre-made. It's a "Things To Do-When You're Done".
    It has these categories:
    Read
    Draw
    Write
    Study
    Play
    Help
    Complete
    Clean
    Create
    and a blank one.
    Each has 2 lines underneath it to write on. I've laminated mine so I can change the activities when needed. My kids know that when they're finished they can do one of the things on the poster.
     
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    When I taught a multi-age room I had "Choice Time". When the students were finished they could find something else to do.

    Some choices were:

    puzzles
    computer
    journal
    playdough letters
    reading
    magnet games

    This really helped!

    Kelly :)
     
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    I do use the 'extra worksheets' method. They are all in folders in the back of the room in a bin. But all the worksheets I put in there are fun. The students really love these folders. One of their favorite things are word unscrambles. I let them work together as long as they work quietly. Some people don't like using worksheets so much, but my students love being able to do mazes and crosswords and things they don't normally get to do.

    I do have a few students that always finish their folders each week. I try to replace things in the folders once a week. If a student didn't finish anything, then I just leave the papers in there and don't put new ones in. Hope this helps!!
     
  24. totallybusy

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    I always say when their work is completed and I've checked it to read, write, colour or draw. I have a bin of activites and idea cards for each and they can go to the reading centre to choose a book or bin then return to their seats. No second trips so I say choose a good one the first time or take a couple.
     
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    I'm glad to see that everybody's 'extras' are fun, not more work. One of the worst things a teacher can do is to 'reward' a quick, bright student with more work, esp. if it's the same stuff he/she just proved he/she could do.

    I always had a really hard jigsaw puzzle set up on the back table in my classroom. For a while, I had Nintendo as a reward, but the slower kids were too easily distracted. Too bad, because that one really worked.
     
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    Mrs A
    Can you send me that list you're talking about please? (things to do when kids are done)

    Thank you,
    Gaby
     
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    I also have a basket that is for early finishers with flash cards and mazes, etc. in them. I found that I was wasting paper though by copying so many mazes, word searches, etc. Granted the students love them but they'd finish them so quickly and burn through them. So what I did was I copied two copies of each page I thought the students would love and glued them back to back. I completed the page on one side (found the answers to a word search, etc) and slipped the glued pages into one of those clear plastic sleeves. The students all have a dry erase pen in their desk for other reasons so they use those on the clear plastic sleeve, complete the pages- check it-wipe it off- and return it. it keeps them quiet and with activities like these I don't really care if they are getting the answers right as they are fun mazes and so forth.
     
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    We have 3 backups.

    1. Unfinished work folder (some never finish in the alloted time)
    2. Fun Folder (educational but fun worksheets--they love it)
    3. Independent Reading books or a Library Book
     
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    I have adopted the Mastery Club from Mrs. Renz. It's a list of 84 questions that kids can learn (or review) on their own. It covers basic content areas as well as fun, trivia-type items. The kids learn on their own, then tell me what they learned after school or at recess (it takes about 2 minutes). I just started it last year and quite a few of the kids really enjoyed it. Here's the site if you're interested: http://www.redmond.k12.or.us/mccall/renz/masteryclub.htm
     
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    “What do we do when
    we’re done?”
    1. Check your work for errors
    Can you make it better?
    2. Read your library book.
    3. AR test.
    4. Get a book from the reading center.
    5. Write in your journal.
    6. Tidy up your desk.
    7. Tidy up the classroom. (assigned spots)
    8. Catch up on homework.
    9. Study for a test.
    10. Take a nap. (good for the talkers)
    11. Help someone else.
    12. Check out a new book in the library.
    13. Write a letter to a friend. (including all 5 parts)
    14. Clean out your folder and booksack
    15. Draw a picture with a few complete sentences (story)to go along with it.
     
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    One student pretty much always finishes faster than others. Occasionally he loves getting the responsibility of typing the new spelling words on the computer, going to the lab down to the hall to pick them up, then cutting and gluing them to the word wall. Almost always when this "duty" is given, it makes those who are just chatting or goofing off immediately start working. They want to join too.
     
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    Hi, here is a list of SPONGE activities perhaps the kids can do these independently in a composition book?

    UPPER GRADE SPONGES
    1. List the continents of the world.
    2. Make up three names for rock groups.
    3. Name as many kinds of windstorms as you can.
    4. Take a number. Write it. Now make a face out of it.
    5. Name as many gems or precious stones as you can.
    6. Write the names of all the girls in the class.
    7. Name as many teachers at this school as you can.
    8. List as many states as you can.
    9. Write: (a) an abbreviation (b) a Roman numeral (c) a trademark (d) a proper name (biographical) (e) a proper name (geographical)
    10. How many countries and their capitals can you name?
    11. How many baseball teams can you name?
    12. Write down as many cartoon characters as you can.
    13. List as many kinds of flowers as you can.
    14. Turn to your neighbor. One of you tell the other about an interesting experience you have had. The listener must be prepared to retell the story to the class.
    15. List all the things in your living room.
    16. Write what you would do if you saw an elephant in your backyard.
    17. Name as many kinds of ice cream you can.
    18. List five parts of the body above the neck that have three letters.
    19. List one manufactured item for each letter of the alphabet.
    20. List as many nouns in the room as you can.
    21. List the mountain ranges of the U.S.
    22. Write the 12 months of the year correctly. Stand up as soon as you are finished.
    23. Make a list of five things you do after school.
    24. List one proper noun for each letter of the alphabet.
    25. Write one kind of food beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
    26. Name as many holidays as you can.
    27. How far can you count and write down by 6's?
    28. Name as many balls as you can that are used in sports games.
    29. List as many U.S. presidents as you can.
    30. List all the work tools you can think of.
    31. List as many models of cars as you can.
    32. Name all the colors you know.
    33. How many parts of an auto can you list?
    34. How many animals can you list that begin with vowels?
    35. List as many kinds of trees as you can.
    36. Name as many countries of the world as you can.
    37. List as many personal pronouns as you can.
    38. List as many kinds of transportation as you can.
    39. How many different kinds of languages can you name?
    40. Write as many homonyms as you can. Example: past-passed
    41. You have five children. Make up their five names.
    42. Name as many things as you can that are made of cloth.
    43. Name as many things as you can that you can wear on your head.
    44. Name as many movie stars as you can. Tell what movies they were in.
    45. List all the musical instruments that begin with "t".
    46. Name as many television game shows as you can.
    47. Name as many politicians as you can.
    48. Name as many breeds of dogs as you can.
    49. Write the days of the week correctly in order. Stand up when finished.
    50. List all the kinds of sandwiches that you can.
    51. Scramble five spelling words, trade with someone, and unscramble them.
    52. List as many things as you can that make people the same.
    53. List as many kinds of soup as you can.
    54. List all the places you find sand.
    55. List as many breakfast cereals as you can.

    SECONDARY SPONGES
    1. List as many states as you can. Name their capitals. List the states in alphabetical order. List the states in rank order by size (largest population, number of Representatives in Congress, by regions, etc.)
    2. Write: (a) an abbreviation, (b) a Roman numeral, (c) a trademark, (d) a proper name (biographical), (e) a proper name (geographical).
    3. How many countries and their capitals can you name?
    4. How many baseball teams can you name?
    5. Turn to your neighbor. One of you tell the other about an interesting experience you have had. The listener must be prepared to retell the story to the class.
    6. List all the things in your living room.
    7. Name as many kinds of ice cream as you can.
    8. List five parts of the body above the neck that have three letters.
    9. List one manufactured item for each letter of the alphabet.
    10. List one proper noun for each letter of the alphabet.
    11. Write one kind of food beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
    12. Name as many holidays as you can.
    13. List as many U.S. Presidents as you can.
    14. List as many models of cars as you can.
    15. How many parts of an auto can you list?
    16. Name as many countries of the world as you can.
    17. List as many personal pronouns as you can.
    18. List as many kinds of transportation as you can.
    19. Write as many homonyms as you can. Example: past-passed.
    20. Name as many movie stars (singers, cartoon characters, action figures, famous sports figures) as you can. Name the movies are they in?
    21. Name as many politicians as you can. Name an idea they believe in. Tell what office they hold. Name the political party they represent.
    22. List all the places you find sand.
    23. List as many breakfast cereals as you can.
    24. Make a list of the 10 largest things you know.
    25. Name as many planets as you can.
    26. List all the sports you can think of in X minutes.
    27. List all the foods you can that have sugar in them.
    28. List all the foods you can that have milk in them.
    29. Name as many rock groups as you can that begin with the letters A-F.
    30. Name as many teachers at this school as you can.
    31. Name all the models of Ford (Toyota, Chevrolet, or other name brand) cars you can think of.
    32. Name all of the parts of speech and give an example of each.
    33. Why were these dates important: 1492, 1606, 1776, 1812?
    34. Find these rivers on your map: Mississippi, Rio Grande, Colorado, Hudson.
    35. Which television series can you name that have high school-aged characters as regulars?
    36. Name as many airlines as you can.
    37. Name the different sections of the newspaper.
    38. Name as many islands as you can.
    39. Name all the types of musical instruments you can think of.
    40. Name all the foods you can think of that contain protein.
    41. Name as many kinds of fish as you can.
    42. Name all the words you can that begin with the prefix in
    43. Name as many of the album titles of records by Ricky Martin, Madona, Selena, the Beatles (update according to current interests of students).
    44. Name all the countries that have the letter "E" in them.
    45. Name as many animals as you can which cause harm to man, either directly or indirectly.
    46. Name five books you've read recently that you really enjoyed.
    47. Name a movie you saw recently that you did not enjoy and tell why.
    48. Name as many places as you can remember where you and your family have spent vacations.
    49. List things you would buy if someone gave you a $100.00 gift certificate from Target (Toys-R-us, Nordstrom's, Staples, Home Depot, etc).
     
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    I stumbled on this list from doing a search for sponges. There is TONS of these on the internet. Perhaps you can find a collection that you staple to the composition book. The child dates the chosen activities when completed so its not repeated. They respond in their composition book with the date at the top and response on lines...
     
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    I have Extra Work Folders for my students. I just fill up one side with extra worksheets-some fun pages, some review pages, some things I copied but didn't get to. The other side has a checklist of things they can do instead of/in addition to the worksheets-
    1. Read a book and take a Reading Counts (AR) quiz.Write the title and your score here:___
    2. Write a math word problem about something in our classroom.
    3. Do a math activity/game/puzzle. Write the name of the activity and the date here___
    4. Read a non-fiction book and write 3 facts about your subject here___
    5. Reread one of the stories we studied in our Literacy Place (or your reading textbook) book. Write the title and main character here (or your lit. focus)____
    6. Make as many words as you can with these letters: _____
    7. List 10 ways to make the number ____
    8. Revise one of your Writer's Workshop stories.
    9. Complete a Super Scholars Challenge. Challenge #____ (adapted from Mrs. Renz's website mentioned above)
    10. Complete 5 worksheets from the Extra Work Folder. Make tally marks here as you complete them.
    etc. You can change this list to suit your needs throughout the year.
    They store the finished work pages behind the checklist on one side of the folder. Once ALL items are checked off the list, they bring it to me and I check it quickly and give them a prize/raffle ticket/sticker.
    This is very low-maintenance, I don't have a whole lot of extra grading to do (and certainly not very often!) And it doesn't matter to me how much they get through--at the end of the year, I will send home the folder and they can do leftover pages over the summer, or not!
     
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    I have my students either read (preferred) or work on a puzzle book. The puzzle books can be found in the bargain sections of places like Waldenbooks or Borders. They usually have 4 or 5 puzzles in them based on a theme (dinosaurs, egypt, states, etc.) One side of the page has all sorts of information while the other is a puzzle. I let them do the puzzle as long as they stay quiet!
     
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    What an awesome list!!!


     
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    My husband and his supervising teacher have what's called, Functional Folders. They are file folders that address specific skills that students can go to when they are done. It's a great idea!!
     
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    Glad I came across this thread, I needed some ideas! My kids this year get tired of hearing "read a book!" (in 5th grade, they either like reading, or hate it). I'm thinking of doing up some folders this summer for next year. Some puzzle type activities that will take some time and keep them quiet, color pages that have something to do with stuff that I teach, maybe even some activities that they can do when they have finished reading a book (writing a summary, illustrating your favorite character or part, writing up paragraph to encourage or discourage someone else to/from reading the same book). I'm excited about summer coming now so I have time to get some things together! :D My goal (again) is to be ORGANIZED next year.....ok.....so the goal realistically should be to be organized for longer than the first 2 weeks of school! ;)
     
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    Organized! HAH! I think I have notes about that in this stack somewhere... :)
     
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    I put up a grid of activities-they are all LONG activities that they can work on for several days when they finish early. My principal gave me points on my evaluation because the kids used higher level thinking to complete these!

    examples:
    What if you had to make a model of a person using only food. Draw what it would look like. (These were funny!)

    Make a map of your dream classroom. You can include anything that you would like to see in here! Your drawing may be birds-eye view or from your desk.

    Make a poster of a store (pet, clothes, hardware, etc) Print out photos or draw your own items. List the prices using correct money notations. ( I have a ditto that has little grocery sacks on it.) Walk around quietly and ask children which items they would like to buy. Write the items on their sack. Add them up(may use a calculator to practice decimals) and put a total!

    Create a game on posterboard

    Design a school bus of the future. Think about what it would be like on the inside and outside. Would it still have wheels? Make a poster advertising this bus and write a description or label it like a diagram (we worked on diagrams this year.) This one was very fun! I had buses that had monster truck wheels and hot tubs :)

    Choose a category that you like and make collector's cards for each item in the catergory....like jungle animals, states, etc. I had a photo album with trading card sheets inside. This is a good one that can last a LONG time for some students...they like to watch their collection grow and even get their friends in on it!

    Design a file folder game for spelling, map skills, etc.

    Anymore ideas? Send them in :)
     
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    I use a poster too and file folder activities. The only problem I have is that the other students see this as fun and it is very distrcting to them. They see johnny pull out pattern blocks and they have totally lost their ability to do there work.
     
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