Help with extra activities

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  1. sizzla_222

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    hey guys,
    going to be a new teacher next year teaching 3rd grade.
    At our school we use a very high level reading program...... it takes up 1.5 hours of every school day. But I know that some of the students will finish early. I would like to have a set of some kind of activities for those kids who finish early.
    I think maybe I will have a reward for doing these activities, but I will not grade them.
    What kind of things could i use?
    I know I will have them do some independant reading during this time, but I want to have other options too.
     
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    Word study...vocabulary, spelling, prefix/suffix

    Listening center

    Reading response activities
     
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    Check out a subscription to Samson's Classroom. My kids LOVE the program, and since it's web-based they can play and learn at home.
     
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    Giving them to-do lists is great, that way they can check things off and it's an accountability system for them. Centers are great, too! You can give them word study, general reading comprehension questions (that can apply to virtually any genre), reading logs, etc.
     
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    word study... independent reading comprehension work (i.e. a "character traits" graphic organizer
     
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    novel study
     
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    Have you looked into the Daily 5?
     
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    I use to have a box with some math and literacy based games and puzzles. A lot of them would come from the newspaper. My students knew they could just go to that, pick something out and start working through it. I didn't have any rewards for them because completing the game or puzzle seemed to be reward enough for them.
     
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    I started having my kids do independent reading if/when they finished early. It's been great. I used to find some would rush through tasks if the "choice" activities were super desirable.
     
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    I also do independent reading. I enourage them to read magazines, and articles online. They have really enjoyed reading the articles. They are shorter and can be finished quickly. Plus they can go online and find articles on subjects they enjoy.
     

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