Ideas of things for students to work on when they finish assignments early

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  1. pantherteach

    pantherteach Rookie

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    I am thinking about making a chart for my students that would list thing that they can do if they finish an assignment before it is time to move on. So far I have that they can

    1. work on unfinished assignments
    2. read a book
    3. draw a picture
    4. write their spelling words 3 times
    5. work in their free time book (which is a book i am making with dot to dots, coloring sheets, mazes, etc.)


    Any other ideas of suggestions of things that you have your students do?
     
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  3. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    Read with a buddy
    Find spelling words in kid friendly magazines
     
  4. Teachingin08

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    File Folder Games
    Write in their journal
     
  5. RugRats

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    Definitely file folder games! I have enough for each student in my class to have one plus lots of extras for switching up. It's something they can do on their own or with a partner.
     
  6. bonneb

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    I like these ideas! How about a puzzle table? I have always wanted to have a table just for a large class puzzle that we can work on for several days, as time allows.
     
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    I love that idea!
     
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    Another great idea with puzzles is to get a thick piece of cardboard or something similar and let kids start a puzzle on in and spread the pieces all over. Then when you have to move on, and the kids are not finished, you can push the board and the unfinished puzzle under a cabinet or cubby of drawers and it's totally out of the way. I have an old bulletin board that has a frame around it so the pieces never slide off.

    I also have a milk crate or file holder, that has sliding files that I fill with lots of different types of work sheets. I have word searches I have made from that weeks spelling words made from puzzlemaker, mazes, word puzzles, coloring book pages, etc. There is a sign on the front of the bin that says "FAST FINISHERS" and the kids always know that in addition to reading this basket is an option when they finish work.
     
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    I've used work in progress folders in the past that as they have something they haven't finished they place it in there and before they can go to something like the "Fast Finishers" box (by the way love the name, I'm borrowing if you don't mind) they have to check their folder and complete any missing assignments.
     
  10. Motzie

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    -write a letter to a classmate (have envelopes and stickers to use for stamps) and once a week you can deliver the "mail"...could also write a letter to another class, teacher, parents
    -make a greeting card
    -clean out their desk/cubby/table area/floor
     
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    This year I'm going to let mine get a dry erase board and markers and write. I also allow my kids to have an extra notebook in their desk for drawing, writing notes, etc.
     
  12. MissR

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    I made a chart with four categories.

    1. Check your work
    - fix errors
    - show creativity
    2. Be Independent
    - finish a work in progress
    - pick a challenge (will have a folder of fun extra papers)
    - write and illustrate (kids will have a notebook for this)
    3. Clean up
    - organize your desk
    - tidy the room
    4. Rest
    - relax with a book
    - take a nap
     
  13. JamTeach

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    These are all such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
     

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