Looking for "I'm done, what do I do know?" -- Anchor boards?

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    Looking for "I'm done, what do I do now?" -- Anchor boards?

    Edit: title of thread should say now, not know...I fixed it but it's not showing the change? :sorry:

    I came from teaching 5th grade reading, where I had 2 classes. That means I only had a few hours a day with them so I usually didn't have to plan much for early finishers.

    Now I'm in 3rd and I'm already overwhelmed with early finishers. I've heard of Anchor Boards but I'm not quite sure what they are. I know my old school used them in 4th.

    Basically the teachers glued library pockets to a posterboard and stuck laminated strips of paper in them with activities that could be done independently.

    I googled Anchor Boards but I don't see much. Does anyone use them? I'd be thrilled if I could find some already made. This is for 3rd grade.

    If anyone uses something else for 3rd grade that would be awesome - especially if it doesn't require many copies. :)
     
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    Don't know of NC requires cursive, but I do :)

    I have a milk crate full of practice sheets, in page protectors, with dry erase markers. They can practice individual letters or copy stories for practice if they finish early.
     
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    I keep one of those small Target $1 pocket charts up in the front of my room.

    I write out all the options kids have for "choice" time (aka when they're finished with their work), and turn over a few at a time. So, if everyone is working on something quietly, I might only have read or write up on the chart.

    Other times, I might have options like: AR on the computer, math centers, literacy stations, draw, math manipulatives, etc.
     
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    Love that idea!!!
     
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    you can have the students come up with a list, while class or personal, that they keep in a special folder...it would be their responsibility to make sure that the materails they need are in there when they are done...i always use that time for enrichment worksheets if i dont want them wandering around the room as that can interfere with some learning styles...and as always...read a book!...you could make a book report a bi-weekly project where they would have to turn it in and use that time for reading, writing, editing..etc.
     
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    I will be working on making one of these over the long weekend! Thank you SO much.

    What a great idea. Sounds great.
     
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    I'll be doing the same thing. Let's come back and share our ideas :)
     

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