What are some activities you have students do when they finish about five-ten minutes early before class ends? I have a list students can pick from, but nobody is choosing any of them. I think I need other ideas related to literacy or to rethink how to get students to take it upon themselves to pick something and quietly work on their own while I finish up working with other students. Here is what I have on the list on an anchor chart paper since the beginning of the year, but now students are sort of bored with them or not following my expectation : Read independently (I have tons of books--maybe I should get magazines?) Listen to a book on a playaway (probably takes too long to get setup) Bananagrams Practice sight words Writing activity Practice reading aloud (play with a partner) Website (I have a list) Word game--ones that are similar Boggle I have this list, but students don't pick any of them and just want to wait those five minutes. Some days they are quiet and wait, so I don't make a big deal of it and some days they want to stand around and play with each other, so then that's when I have told them they HAD to pick something NOW and sit down. I don't want them bothering the students still working. I would like my students to work on reading the entire time. Not sure if I need different activities, less choices, or need to stay consistent with my expectation. Or everything. What works in your classroom?