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    I teach fifth grade and need help getting ideas for activities the students can do when they are done with their work. I am trying to motivate the students who aren't very focused and reward/challenge the students who love to learn. Thank you. Stephanie
     
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    thank you

    I saw this the other day but forgot about it. I think this will work well.
     
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    I give coupons for computer time to students who get done with work in a timely manner (and do GOOD work, not rushed, sloppy work). The coupons are worth anywhere from 10-15 minutes each. I have trackstar set up on my classroom computers that limits where they can go on the internet, but I have some fun learning websites on there that they all seem to really enjoy.

    We also have a school-wide reward system where kids can earn "treasure box" tickets. They redeem the tickets at the principal's office and get praise from both the P and the office staff for whatever "good" thing it is they have done to earn the ticket. The principal has a big treasure box filled with Oriental Trading type prizes that the can reach in and grab from.
     
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    I made page-sized 'posters' (printed on pieces of paper) that say different activities students can do when they are done. Some of my ideas:

    Silently read a book

    Write a script for a podcast

    Read a picture book as a podcast (to build our audio library)

    Choose a drawer activity (I have plastic drawers with flashcards, snap-together models, small dice games, etc.)

    Practice handwriting on wipe-off boards (I got them for $1 at Target, but you could just laminate sheets of cursive letters for them to trace with a vis-a-vis)

    Write a story in your writer's notebook

    Write me a letter

    File folder games

    These are all I can think of at the moment. Again, I printed each one out in bold letters on a piece of paper, backed them in bright colored construction paper and put them along the top of my board. The kids can see them from their seat, and pick one to do. 'What should I do now' results in a pointing-to-the-board action from me, and they say 'Oh, yeah!' and sit down.
     
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    Avatar test - pardon me.
     

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