What do your students do when they are done their work? Read? Finish up homework? Become a classroom management issue?
In order to address the issue keeping fast finishers engaged once they have completed their work, I created an Early Finisher Board. On the board, there are seven sections: Read It, Write It, Solve It, Draw It, Make It, Do It and Journal It. Each section has a task to complete, which is done in each student’s Early Finisher Notebook. Not only does this engage the fast finishers in the classroom, but it also allows students the important opportunity for choice, as they get to choose which tasks they would like to complete.
The best part is that once this board is set up (on a tri-fold board or bulletin board), the teacher can simply switch the tasks every two weeks so that students have something new and exciting to keep them engaged.
At this time, I have a Grades 1-4 version and a Grades 5-6 version of the Early Finisher Board available in my TeachersPayTeachers store. Each version comes complete with 40 weeks of activities, which should last most teachers throughout the year.
I would LOVE to give a copy away to a Teacher’s Lounge reader! All you have to do is leave a comment below (don’t forget to include your email address!) One winner will be chosen on Monday, September 17, 2012, and can choose either the Grades 1-4 or the Grades 5-6 version.
***September 18, 2012 – The contest winner has been chosen using the random number generator. The third person to comment, which was Maddy, has won one copy of the Early Finisher Board. Thank you to all who entered.***