Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fast Finishers

This year I have a super wide array of students.  I have some really high kids and some who need support.  I definitely struggle to keep my students engaged when some finish tasks so quickly and for others it is a painstaking task.  I decided I needed to come up with a solution!
It happens so quickly that a brighter student is bored in class and will act out because of this.  To prevent behavior issues I try to keep all my students engaged as much as humanly possible.  I keep them engaged by giving them tons of tasks to complete when they finished what they have to do.  I want to share some ideas I use in my classroom.
I just created this complete the picture product on TPT. The students have to take the existing product and create a picture that makes sense.  The teacher can take it a step further by having the students write a story about the picture.  I also have a November themed fast finisher pack.

I purchased this Genius Hour pack on TPT.  Click on the picture to be taken to the link.  It is a great resource and the kids love it!

I took the forms from the TPT pack and put them into research folders.  The kids can access them whenever they need to.

I created whole class journals for my students to use.  I have some wonderful writers!  Click on the picture below to be taken to the product.

I store the journals in a magazine rack under the whiteboard.  The kids enjoy both reading the stories and writing their own.

I have used this fun word play product when doing poetry.  If you want to be taken to the product page click on the picture.
I also laminated these cards from my HOTS product and put them out for fast finishers.  These have produced some great responses!
I have two jars.  One has journal prompts and the other has fun activities written on popsicle sticks.

I found this great product on clearance from Really Good Stuff!  It was super cheap...the students write a review of a book they have read and create a postcard.  We have a bulletin board to hang the work.

We have a to do board where we write the work that has to get done, but hanging next to it are various assignments, like Scholastic contests, that students can work on.

The final thing I have to share that I use are my science discovery bottles.  I found them on Pinterest years ago and created them.  They are awesome for the kids to interact with.

What are some ideas you use for your fast finishers?

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