Students work all work at different paces. Having 5 yell ‘I’m done! What now?’ , can be a challenge when you are trying to help another student or pick up the phone. Early finishers are perfect for students who need extra engaging tasks after the assignment is finished. They allow their peers to keep working and you to help others or answer the phone that keeps ringing in ELA!
Included here are some nice ways and ideas for using early finishers in your room. Check out the images at the end of the post for even more ideas!
- Write one task on the board for students to do if they finish early.
- Leave an early finisher bin in the room. Students can select an early finisher activity to complete from the bin.
- Have an “I’m Done” jar with tasks students can do.
- Allow students to do homework.
- Do you have class jobs? Maybe you are the mailbox sorter and have not sorted! Ask to sort the mail.
- Write a friendly letter to a classmate.
- Have a shout out jar. Ask the students to write a shout out of something they saw a peer doing that was nice and put in in the jar.
- Have some Madlibs photo copied for a fun Friday!
Bell ringers , morning work, brain worm ups, whatever you decide to call the first task of the day is fine by me! I love the idea of giving students a task, brain teaser, or word problem to get their brains in gear and help them settle in for the day ahead. The bell work usually takes 5 minutes but can last longer you will visually see all students are ready to learn when they have to bell work completed. No wandering students here! The morning work helps not only the students mentally prepared for the day but, if students are given breakfast in the classroom they know to sit and eat at their desks. You can establish a book and break fast routine. Hey, gotta get those 2o minutes in someplace! Here (and in the images) you will find ideas of bell ringers to get your class’s brains in gear.
- Read 2o minutes while having breakfast.
- What is going on in a picture in a few words or phrases.
- Word of the day! Can you use it in a sentence?
- Give students a journal prompt. ( What did/ will you do this weekend?)
- Put a BIG word on the board. How many other words can the make using those letters?
- Pull out a prefix card or two. How many words can they make using those prefixes?