Thursday, December 17, 2015

Early Finishers

Hi there!  I'm so excited to tell you a little bit about how I plan for those kiddos who always seem to finish before everyone else!  If I set aside 10 minutes to work on a problem set, some finished in 5, and some it took 15.  My timing was always off.  What TO DO? What TO DO?
 I knew that having relevant, engaging, materials for my early finishers needed to be a priority,  so I first tried rotation stations.  But, that didn't work for me.  I wanted to use this time to work in small groups, but my early finishers were needing                                                                        me just as much.  
THANK GOD for MAKE A TEN!  My students were really struggling with that concept, so I decided to make a ppt to help them.  We did the ppt during fluency, and because it was still up once my students finished their work, I had them sit and do it again.  My final observation was approaching, and my light bulb lit up... I could use this as an early finisher activity.  AND the rest is HISTORY!

So, Here's How it Works!

Once my kiddos finish their problem set and exit ticket, they move to the carpet, get their white board and dry erase marker, and hop into the groove of the ppt on the board.  The ppts are looped, so they can hop in at any time.  They are completely engaged and motivated to get the correct answer.  The powerpoints are self-checking and interactive, and the kids just LOVE them! 

I've since purchased the pocket white boards.  I found them a little flimsy, so I actually put my white boards inside of these so the students can have them on their lap if they choose. 

I've also added another feature once I realized that not all kiddos were able to get to the early finisher ppts.  Now I also have a card that students can scan (using a qr code) so they can do the early finisher ppts during centers as well.  Reinforcement. Reinforcement. Reinforcement!!!

Here's a preview of what the slides look like, and a preview of the QR code to hang in your classroom.


This will be $1.00 for THREE DAYS!

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