Do you have a group of students who always finish their work early? Do you dread hearing “Madame/Monsieur, j’ai fini!”? Are you running out of ideas to keep those students engaged and looking for new ways to keep challenge them? Do you have a system in your class for your early finishers?
When I started teaching, I had the same few students who always finished work ahead of schedule. In that case, I usually asked them to read silently or work on something else they haven’t finished yet, only to find myself in the same situation later. But, there’s only so much “silent reading” a student can do before they lose interest (unless of course they’re avid readers!). That’s when I knew I needed to create a system that would be meaningful and engaging for those learners. That is why I created “La boîte j’ai fini!”.
If you haven’t heard about these boxes yet, they are monthly boxes that include at least 10 literacy or math related activities for early finishers. Each month includes a different set of activities that students can complete independently. Each set also includes two sets of task cards that can be used for a whole class activity. In my classroom, I have a bulletin board called “J’ai fini!” that is designated for my early finishers. I spent some time over the summer to prep these boxes ahead of time so that I didn’t need to do it during the year. I bought the large scrapbook boxes from Michael’s but you can use any other box or storage system that works for you. I usually only print five copies of each activity because realistically not every student is going to get to this point. However, I only print and laminate one copy of the task cards because they are in colour and students can easily share them. When students finish their work, they know to go to the early finishers board and choose an activity from the box. All of the activities are meaningful and relevant to the themes, season or holidays celebrated that month. If one of the activities is no longer available in the box, they have many other options to choose from.
I also realize that some students may never finish their work early. I can only imagine what it is like to be that student who feels like they can never access these activities. These activities are fun and engaging and I know that those students can benefit by completing some of them. That is why I usually use the task cards with the whole class. I spread them out around the classroom and students go on a scavenger hunt looking for them and answering the questions on the cards. I also include a couple of the activities in my 5 au quotidien stations. Lastly, I also throw in an activity from the box when planning for a supply teacher.
Now that we have shifted to remote learning and increasingly integrating technology in the classroom, I wanted to create something digital that they could work on when they finish their work. I am creating ten sets of activities for Google Slides. If you want to sample some of the activities for free, make sure to sign up for my mailing list. You will receive the password to my FREE Virtual Library where you can access exclusive freebies, including a set of Google Slides activities.
This resource includes 10 different activities for Google Slides for early finishers or however you choose to use them! The activities that will be included in the bundle are:
- Je raconte une histoire
- Crée une image
- Cherche, trouve et réponds
- Trouve l’intrus
- La chasse au…
- Démêle les lettres
- Lis et place
- Histoire séquentielle
- Trouve les différences
- Je crée des phrases
These are ideal for remote/online learning or can be used in the classroom now that there is a big emphasis on technology. Though these can be used for early finishers, they are a great addition to your reading and writing program, centers or can also be assigned for asynchronous work if you ever needed to be plan for a supply teacher last minute. Lastly, they can easily be projected on the Smartboard and turned into a whole class activity.
What are some of your favourite early finishers activities? Share your ideas in the comments below!