Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made-It....Early Finisher Board

Have you seen this idea from Shelly Gray?  I am so excited to have purchased this kit for the year! Yes, the entire year! should I explain you ever have students who finish quickly? Do you ever need something to keep them busy and engaged?  This board is an amazing idea that is simple and uses activities that are engaging and meaningful. 

How does it work?  Well first you need to set up the board into seven sections: Journal it, draw it, make it, solve it, do it, read it and write it. The headings stay the same all year, but the activities change every two weeks. 

For Journal It!  You have three journal prompts written on strips that you cut apart and put in the small pockets.  The students pick the prompt they want (choice!) and glue it into their Early Finisher Journal as the heading...then they write.

Other activities have reading passages, math problems, activities to create, maps to make, etc...

In the words of Shelly Grey....

**This resource is also sold in eight-week packages; however, you will save $10 by purchasing the Complete 40 Weeks together. Also, with this complete package you will receive an 80+ page supplementary file of extra activities at easier and more difficult levels. (This Supplementary Package is not included with the individual packages). If you would like to check out the individual packages, please see the links below:
Weeks 1-8

I am so excited to have it made and can not wait to use it this year!  Keep posted for more ideas of how to use it, who should help you and how it works!


  1. That sounds like a very cool idea - I hated trying to come up with something for my kids to do when they were done in the class. A lot of my middle schoolers just want to "sit around" and that's really not acceptable! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. I need to make one of these!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

  3. Hi there! Love your now what board! Such a cute idea and will be a life saver in the classroom:) Thanks for linking up:)

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