Since then, I have totally redone my early finisher procedure, and this year, I'm making it even easier for the kids to access their choices and for me to change it all out. I get emails all the time about my early finisher task cards and how I use them, so I thought this was the perfect time to go through it!
Here is how I go about using task cards for early finishers...read on for a limited time freebie for your early finishers! Keep in mind, also, that you can do this with ANY task cards that you already have. At the end of the post, I have included a list of cards I use.
Each of my students begins the year with an Early Finisher & Incomplete Work folder. They put any incomplete work in one side, and then they have an early finisher work log in the middle brads followed by notebook paper where they do all of their tasks. The "rule" is that they can't have any unfinished late work if they are working on early finisher task cards. They have a log where they have to record the date they finished early and the assignment they finished early in order to work on early finisher assignments. I do this for a few reasons:
1) If they turn in work that is not up to standards just so that they can get to the the early finisher work, I have record of it.
2) If I have a student finishing EVERY single assignment early, that tells me they need more than *just* early finisher options. They need enrichment and extensions in the core content.
3) I have a record to show parents. If a student has never finished their work early, that tells me a lot when conference and report card time roll around.
I have them turn in their folders periodically (2 or 3 times a quarter) and thumb through them to look for these things. I also look at the early finisher work they are doing (on the notebook paper behind the log) and write a few comments on it. I DO NOT grade early finisher work, but the logs stay in their folders for the entire year.
|You can download the cover and log for FREE. Click HERE!|
I kind of love it (even when it is hanging from my curtain rod). There are enough hooks for 6 sets of task cards, BUT you can put them on both sides (it swivels on the hanger) for a total of 12. The only thing that gets tricky with that is that it gets a little bit harder to take one set off without taking the set on the other side off, but it takes about 10 seconds to maneuver it.
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|A picture of the package, in case you want to use one, too! Don't forget your coupon!|
These task cards were free for several weeks on my Facebook Fan Page, and now they are available in my TpT store. Check my Fan Page for new freebies!
Here is a list of all of the task cards that are hanging on my display as of right now. I'll be adding the specific content ones as we begin working on them.
|Early Finisher Task Cards|
(Includes Language Arts/Reading, Math, and Critical & Creative Thinking)
(I plan to hang the monthly reading version as well!)
(From the brilliant Rachel Lynette. I blogged more about her critical thinking task cards HERE.)
If you have any great ideas for your early finishers, I would love to hear them in the comments section!