When kiddos finish their work for the day, they may have 5 minutes or 20 minutes left. Yikes to both! If you don’t have a plan, it can be a management nightmare, not to mention the time lost from learning. Here’s how I handle this.
I make a “roadmap” numbered with everything the kiddos need to accomplish, from reading directions to turning it in and cleaning up. After those things are done, students can look at the “You May” board and choose an activity.
|my board–plus a little glare|
I change them out regularly depending on the activity going on in class. If kids are taking a test, I don’t leave up “play a game with a partner” because that would be too noisy. If kids are doing stations, I leave up some of the louder “you may” activities.
If I KNOW kids need to work on the quality of their science notebooks, that may be the only option I leave up.
I put velcro dots on the backs of the cards so I can change them quickly.
If you’re interested in checking out mine, it’s available for free on Google Docs.