Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday Made It!

Just in my own true fashion, I'm posting my Monday Made-It a day late... ha! I am so excited to share with you the new items that I've added to my classroom. Up first is Early Finisher board that I purchased and put together from Shelley Gray. A few weeks ago, I decided that I need some more quality activities for my students to do when they finished their work early. I give them different choices such as buddy read, play on the computer, write in their journal, etc. but I could tell that the kids were getting bored and were becoming off-task. I searched on TpT and found Shelley Gray's amazing Early Finisher Board resource. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this and so do my students!

If you aren't familiar with this board, here's the idea. There are 7 different sections: read it, do it, write it, make it (my students' favorite!), draw it, solve it, and journal it. The activities in each section stay the same for 2 weeks. When students finish their work early, they can choose an activity from the board to do. Each activity has a strip with directions that they glue into their notebook (these are found in the small pockets). All of the materials needed for the activity are provided in the large pocket on the board. On front of the large pockets, there are direction cards for each activity. These cards have Velcro on the back so that they can be changed out each week.

This board took some time to put together, but it is totally worth it! My students have never been so motivated to complete their work on time. They can't wait to choose an activity from the Early Finisher board. If you are interested in purchasing this amazing resource, click {here} to go to Shelley's TpT store. This product is such a timesaver!

My next creation is the 3-Digit Addition Spin game from my Addition with All Types of Addends resource. Since we are doing a lot of testing this week, I decided to let the kids play math games at the end of the day. Last week, we played Addition Scoop from the packet and my students had so much fun. They loved building their own ice cream cones with 3 addends! This week, I created the 3-Digit Addition Spin game and let my students play it in groups of 4. Each table gets two spinners, each with 3-digit numbers. Each person took turns spinning the 2 spinners and recording the numbers on the recording sheet. Then, they added them together and checked with their tablemates to see if everyone got the same answer. They turn turns spinning and recording until the page was complete! Here are some pics of my kids hard at work...

It's funny how playing a math game is so exciting to them. They totally forget that they are doing math when they get to use a gameboard, spin spinners, or work in groups. I love it!


  1. So I have to ask about your early finisher board. Do you take grades on the activities (ie: extra credit) or is it just super fun things for them to work on and stay engaged?

    Thanks for following. I made sure to add you as well. :D Gotta love networking!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing my Early Finisher Board with your readers! I often share people's boards with my FB followers. Do you mind if I share your picture and blog post?

    Thanks so much!

    Teaching in the Early Years

  3. Wow what and awesome idea. Thanks for sharing!

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