I’ve been working with Google Classroom for a full semester now, and one thing that I learned very quickly is that we have a lot of down time during the lessons—sometimes the technology slows some of us down, sometimes there are just a handful of kids that “get it” and can move faster through the lessons than others, occasionally there’s an issue with a website that knocks us all off track.
I’ve managed this time the best I could as we’ve been learning the process—encouraging the fast finishers to help their classmates or allowing them to check grades/do other homework on the computer. This works, sort of, but the few times I’ve planned an enrichment/extra activity to supplement the main lesson, I’ve had much better luck at keeping the kids engaged so that all can finish the actual assignment.
I thought it might be helpful to have a stockpile of “filler” activities for the times I don’t have a related task. Thus, I have started turning some of my “bellringer” activities into digital worksheets.
• These activities cover a wide range of topics and skills.
• Some are based on classic texts, but all can stand alone.
• Some are timely—connected to “this date in history” or holidays—and some can be used any time.
• They’re all short, but could be easily combined with a related activity to make a solid substitute plan, too.
Because of the timely nature of this product, I want to go ahead and get it out there for others to try, so I’m posting this “introductory set” for free in January 2017. I’m going to be posting links to additional activities for January on my Facebook page. Follow me on Facebook
, download the additional activities, and let me know how they’re working—either as feedback on TpT or in the comments on my Facebook page.
I’ve got a filing cabinet full of ideas to convert to 10-Minute Tasks in the coming year. Let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll put it together!
p.s. I’ll have a complete set of 10-Minute Tasks for February ready to go by January 22! Follow me on TpT (click the green star at the top of this page) to receive a notification when they’re posted (and about other new lessons, too!)