After experimenting with Google Classroom last year, 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 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.
I've created a FREE sample set
to give you an idea of how the activities work and a taste of the activities you will find in the five sets I’ve created to cover the entire year:
• Back to School (August-September)
• Fall (October-November) -- coming September 15, 2017
• Winter (December-February) -- this set!
• Spring (March-May) -- available on or before February 15, 2018
• Summer (June-July) -- available on or before May 15, 2018
What’s Included in this set of 10-Minute Tasks?
• a .pdf overview of resources, including a link to a Google Doc that houses links to all of the assignments
• 14 Google Docs/Forms/Slides Activities (see the preview for details)
• tips for using Google Docs, Forms, and Slides
• strategies for using these materials in the classroom
• grading suggestions and answer keys (when applicable)
Looking for More Digital Options?
My collection of 30 Digital Exit Slips
is the Google version of my top-selling, highly rated collection of Formative Assessment Exit Slips.
Do you teach reading or English? The Digital Reading Log
will increase your opportunity to correspond with your students as they read, without the hassle of lugging home a stack of reading logs!