Easily manage your early finishers with this editable choice board chart. Kids really do finish assignments at such different rates of speed and sometimes that is hard to manage! This solves that problem!
Note: due to font licensing- no text is editable. Editable templates are provided so you can make additional selections to the board and it will be the same size. If you have ideas for things to add please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I teach my kiddos from DAY 1 about my CHOICE BOARD. This is the hub of early finisher work. It is literally a board (I made mine out of a piece poster board), with boxes on it. Each box has a square of Velcro in the center. Super simple to make! I label it CHOICE BOARD and then I talk to the kiddos about what on earth this thing is used for! I lay out all of my Choice Board cards for them to check out. We read through some and chat about what some could mean. I then introduce the first card that is going to go up on our board. My first card every year is READ TO SELF. On the first day of school, my main classroom library is closed (we learn how to use it and eventually open it during Readers Workshop) but I want and NEED my kiddos reading from Day 1. SO, on each of the table groups I have a bin of books that are accessible for my students (especially my early finishers!). We add the first card up onto the CHOICE BOARD. I explain to my kiddos that when and if they finish something early in our classroom and I haven't given them a "must do" next activity, then they automatically should look at the choice board, read the choices available, and pick something off of the choice board to do (they don't literally take anything off of the board, they just pick the activity in their mind and go to do it). :) NOTE: I am also super structured with how I give my directions and I always make a visual list on the board for what they must do and in what order. (See EARLY FINISHER KETCHUP AND PICKLE LIST) Since I am so consistent with this, my kiddos learn quickly that if there isn't a list on the board, they go right to choice board upon finishing.
They are NOT to ask myself, another teacher, or another student what they should do next. We practice this and we are SUPER consistent with it from Day 1. By the end of the first week of school, MOST of my kiddos have it locked down for the year.
ANOTHER NOTE: Choice board is also not optional, meaning they MUST pick something from it to do if they finish early. The good part is that as the year goes on, you fill the board up with lots of different choices and the kids will still feel that freedom. By the end of week 1, I usually have 4 options on the board.
What is included:
-In depth post about implement with ideas and tips
-Share Slips- • SHARE SLIPS EDITABLE Home to School Connections made EASY
-Art and Draw
-Sheldon Journal (sharing sheep)
-Fun Work Packet
-Tech Time (computers)
-Tech Time (ipads)
-Doodle Challenges • Doodle Art Challenges
-Holiday Writing • Celebrate Every Day Writing Activities | 12 month BUNDLE
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THINGS I INCLUDE ON MY CHOICE BOARD: