Fast Finishers: Math, Language, and Critical Thinking Activities (Ages 8-13)

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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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As a teacher, I always look for fun ways to keep my students thinking and busy for when they finish their regular class assignments.
I have taken some of my favorite, class-proven, fast-finisher activities and put them in one packet for your convenience. I hope you find them as helpful as I do. Inside the packet, you will find 18 pages of the following:

Squirmy Words and Birdy Words
These two activities will have your students searching for words within a maze of letters.

Lucky 7
This activity will challenge your students to create an equation using add, subtract, multiply, divide and a group of numbers that will equal "7". There are 7 puzzles for the students to solve.

Awesome Analogies
Students will look for word relationships as they solve the analogies.

Terrific Tangrams
This activity can also lead to bigger and better things! Students will color and cut out a tangram that they will use to create different designs. They will keep track of their successful designs by checking them off. You could extend the activity by having the students take a picture of the design and create a Tangram Photo Book.

Design a T-Shirt
Students will have the chance to design their own T-Shirt. They will have to decide what they want their design to advertise, for example a favorite "cause", favorite book, or famous person, etc...

Dashes and Dots
Students will have to decipher the dashes and dots code to create numbers.

This board game type activity requires the students to solve mathematical problems in their hopes of getting out of the dangerous quick sand area and arriving safely at the Oasis until they can be rescued. There are three games...two that focus on basic math skills and one on square roots.

These four puzzles will have your students looking for all the words they can make out of six letters.

PigPen Cipher
Students will be introduced to this very cool 18th century cipher. Students will decode and make their own secret code to share with others.

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Fast Finishers:  Math, Language, and Critical Thinking Act
Fast Finishers:  Math, Language, and Critical Thinking Act
Fast Finishers:  Math, Language, and Critical Thinking Act
Fast Finishers:  Math, Language, and Critical Thinking Act