I have stations (just a sign by the computers, extra tables, book center, etc) and when students start coming into the classroom each morning they have a morning starter on their desk. They just begin working where ever there is an open space or at their desks. At the end of the day, wrap up, we share our findings. It's wonderfully independent and can be edited to incorportate your tasks for the day. I have included the first 10 days. Students keep a binder which includes an outline map of the US. At the end of each month I send home the pages!