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SEPTEMBER FAST FINISHERS (History, Special Days, Art, etc.)

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This is a set of WEEKLY PACKETS for September for fast finishers, extra credit, or a center. The packets are READY TO USE, no additional work needed. They are designed to be done without teacher assistance, although there are opportunities for class discussion and follow up activities. These packets focus on daily events in U.S. (and world) history and fun 'national holidays.' They are designed to engage ALL students while building students' background knowledge.

These packets are great for classroom management, substitutes, and stimulating students to explore topics on their own!


-A cover sheet and list of activities.
-A list of important historical events that occurred, a timeline activity and an activity for students to match those events with photos in chronological order by year.
-Links to short videos on the month’s events that are all previewed (no bad words or images).
-Links to short videos for fun and inspiration.
-Images for a classroom timeline.
-Inspirational quotes for motivation and reflection.
- Cursive practice
-Art images to sketch.
-A poem to enjoy and possibly memorize.
-A math activity (or two) – all the math activities include a blank sheet to allow you modify the activity to meet your class’ needs.
-A reading selection (or more) on a relevant weekly event.
-Writing activities
-A word find

-An optional cover sheet.
-A crossword to review the month’s important historical events/people.
-Maps to locate the month’s important historical events/people.
-Writing in code
-A tangram activity
-Templates for research reports/presentations based on the events, animals and people discussed during the month.

I have been a classroom teacher for twenty years. I have used a version of these materials for many years. Parents and kids love them because they introduce students to a lot of interesting historical events and individuals. Other teachers and substitutes love them because they are a useful classroom management tool for engaging all students at odd times or when they are finished with their work.

I use these as an “extra-credit” packet that students can work on when they finish other work. We watch the videos as a class at the beginning or end of the day. I also usually talk about the week’s historical events once a week and put up images on a class timeline. Because I teach a heterogeneous group of students, including E.S.L. students, students with IEPs, talented and gifted students, as well as students who are unique and special in their own, non-acronymic ways , the packets are designed for students with a wide range of skills. There are a variety of different worksheets for students to choose from. I don’t grade these worksheets, I use them for classroom management and to increase student engagement and knowledge.

For me, the point of these activities is not for students to master the content, but to help students create background knowledge about important events and people in US history. The idea is that over time students get exposure to important words and concepts, so when they learn about these subjects more in-depth later on they will have a reference to remember. All of the materials are designed to support students in learning new information, not test them on what they already know. All activities (except the templates for research reports which are just additional extension activites) should be able to be done independently by the students, using the resources provided. No teacher instruction or assistance is necessary!
These activities could also be used as a center. You could save paper by copying off many of the activities and putting them in plastic sleeves so they can be re-used. Students could do most of the activities in a dedicated journal reserved for the center. Some of the activities would still have to be copied off so each student could have his/her own worksheet.

I’ve also included templates for notes for reports/presentations. (These are at the very end of the first week’s activities.) Students could be required to complete one research report or presentation each month using the information in these packets as a starting point.

I will have packets available for each month of the year.

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