These will be free for the rest of today and tomorrow!
Here's how I use these: I had a little bulletin board with about 8 of these cards hanging from short, colorful string. I started by using tacks but those fall out easily, so I switched to little screwable hooks. I would start out by having the cards facing the wall. When students started an assignment, I flipped over only some of the cards. I would flip over only the cards that showed the class what they could do if they finish early. For example, I might flip over only two (read a book or write) if I don't want a lot of commotion. If I knew it might be a longer assignment (for some kids), I might choose several of them to flip over.
Using these visuals the kids know exactly what to do when they finish early. They learn to look up at the board to see what their options are. It's SO nice! Sometimes I only use these for the first part of the year and then as the year goes on I faze them out (depending on the class) and they only read or white when they finish early. What do you do with your early finishers? I'm always up for ideas!
Happy weekend everyone!