This bundle of first grade activities for Early Finishers includes 113 Early Finisher activities in all – 62 math, 25 spelling, and 26 writing. They are EASIEST way to manage your fast finishers who complete assignments early.
The reason these activities are so easy to use is that they are INSTANT Write on/Wipe off work mats that require NO PREP once you have the first set made.
You just choose the skills your students are ready to practice on their own, grab the matching Early Finisher mats, and have them ready for students to grab and work on independently.
The activities are designed to be flexible and/or open-ended. This allows them to be used over and over again by the same student, without them saying, “I’ve already done that one.”
Students write on the mats with dry-erase markers, then simply erase when done.
Using these Early Finisher Mats means…
- ALWAYS having something ready for your fast finishers to engage in.
- ALWAYS having extra time because there are no extra papers to copy and correct.
- ALWAYS having a calm learning environment as students finish their work.
You and your students will LOVE them!
If you’d like to see exactly what you’ll get with this resource, please click into the previews of each of the resources included.
CLEAR EXPECTATIONS – Your firsties will know exactly what to do when they finish assignments early.
NO PREP – Once the mats are made, your students will use them day after day. You literally just introduce the mats and have them available to be used.
COMMON CORE ALIGNED – Your firsties will engage in meaningful practice of math skills, writing skills, and spelling words you’ve previously taught.
STUDENT CHOICE – A variety of Early Finisher Mats are provided to increase motivation and keep your students engaged.
QUIET LEARNING ENVIRONMENT– Each activity is designed to be completed independently. Your fast finishers can work quietly as others finish their work.
NOTHING TO CORRECT – Students erase their mats and put them away for next time.
EASY TO STORE & MANAGE – The single page design with NO CARDS makes it unbelievably easy to store and use throughout the year. Just set out up to 5 at a time and swap out as you choose.
WHO IS THIS RESOURCE FOR?
- First grade teachers who need quick, easy to manage, meaningful activities for fast finishers.
- Second grade teachers who have students who need independent practice with first grade math and writing skills.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are there any other ways this resource can be used?
Yes! These activity mats are also perfect for entry tasks and/or independent math centers.
Do students need anything besides a whiteboard marker to complete the activities?
Many of the math and writing activities require a simple spinner. Plastic spinners, or a pencil and a paperclip, can be used.
Is it best to use laminated copies of the mats or place them in erasable pockets?
Both options work, but we recommend purchasing a class set of Wipe-Off pockets. We began using laminated copies because we didn’t have the money for a class set of Wipe-Off pockets. However, they didn’t clean up super well so we purchased Wipe-Off pockets as soon as we could. They are MUCH easier to keep clean.
If students erase their work, how do I know they practiced correctly?
Good question! If time allows, we do a quick check before they erase.