One of the challenges we all face in the classroom is finding activities for students who finish early. This is an important topic because we know what happens when kids end up with extra time in class with nothing to do! If students are getting bored, they can find all kinds of ways to get themselves into trouble. In this article you will find 37 free early finisher worksheets that will engage students in mathematical learning.
Providing Activities for Students Who Finish Early
But even more importantly, when there are students who have been able to satisfactorily complete their classwork before other students are done, we want to be able to push them forward rather than just sit and wait while their classmate are completing the work that the early finishers have already completed.
Many textbooks are setup to do this--with well differentiated problems sets where students who solve basic problems can move on to more challenging problems. And that’s great when you textbook is set up for it. But even with the best of textbooks, so of our students are finishing early and need something to do. So what I am offering you today is some treasures from the Sadlier Math archives, early finisher worksheets and early finisher activities that you can download and use in your classroom today.
Since most of us are teaching in heterogeneous classes, some students are bound to finish before others. Being prepared for this is one way teacher can help manage their classroom. Most, but not all students who finish early also tend to be higher achievers, so providing them with early finisher activities that aren’t just busy work is important.
By using these worksheets and activities, students who finish early will:
Continue to be engaged
Access activities the stretch them to a higher level
Be exposed to material outside of the regular curriculum
Avoid engaging in problem behaviors
In each of the downloadable packets below, you will find a series of worksheets that are are ready to print and use! Even though the worksheets are presented by grade, feel free to using them in neighboring grades as well.
Early Finisher Activities for Grades 1–2
Printable Worksheets Kit
I've compiled an early finisher worksheets Kit for grades 1–2. This kit contains nine early finisher math activities that will engage students in mathematical learning! The kit includes:
Being prepared for early finishers not only help the students, it will help you manage behavior in your classroom as early finishers can go many directions with their “free time.” I hope that you see that the above worksheets and activities for students who are early finishers are meaningful and mathematically engaging.