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37 Math Early Finisher Activities for Elementary Students

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.

Looking for activities for students who finish early? Here are 37 math early finisher worksheets for elementary students.

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

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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: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!

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Early Finisher Worksheets for 1st Grade

  • Problem Solving: Subtraction
  • Apply Properties of Operations
  • Money
  • Use Tables
  • Identify Shapes

Early Finisher Worksheets for 2nd Grade

  • Problem Solving: Addition
  • Compare Lengths
  • Line Plots
  • Identify and Draw Shapes 

Download the kit of early finisher worksheets for grades 1–2 now!

More Activities for Students Who Finish Early

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Geometry Concentration

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More activities for students who finish early! Download these Abstract and Quantitative math activities now.
 

Abstract and Quantitative Reasoning

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More activities for students who finish early! Download the Using Number Bonds to Understand Place Value activity now.
 

Number Bonds for Place Value

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More activities for students who finish early! Download the Triangle Sort activity now.

Triangle Sorting Activity

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More activities for students who finish early! Download the Teddy Bear Counters activity now. Teddy Bear Counters Worksheet

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Fun Math Center Activities - Math Land Game Boards

 Math Land Game Board

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Early Finisher Activities for Grades 3–4

Printable Worksheets Kit

I've compiled an early finisher worksheets Kit for grades 3–4. This kit contains eight early finisher math activities that will engage students in mathematical learning! The kit includes:

I've compiled an early finisher worksheets Kit for grades 3–4. This kit contains eight early finisher math activities that will engage students in mathematical learning!

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Early Finisher Worksheets for 3rd Grade

  • Interpret Products of Whole Numbers
  • Identify and Explain Arithmetic Patterns
  • Understand Equivalent Fractions
  • Problem Solving: Time

Early Finisher Worksheets for 4th grade

  • Problem Solving: Multistep Problems
  • Add and Subtract Fluently with Whole Numbers
  • Write and Compare Decimal Fractions
  • Classify Two-Dimensional Figures

Download the kit of early finisher worksheets for grades 3–4 students now!

More Activities for Students Who Finish Early

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Wild West Checkers

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More activities for students who finish early! Download the Candy Bar Fraction Sort activity now.

Candy Bar Fraction Sort

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Fun Math Center Activities - Math Land Game Boards

 

Math Land Game Board

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Early Finisher Activities for Grades 5–6

Printable Worksheets Kit

I've compiled an early finisher worksheets Kit for grade 5–6. This kit contains eight early finisher math activities that will engage students in mathematical learning! The kit includes:

I've compiled an early finisher worksheets Kit for grade 5–6. This kit contains eight early finisher math activities that will engage students in mathematical learning!

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Early Finisher Worksheets for 5th Grade

  • Add and Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators
  • Compare Decimals to Thousandths
  • Graph Points to Represent Problem Situations
  • Measure Volume
  • Understand Place Value

Early Finisher Worksheets for 6th grade

  • The Coordinate Plane
  • Evaluate Algebraic Expressions
  • Find Area of Parallelograms and Triangles

Download the kit of early finisher worksheets for grades 5–6 students now!

More Activities for Students Who Finish Early

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Crayon Lengths Line Plot Activity

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More activities for students who finish early! Download the Double Number Lines Activity now. Coordinate Plane Activities

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Fun Math Center Activities - Math Land Game Boards

 

Math Land Game Board

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In Summary

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.

You can download the grade span packets and use them in class today!