After Christmas break this year I started giving my students "Challenge Notebooks". They receive this booklet Monday morning and have the whole week to work on it. I allow them to work on it for morning work 3 times a week (my kids are allowed in the room 15 minutes before the bell), when they finish early at ANY time, during bathroom breaks, etc. I will also give them class time to work on select practice pages if they pertain to a certain lesson. If they finish the notebook by Friday, they get an extra visit to the prize box. On Friday I collect them to see how the kids did, and will sometimes attach a note to their parents if I noticed the notebook is mostly empty and they have not used their time wisely during the week. While there are a few students that seem unmotivated by the notebooks (they'd prefer to read, which is always an option!) most of my kids LOVE them! If they have even 30 seconds to spare, they whip those babies out which I love!
I create many pages for the notebook myself, so that they go along with what we are studying. For a while I considered creating a resource to sell in my TpT store, but eventually decided against it. There are so many adorable resources I come across in bloggy land that are just so perfect to stick in the notebooks. I see no need in creating extra work for myself when there are so many talented teachers out there to borrow from! I've decided each week to offer the pages I DO create for free, and provide links for the resources I find and will be using. This week my kids will be working on ...
Click above for the pages I created. I always attach the above cover page to the front of the notebooks.
I found this little jewel in the Bunny Blog Hop! This FREE resource was created by Nicole from Teaching's a Hoot and is packed with great practice pages!
I LOVE Lisa's (from Growing Firsties) Common Core Crunch series. These Common Core aligned printables are adorable and provide meaningful practice with key skills.
I purchased the above book from Amazon. I use my "Draw-It" page (found in my free pack above) and cut/copy one animal to the top. The kids practice drawing it on the bottom of the page. This is *probably* their favorite activity each week!
There you have it ... that's what will be keeping my little
rascals early finishers busy this week. I'll be posting this each Sunday, so check back if you're interested. I'd also love to hear what great early finisher ideas you all have! Have a SUPER week :)