Finished with Work - Now What

"I'm Finished" FREEBIE

Can I read?
Can I draw?
What to do.....

Do you tell your kids to read when they are finished with their work?   You know what I am talking about..... that 5-10 minute block of time when other kids are trying to get finished with their work.  Well, I just heard a new coined phrase for reading during that time period.
 It's called "Babysat by the Book!"...........

Okay, before you think I am crazy, I did not come up with the term, nor did I say I agree with it. Actually, I often times tell my kids to read when they are finished. But, I guess it did make me start to think.  Maybe I should come up with a few other things for them to do. The hard part about having kids do something other than read is that:

1) It needs to be a pretty quiet activity.
2) It doesn't need to be worksheet after worksheet.
3) It has to be something they don't need a lot of help with.

Anyway, I decided to put something together. It may look simple, but it actually took me a lot of time to come up with the activities and get it typed up.  The activities had to meet all three of the requirements above. My plan is to have my kids keep a composition notebook available for the activities they do when they are finished with their daily work.  We will call it  something like, "What should I cook up now that I'm done?"  They will glue the below sheet into their notebook.  Just fold it in half and glue down one side, and it will fit perfectly.  They unfold it to read it, but it stays glued in.  They can pick the activity they want to do.  You can create your own rules, such as they have to do them all before they repeat one, or whatever you want.  Also, they have to finish one before they start another, etc.

Also, notice that I tried to word everything around activites that could be reused throughout the year.  Such as the topics of study in the classroom change, but the activities on the sheet don't change.

Here goes if you would like to use it.  Please come back and let me know how it goes.


Also, I am going to rack my brain to come up with some more activities for grades 3-5, so if you comment with activities, I can put together a second version.  Also, remember that this doesn't have to be ALL the time.  They can still read at times.  This is just another option.


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  1. What a great idea!! I have various things my students can do when they finish work, but by this point in the year they are all bored with the choices. I can't wait to use this! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Thank you! What great ideas! I literally *just* made (and blogged about) a What to Do When Your Work is Through sign yesterday and I'm going to take it down and blow this up to use instead! You ROCK!

  3. Love this! Thanks for sharing! I have such a hard time with that in between time for my students. They have some "quiet" centers they can go to but often it's not quiet at these centers.This is a great idea! I can't wait to use it.


  4. Thanks Ladies! My students really took to the sheet and were actually pretty engaged during this in-between time when using it this first day. I hope it works for you!

  5. Molly- I'm awarding you the Liebster Award- You're awesome! :)

    Come get it at!

  6. wow... thank you for the award. I am flattered!! :-)

  7. Molly,

    I feel so blessed to have found your blog and am so happy to be your newest follower. Your blog is amazing.

    I would love for you to visit me. I have lots and lots of *freebies* too!

    Heather's Heart

  8. Molly,
    Did you ever make the "finished with work, now what" page for the 3-5 grade level? I would love to have it and/or a copy of your original one in word b/c I have an investigator/detective theme and would just want to change up a couple of words.
    Thanks for your time!

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