Classroom Management: Fast Finishers

back to school, classroom management

We’ve all been there.  Despite our best efforts at differentiation, some of our students complete their work very quickly!  Now they are standing by our side and asking “What can I do next?”

As you begin thinking about back to school, establishing a classroom management solution for your early finishers is one of the most important classroom routines you can plan for!

A reference display on a bulletin board or wall space makes an easy to manage system for our early finishers.

I have used a couple different designs over the years, but the goal is the same:
Create student independence through choice and a visual reference.

A few possible choices!



How it works: 
1.  Choose a variety of activities that students may complete when they are finished with their work.  Having about 6-8 student choices works really well.
2.  Create some sort of display for students to see a visual for the activities.  You could use a bulletin board, wall or door space, a pocket chart- the possibilities are endless.  If you don’t want to create your own images, I have two versions available in my TPT shop.  Both sets have more than 35 options of activities!  They are quick and easy to print and hang.
3. Rotate activities throughout the year so students have new choices to keep it fresh and fun!  One idea is to use clips or clothespins so you can quickly update the display.
Hear what others have said about my fast finishers bulletin board sets:
“This product has made my year in Kindergarten run very smoothly. The kids know exactly what to do when they finish and I have noticed a great change in behaviors!” – Amanda H.
“I always had kids come up to me and say, “I’m done, now what can I do?” Now with these fast finisher posters, I haven’t had anyone ask me! The pictures are a great visual for students and now they always have something to do when they finish!” – Julia K.
What are some of your favorite activities for your fast finishers?  Leave me a comment with some of the choices your students have.




Hi, I’m Jaymie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I taught for 17 years including 12 years in First Grade, 4 years as a Reading Interventionist, and 1 year in Pre-K. 

I have a passion for creating rigorous, easy to use primary resources that require little or no prep! I hope you find some easy ideas to take back to your classroom or use in your homeschool!

Activities for a zoo field trip

Zoo Field Trip Activities

Are you planning a field trip to the zoo? Here are some activities for before, during, and after your trip.

Reading Response Journal

5 Ways to Use Reading Response Journals in 1st Grade

A reading response journal is a great way to work on reading comprehension skills as students write about the books they have read or listened to. This post shares five ways to use reader response notebooks in your first-grade classroom.

Decodable Reading Passages in 1st Grade

Why Use Decodable Reading Passages? We know that students need explicit instruction in the...

Christmas Countdown: A Classroom Management Strategy

Classroom Management in December December is one of the most fun- and most challenging- months of...

Get to Know You Activities for Back to School

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and are enjoying some much-needed R and R.  I...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!