I haaaaaaaate wasted class time and would much rather students be doing something productive than playing on their phones or bothering their friends that are still finishing up. We only get so many minutes with our students each week and every single one of them is precious! One idea for a fast-finisher activity is to use task cards! Say you are studying the imperfect tense. Hang up imperfect tense task cards Day 1 of the unit around the room and pass out a response sheet to students at the beginning of the period. Instruct students to get up and complete the task cards whenever they finish an assignment or activity early over the next several days. Tell them completed sheets are due the last day of the imperfect unit. Encourage them to double check their answers throughout the unit as their understanding of the imperfect grows.Need a few other ideas for unexpected extra time in class? Check out my post Fun and Meaningful Time Fillers for Spanish Class.
2. TREASURE HUNT
1. Está cerca del sacapuntas.
2. Está adentro del diccionario azul.
3. Está al lado del escritorio de Emma.In order to make this work, you need several different versions of the sheet with the clues so the entire class doesn’t move around from task card to task card like a school of fish. It is easy enough to do with the copy and paste feature on a computer. Just mix, mix, mix those clues and turn the students loose! Dollar store eye patches for the winners, anyone?
Have a student that is struggling to understand the concept you are studying and needs a little extra practice? Send him/her home with task cards! Rather than printing off a bunch of pages and cutting them up, go to your printer settings and do the following:1. Choose which pages you want to print. If you are using any of my task card sets, that would be pages 4-11.
3. Push print and voilá. You’ve got all 48 task cards on two sheets of paper. That is a TON of great practice for a student that needs a little extra help. They can either write their answers on the back of the papers or you can print them off a response sheet. When they come to class the next day, you can either have them self-check with the answer key or you can go over the answers with them. Either way, you will get a good idea about what they know or don’t know.
5. MAKE-UP WORK
We can see it coming from a mile away. The dreaded form or email that is a pre-arranged absence homework request. I think they wouldn’t annoy me so much if students ACTUALLY DID THE WORK I PUT TOGETHER. I used to spend a lot of time making beautiful packets for students. After about the 6th time Johnny didn’t complete his packet during his two-week vacation to Disney World, I said forget this and came up with the idea to use task cards. Just like in #4, I print them off 24 to a page, staple the two pages together, and boom. You’ve got a great review for a student of a topic. Throw in the notes and let the student work through the different tasks.
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If you end up using any of these ideas in your classroom, I would love to hear about it! Please tag me on IG (@laprofeplotts) or let me know on Facebook! We have really enjoyed these activities and I hope you and your students do, too! As always, if you loved this post, I would greatly appreciate you pinning it for me ↓ so others can enjoy these ideas. ¡Gracias, amigos!