ELA Center for Fast Finishers!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Do you have students who finish their work before others? That's a silly question.. Who doesn't?

Want something that allows student choice and a variety of skills without needing to spend hours each week creating and photocopying extra activities/busy work? 

Look no further!

I created the Fast Finisher ELA Center for my 3rd grade classroom earlier this year! (There is a fast finisher math center also.. but I'll share that another time!)

Some of the activities are games that I bought:
Story Cubes - These are SO fun! The possibilities are endless! You'll never create the same story twice!

Scrabble Slam - I'm not going to lie. I REALLY want to play this with my fast finishers.. I MUST think of a way to tie this game into my intervention group! (Now my wheels are turning.. stay tuned - I'm determined!)

Mad Libs - Who doesn't love Mad Libs! Practicing parts of speech while creating silly stories! My kiddos forget they are learning! 

Scrabble - My third graders don't play "actual" Scrabble (I don't blame them, I even get frustrated during Scrabble!) I do see them dumping out the tiles and building words - which is good enough for me

Alphabet Dice Game - Similar to scrabble, just using dice!

Others are wonderful FREEBIES i found online:

Writing Cards


FCRR Folder Games (Never heard of FCRR - Check out my FCRR Center Game blog post!) 

Cursive Practice - Thanks for these Confessions of a Homeschooler! We don't have much time for cursive these days, and the kids really want to practice whenever they have a chance!

Printable Boggle  - I print a blank sheet and let the kids fill it in each time!

And of course, some old standbys:
  • Read a Book   
  • Write a Story/Letter
This is all I have (so far!) I am always looking for new and fun activities to use in my classroom.. Do you have any other activity ideas? I would LOVE to hear them! 


  1. LOVE the story cubes! Where on earth did you get them? I wonder if they're even available where I am in Canada?! These are great ideas! :)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  2. I bought them at the Paper Store. You can buy them for about $7 on Amazon. They have SO many different versions too! They are great!

  3. Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I am going to add a few to my list.

    Learning's a Hoot


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