Lesson filler activities are great learning opportunities whether a lesson finishes early or our students just need a Brain Break. Finding ones that engage students that require little little or no preparation is great. But finding ones that are FUN…. even better! Check out these ideas:
10 Lesson Filler Activities
Mystery Box – Have a shoebox ready with some items that can be put in for students to guess what is inside. Limit the number of questions that students can ask and be sure that the questions can only be answered with a “yes” or “no”. Encourage them to use all their senses. Once they figure out what the item is, open the box and let them see it.
Sticky Notes – Create sticky note “pairs” by writing pairs of words (opposites, compound words, vocabulary word and meaning, math problems) on post its. Distribute a post-it to each child and have students find their “match”. An alternative activity is to distribute the post-its around the room and have one student match all the pairs. Add a timer to add to the challenge.
Current Events – Read a headline aloud and ask the child what they think the story was about. Adaptations is reading the headline independently and/or working with a partner to discuss the story possibilities.
Sign Language – Kids love learning sign language. Show kids some basic signs and have them practice with each other. Need link
Follow the Directions – Create a list of 3-5 step directions. Read a set of directions aloud and then ask children to do the activities in order. Ex. Stand up, say Happy Birthday, touch your head, turn around, sit down. Be sure that you write the directions down because they are easy to forget!
I have a Number – Prepare a setof cards from 1 to 50 with math problems and 50 different answers. Examples: I have a 5, who has this number plus 10. The child with 15 says, I have 15. Who has my number minus 12? I have 3. Who has my number plus 25? I have 28. Who has my number minus 2? I have 26. Who has my number plus 20?
The Price is Right – Have them play the popular game show by guessing how much an item costs. Show them a flyer with items and cover the cost. For younger students you may have to give them a range that it could cost until they understand prices.
What’s My Number? Write a number on a piece of paper and tell students you are thinking of a number between ____ and _______. For younger students, using a number line to add their guesses will help them understand greater than and less than.
Give me Five – Challenge students to name five things that are alike. Choose a student to answer and if they get the 5 items, they can call on the next person to try another challenge. For students playing alone, set a timer to see how fast they can do it.
__Things Found on a ____ – Name a place that students are familiar and ask them to name things they would find there. Ex: Things on a boat, on a farm, at the zoo, in the kitchen etc.
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Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.