“I’m Done” Cups

I'm Done

So, I got this fantastic idea for Pinterest as a way to end the endless question of, “I’m done….what do I do now?” that you get as a teacher.  The teacher who I got the idea from had an “I’m Done” jar, but since I teach first grade and have an accident prone class, a glass mason jar didn’t seem like the best idea. I got my craft sticks, jewels, and stickers from JoAnn’s and I found some great plastic tumbler cups from Target.  For this project, I wrote activities for the kids to do once completed with their work on the stick.  Now, when kids finish they know they can go to the “I’m Done Cup” and pick out an activity to work on. 

I have had this in my classroom for about a month now and I love it! The kids are so much more independent and it’s great too because there doing different activities each time. I used to say, “oh, just go and read a book” which got boring to them after a while, but now they have multiple things that they can do.  Below are some examples of the activities they can choose from.

“I’m Done” Cup Activities

  • read a book from the classroom library
  • read from my book bag
  • read the decodable books
  • write a letter
  • write a story
  • write a list
  • practice math flashcards
  • practice reading flashcards
  • file papers
  • practice spelling words
  • make a sound/spelling circle map
  • make a number of the day circle map

I know this may seem like a lot of activities, but the variety of the choices actually helps with management. Before I’d have all of the kids in one area trying to get books and it typically turned into an issue.  Now, they are doing a variety of tasks in different areas of the room so it gets rid of the congestion.  I also decided to have two cups. Both cups have the same items in them, but this way the kids aren’t all waiting to grab their stick from just one cup. 

See pictures below…

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    learningmyself
    July 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    L love love love this!!!! Glittery and fun for the kids! thanks for sharing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ~DeAnne~
    July 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    What a neat idea. I found you through pinterest. I'm now a follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

    แƒฆDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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    Jordan
    July 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    You're welcome! Thanks for the positive comment. The kids have loved using them and I plan to use them again next year in the classroom.

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    Jordan
    July 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks DeAnne and thank you for following my blog!

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    Jordan
    July 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I'm following you now too :)!

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    Anonymous
    July 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I have triplets and I use this for chores, that way its different everyday, they pick out until all is gone from the cup, then we set timer for one hour, as they get done they put back in the cup!!

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    Anita
    August 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I'm a homeschool mom, and I am going to use this for my 2nd grader as she finishes up her work. Thanks for sharing the great idea!

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    Ms. Rylands
    August 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I teach 7th grade and can totally use this in my classroom as well! Thanks for the idea and have a great opening of school.

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    Jordan
    August 22, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Thanks for the comment! It definitely could work for any grade level. Hope back to school goes well for you!

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    Jordan
    August 22, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Great idea to also use it for chores!

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    Miss Kindergarten
    November 16, 2013 at 6:46 am

    It's so fun to see other teachers using my ideas! Glad I could inspire you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anonymous
    April 4, 2014 at 12:51 am

    This will be a great tool over the summer… during the day they will have things to pick from the cup to do over the course of the day. (from chores to projects) nice idea!

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    Anonymous
    April 18, 2014 at 2:47 am

    What a great idea. Going to try this in my classroom!

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    Anonymous
    May 21, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Love it! I'm curious, what do the kids FILE in first grade?

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    Jordan
    June 4, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I have them file graded work. I use hanging file folders in a black Target college crate and each child's name is on a folder. Students can help file graded work in the appropriate kid's folder!

    Jordan
    Team V's Second Grade Fun

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    Jordan
    June 4, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Great idea to use it over the summer too! Thanks for stopping by!

    Jordan
    Team V's Second Grade Fun

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    Jordan
    June 4, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Awesome! Glad you find it useful!

    Jordan
    Team V's Second Grade Fun

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    Heather
    June 9, 2014 at 1:36 am

    I think this is a great idea, but I have a few questions. Do you have the students do the activity on the first popsicle stick they choose? Or, are they allowed to pick again if they don't feel like doing that particular activity? What have you found works best?

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    Jordan
    July 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Sorry Heather for the slow response.

    I normally have them do the first they choose. Often times they only have an extra few minutes so even if it's not their favorite task it isn't too bad. I also tried to pick activities that would be extra practice in different academic areas – flashcards, spelling words, etc.

    Thanks!

    Jordan
    Team V's Second Grade Fun

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    TLT
    August 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Do you have students to turn in their work that they have completed?

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    Jordan
    August 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for stopping by. For the I'm Done cups most of the work is worksheet free like the flashcards, the reading, etc. For the writing activities – the poem, letter, story, I would have them add them to their Writing Workshop folder when time was up or when they were done. I'd have them write their spelling words on their mini white boards so there wasn't a paper trail there. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Jordan
    Team V's Second Grade Fun

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    Unknown
    January 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

    A great idea for extension task for the 'high ceiling'students. Thanks for sharing.

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    Unknown
    August 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    What are sound/spelling circle map & a number of the day circle map?

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