1. Warm up: Sorting. Using objects of different shapes, sizes, or colors, have students create categories to group the objects in and then sort them as fast as possible. Repeat the activity, asking student to be creative and come up with new categories (i.e. if they sorted by color the first time, have them sort by size the next).
2. Memory card sort. If you have the game “Memory" or picture vocabulary cards, have students go through and establish several themes or categories that the cards may fit into. Have them race against time as they go through the cards placing them in the correct category. (I.e. a monkey card may be placed in an animal category).
3. Math: Two step or multi-step word problems. First read the problem together and highlight the important parts of each word problem. Under each problem, create a single space or square for each step of the problem. If the problem has two highlighted steps, remind students that two work squares must be filled. If there are three highlighted steps, three work squares should be filled. You can find an example of this sheet HERE.
4. Language Arts: Create several stories that can be cut up into sentences or sections and placed in plastic bags. Number each bag and give one to each student. Have the students put the story in the correct sequence. Then have them write down the bag number and think of the main idea of the story. Trade the bags amongst the students so each has a new story and repeat.