Anchor Activities (or Sponge Activities) are designed for students to work on either immediately at the beginning of class time or after their class work has been completed, so that their instructional time is maximized.  These activities are intended to review or extend learning of the subject matter, not to be busy-work.  Activities may be designed for students to complete independently or in small groups.

You may choose to assign particular students to particular tasks or to allow them to choose, when appropriate.  All tasks should be relevant to the concepts being developed in class, but some may be more complex than others; there are times when students need the opportunity to do something that is low-stress and less demanding.

Anchor Activity Ideas:


Art Projects Related to Content:


Flash Cards:


Journal Writing:

Ideas for Prompts:


Creative Writing Related to Content:


Opinion Related to Content:


Online Sources for Academic Games and Activities:


Online Sources for Brain Teasers, Critical Thinking and Logic Puzzles:


Preassessment and Content Review:


Silent Reading:


Word Puzzles: