When I was a kid, the words MAIN IDEA used to make me want to BREAK OUT IN A SWEAT. Now as a teacher, they still kind of make me want to BREAK OUT IN A SWEAT, but I'm a little less....sweaty...thanks to nifty teaching tools like FREE MAIN IDEA CARDS!!!
Task cards at the station area to remind students what activities they can do. Wouldn't something like this be useful for each student to have in their desks, too? Only, instead of station tasks, it could be "What to do now that I've finished early".