I always love to get advice from other teachers. This has some suggestions from teachers, and there is an interesting take on the exit ticket here. If the exit ticket is the answer to a question, don't let them leave until the answer is correct!
Here is another great resource! There are a multitude of short lessons listed on this page. Click on a lesson, and you will be taken to a page that explains in detail what to do and any alterations that can be made for different grades/subjects.
Bookmark this page now! There are loads of activities and games listed here, complete with examples, for filling up time. I love "Magic Pen," where students make their own story up, one word at a time!
The crux of this article is that you can use spirited classroom discussion to help fill leftover time. Time will fly by, and the students will be engaged! The author also suggests building 3 or 4 breaks in a lesson for discussion. I often do this with difficult concepts or with lessons that I know usually run short.
Here you will find some general ideas to keep in mind when you have run out of instructional material for the day. These are some good common sense approaches. I really like the "relate" method, which includes having one-on-one interactions with students.
Bookmark this page for whenever you have reached the end of a lesson, and need a quick, effective way to use your remaining class time. These 10 methods are easy to pull off and fun. My favorite method? Charades with vocabulary words!