The school year is winding down, testing is finished, you’ve covered the curriculum, yet you still have a few weeks of school left. You want your students to continue to learn of course, but you need something different to spice up things not only for them but for yourself. Hmmmmm, what to do?
One of the things that I find my student absolutely love is choice. Choice not only empowers them to be in control of their own learning, but it allows for differentiation. Choice boards and think-tac-toes are great tools for creating choice in your classroom around any subject or an integration of subjects.
Here is an idea to assemble your own choice board. You don’t need anything fancy. Do you have chart paper, a marker board, or even an interactive white board? It’s super simple. The idea for this type of choice board originated from Culminating Activities for the Fourth Grade Common Core Standards.
1. Determine the subject or subjects you want your students to focus on.
2. Create a 3 x 3 grid, large enough for the students to see. Chart paper works great!
3. List one choice in each box by either writing a short description of the activity or attach the actual activity you want them to complete such as a worksheet or other printable in the box. By attaching the actual activity you also provide a great visual.
The ways in which you can use choice boards in your classroom are endless, and an easy to assemble sure fire hit with your students.