I hope that you don’t think that choice boards and menus are only for younger kids. I have found them to be very useful with the older ones and much more successful as well.
Benefits of Choice Boards
- Allows students more freedom with a choice of activities
- Allows students to work at their own pace
- Promotes independence and responsibility
- Promotes a more positive behavior
So here are some ideas to either create your own and a sample one that may be useful as well.
- Decide what you want to use your choice boards for.
- Weekly classroom activities
- Extension activities
- Homework assignments
- Extra credit
- Early finishers
- Decide what type of activities you want to include.
- Book assignments
- Graphic organizers
- Decide what type of format you will use.
- Regular 5 x 5 choice board
- Tic Tac Toe board
- Dinner Menu
- Decide the number of activities the students will have to complete and time limit
- 3-5 activities
- 1 for each section if using menu
- 1 week to complete or 2 weeks (depending on the type of choice board it is)
Ideas for activities to include on Choice Boards/Menus
- Read Chapter/Complete review questions
- Read Chapter/outline each section
- Graphic organizer concepts (compare/contrast)
- Define all terms in the chapter
- Concept foldable
- Glogster or poster
- Concept brochure
- Powerpoint presentations/prezi
- Study guides, etc.
Choice Board Templates
Here is a sample choice board for teaching about Job Preparation and Readiness: Foundations Sample Choice board
Do you use choice boards in your classroom? Have a great day!