Reading Choice Boards | Choice and Differentiation | 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades | For Whole Year | Reading Projects and Activities | Allows for Creativity
Students love to be able to make choices in their learning. So, why not let them! Reading Choice Boards are a great tool to use in your reading classroom because they allow for differentiation along with choice. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively through the use of Choice Boards.
Top Ten reasons to ❤ choice boards!
1. Students love to be able to make choices in their learning
2. Allow for differentiation
3. Allow for student choice
4. Students can choose according to their multiple intelligence
5. You can have the students do as little or as many as you want
6. You can enforce that students do one or two activities in particular if you choose
7. You can also differentiate among your students how many each activities to complete
8. You can choose to assign them as homework or classwork
9. Students love to be able to choose how they show you what they know
10. Students love them!
Each choice board has 9 activities or projects to choose from. You can have the students do as little or as many as you want, and you enforce that students do one or two activities in particular if you choose. You can have the Choice Boards be independent projects or partner projects.
There are 14 choice boards altogether, with fiction and nonfiction activities and boards.
There is a selection of activities for each subject, many of them repeated as needed. Once my students knew my expectations and how to do a certain project, they felt more confident and were more successful in choosing the same project in a different topic. Students will be able to use the techniques, strategies, and activities that they are familiar with and transferring them to different topics.
Some of the projects include: Create a poster, Create an anchor chart, Design a computer project, Design and create a game, Create a 10-question quiz, and Create a foldable.
My students enjoyed being able to find a project that they liked and being able to do that project again. It also saved me time so that I didn't have to reinvent the wheel and teach them new projects each week. It was a win-win for both of us; my students were able to work independently on their projects (without any help from me) while I was able to work with my small groups.
A grading rubric along with a self evaluation is also included for you to use in assessing the Choice Boards.
My students loved Choice Boards! My students worked on their Choice Boards while I met with my small groups. They loved to be able to choose how they showed me what they know. I even used their posters in my classroom and their created word problems in their homework and quizzes.