Today I've been quite industrious, I think. Inspired by Pinterest, I took on several projects. The first project is dubbed Homeworkopoly. I changed the directions and the board to suit my classroom. My students will individually earn the right to play on Friday if they have turned in all of their homework for the week on time. They'll roll just one die since the board is small (and I don't want to hear about taking a second turn for rolling doubles). The potential rewards are small prizes that are inexpensive or free but are things I know my kids generally like.
Go earns $50 Cat Cash (money in our grade-level economy). They'll earn this whenever they pass by Go, just like in real Monopoly.
Free Reading awards kids with the opportunity to free read instead of doing the math warm-up one day. They always whine about doing the warm-up, so this might be a good motivator to do homework.
Treasure Chest is just the choice of a small prize (pencil, eraser, etc), piece of candy, or $25 Cat Cash.
Lunch Bunch will be the coveted prize for sure! It gives kids the chance to bring two friends to eat lunch in my room. Since lunch tables are assigned and stay the same all year, some kids never get to eat with their closest friends.
When they land on Chance, the kids can answer a math problem to earn extra Cat Cash.
Update (9/2013)- Homeworkopoly got to be too much work for me after one marking term. It took about 15-20 minutes of class time per week. If your students are really good independent workers, this might be an option for you. I found that my students would have questions about their assignment and that would make this process take even longer. I couldn't justify taking away from instruction with this system. It was a good motivator for certain kids, recognized those who consistently do what they should, and I had it well organized, but it wasn't working for my class, so I let it go.
On to project #2. Here's our classroom "Parking Lot." My middle schoolers can't drive yet, but they'll all be assigned a parking space. When I need to do a quick, short exit pass, I can have the kids write their work on post-it notes and stick them to this poster. Each kid will use their number (based off my alphabetized list, of course) so I can quickly record their scores. To differentiate this assignment, I can give out different colored post-its and direct the children to answer a certain question based on the color of their post-it. Then when scoring them, I can score by color. Easy peasy! I think it will be quick enough to score one class's answers while the next class is doing the warm-up.
Sorry for the break from the cards, but I was excited to share some things for my classroom!
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 928 blank and 215 AnyHero (as of 6/26)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695
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