These activities are done on lined writing paper or scratch paper.Yes, I know it saves on copies and prep (another reason I created these boards).Expecting young minds to work independently on task can be challenging for teachers and can cause stress when trying to decide how to manage small group instruction and what the other students will be doing at the same time.I'm here to share a way that you can get your kids to work independently and stay engaged.Once they finish their required 3 choice activities they can move onto a Choice Challenge.Choice Challenges are engaging early finishers that aren't just busy work.I use Choice Boards in my classroom during small group time because these Choice Boards are allowing students to choose between literacy activities that hit all the fundamentals of reading (phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension).Each day the students choose 3 activities from the list of 5.
Students score themselves at the end of the week on how they did on Choice Time activities.
Teacher then also has a check list of work quality and behavior during Choice Time.
And guess what is the best part of the Choice Boards?
More than just reading a book quietly or drawing a picture.
Student engagement will pay off in the long run and you will be able to put your entire focus on your small group instruction, which is most important. They want to feel like they are in charge of their own decisions.