Copy - Größen und Messen
Created on April 3, 2022
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Größen und Messen
Make It A Team Activity
Place students into pairs and ask that they complete the entire board between the two of them. Make sure there’s no bullying here! Each student must take on both difficult and easy activities. In a 3x3 board, have each student choose 4 activities and leave out the one they like least.
Have Students Create Their Own
Divide your students into groups of 3-5 students, and have each group create a review activity for your lesson. Then combine their activities into a template like this one to create a choice board that the class can use.
Use Breakout Rooms to Guide Students
Use breakout rooms to guide students through a choice board activity during a live video call class. If working with a standard 3x3 grid, break your activities into 3 groups of three (by rows on the board) and have students choose 1 activity from each group.
Start with row one and write the first activity in the chat before asking students to leave a comment if they want to be in that room. Do this for the first 3 activity options and break students into rooms by looking at their comments. Then, repeat this for the 2nd and 3rd groups of activities. It's a good idea to visit each group and post their task there as a reminder when they're starting.
You can always add rows or columns for next year’s class or the following unit. A 3x1 choice board is better than not having choices!
Consider Learning Styles
Make sure you have options for visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners whenever possible. All learners will benefit from interacting with lesson materials in different ways.
Add Audio Explanations
Adding audio to your choice boards, especially for those shared on online platforms, is a nice way to help students feel you close to them.
Choose A Point System
If your activities vary in the amount of effort and time they require, you may wish to assign different point values to each one and have students complete enough activities to reach a determined point value. If all your activities are similarly demanding, you can simply ask students to choose a certain number of total activities to complete.
One fun way to set up your choice board is as a 3x3 grid where students must perform a set of activities to “get” Tic-Tac-Toe. You can add a “free choice square” in the middle so that students can choose from all the squares for that activity.
Keep Everything in the Same Place
You’ll reduce clutter and confusion by inserting videos, images and other resources within your board instead of sending students to external sites. These windows that open up are an example of how to do so.
Leave Time For A Class Share
When creating your lesson plan, reserve 10-15 minutes for students to share their favorite activity when they finish.
In share time have each student tell you which activity they liked the most and which seemed the least interesting to them. Use this feedback to improve your board for coming years or units.
Keep Your Activities Relevant
Get creative! Consider assigning social media formats in the board with prompts such as “choose two character from this book and write 3 tweets for each with responses in the comments from the other character” or “create a 3 square Instagram feed for this historical event”. If you’re not social media savvy run your idea by a friend or coworker who is!