“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” By John C. Maxwell
Choice boards are graphic organizers that comprise of different amounts of squares and each square is an activity based on a standard. Choice Boards enhance student motivation and engagement in the classroom because students are provided with the “choice” of they want to practice a standard. Below are steps for how to create a choice board:
Step 1- Standards: Decide on what standard you want to create the choice board on. Example: 1.OA.1, 5.NF.1 or 7.EE.1
Step 2- Format: Decide what type of choice board you are going to make, ie how many squares are you going to have? One thing to think about is how long do you want this choice board to be for. For example if it is for one week, then I would pick 6 boxes so students can pick one box per day and still have a choice between two tasks on Friday.
Step 3- Tasks: Create a task (per square) that align to the standard. If you have taught this standard before, pull all the tasks you have done for that standard. Review the tasks to make sure that the tasks are both rigorous and relevant. If the tasks are keep them, if they are not, ask yourself; can I tweak the task to make it better? If so, make the tweaks to improve the task and if not throw the task out as there is no need to keep it.
Step 4- Build: Take all the tasks for that one standard you created and add them to the format that you choose.
Here are some examples of standards based choice boards: