Choice Boards Are Here!

By Lauren Salisbury
April 28, 2020

You may already use choice boards in your class. If not, you’re in for a treat!

What Are Choice Boards?
Our new choice boards are graphic organizers comprising nine squares, with each square containing a different activity centered around a single Scope story, article, or poem. After reading, students can choose their own task(s) from the menu of offerings. 

Why We Love Them

  • They’re student-centered. Choice boards are designed with students’ varied needs, interests, and readiness in mind. The tasks offer students opportunities for reflection and self-expression through art, music, and writing, and aim to connect them with you, classmates, and family members—without excessive screen time.
  • Theyre easy to manage. They have lean instructions, use one text, and can be completed without a computer or the internet. You can share the PDF in an email or directly to your LMS, as a resource for a single lesson or a week-long menu of self-directed at-home activities
  • Theyre easily adaptable. Have students choose one activity, or complete three to make Tic-Tac-Toe. Change an activity slightly, or replace it completely with a research option (see our lesson plans for research project ideas). If you’re at a 1:1 school, you could integrate digital tools into some of the tasks’ products. The possibilities are endless. (I always enjoyed putting a “Free Choice” square in the center, allowing students to create an activity of their own with my approval.)
  • They’re joyful and creative. We hope a great story and the power of choice will engage, motivate, and delight students during this tough time.

Where to Find Them

We created four choice boards for the May issue. You can find them on the resources tab under "At-Home Activities" or through the links below:

  1. Narrative Nonfiction: “The Bear Attacks that Changed America”
  2. Play: The Sword in the Stone
  3. Flash Fiction: “All the Right Notes” (We made this choice board more generic so that it can be used with any work of fiction students may have at home.) 
  4. Poem: “Advice for Eighth Grade (that I would give myself if I could travel back through time)”

Tell Us What You Think!

Try a choice board and, if you like, let us know how you used it and how it went. We plan to continue offering choice boards for each issue next school year, and your feedback will be invaluable to us.

Please know that the whole Scope team is thinking about you and we're eager to support you in any way we can—now and in the future. If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions, please reach out to me at LSalisbury@scholastic.com

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