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A look inside a 4th grade classroom

HOMEWORKOPOLY

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This is the game board as it looks in my classroom. It has been loved by my students and has some holes here and there and numbers written all over it, but this is the REAL DEAL!

Homework.  That eight letter word that students HATE!  That word that forces teachers to give countless speeches on responsibility.  That word that causes frustration on many levels when it isn’t completed.

Even though homework isn’t always fun, it is a necessary evil.  Students need to practice what they are learning in school in order to help them retain the information for the long term.

As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across “The Ladybug’s Teacher Files” and fell in love with an idea she had about a game called Homeworkopoly.  I quickly printed the pieces, laminated them, and put them together on my board.  The looks on the students’ faces were priceless as they slowly began to notice this new game that had mysteriously appeared in the back of the classroom.

The Rules:  Turn in homework all week and you get a chance to roll once to move around the board.  Students will write their assigned classroom number with a dry erase marker on the space where they land.  If a student lands on a Question Card or Computer Card, he/she will draw a card from the center of the board and receive the prize which is on the back of the card.

The results: I saw a significant increase in the amount of homework that was turned in each day, and the students who would only complete homework once or twice a week began to turn it in daily.  And, of course, they all had fun rolling the dice and crossing their fingers, hoping to land on a space and get a surprise reward.

I didn’t think that such a simple implementation would bring such desirable results.  The students have truly enjoyed their homework a little more due to this simple little game.

Click here to access the game board file –> Homeworkopoly Game Board

Click here to access the cards –> Homeworkopoly Cards

**You can also find 120 FREE rewards to give to students in the archives.**

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