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.**
teachnet.com- Homeworkopoly (it takes a bit for it to download so please give it some time)
Here is a fun game to encourage students to do their homework.
*I share my classroom and I cannot leave anything on the bulletin board so everything that I use for my class has to be portable. This is my version of Homeworkopoly (game from above link) that some of you might find useful.
Homeworkopoly: The objective of the game is to learn the responsibility of doing your homework and turning it on time.
This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.
Title (for both boards)- Print and cut out HOMEWORKOPOLY title and glue in the center of the game board (either straight or diagonally, which ever you choose).
Name Cards (used for all students)- Type in the name of your students on the name cards and print out. Have student color and decorate their name card. Cover with clear contact paper. (I have my Homeworkopoly game board glued to a magnetic board so I attached the name cards to a sticky magnet.)
Rules (for younger students)- Print out and keep inside folder when not playing game.
Game Board (for younger students)- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.
Community Chest Cards (used for all students)- (Community Chest Cards are in MS Word and can be changed easily to whatever you want. Feel free to change the cards or use your own.) Print Community Chest Cards out on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.
Rules (for older students)- Print out and keep inside folder when not playing the game.
Game Board (for older students)- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.
Community Chest Cards (used for older students)- (Community Chest Cards are in MS Word and can be changed easily to whatever you want. Feel free to change the cards or use your own.) Print Community Chest Cards out on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.