Mr. Moore, a
third grade teacher in Canada, came up with this alternative to
homework worksheets. I began using the system this past year with a
great deal of success. Of course, I made a few of my own
modifications since I work with younger students but the kids
enjoyed it immensely. Along with these links, I have added some of
my own ideas on how to use these charts.
How I modified the system for my students:
several chart pads that are half the size of regular chart paper.
This made it easier to fit the charts into plastic ziplock bags as
well as easier for little kids to work with.
As I taught
new concepts throughout the year, I would make a couple of charts
based on what the students learned. That way the charts covered
everything that was taught during the year and students were able
to practice them all year long.
printing out dozens of worksheets, I copied them by hand onto a
many reading comprehension charts by photocopying or printing
stories and gluing them onto the chart. Then I would write
questions or activities based on the story. For great
stories, go to www.abcteach.com
were divided into three baskets--language arts (phonics,
reading, grammar, writing), math (word problems, number
sentences, manipulatives,etc.) , and science/social studies.
I used clipart
from books and the computer to create word problems, cloze,
vocabulary, phonics activties, and more.
I am still
creating charts as we speak. The charts range from very easy
to challenging. Some are as simple as addition problems;
other charts require students to complete critical thinking tasks.
I have used ideas from activity books, resource books, and
worksheets. There are so many possibilities!!
Choose-A-Chart was part of their homework program. They
had a chart 3 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday) along with
It's very easy to implement
and doesn't take much time to create! This is one of the best
ideas I have used in my class.