You’ve worked your way through a unit of Boardmaker Activities-to-Go, and you want more. Now, what do you do? It’s time to enrich and extend upon these units! Before you glaze over at yet another mention of the buzz-word duo “extend and enrich,” hear me out, there are distinct differences between the two words. Enrichment activities encourage students to dig deeper into what they are learning. Often, they are student directed, so the teacher creates learning opportunities depending on what piques the interest of their students. Extension activities extend upon and reinforce current learning. Both types of activities are wonderful ways to help maintain engagement and learning in the classroom. Today I’m going to give you REAL examples and ideas of ways to extend and enrich Boardmaker Activities-to-Go that you can use in your classroom! Let’s take a look…
Boardmaker Activities-to-Go provides three levels of support. While each level is slightly different, they complement one another. Here are some ideas to make all the materials work for your students.
Do you know that each Boardmaker Activity-to-Go unit includes a handy one-page teacher guide? The guide offers implementation ideas, and you'll also notice that we offer some fun suggestions on how to extend the unit using Boardmaker templates. Don’t have Boardmaker? Click here to learn more or with a little bit of imagination, you can create these activities using materials you have on hand. Below are my three favorite extension activities because you can use them with any unit, they are quick and easy to create, and students love them!
Reading something more than once may not sound exciting for us, but it’s important for our students. Have you ever experienced a child watching the same movie over-and-over again? (If I hear Let it Go one more time, I may scream!) Or perhaps they want to read the same bedtime story for an entire month. There’s a reason for this. Repeated exposures to the same movie or book allow children to practice acquiring new knowledge. They also pick up on new things each time they watch or read the same thing repeatedly. So, it makes sense that we should do repeated readings with our students. Rather than just having students reread the book, give them a purpose for reading. Setting a purpose for reading helps students direct their focus on what’s important in the text. It is also a great way to help students make connections to what they are reading. You can set up specific purposes for reading depending on what you want your student to learn from the text. Here are some examples that would work with the “Healthy Choices” unit:
If you want to learn more about re-reading, check out this blog here!
With a few tips and a little inspiration, you are now ready to keep your students engaged and learning! Don’t forget to check our Boardmaker Activities-to-Go pages here and here. We are adding new, free units each month!