Instant Homework Display 8


This display by Classroom Displays Flickr Group member quemarropa remains popular with visitors to the blog despite being four years old. I’ve just updated the post to add some more advice from the comments on her original photo.

Everyone, it seems, is searching for instant classroom displays and bulletin boards this week. This one looks like a really useful one, combining a display with a visible record of homework returns.
quemarropa says:

It’s available for free download. I attached magnetic tape along the back so it could stick to the side of my rolling shelves when students need to play. the rest of the time it hangs from my accordion wall from the book rings at the top

The original  site has long gone but you can still find the board & associated files free to download and print out with full instructions at TeacherNet – Homeworkopoly   The site suggests:

In order for a student to play the game, he or she must complete their homework from the night before and hand it in to the teacher. This is how the student moves around the game board. If the student does not have their homework finished, they don’t get their chance to shake the die and move for the day (with exceptions, of course). Throughout the year, day by day you keep the game going. By starting at the beginning of the year everyone gets into it and by the end of the year everyone is doing their homework regularly.

Update:2011
Recently Noreen added some more details:

i printed everything from the website onto cardstock, then laminated it. I used packing tape to stick the laminated board pieces onto cardboard so it would be sturdy enough to hold up for several years with plastic clothespins clipped around it for my students’ playing pieces. I created all the graphics/instructions in the middle myself (and no longer have the files to share since my computer crashed a few years ago). The pockets for the playing cards and brainbinders is just leftover laminate scraps stuck on with packing tape. I use “It All Adds Up” puzzles from educationworld.com for my brainbinders since there are a lot to choose from and they are half-pages.
Initially (five years ago!) I use the large rings at the top of the board to hang it out of the way during the week, and then used magnetic tape to stick it onto the rolling cart shown above on Mondays when students played. Over time, the tape wouldn’t hold up the weight and the holes where the rings were started to tear. I’m in another classroom now, so I just staple the center parts of the board onto a bulletin board, making sure NOT to staple around the edges so my students can still move their clips around the perimeter. Because it’s so big, they are allowed to stand up on a chair to move their clips on the top portion of the board. Something to keep in mind if you want your kids to be able to move their pieces themselves.


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8 thoughts on “Instant Homework Display

    • Linda Post author

      I haven’t used it myself but I think Post-it notes with names on would work quite well.

  • Linda Post author

    Oh dear, as I feared she says:

    I made it myself and unfortunately did not save a copy. Sorry!

  • Linda Post author

    I’ve left a message for the teacher who originally did the display & I checked the site. You are right I can’t see the Let the Game begin bit either. You might have to make one yourself.

  • Jan

    My fifth grade team are going to use the Homeworkopoly this year. I downloaded the game from http://www.homeworkopoly.com but I did not find the Let the Game Begin page you have in the middle of your gameboard. Could you please tell me where I can find a copy?

  • Linda Post author

    Thanks Noreen. I like the idea of everyone then having a chance to take part. I think teachers should feel free to adapt it to their own situations and not get too hung up on the ‘rules’ suggested on the site.

  • Noreen

    after consulting several other teachers that have used homeworkopoly, contrary to the site’s advice it seems post practical to play once a week. since you should probably track students’ homework anyway, as long as a student turns in SOMETHING over the course of the week, they have an opportunity to play… and once students pass GO, you could give them an additional prize (to reward those who turn in everything!).