Implementing Badge Activities

Last Friday, I handed out the contracts for math and I allowed the students to browse through the badge activity booklets that I put together.

The contracts were no surprise to them because I had discussed my “new” requirements with them previously.  (I now have requirements for the grades of “A” and “B”.)

I also added in a requirement for time on Khan Academy.  I have blogged about this website in the past.  This is a great site for reinforcement and enrichment activities not only for the 4th and 5th graders but ALL grade levels.  The great thing is that they like going on KA because they earn badges here too which is such a good fit for what I am doing with my own badge activities!

After I handed out the contracts, I let the students look through the notebooks that I had filled with the badge activities.  I was so glad that the students were enthused. They quickly chose their two activities and BEGAN the work without me asking them to do it.

Another thing that I noticed was that for the most part, the more talented math students chose the harder activities.  It has been really interesting to see the students delve into the projects.  They all require some sort of research ranging from costs of things to the finding out information about the tallest buildings in the world.

The only negative that I heard from one parent is that she thought the activities weren’t “grade appropriate”.  I chose activities that span from third through fifth grade and I explained this to her. I also told her that students have the option of “trading in” an activity for another if they find it too difficult.

I feel this is going to be the best way for me to challenge and enrich ALL of my students and have ALL of the students involved, not just a few.

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