Choice Boards are an amazing learner-centered practice you can use to engage your students, provide choice, and easily differentiate instruction.
Rather than start from scratch, we’ve pulled together our favorite choice board templates created by amazing educators.
All you have to do is click the link to access the template, make your own copy, and start customizing. Let’s dive in!
- What is a Choice Board?
- Getting Started Guide
- Template #1: 9 Square Design your Own Digital Choice Board
- Template #2: Creative Book Trailers Ideas
- Template #3: Geography Fun Choice Board
- Template #4: Digital Breakout
- Template #5: Digital Menu for Student Creation
- Template #6: Choose Your Own Adventure (Slides & Forms)
- Template #7: Show What You Know
- Template #8: Genius Hour
- Template #9: Fortnite Digital Choice Board
- Template #10: Design Your Own Choice Board
- Template #11: Flexible Choice Board
What is a Choice Board?
A choice board, also known as a learning menu, is a great way to differentiate learning for students and allow them to demonstrate mastery at the end of a unit as well.
Choice boards can be created in various formats, but a simple way to think of them is as a graphic organizer.
Credit: Tom Spall
With digital tools, you can take static, paper format activities and bring them to life.
Choice boards also help to engage students, give them choice in the way they learn, and create a more interactive learning experience.
Choice boards are pretty easy to create and the best part is you can be creative in how and where you build it, so it’s customized to your students’ needs.
Below you’ll find eleven plug and play templates you can use right away in your classroom.
It might seem a bit daunting to start from scratch so all you need to do is make a copy of the template and start customizing.
Credit: Tom Spall
If you’re new to choice boards, here are a few guides to get you started:
- The Ultimate Guide to Choice Boards and Learning Menus
- The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Choice Boards
Below you’ll find tons of choice board templates created by amazing educators that you can use across multiple grade bands and content areas. All you have to do is click on the link and you’ll get your very own copy to use in your classroom.
Template #1: 9 Square Design your Own Digital Choice Board – Catlin Tucker
>>>Click here to access the template (this link will prompt you to make your own copy)
This choice board template is created by Catlin Tucker and it follows the classic 9 square model.
This allows students to follow a tic-tac-toe approach where they can complete any three activities in a row on this board.
With this format, you can organize a column by a specific topic, skill, or standard.
The best part about this template is that it gives you the structure to easily design your own choice board, but you can really make it your own.
Elementary 9 Square Template
- Kindergarten Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Board – Math and ELA – A.J. Juliani
Template #2: Creative Book Trailers Ideas – #BISDwired team
This choice board template was created by the #BISDwired team and it shows you how you can create a choice board that uses several different types of tech tools and platforms to create an engaging experience for all students.
This choice board includes a project-based learning element and focuses on book trailers, but you can use this format for any content area.
Template #3: Geography Fun Choice Board – Shannon Miller
This one is for all of the elementary geography teachers! Shannon Miller has created a great choice board with BrainPop videos, games, maps, and more that students can interact with to learn about geography.
You can make a copy at the link above and use it right away in your classroom or switch it up and add in your own resources and activities for students to complete.
Template #4: Digital Breakout – Lauren Hawkins
You can also use a choice board to create a breakout activity for your students where they work together or on their own to solve tasks and problems to move to the next step and complete the activity.
This is a fun way to engage your students and increase collaboration!
Lauren has put together an amazing resource with all of the directions, templates, and how-to videos at the link listed above.
Template #5: Digital Menu for Student Creation – Tom Spall
This choice board combines multiple tech tools and platforms to provide choice with different activities that range from low tech – to high tech options.
This also allows students to build upon skills like communication and creativity, as well as develop new tech skills.
Template #6: Choose Your Own Adventure (Slides & Forms)
***For the Google Slides Templates make sure you present the slides for the links to work
- The Secret Villiage – Created by Nathan Gildart
- Math Sample #1 (Friends Theme) – Created by Nathan Gildart
- Math Sample #2 – Created by Nathan Gildart
- The Lost Baby Tiger Template – Slyvia Duckworth
- Left Home Alone – Created by Nathan Gildart
- The Online Adventures of Mousy and Mickey – Created by Nathan Gildart
- Choose Your Own Adventure Template – Created by Nathan Gildar
A choose your own adventure choice board is a great way to give yourself a break from presenting or delivering a lesson.
With this choice board, you can give students voice and choice in how they learn and they can go at their own pace to complete the lesson asynchronously.
We’ve linked some of our favorite choice board templates above for you to get started with.
Template #7: Show What You Know – Lisa Highfill
This type of choice board is pretty self-explanatory, but the templates linked above allow students to express themselves and choose to demonstrate their learning in the way that works best for them.
This choice board format also provides students the opportunity to use different types of technology to build new skills or refine current ones.
Template #8: Genius Hour – Christine Perkins
Genius hour is an amazing learner centered strategy that allows students to focus on projects of their choosing for one hour each week.
Genius hour is always a hit with students and it can help them identify hidden skills, develop their skills and find topics they’re passionate about.
Sometimes these boards can take longer to create so this is why we’ve pulled together a template you can use right away or copy and customize for your classroom.
Template #9: Fortnite Digital Choice Board – Tom Spall
This is a fun template that students get really excited about!
They can create a project in the format of their choosing and this template also fosters collaboration.
You can use this template for any unit, project, or content area by customizing the options students can choose from. You can make a copy of this template and add in projects or activities that are aligned to your rubric.
Template #10: Design Your Own Choice Board – Nick LaFave
This is a simple choice board template you can follow and all you have to do is add in images and text.
The template linked above will prompt you to make your own copy and you can customize it to fit your needs.
Template #11: Flexible Choice Board – Knikole Taylor
An amazing educator, Knikole Taylor has designed this template to help you quickly and easily create a choice board for any subject area.
You can use this template time and time again. The link above will prompt you to make a copy.
So…What Do You Think Of These Choice Board Templates?
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Leave a comment and share your favorite choice board template that isn’t in this post or which template you’re going to use first!
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