Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds

I am a teacher & designer. Connecting with students & seeing them enjoy learning is my favorite feeling on earth! I hope you enjoy this article!

1st Grade Religion Choice Board Tutorial for Teachers

Build your own Religion Choice Board for 1st Grade in minutes! Keep kids engaged & learning using these tactics & templates
To use a choice board in your 1st Grade Classroom during Religion you will need to create the Religionchoices (there are lots of examples), organize the classroom, and have a goal;

Time-saving, differentiation, and dynamic classroom management are my favorite reasons to use a choice board!

Integrating choices every day you will need to hone in on the best way to apply 1st Grade Religion choice boards to your classroom style!

Here are a few ideas and instructions on choices, classroom management and getting buy-in from your1st Graders

Ideas & Examples of Great 1st Grade Religion Choices

Draw Your Favorite Bible Story
Draw a picture of your favorite story from the Bible, like Noah’s big boat with animals or David beating Goliath with a small stone. Use colors to make it fun!
Create a Prayer Collage
Pick pictures & words that make you think of God’s love. Glue them on paper to show your thanks. Share your collage & say a prayer for everyone.
Sing a Psalm
Sing a Psalm is like singing a happy song to God. Psalms are special poems in the Bible. Pick your favorite, make up a tune, and sing with joy!
Act Out a Parable
Act out ‘The Good Samaritan’: Pretend you’re helping someone who fell on the playground. Show kindness by offering a hand, a smile, and pretend bandage. Be a helper!
Make a Thankful Jar
Make a Thankful Jar! Decorate a jar with stickers. Every day, write or draw something you’re grateful for on a piece of paper and put it inside. Open later to remember your blessings!
Color a Saint's Picture
Pick your favorite saint’s outline and use crayons to color their clothes and halo. Remember, saints were kind people who loved God. Have fun!
Write a Letter to God
Write a short letter to God like writing to a friend. Tell Him what you’re thankful for, ask for help, or share your feelings. Draw a picture too!
Plant a Seed of Kindness
Plant a Seed of Kindness is like planting a tiny seed in the dirt that grows into a big, beautiful flower. When you do something nice for someone, it’s like watering that seed and helping it grow into something wonderful!
Make a Friendship Bracelet
Pick 3 colorful strings. Tie them together. Braid by crossing left over middle, then right over middle. Repeat until long enough. Tie ends on your friend’s wrist. Done!

Using a Choice Board to Differentiate Religion in a 1st Grade Classroom

Keep It Simple

Everyone “teacher & student” should know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t make it even easier! 

Differential Instruction vs Saving time?

There is nothing more irritating than “Saving Time” with a Choice Board & ending up with “More work!”.  Are you using this to hit standards or save time or both? 

"Self Guided" or "instruction-based"?

If you giving out work, should they do it on their own or are these more instructions for each choice?

General rule, if the grade is > 3 there is more work per choice.

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How To Manage Your 1st Grade Classroom During Religion (With a Choice Board)

I find its easiest to use a big board at the front of the classroom where all students can see the choices  then decide what they want to do

This often will be coming in from a break or transition between subjects. 

If you can get all students to know whats expected during a choice activity it becomes one-hundred times easier to manage the class & have everyone know what choices they have!  

There are three core steps you have to hit when using a Choice Board; 

1) The Set Up
The Instruction 
3) The Q+A 

1) The Set Up

Select your choices, decide on how you are going to use this time in your classroom. Build the choice board

1) The Instruction

Tell the students what they are going to be doing (this becomes easier over time) Simply start with 3 options & move from there. 

1) The Q & A

Does anyone have questions? This will help you or the next time. Remember the goal is to make this easier each time! 

Why Use A Choice Board?

So, let’s chat about choiceboards and why they’re like the coolest thing ever in your classroom. 

Picture this: kiddos bouncing into the room, eyes lighting up because they get to pick their own adventure in learning new words.

 It’s like a mini vocab party, and everyone’s invited!

We all have our own jam, right? Some of us are little artists, others are born performers, and some love to get lost in stories. Choice boards are like a buffet of fun learning snacks, so every munchkin finds something tasty that helps the vocab stick!

And here’s the kicker – when the little ones get to steer the ship, they turn into these mini captains of learning. They’re making the calls, and with every choice, they puff up a bit more with confidence. It’s a win-win – they’re learning and feeling like the boss at the same time.

Plus, for us teachers, it’s like having a secret helper in the room. We get to sprinkle in all sorts of activities that match our students’ levels and what makes their hearts tick. It’s like custom-making a learning playlist that gets every kid grooving to the vocab beat. How cool is that?