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!

7th Grade Reading Choice Board Tutorial for Teachers

Build your own Reading Choice Board for 7th Grade in minutes! Keep kids engaged & learning using these tactics & templates
To use a choice board in your 7th Grade Classroom during Reading you will need to create the Readingchoices (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 7th Grade Reading choice boards to your classroom style!

Here are a few ideas and instructions on choices, classroom management and getting buy-in from your7th Graders

Ideas & Examples of Great 7th Grade Reading Choices

Create Your Own Comic Strip
Create a fun comic strip! Draw a series of panels, add characters, speech bubbles, and a short story. Be creative! Share your comic with the class.
Design a Book Cover
Create a book cover with title, author, and an image that captures the story’s essence. Use colors and designs that reflect the book’s mood. Be creative!
Character Diary Entries
Write a diary as if you’re a book character. Share their feelings, adventures, and secrets like in a real diary. Pretend you’re them and write daily entries!
Plot Twist Rewrite
Plot Twist Rewrite: Take a story you know, change a key event to alter the ending, and explain how everything is different now. Be creative!
Vocabulary Illustration Collage
Create a collage with drawings or cut-out images that represent 10 new vocab words. Label each picture with its word. Make sure your art shows the word’s meaning!
News Reporter Reflection
Write a diary entry as a reporter after covering a big story. Include what happened, your feelings, and the impact on readers. Keep it simple and honest!
Podcast Discussion Group
Listen to a podcast episode, then meet to chat about the story, learn new things, and share your thoughts. It’s like a book club, but for podcasts!
Theme Song Playlist
Create a playlist of songs that match the mood or message of a book you’re reading. Think about what tunes fit the characters or themes. Share your list!
Flash Fiction Challenge
Write a super short story (under 500 words) with a beginning, middle, and end. Include one character, one setting, and a surprise twist! Get creative and have fun!

Using a Choice Board to Differentiate Reading in a 7th 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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All ages, all grades where you need 9 grid choice board. Start loving learning again! 

How To Manage Your 7th Grade Classroom During Reading (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?