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Looking for a new way to get your students motivated to complete homework assignments? Try "Homeworkopoly". Here are ideas about how to implement the game in your classroom, suggestions for rewards and more.
Posted by:Jody #45769

I used homeworkopoly last year for the first time in my class and the kids loved it. Our days were too busy to use it everyday so we only used it on Fridays. If a child had all homework for the week turned in (even if it was a day late...great incentive to have it turned in by Friday)...they got to roll one die and move their piece around the homeworkopoly board. Certain spaces on the board were designated specials and other spaces like "pencil place", etc... just got a small treat from the candy jar like a Jolly Rancher. One of the big spots said Mystery Prize and they got in my little treasure box. Another says Brain Binders and they're paper folding puzzles that the homeworkopoly site has a link to. You print them out on your printer and can copy them on your machine at school. My kids...

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Posted by:guggy #86882

I created a game board using poster board. It is set up like monopoly only the spaces are addition avenue, presidential parkway, etc. There are also chance and Community Lunch Box instead of comm. chest. There is also a space called brainbinder, free parking, mystery prize, instead of jail there is the school bus and a go directly to the schoolbus space as well as a go space. Each Friday kids who have completed homework every day get a chance to take their turn. I found small wooden "tiny treasures" at AC Moore and put magnets on the back. These are the game pieces. Students have the same piece all year. They roll dice and move around the board. When they land on addition avenue for example they must answer a simple addition question. Most spaces are review spaces where I can get in a quick review of different...

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Posted by:maryell #125805

I made my board or a tri-fold project poster that I bought at Wal-Mart. I used the magnet men magnet clips (about 6-8) to hold the board up on the back of a metal storeage cabinet. They have magnet men at Really Good Stuff but I bought mine at a teacher's store. I used clothespins as the game pieces. For brain binders I have the children solve a current problem that we have been working on during the week--usually it's a math problem. I used Homeworkopoly for the first time last year and it was a great motivator in my class. I highly recommend it.

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I used
Posted by:Deanie #142898

the sticky tac to keep the game pieces on the board. For the game pieces, I just cut up an index card and let the students write their name and decorate it.

For Brain Binders, I let the students view a Brain Pop video - they love watching those!

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Love it
Posted by:Hot Pepper #112733

I have used this for the past two years and the students LOVE it. I make my own rewards because some of the ones are too young for my fifth graders or they are not something I am willing to do.

We play on Mondays if you have turned in all of your homework for the previous week. (Students that have an unexcused absence are not allowed to play.) MOnday is a good day because if I need the weekend to sort through something, I have the time. Fridays are just not good for me.

The first day of school I take a picture of each kid with my digital camera and then print them out. (I use their heads as tokens.)

After I had the board laminated, I put 2 small pieces of velcro tape on each space on the board. (Because your...

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Game Pieces
Posted by:Mich5772 #142897

I use the children's pictures as game pieces and place a magnet on the back of them. I also placed a magnetic strip around the perimeter of the board where their pieces land.

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more tips and tricks
Posted by:Linda Davenport #58043

Hey all- I did Homeworkopoly this year- It worked great and ran smoothly for the most part. I used clothespins for the markers with their names on them. I also had 2 students each week in charge of homework. It was thier job each morning to go through the assignments and check off each studnet who had theirs. If there were 3 assignments and 3 checks you got to play- only 2 checks? Sorry about your luck- I did it everyday- and students played during my literacy centers. I didn't have a problem with cheating because (I think)
1- I had 2 students in charge
2- Those 2 students knew that if I found out they were allowing others to cheat (didn't have homework from them when I went to grade- or people landing on the good spaces too often) the homework people (both of them regardless)...

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passing go
Posted by:Pa teacher #70856

For passing go, I give students a free homework pass good for one assignment. Streets don't get anything, Game spot gives that student the choice of picking a game to play with the class on Friday afternoon and being the leader. The mystery prize gets to pick a prize from the prize box which has gadgets, pens, pencils, erasers, etc. mostly from the dollar store.

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Posted by:Bethany #124308

I have used this reward system for the 5 years I have been teaching. It is a huge hit with most of my students and I do have a pretty good success rate for homework turned in on time and thorough.

My students play it at the end of the day on Monday if they turned in all their homework the previous week. I allow my students who have turned in their homework on time and everything is complete to roll twice. If there are some students who maybe forgot to do a couple of problems or didn't have the neatest handwriting, I let them roll once. That way, I am not punishing them for only forgetting to do some problems or their handwriting wasn't the neatest.

I use little cutouts for their names with push pins. It is up...

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Homeworkopoly BB
Posted by:Sharon D. W.L #48862

I plan to use it but not until January. I teach grade one. I have these extra large thumb tacks. I plan to number each thumb tack to represent each student. (The number corresponds with my register.) These will be the markers (play pieces). Homework is due Friday and I will check it after school on Friday and then on Monday those who have completed the work will get to roll a die On Monday or Tuesday. (I might let them roll two.) On each square there will be a chance for a sticker (the small dot ones) a treat like a peppermint or a few ABC shaped pretzels.

If a student lands on the Community Card they might get:

1) Pick a class story (for the teacher to read aloud) I did up 2 of these cards.

2) Teacher will...

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Management of Homeworkopoly
Posted by:Erica #46239

Hi all! I tried to use Homeworkopoly last year with my fifth graders. They loved it! I only had prizes for certain spots, brain binders, community chest, etc. I didn't use prizes for everything. I kept it to a minimum and tried to utilize prizes that I didn't have to purchase- Sit at the Teacher's Desk for the day; Have lunch with the teacher today; Brain Binder; and of course 5-10 minutes of Computer time. Playing the game every day didn't work well for me. It takes time and I felt that I had to be the one to manage it. This year I have decided to make it the job of the Assignment Manager to monitor the turn-taking of Homeworkopoly as call out student #s to collect homework. This will only take place on Fridays. I thought about allowing students who turned in all assignments to use a...

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Posted by:Carolyn #94534

I have created my own board because there were a few differences I wanted to create. I'd be happy to email my file to you since it's in a Word document.

How it works:
Kids turn homework into separate "Inboxes" each morning (one for spelling, math, and reading).

During their "morning work" I go through the homework and check it in.

Teacher moves I've put with the board:
I have them take their turns at the end of the school day. They get enough time to take care of our daily "routine" and have time for the game. However, they need to get seated and quiet in order to take turns. This makes the end of the day less crazy for me. (Yes, we have had plenty of days where we didn't get to homeworkopoly becasue they didn't settle down. They still...

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Posted by:guggy #58748

IT is GREAT! I went to the homeworkopoly site then made my own board out of posterboard. I don't know how many ideas that follow are on there but this is how I did it and the kids absolutely loved it! So did other teachers too! the kids felt special because no other class used it in their room. I used various clipart pictures (with each child's name typed on) from the computer. I tried to make each spot on the board relate to the curriculum in some manner. For example one space was called Sentence Street. When a student landed there they needed to answer a question about sentences. Or Times Square was another spot. I started asking questions related to the clock but by the end of the year I used multiplication problems. Nothing really happened if they got the answer...

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homeworkopoly taking up time
Posted by:jensw #124298

If you have honest students, you can have running Homeworkopoly be a "job." The student in charge just has the players come up, roll the die, and move the pieces. You don't have to be involved at all. :D

I went with writing the names of the players on the board, and it was their responsibility to see me at recess or lunch to play the game. Didn't take up any class time at all!

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managing homeworkopoly
Posted by:jo #41106

I used the game for the first 3 months of the school year. The kids loved it. I printed off some cars (clip art) and colored them with 5 colors. I put my kids into groups of 5. Each morning each team got to roll the dice and move their car. At the end of the day, the team who earned the most points (for good behavior, agendas signed ...) got to have one extra roll. As well, they earned money for having the most points, and also for doing well on assignments, tests, weekly spelling test etc. They collected the money together as a team and bought the properties. As the game went on, they also bought houses and "schools" to put on their property. When another team landed on an a teams property, then they had to pay "School Fees". It was a lot of fun. I had...

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Posted by:susy #54377

We make them pay $1 (funny money) if they don't have their worksheet, and put that in a free parking bag. (the kids came up with the idea themselves!!) when someone lands on the free parking spot, they 'win' the money. I had the kids come up with ideas for the community chess and chance cards, they came up with better ones than I ever could have! :o)

I haven't had any trouble with kids sneaking to the wrong spot, and they pay really close attention to where everyone is and what they rolled. It takes at the most maybe 10 minutes to get everyone a turn. I usually have them just go one at a time while working on somehting at their desk.

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I play every day
Posted by:jensw #117181

I play every day, and I have a student run the game while I am passing out end of day papers or helping students organize to go home. I call out the names of the student who can play (I have the names of no-homework kids on the board), and they go up and stand in line to play. If they land on a prize or puzzle spot, they may redeem it whenever they choose *on their own time*. So they just draw a card and keep that card 'til they choose to redeem the prize. I have a few who never redeem the cards for a prize, but I figure that's their choice. :)

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Posted by:beachmom #143231

Make it your own. I made "eraser place" and "pencil place" instead of brain binder. They get a free pencil or eraser when they land on this space. We do the game on friday afternoons when everyone is packed up and ready to leave. When they are sitting quietly we play otherwise we wait until monday. Usually they want to play and sit quietly. I give a mint to all who play. They roll the foam die and get a mint when they land on a blank spot. Getting nothing was boring one year and unfair if they did their homework all week. I praise them for doing their homework and make each spot worth the roll. The cards I laminated and wrote the prizes on them myself. Also, I have a homework chart with their name and the weekly homework with a space for the prize they get....

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Homeworkopoly Prizes
Posted by:Jenni #57290

I went to WalMart and checked their clearance items. I found some paints, bracelet making items, bionicles, etc.... I also had coupons to use the phone, free homework, read to a younger class, etc.... We only did Homeworkopoly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but the kids wanted to do it everyday. BTW - each of the prizes I purchased was $1 or under.

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Chance and Community Lunchbox Rewards
Posted by:BetsyC #116375

These are the rewards I use for the Chance and Community Lunchbox cards:

buddy lunch
cool pencil
use teacher's chair at desk
sit at teacher's desk
chew gum in class
earn treat for entire class
use chair cushion for day
teach class for 15 minutes
use eraseable pen for one day
sit anywhere for one day
read to a first grader
be a helper in a kindergarten classroom
take home a class game for one night
You choose! (student has choice of any above reward)

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homeworkopoly for fall
Posted by:LLK #79672

Yes, I used it last year for my first year in fourth grade, after teaching fifth for about 15 and 6th for 2 years. My class loved it. We played on Friday also, although usually in the afternoon, because of a hectic morning schedule. I used a 'prize box' for rewards that included things from Oriental Trading and other 'junk' you pick up from teacher's convention like posters, etc. I had a hard time deciding where to put my board because of my room and this was an obstacle for awhile.
I ended up placing the laminated board that I downloaded from the homeworkopoly site on a door that led to a furnace room. I used business cards for tags for the kids to use as markers to move around the board, because I couldn't pin anything to the board, but I could tape things. Magnets...

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free homeworkopoly rewards
Posted by:jensw #116372

Right now spaces like "Reading Railroad" means you get to choose a new book from the class library any time you want instead of just after recess or lunch like normal. Also, "Snack Depot" means you get to bring an unhealthy snack for nutrition break instead of a healthy snack, "Water Utilities" lets you keep a non-water drink at your desk, "Electric Company" means you get to decide if we have the A/C on that afternoon, "Pencil-vania Railroad" means you can sharpen your pencil whenever you want, and "GO" means you get a raffle ticket (usually given out for good behavior) for the weekly drawing.

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Posted by:ddd #63417

When we land on the LIBRARY, I give the kids a choice during silent reading time to either read in our classroom OR go to the couch in the library. Believe it or not, that's one of our favorites places to land!

I don't give anything when we land on a street. They seem ok with only getting "something" once in a while! They just call it a "blank" spot!

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Homeworkopoly Rewards
Posted by:MsPropel #116378

These are my chance cards:

Brain Binder - I read a Brain Quest Question, if they get it right, they get a sticker from my sticker box.
Take a book home from my library (must be returned the next day).
Choose a Mystery Prize
Choose a Prize from the Prize Box
Get on the Bus - Their piece moves to the bus, nothing else happens.
Move to GO - They get to choose a sticker from the sticker box when they pass GO.
Get One Sticker
Free Homework Pass

These are my Community Chest Cards:

Give a friend a compliment.
Make a picture for a friend.
Make a bead pin for a friend.
Give your classmates a high five.
Make up a new celebration.
Help out a...

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Posted by:Mary Ann #76346

I used it last year and the kids loved it. It was a great incentive. I only used it as a reading incentive so it wasn't too difficult to manage. If the kids read 100 or more minutes per week at home, had completed their reading log, and had it signed by a parent then they got to play. We played once a week. I made a few changes such as

Brainbinders- The kids could pick any Brain Pop movie to share with the class. (brainpop.com is a very cool site!)

Library spot- became -20 minutes of reading for the next week.

Passing go- the kids earned $20.00 in Starbucks, our classroom monetary system.

I made up "Roll Again" cards that I passed out quite frequently when the kids were just being good, or just doing what they were supposed to be doing without me having to remind them...

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Homeworkopoly Awards
Posted by:TeacherTX #116376

10 points on an assignment
5 points on a spelling test
Treasure chest choice
Mystery Prize (my choice, whatever I have that day)
Mechanical Pencil
Capri Sun (The love that at the end of a hot day)
Icecream at lunch
First pick at class jobs
Line Leader
Extra computer time instead of morningwork (we only have about 15 minutes, so no biggie)

I have a few more, but that's all I can think of right now. Hope they help.

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4th grade teacher answers
Posted by:Jenni #57637

Question - Can one group do it each day?
Answer - I don't see why not but I think it might get confusing for you to keep track as to who is suppose to roll.

Question - How long would it take 5 or 6 students to do it daily?
Answer - Not long, I would say 2 - 3 minutes. 5 minutes tops. My entire class of 20 could do it in about 10 minutes.

Question - First thing in the morning
Answer - I don't think it matters when you do it. I did mine at the end of the day simply because that's when I had the time.

Question - How do you keep track of who gets to roll?
Answer - My kids sit in groups and when the group person collected papers and handed them in to me, he or she told me who didn't have his/her assignment. I simply wrote...

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How I do it
Posted by:Grade4Teach #125381

-Do you use it year round? Yes I do. I used to use it daily but that took too long so I plan on using it weekly this year.
-What are some of the well liked prizes that you use for the spots? Write with ink for a day, sit at the teacher's desk for a period, have lunch with the teacher and a friend, pick and be the leader of a class game, move your desk to a chosen location for the day, have a special sharing time to teach something to the class (those are a few!)
I'm looking to add to the ideas that the gameboard suggests.
-Is the brainbinder spot a good idea? My students loved it.......they had to answer a question and if they did, they got to choose a piece of candy from the candy jar..........it...

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A.R. opoly
Posted by:Brooke #57098

I had a brainstorm the other day and thought of a neat idea for motivating students to read AR books and take tests. I was thinking of making a gameboard similar to the homeworkoply gameboard and call it ARopoly instead. The students would get to roll the dice each time they read and took a test on an AR book. I think this would really motivate the students to read. I actually made my board for the game the other day and it looks pretty good. Go to the website listed above and look at the Homeworkopoly game for an idea what it looks like. I haven't actually filled in each of the spaces on the board yet, but I was planning to make a "GO" space and let the students collect 5 dolphin dollars when they pass go,in the next corner it will say "Catch a ride on the school bus"...

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Posted by:teach123 #116434

I use the homeworkopoly board for behavior. If the student does not get a red strip in their conduct chart, they are allowed to play that day. We take the last ten minutes to play. This really helps at the end of the year when the conduct chart does not work as well.

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