When teachers use learning menus, or choice boards, they offer students four to six options for producing a final product. Each choice should be challenging and should require approximately the same amount of time to complete. Below are some examples of product choices that teachers can include in a menu.
Examples of Product Choices
Letter to the editor
Creative writing project
Although there are a number of ways to offer these choices, some teachers present them as a dinner menu. For this method, students often select one “entree” task and two “side-dish” tasks. Additionally, students may elect to complete a “dessert” task for enrichment. Below is an example of one such dinner menu.
The School Diner – Idioms
Appetizer (You must do this)
With a partner, select one idiom from the bulletin board. Discuss what you think the idiom means. Then look up the idiom in the book In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms, Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms, or Super Silly Sayings That Are Over Your Head: A Children’s Illustrated Book of Idioms. You can find copies in the class library.
Entrees (You must do all)
Read one of the following books provided by the teacher:
Any Amelia Bedelia book
Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards
Reach for the Stars and Other Advice for Life’s Journey
You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards
Make a list of all of the idioms in the book and write their meaning.
Side Dishes (Select at least two)
Write an idiom you have heard used in your life and explain what it means. Draw a picture of what the main character of the story you read might do if he or she heard it.
Select an idiom from the bulletin board or one that you have heard used and add it to the story you read. Write at least 6 sentences.
With a partner, create a short skit using an idiom from the bulletin board or one that you have heard used.
Learn more about idioms from other cultures.
Read I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World
Use the bookmarks on the computer to visit several Websites that illustrate idioms from other cultures.