Homework can be fun with…

December 23, 2010

Homework can be fun with…

December 23, 2010
In our class, one of the most anticipated activities each week is Homeworkopoly, which you can learn more about at teachnet.com. This is the only reward/incentive system I use in class. This summer, I adapted the gameboard to meet the needs of my class and to match our room. There are two files if you are interested…

How to Play:

  • Each student who has completed all homework assignments for the week gets one turn.
  • If a student lands on “Chance” or “Computer Card”, they will get the prize shown on that card (see below for prizes).
  • If a student lands on “Spelling Question” or “Math Question”, they must answer a review question (this is the part the teacher loves!!)

Some things that have worked well:
I found these really great business card holders on Amazon this summer. I hot glued them to the bulletin and board to hold the game cards.
As for the prizes, I keep them pretty simple and inexpensive. Currently, our prizes include:
  • Use a pen all day
  • Choose a book for the classroom library from the next book order
  • Homework Pass
Though we are well into the school year, Homeworkopoly is still a big hit every week!


  • Caleb's Mama February 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    What do you have your students do at each of the stations? What do you have them do in the computer lab? What is Image Making Alley? and Picture Writing Path? Thanks!

  • Ladybug Teacher February 16, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Hi Caleb's Mama,
    Some of those street names don't have an activity/prize…they are just gameboard spaces. The image making and picturing writing are named after a program we use for Language Arts. The computer lab is kind of like the Go to Jail place in Monopoly.

    The only places that have prizes are labeled…and there are the few with "Spelling Question" and "Math Question" throughout the board. For those I just ask a review question.

  • Anonymous May 18, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I just love this idea. I have been trying to get your gameboard and prize cards, but everytime I click on it, nothing comes up. Can you email me these? I would be forever greatful. My email is Boomercakes@roadrunner.com. Thank you so much!!!

  • Anonymous June 10, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I have been looking for some homeworkopoly boards- LOVE yours! I am looking for a version that I can edit (I'm doing a hollywood theme this year) and was wondering where you got yours.

  • Suddenly...2nd Graders! June 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    What font did you use to create your Homeworkopoly board? I just LOVE it!

  • Kristen June 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Liz! Thanks, I made it myself, but there are blank game templates out there you could modify.

    Suddenly 2nd Graders…it's Elephants in Cherry Trees from Kevin and Amanda fonts. 🙂

  • Suddenly...2nd Graders! June 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    ooohhhh…yeah! I already have that font. I have never used it! Thanks for the quick reply. I am making my board to match my Hollywood theme this year! I will let you know how it turns out!

  • Suddenly...2nd Graders! June 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I can't get my capital letter at the beginning to be bigger, like you did. Any suggestions?

  • Kristen June 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Do you mean on the street names? That's a combination of two fonts…I think Elephants for the capital and smiley monster for the rest of the word.

  • Suddenly...2nd Graders! June 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    YES! Thanks so much! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your homework board and didn't change much (actually, just the spaces for the cards they draw!) YOU ROCK! Those are my two new favorite fonts-thanks to you!

  • Anonymous June 29, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I love this idea!! Do you have game pieces with each student's name on them? Or do you just have one that everyone plays? Thanks!

  • Anonymous July 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I am wondering about the game pieces as well…Do you leave them on the board all week long or how do you do that?

  • Teacher July 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    How large is your Homeworkopoly area?

  • Kristen July 12, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Hi!! The pieces are just math chips taped to the board (one for each kid, with their initials in Sharpie).

    I'm not exactly sure how large the whole thing is. I do know that the board itself is pretty small. I would have to put my gameset together to know the actual size, but it's at school 🙂

  • Mrs. Slyter July 16, 2011 at 1:20 am

    This is great! Thank you for sharing! ~Christy

  • Kim August 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Is there a way for me to just adapt your board to fit my classroom needs? I love your setup compared to the one on teachnet.com plus I do not have the same font. I just wanted to change the writing and drawing aspects of the board. Thanks!

  • Kristen August 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Sorry Kim, only have the file as a pdf!

  • MissMcTeacher January 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Kristen, I loved this so much that I'm trying it out in my class! We played our first round yesterday for students who completed all of the homework for the week. They were so excited to play and were already talking about playing again next week.
    For the Math and Spelling questions, I found some great task cards for 5th grade that serve as a review of previous content in math and vocabulary review for the spelling. When answering the question, they still get a prize- a school "Cougar Paw" (our PBS incentive).
    For their tokens, I cut out small circles from card stock and used those small school picture stickers we always get. The kiddos were so excited to see their picture as their token!
    Thanks so much for sharing this idea and the board! It's a big hit so far among my students and co-workers! 🙂

  • Anonymous January 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    AH! As a teacher without a classroom, I am REALLY excited to get to use this one day! Thank you SO much for sharing!

  • AM April 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Love this idea it is brilliant :D! I am just wondering whether it would be possible to send your PDF document of the board to aimee.jade@hotmail.co.uk.
    It would be much appreciated, thanks 🙂

  • Anonymous April 9, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I have been looking for some type of Monopoly Homework board forever. I am so glad that I came across yours. I teach Jr. High students so I have about 80 a day. I am planning on doing it as a whole class incentive and they get to move if the whole class gets their homework turned in. Would you be able to email me your board? smartin2@galesburg205.org Thank You!

  • Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Love the idea! What do the students do when they land on "go to the computer room"? Is there a prize? And must they roll doubles to get out like in monopoly? Also, is there a prize when they pass go? Last question, does ever chance card have a prize, or do some of them say "go forward 1 space, etc…" So excited to do this next year!

  • Erica May 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    This idea is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing.
    I would be VERY VERY grateful if you could email me the links; I can't get them to open. (Board and cards)
    Thank you thank you thank you for helping me motivate my kids to learn!

  • Anonymous May 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I made a Smartboard version of this game since the wall version took up too much space. My kids love doing homework so they can play. I have been using it for years. I love your version as well. Thanks for sharing.
    Kim – 3rd Grade Plato, MO

    • towngirl772 July 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm


      Is there anyone way you can send your smartboard version? I am in the same situation with space in my classroom. My email is towngirl701@gmail.com

      Thanks so much,

      Krista- 3rd Grade Teacher, VA

  • Mrs. K May 27, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. I will be using this board with my 2nds next year. I will assign each child a number and write that on their chip. We have children move in and out so often that assigning numbers is easier than trying to erase names on all my classroom management boards.

  • Anonymous May 28, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I love this! I have used something similar for the last 4 years. I use thumb tacks with their numbers on it As game pieces to go around the board. I've included things like lunch with the principal (my principal is cool), all jobs for the day, move desk to chosen location for the day, line leader for the day, etc. It works well. I randomly chose 2 times a week to do it and all their homework has to be done that day. The beautiful things is they never know when ill do it

  • gigirod June 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I LOVE your board! I am so looking forward to using it in my class next year. Thank you so much for sharing! =)

  • Anonymous July 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I am doing this in my classroom also…What would you suggest for the student game pieces that they move around the board? I was thinking bobby pins that they could tie their favorite color ribbon. I will have about 29 students in one group.

    • Kristen July 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I think that's a great idea! I just taped up bingo chips with their initials on them, but I love your idea 🙂

    • Kelly, Carrie, Kylie and Zachary July 18, 2012 at 4:28 am

      Paper Clips would probably work too!

  • Siobhain July 7, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I would love this for my classroom !!! What did you use// how did you make this ?

  • Anonymous July 8, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I would love a copy of your gameboard also! I think this is awesome and look foward to placing mine in a classroom when I get one! Please email to: Kjanscha@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous July 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    My parapro created a board for our classroom this past school year and it was such a hit!! They begged to play it every friday (as long as they completed and turned in their homework on time!) She glued the gameboard to a small, moveable bulletin board and used pushpins with cutout hornets glued to them (our logo) and wrote their names on each pin. The kids rolled the die and moved their pin the amount. They loved the ability to do it themselves , too. We then made a separate pocket chart with their names and put their "chance" or "community" cards with their names so we could keep up with the special activity or prize they received.
    Such an awesome idea!

  • Kelly, Carrie, Kylie and Zachary July 18, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I have always done a game time but this sounds like more fun!

  • Angela Papageorgiou July 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi. This is so cute! Do the students just get one roll per Friday? If so, what happens when they land on a "property" where there is no reward? Thanks so much!

  • Angela Papageorgiou July 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Hi. This is so cute! Do the students just get one roll per Friday? If so, what happens when they land on a "property" where there is no reward? Thanks so much!

    • Kristen August 3, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Yup, just on Fridays (though I don't use this board anymore, it's from a couple of years ago). When they landed on a blank space, it was just a move on the board. 🙂

  • Anonymous August 3, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I'm a little confused. . do the children only get 'prizes' if they land on 'collect a card' or the colored spaces as well

    • Kristen August 3, 2012 at 2:07 am

      I don't use this anymore, it's from a couple of years back but yes, they did not get a prize for every space, just the ones marked to get a card.

  • Anonymous August 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Could I please get the smart board version sent to me?? Have a difficult class this year and think they will love this. Thank you!!! hockey_21@hotmail.com

    • Kristen August 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      I don't have a smartboard version, sorry!

  • Stephanie August 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Could I also get the smart board version sent to me? Anticipating homework difficulties for the upcoming school year. Thanks! bowlingstephanie@gmail.com

  • Andrea Lowery August 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Thank you so much for this amazing idea!!!



  • kdtex23 August 17, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Hello! One of the comments posted was about a smartboard version! I would love that file if possible. My email is kelley23_98@yahoo.com if she could send it. I think it was Kim from Plato, MO.

    Thank you!

  • Kristen August 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Sorry I don't have a Smartboard version–just a pdf! 🙂

  • Kristen August 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Hi everyone! The post you are reading above is an older one, from 2010. The downloads above are still available if you would like to use them, but I've since adapted my system a bit for the 2012-2013 school year.

    I do not have a Smartboard file for this Homeworkopoly, just the pdf version shared above (I wish we had a Smartboard!!).

    Thank you for visiting my blog!! 🙂

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