Getting tired of centers? Can't motivate kids to get the centers done?
Menus just might be what you're looking for!
Assign a menu of activities with due dates. Some things are optional, but some things are required. Students might have to do 2 of 5 optional activities to earn x reward, or 3 of 5 for y reward.
Students will have to finish their tasks by the assigned due date. Plus, because they get to choose some of their assignments, they will take ownership and get the work done to earn the rewards they choose, which can be easy things like free time, changing seats, computer time, lunch with the teacher, dress-code pass, or extra recess!
But what about differentiation? Make 2-3 different menus for ability levels. Or, make students who work more slowly responsible for less work, but higher accuracy. Students who work quickly might have to finish more assignments to complete their menu.
Get different 1-page, 2-page, or 3-page menu options. Just print, write on it, and make copies for the kids. Or, make a single copy to laminate and hang on the classroom wall for the week.