This is the game board as it looks in my classroom. It has been loved by my students and has some holes here and there and numbers written all over it, but this is the REAL DEAL!

Homework.  That eight letter word that students HATE!  That word that forces teachers to give countless speeches on responsibility.  That word that causes frustration on many levels when it isn’t completed.

Even though homework isn’t always fun, it is a necessary evil.  Students need to practice what they are learning in school in order to help them retain the information for the long term.

As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across “The Ladybug’s Teacher Files” and fell in love with an idea she had about a game called Homeworkopoly.  I quickly printed the pieces, laminated them, and put them together on my board.  The looks on the students’ faces were priceless as they slowly began to notice this new game that had mysteriously appeared in the back of the classroom.

The Rules:  Turn in homework all week and you get a chance to roll once to move around the board.  Students will write their assigned classroom number with a dry erase marker on the space where they land.  If a student lands on a Question Card or Computer Card, he/she will draw a card from the center of the board and receive the prize which is on the back of the card.

The results: I saw a significant increase in the amount of homework that was turned in each day, and the students who would only complete homework once or twice a week began to turn it in daily.  And, of course, they all had fun rolling the dice and crossing their fingers, hoping to land on a space and get a surprise reward.

I didn’t think that such a simple implementation would bring such desirable results.  The students have truly enjoyed their homework a little more due to this simple little game.

Click here to access the game board file –> Homeworkopoly Game Board

Click here to access the cards –> Homeworkopoly Cards

**You can also find 120 FREE rewards to give to students in the archives.**



  1. Lu Ann Douglas says:

    What fun! Surely this will encourage all students to turn in their homework. This may be the only encouragement that some have to get their homework completed and turned in to their teacher. Great job!

  2. Great idea thanks for sharing. i’ve just been “hacking” (reblogging) your blog. Hope you don’t mind…

  3. Hey there. Can you tell me if your homeworkopoly still works? What are the prizes a student can win? Have you ever tried to let more space for practice during class time? Have tried to do so in a Software Engineering course (http://gammagamification.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/failure-and-what-i-learned-from-failing-a-course-re-redesign/). What do you think about it? Do you know the Learning paradigm by John Tagg?
    May the force be with you,

    • Thank you, Chris, for visiting my blog and asking questions. That’s what makes the world go ’round, right? 😉 I have had lots of hits on my Homeworkopoly post, and I know that there are others out there with questions, too, so I’ve decided to blog again about how this game works in my classroom. Stay tuned for an update!! I will try to get it done by this evening.

  4. gudguy1a says:

    Homework. Yes indeed, highly important, very necessary evil – just gotta do it.
    Having a game to go with it works wonders, just wish we had that at the graduate level…. :)

    • Hmmmm…maybe you could visit some local businesses and food joints to ask for donations in the form of gift cards. Then go to an office supply store or Wal-Mart and pick up a big roll of tickets to have students write their name on each time they complete and turn in homework. At the end of each month (or whatever amount of time you deem necessary) you could draw tickets out of the pile and reward them with those gift cards. I know when I was in high school and college I would do almost anything for free stuff!! Just a thought…

  5. Homework. Yep, a very important, very necessary evil that we all have to do.
    It is definitely necessary – I only wish we had games at the graduate level…. :-)


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