Basically, the VIPs in my classroom stand for Very Informed Pupils, and this challenge will take the place of the "What Do I Do Now?" board full of random worksheets and whatnot. On my classroom website, I've made a page simply labeled V.I.P. (I'm not linking to my webpage, because it is mainly a place for my students and parents) When students click on this page, they'll find all of the tasks they can complete for the V.I.P. Club. Students work on these independently, at their own pace, and at their own discretion. They can complete as many or as few as they like, and in any order. Some of the activities are very short, and a quick Google search will give them the answer. Others require more work, such as memorizing the U.S. presidents in order or writing letters to former teachers.
Students will keep a V.I.P. folder with all of their work in it. They're required to write the number and name of each task on top of their work, along with the date. I'll come up with some simply tally sheet where I can keep track of their points/stars. What I'm most excited about is the fact that after making the webpage, I don't have to do anything! I don't have to print or send off for copies, or file, or organize! It's all done by students, in their folders, with their notebook paper.
In the end, I think the V.I.P. Club will serve as a great way to keep my fast-paced learners busy learning. And that will be beneficial in the long run.
P.S. I know these pictures are small, and it's hard to see all of my wonderful V.I.P. tasks. Sorry about that! Basically, I just racked my brain about everything students should know by the end of 5th grade and made a list under each subject. I also included some 4th grade review things, as well as some general knowledge. Under the miscellaneous category, I have lots of tasks involving sports, celebrities, careers, colleges, and other interesting things. I like that these lists are flexible, and I can add to them throughout the year.
Ha! Just realized I actually blogged about VIP club waaaay back when I first started working on it! You can read/copy/paste the ideas here!