They also earned points for doing classwork assignments as well as getting certain scores on formative and summative assessments. If they earned a certain amount of points in each unit, they would earn an "infinity gem" on their player token. This also keeps them from earning too many points too early; everyone is on a set pace. If enough students collected infinity gems, the class would defeat Thanos and earn a celebration day at the end of the semester.
ELA Explorers-8th Grade
In addition to using Classcraft in the entire 8th grade team, I implement a levels system in my 8th Grade ELA classroom that ties directly to the Hero's Journey- the core of our year's studies.
Students move through the 12 steps of the Hero's Journey and earn Experience Points for things like winning class review games, earning 3.0s and 4.0s on assessments, having perfect attendance, and having no office referrals. Each level comes with increasingly awesome rewards, such as free-seating for a day, ability to wear a hat, pens and pencils, and Sonic Drinks!
My favorite part of ELA Explorers is that students can check their scores and access game elements at any time on my website: kduddy4.wixsite.com. Using an Excel sheet, I have created a live spreadsheet that shows student scores for each class period; this adds an element of competition, because students can see where they rank with the rest of their class.
On this website, students can access things such as Side Quests- extra work related to our unit that can earn them bonus points. This allows students who want to excel in the game the chance to get ahead, while also providing enrichment activities for students who finish early, or who need an extra challenge.