Gamifying an ELA classroom--advice, please?

Good morning, everyone!

My slightly crazy project for the summer is to figure out if and how to gamify my ELA classroom. I would love some advice, especially from STEM folks. I have been looking @mgarcia’s, @Dawn_Frier1’s, and @ebryan’s posts and thinking “I want to do that!” I’m just not sure how to get started. Here’s what I have gleaned so far. Please jump in and tell me what I’m missing!

  • I need an overall story or plot line to give a shape to what the class is doing.

  • I need to figure out the most frequent tasks/skills my students will be practicing and create a structure for the kids to level up by mastering skills.

  • I need a way to track and publish students’ progress. (Can I use Edmodo? Should I build my own site?)

  • I need to work out how to explain gamification to students and parents.

  • I need to build in a loophole so that we can return to a more traditional class structure for certain tasks (or if it turns out I bit off more than I can chew.)

What else? If anyone has a template for building a gamified classroom, I would love to see it!



So you have been bitten by the gamification bug. Welcome to the tribe :slight_smile:
I invite you to take a look at my journey -, and to join @MrMatera’s #XPLAP twitter chat on Tuesdays at 9:00 CST.


Thanks! I am looking at your blog right now!

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I completely agree:

Mr Matera also has a book called Explore Like a Pirate. You could always take a look at that. I haven’t read it, but I’ve looked at his stuff before and follow him on Twitter! You could always take a look at what Quinn Rollins has to offer! He has some cool stuff, too, and he also has a book (with a similar name): Play Like a Pirate (all in the Dave Burgess “Teach Like a Pirate” family). I’ve used a Rollins lesson where you take a literary character and turn him/her into a Funko POP! character! It’s super fun and the kids really get into it since these little POP figures are everywhere today! I did one with my students during my King Arthur unit. You’re welcome to take a look at it here and use/change it to your liking.


Thanks. I’ll check out those books. I love your Funko Pop assignment!


A resource I started with is through Schoology. A great teacher, Beth Box, shared her whole course and how she gamified her classroom.