Extension menus are a great way to provide the gifted student with meaningful activities and incorporate choice at the same time. These can be a useful tool when you're trying to provide extension activities within the subject area peers are working on.
An extension menu is a listing of activities the student can select from once they have completed assigned classwork. They can be arranged in a simple list, or set up like a menu. A specific menu can be designed for each subject, or a more general one can be developed with activities that could apply across the curriculum.
The activities can range in complexity and variety to appeal to individual student strengths and creativity. It's a good idea to have a mix of cognitively oriented and more creative activities included. Dependent on the amount of time available during that session, and if the menu will be used over a period of time, the students can be instructed to choose one or more activities to work on.
Ideally, some activities should be geared to be simple and fun, while others are more rigorous and challenging. For gifted students in particular, at least a few of the activities can require independent research deeper into the subject, or analysis of information using higher levels of Blooms Taxonomy.
The activities can be arranged in levels, or the menu theme can be carried through, arranging the activities as appetizers, main courses, desserts, and so on, with students instructed to choose a specified number of activities from each category.