Why I Do What I Do: Weekly Homework - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Why I Do What I Do: Weekly Homework

Hi there! I'm linking up with the sweet and smart Christina at Bunting, Books, and Bright Ideas to share why I do what I do with weekly homework.

I have tried assigning homework every night. I have, really. Buuuut... sometimes lots of times I would forget. The kids would be walking out the door and I would remember... and you know they aren't going to remind me. Ha!! So I decided I would just give them everything they needed to do for the week on Mondays. This way, the parents know what I expect, and the kids can pace themselves.

I give them a reading homework activity sheet (and log) which has to be signed and returned each day. This is the only thing I check on a daily basis. (And I would love to share the page I use with you, but apparently, I only have a copy of it on my school computer? ACK!) The math, language, and spelling homework does not get checked until Friday. I have found this helps students who have sports practice or church during the week- they can double up one night if they need to. It also helps teach some of them time management- I once overheard a boy complaining about "all the homework he had to do" Thursday night, and his friend said, "well maybe you shouldn't save it all for one night. Duh." :o)

We aren't allowed to grade homework in my district, but I want the students to know I think it's beneficial, so I reserve the last 20-30 minutes of the day on Friday so we can check it together (after I've walked around and spot-checked to make sure they have attempted to do it all).

I like to give my students homework in most of the subjects each night, but I don't want to give them too much homework, so I like to give spiral review pages that take just a few minutes each night (if they break it up and do it each night).

For math, I use Fun In Room 4B's Math Moves. It is every 4th grade math standard every week- and it's awesome!
Fun In Room 4B's Math Moves with Ideas by Jivey
For grammar/language, I use my Spiral Language Arts Homework (the first nine weeks has been published in my store, the next one is in the works... and it will all be done this year prior to the time it's needed!) - I copy it on the back of the Math Moves page for the week!
Spiral Language Arts Homework with Ideas by Jivey

I also love Fourth And Ten's Spelling Contracts, which I give my students once or twice a month!
Fourth And Ten's Spelling Contracts with Ideas by Jivey
How do you assign homework? Go link up with Christina and share your ideas!


  1. Thanks for shouting out my spelling contracts! I'm so glad you and your kiddos like them! My teaching partner uses Elizabeth's Math Moves too. :) I can't wait to check out your language homework! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing my Math Moves! I can't wait to check out your language homework. I bet it will help my ESOL students next year!!
    Fun in Room 4B

  3. I checked out your language arts homework, and I really like it. I added it to my wishlist. Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  4. I agree with you that giving the students their homework all together (I give it on Fridays) and having it all due a week later is perfect for teaching them time management skills. Plus, you're right, for those students who play sports and such they can plan ahead. I love the idea of having them check it all together so you don't have to crate it all home on the weekends. I need to be better about that. :)

    Wild About Fifth

  5. I've been thinking about giving weekly homework this year! This has convinced me that I've been thinking right!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  6. I use Elizabeth's Math Moves in class, we have a math workbook we have to use for HW. Love your spiral homework, and am interested in the spelling contracts. I used a menu the past couple of years, but I love how these are points based. Thanks for sharing, it's now on my wishlist!


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