Monday, January 21, 2013

Hmwk...I nEED yOUR oPINION!!

I need your you give reading homework, if so how much homework do you give?  I would love to hear from you!!  I currently teach 4th grade and have always been up in arms over homework.  Please enlighten me!!!


  1. We have a nightly reading log that we send home with the kiddos every week. We require 15 min a night. The reading log is filled out and returned to school on the following Monday. We usually have some kind of response or other reading activity to be done on the back. (I teach 2nd grade).
    Hope that helps! :) My son in fourth doesn't have "reading homework" but they participate in book it, so they color in a square on a calendar for reading 20 and then they get a pizza coupon. He loves that!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  2. I send home a reading log each week, but it is not mandatory. If the students read 15 minutes each night and have their reading log signed by a parent, they get entered into a drawing at the end of the week. I draw for things like Subway kid's meals, Dairy Queen cones, Papa Murphy's side would be surprised how many restaurants are willing to give out coupons to teachers! I usually have a good number of students return their reading logs because they want to win the prize!

  3. I only teach 3rd Grade Reading (and SS), so I have 66 kids throughout the day. I pass out homework packets on Monday and they are due on Friday. Basically, I have around 60 returned every week (it's pretty much the same 6 who never turn them in or turn them in late). I did a blog post on my homework packet.

    I take 1 or 2 grades from each packet (reading passage and vocab). For spelling, I do give a weekly spelling test but I don't grade their spelling homework. It is a tic-tac-toe board and it's meant as practice. If it is signed by a parent or they bring their work samples in I put their name into a bucket and pull out 1 name...that student gets a 100 on their test & gets to read at my library during the test. AMAZING Results! I also don't do a reading log grade (I mean how can I grade you on that?), instead I give out book-it pizza hut coupons if you turned in all 3 for the 3-weeks. Our school is doing a huge fluency push this year, so I have a "Buggy Over Fluency Board" in my classroom and my students get a bug with their name on it when they reach their fluency. So I don't grade any fluency sheets or reading logs. My students understand this is to make them better readers and prepare their stamina for their state tests. But, they sure do love their bugs!

    If you have questions, feel free to email me.

  4. I teach kindergarten and I send home a reading log. I reward student's who do bring it back. Reading is so important so the more they can get exposed the better.