I am not a huge fan of homework, but my students need to practice the skills we work on in class and prepare for middle school expectations, so I give homework Monday through Thursday each week.
I copy a page of reading comprehension (a passage and some questions) and a page of math (no more than 15 problems) for homework each day. The sheets I choose are designed to give students a chance to practice skills.
Each day students turn their homework in using a Homework Folder. It is a letter-sized manila folder. On the folder there are dates written for each week of the quarter. Students get a sticker (they love stinky stickers) every day they bring their homework back.
Even if students forget their homework, they always have the chance to turn it in and get a sticker. I simply place the sticker over top of the “No HW” or “Ab.” note that I wrote for a particular day. I allow students up to the last day of the quarter to turn in any homework packets for the quarter.
At the end of the quarter, I figure out how many total stickers were possible and I assign homework grades based on the percentage of homework students turned in.
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I have found that students will do their homework more frequently when they have that daily reminder of how much homework they have turned in. They want the entire folder to be full of stickers by the end of the quarter. The folders are also a great visual for parents. They can see how much homework was done for the quarter. I give students their folders to keep at the end of the quarter (usually during conferences). I had 30 students in my class last year and almost all of them did 95% or more homework every quarter and I think these folders had a lot to do with it!