Keep these homework passes handy so that your students can be rewarded instantly! Give them to students who need a little extra "pat on the back".
I'm a teacher/author and offer Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, American History, Novel Packets, Grammar, Back to School, Holidays, Writing, Poetry, Spelling, Teacher forms products and more!
Take a stroll over to my blog, Teacher Park, where you'll find more teaching ideas resources, products and freebies. You can follow me on Teacher Park and on TeachersPayTeachers Thanks! Ruth
Ruths TPT Store
Common Core Question Signs Use with any book or story
Common Core Figurative Language Use with any book or story
Common Core Reading Themes Use with any book or story
Common Core Reading Standards Main Idea Use with any book or story
Common Core Setting Comparisons Use with any book or story.
Common Core Foundational Skills Task Cards
Common Core Character Comparisons Use with any book or story
Nonfiction Detective Task Cards
NonfictionText Four Important Facts
Nonfiction Find It and Check It
Check out my snowball activities!
Snowball Math Addition Subtraction
Snowball Math Multiplication and Division
Freak the Mighty Themes
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Activities
Literature Response Cards
Love that Dog,Test
Maniac Magee 32 Page Packet
Maniac Magee Bullying
Maniac Magee Vocabulary
Maniac Magee Fortunate and Unfortunate Events If you purchased my Maniac Magee packet, please do no purchase this. It is in the packet.
My Brother Sam is Dead
Novel Response Cards
Number the Stars 19 Page Packet
Tiger Rising Activities
Where the Red Fern Grows Activities
A Thousand Splendid Suns Worksheets Packet
A Single Shard Literary Activities
A Wrinkle in Time Literary Activities
Because of Winn Dixie Kate DiCamillo
Brians Winter Student Worksheets
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Hatchet Student Worksheets
Holes by Louis Sachar Student Worksheets
Bridge to Terabithia Student Worksheets
A Wrinkle in Time Whole Book Assessment and Extension Activities
Al Capone Does My Shirt Student Worksheets
Book Report Trifold Use With Any Novel
Chasing Vermeer 65 Comprehension Activities
Design a Game Book Report
Hoot Student Worksheets
My Louisiana Sky Novel Activities
Reading Response Cards Packet
Vocabulary Detectives Task Cards 5
Vocabulary Detectives Task Cards 4
Book Report Trifold Use with any novel.
Bloom Ball Reports Use with any fiction, nonfiction or subject.
Fairy Tales Worksheet PacketFun! Imagine Cinderella's glass slipper is a sneaker and she arrives to the ball in a limo. Students love these activities!
Idioms are Fun Packet Have a frog in your throat? Students don't seem to know what common idioms mean. They'll have fun discussing the literal and true meanings of them. Laminate these cards for future use.
Irregular Past and Participle Forms of Verbs
Making Connections Packet
Robert Frost Stopping By Woods
The Kite Runner
Similes Metaphors and More
If formative assessment is the planned classroom practice of eliciting evidence of student learning minute-to-minute, day-by-day then how does homework fit into that definition? Homework is not something that, by its own definition, is even done in the classroom, yet it can help teachers elicit evidence of student learning.
If homework is about practicing (or integrating) new learning, much like scrimmages in basketball or football, then it seems reasonable that teachers would provide students with feedback on their homework, and time to use the feedback to get better at what they are doing (and learning). By spending a little bit of time thinking about formative assessment practices while designing/constructing homework assignments/questions, a teacher can get a good understanding of where that student is in their learning, so wouldn’t that make it formative?
I suppose the answer to this question would vary depending on how the teacher is using the homework, what homework is being assigned, and whether that homework is graded. According to Carr and Farr (2000, Grading and Reporting Student Progress in and Age of Standards), ‘Homework should be a risk-free chance to experiment with new skills. Homework should require students to apply what they have learned so they find out what they really do understand.’
In Grant Wiggin’s recent blog post at TeachThought – Using Formative Assessment as Homework – he stated that formative assessment could be graded:
In short, no matter the pure definition, I don’t think it is accurate to say that formative assessments can’t ever be graded. What matters – what makes a formative assessment formative – is whether I have a chance to get and use feedback in a later version of the ‘same’ performance. It’s only formative if it is ongoing; it’s only summative if it is the final chance, the ‘summing up’ of student performance.
I believe that if you’re grading homework, it is not formative assessment. Formative assessment is not for grading. In fact, student learning from formative assessment shouldn’t even be a factor in grading. Why? While some students have greater knowledge of a certain topic than others at the outset of a lesson, if teachers are successful in their efforts at imparting that lesson, all students should, at least, have the same baseline knowledge of that lesson once it’s taught. If they all can’t meet that baseline of measurement, then where does the responsibility lie – with the student or the teacher?
If homework is in fact graded, then I would consider that a summative (or at best an interim) assessment. As Harvey Craft, in his paper Home Work is Not for Grading states: ‘The consequence of grading homework can be the difference between passing or failing. This is a huge consequence for students to bear because some teachers don’t understand the fundamental difference between formative and summative assessments. Evaluation is not about homework.’
To say that homework can be a formative assessment practice would be accurate to be sure. To say that all homework is formative assessment only depends on the assignment being given and how the teacher uses homework.
Tell us what you think? If you’re a teacher how do you use homework assignments? Do you grade them? Do you use them as a measuring stick for student progress?