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Spiral Math Homework 4th Grade

My Math Homework

Every once in a while, an idea pops into my head out of necessity for something better.  Years and years ago, I was actually teaching 3rd grade at the time, I became fed up with the lack of repetition in my math program.  There just wasn't enough review built in for the kids to grasp anything.  I would teach a concept once and move on.  Done and done.  The problem was, the kids just didn't get it.

After scouring the internet, reading tons of books, and using my own bag of tricks, Calendarwas born.  And, if you follow my blog, you know I LOVE Calendar.  But it just wasn't enough.  The kids needed more practice then even Calendar could provide.  Word problems, higher level computation....

So I decided that their homework was what needed to change.  I took a complete departure from everyone at my school and created a spiral homework.  It was 10 problems a day, not of what we just learned, but of EVERYTHING that we learned. The kids were constantly seeing the same style problem over and over and over.  Their skills were always being refreshed....and it worked like MAGIC!

So when I moved to 4th, and then to 5th, I took this style homework with me.  And every year I create sheets like this, my students math scores soar.  Because nothing is being forgotten, the kids are always practicing those basic skills they need.   I can honestly say that because of this homework (and Calendar) if I don't get to a lesson in math that day...I STILL FEEL OK!  I know all of the standards are covered and I simply DO NOT EVER stress about math.  Ever.

Doing homework this way has the added bonus of freeing up some time to do all of those concept lessons that I like to do.   I get the kids thinking about math processes, instead of always worrying about the rote memory of it all.   It really is amazing what one little 10 problem page can do.

However, doing the work isn't enough.  The key to this is that every.single.day, without fail, we go over the homework.  I have it worked into my math block (just 10 minutes) to go over the problems.  I don't teach during this time, I just show the students how to do the work, with their help at times, on the ELMO and then they take it home to study for later.  This review of the problems is what makes this homework better than anything I have done before.  If they kids didn't get it at home the night before, they get it when we go over it.  Then, when they see a similar problem on a homework that week (or the next or the next) they *do* get it.

Another thing I add into my week are weekly spiral quizzes.  These are where I get my data for small groups, intervention, and mastery from.  Here is the form I use to break all the information down...and the post explaining it. It is also test prep (and you all know how I love test prep).  

I really just love this whole part of my classroom.  I think...KNOW it works and it helps me room to run so smoothly.

I know at this point you are probably sold (I seriously love this...it is my favorite thing I have ever created. Ever.  Simply because of the value it holds in my classroom.)  If you are interested in having it in your own room, I have sets for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. 

I realize this isn't super cheap, but it is worth every.single.penny that you spend.  I honestly and truly believe that.  It will help you to run your math block smoothly and keep you on target. (oh and it comes with an answer key too :)

So there you have it....my sales pitch ;)  How do you structure your math homework? 

Welcome! This web site has many classroom resources for grades 
K-5. The resources are primarily for math, but some are in other areas as well. Feel free to use these materials in your classroom. Enjoy.

    I LOVE teaching, (especially math) and I LOVE creating materials to use with classroom math instruction. Explore the following pages and find math resources and sometimes grammar, science, and social studies resources in grades K - 5.
**UPDATED COMMON CORE ALIGNED WEEKLY HW IS HERE!!! Check out the HW tabs. :)  The homework has been updated through week 27 of the 2017 - 2018 school year. I will continue to upload HW, a few weeks at a time, as the year progresses. Please abide by the copyright guidelines.

I am UPLOADING the HW for the year for each grade level (K-5). These YEARLY HW PACKETS are available on my Teachers Pay Teachers page. You can get the whole year on TPT, or you can wait and upload off my site every several weeks for FREE.

Click Here to go the entire year of HW:
My Store on Teachers Pay Teachers is called:

Kathy Spruiell at
KML Education Associates, LLC


Copyright Information for Kathy's Creations:
Please go to the copyright tab and read the guidelines before you download anything. I have recently found some of my work sold by other people and imitators on Teachers Pay Teachers and Doc Stoc. (Very Uncool) :( You don't have to go there, get it from me for free!! If you modify the work please leave the "Created by Kathy Spruiell" line intact and add "Modified by...your name".  Thanks!

Check it Out....LA Tab - Language Arts Resources
These are ready through my friend, Amy's site. Go to the tab for info.

Check the Weekly Pacing Planning Guides for K-5. They are already aligned with the COMMON CORE and good to go for the 2017 - 2018 school year. 

Check Out the TABS - K-5 for:
Guided Math "Fact Fluency Center" Materials

Information is also available for math newsletters, vocabulary, math journals, calendar math, and more...

Every few weeks the materials will be updated to the current weeks of the school year. Check in every week to keep up with the current resources. 

Always proof the sheets, because sometimes there are typos.

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