For the past three years, I have been utilizing this spiral review homework. I have seen success with my students for a few reasons:
1. Same routine - Every school night students receive 8 problems in the same exact format. This allows students to expect what is coming and even do their homework when they are absent. This keeps them focused on the content and not which numbers or pages they were supposed to complete.
2. Customization - I have included the Power Point version so you can customize the problems to meet the needs of your students. Copy and paste problems from different weeks or add in some problems on your own. The more that you can customize it for your students, the better.
3. Quizzes - Many of the lessons (not all of them) contain a quiz for the end of the week to assess if students are mastering the skills. The format is the same each week. If you want a quiz that I didn't create (since I may have had a test that Friday), it is very simple to copy the format and customize your own quiz.
4. Corrections - This is designed to allow students to correct their work. The same type of problems occur all week long for each number. For example, if number 1 has students dividing decimals, they will be dividing decimals for number 1 all week. Students utilize the same homework paper to redo problems and explain their errors. This should be a daily reflection so students do not continue to make the same mistakes throughout the week.
5. Standards/Curriculum Alignment - My school uses Eureka Math (Engage NY), so my homework problems follow the standards/modules in order. I have added in problems from 5th grade standards, rounding, etc. to help students practice skills necessary to access 6th grade content.
This bundle includes...
- 35 weeks of homework problems (some strands of problems repeat throughout the year, but the students need the repeated practice)
- 15 weekly quizzes
- homework paper to keep your students organized and make it easier to grade
- Error classification page (copy on the backside of the problems to help students analyze their errors)
- Answer Keys for all the Homework Problem sets
**Also, if you are interested, I am currently adding videos to go with each type of problem. This year, I am adding video numbers to the problem types. I am currently caught up with videos until week 6. These are very amateur, single cut videos. However, I will happily share my YouTube channel with you. Even after three years of using this homework and ten years of 6th grade math, I continue to edit the problems and routine to make it the most meaningful for my students.
Those of you who are working on the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) process, this is a great way to answer DuFour's "What do we do if the students have not learned the content?" You can customize this to your PLC goals and then assess at the end of the week to see if your reteaching has worked. You can also differentiate and add enrichment problems to answer DuFour's "What do we do if students have learned the content?" This format allows you to keep routines and formats the same hopefully keeping students focused.
This is definitely not just a print and use resource. It is NOT perfect! This is a resource to get people started on meeting the needs of their students in a manageable way. One of my colleagues new to 6th grade math is just using the homework as is for now until she feels more comfortable to add her own problems. The possibilities are endless!