Homework Tracker to help maintain communication with parents so they are aware of what students are doing in class and you have proof.
This is how I have been using it:
Monday- students write daily focus for ELA and Math, parents read it- sign for book read, but not HW
Tuesday- I collect HW tracker and HW do a quick check for completion during morning reading. I circle yes, no, or incomplete and initial next to the circle or I use a specific color for the day of the week. Students write daily focus for ELA and Math, parents read it- sign for book read, AND sign that they have seen HW for Monday.
This continues throughout the week and I mark on a printed out roster whether they brought it signed or not. Friday they take it home and bring it back Monday, I give them an automatic 5 five minutes extra recess if they bring it back as an incentive- whether it is signed or not, so I can keep for records.