UnHomework - 40 Weekly Tasks to Promote Kindness, Good Habits, and Creativity
I’m doing way with traditional homework and replacing it with this homework alternative of weekly tasks. The simple tasks are designed to get students thinking about their daily habits, having discussions with family, doing nice things for others, and observing the world around them. A task is assigned on Monday and due on Friday. We have meaningful and lively Fridays discussions with many opportunities to compare and share activities, results, and observations. My students love sharing what they did or learned during the week and LOVE Un-Homework!
There are four different categories of tasks:
- Acts of Kindness
- Good Habits
- Real-World Math and Science
There are 10 tasks per category. I assign a new task each week and rotate through all of the categories in that way. To make this resource flexible, I’ve also included files so that all of the tasks are grouped by category to make it easy to pick and choose the order you would like to assign the tasks. Each PDF contains a table of categorized tasks for you to print, organize, and check off the tasks as they are completed.
How do I use this?
Tasks are assigned on Mondays. I project the large color slide of the weekly task and we discuss the task together. I also print a copy of the large slide for task of the week (in black & white) and hang it up front as a reference and reminder for the week. I print the corresponding weekly task Un-Homework cards (there are 8 to a page), cut, and have students place (staple, tape, or glue) these in their planners. Tasks are due on Fridays! On Fridays, students will discuss the task and results with a partner or a small group. We can use some of the survey results to create a graph, we can use math to compare different amounts, compare and contrast results, share our acts of kindness, discuss our daily habits, etc. There are so many different ways your could extend the students’ answers, creations, and results!
This resource downloads as a zipped file containing 4 separate PDF files:
⭐Un-Homework Large Slides Color and Black & White
⭐Un-Homework Cards in two different formats