Fiction and Nonfiction Homework Menus

It's July, no one wants to hear about homework...said every teacher ever. :) But, I've been wanting to dip my toes in the blogging world for awhile, and finally have some free time to devote to setting everything up! I've always enjoyed creating things for my classroom, and am finally getting up enough courage to share them with people other than my co-workers.

As all teachers do, I left school with a list of new ideas that I wanted to incorporate in my room for next year. It's mid-July and I have crossed off exactly one item, but I must say it's something I'm proud of!  I wanted to update the homework menus my students use. In particular, I wanted to incorporate more nonfiction reading at home, and I wanted to streamline my grading. I came up with separate fiction and nonfiction menus that I will alternate every four weeks or so.

Need ideas to spice up your nightly reading homework? These fiction and nonfiction menus are a great way to reinforce your literacy lessons at home. Easy to prep- all you need is a folder or notebook for each child and you are ready to get started! These are great for use in classroom centers as well. Includes examples for each activity and a rubric!



Need ideas to spice up your nightly reading homework? These fiction and nonfiction menus are a great way to reinforce your literacy lessons at home. Easy to prep- all you need is a folder or notebook for each child and you are ready to get started! These are great for use in classroom centers as well. Includes examples for each activity and a rubric!
Nonfiction Homework Menu


I will start the year with this nonfiction menu. My school subscribes to Scholastic News, and I plan on the students taking them home to use for their homework.  This way, I will know exactly what they are reading, and can provide meaningful feedback on their responses. Students are required to complete one response per night in their Homework Notebooks, and their homework will be graded on Friday. Students may not repeat an activity during the week, but can start each week with a "clean slate." I plan on providing an incentive for students who attempt all of the activities on the menu before the four weeks are up. There are a variety of activities on the menu, and they all offer a chance for students to get in some meaningful practice of reading strategies at home. In my state, our standardized tests are heavy on informational text, so every little bit helps!


Need ideas to spice up your nightly reading homework? These fiction and nonfiction menus are a great way to reinforce your literacy lessons at home. Easy to prep- all you need is a folder or notebook for each child and you are ready to get started! These are great for use in classroom centers as well. Includes examples for each activity and a rubric!
Fiction Homework Menu

The fiction menu is very similar. I like the idea of scaffolding using the nonfiction menu with preselected reading material, then switching to fiction and having the students self-select their reading. Once again, a variety of skills are covered, and the responses are more meaningful than you would get with a worksheet.

Need ideas to spice up your nightly reading homework? These fiction and nonfiction menus are a great way to reinforce your literacy lessons at home. Easy to prep- all you need is a folder or notebook for each child and you are ready to get started! These are great for use in classroom centers as well. Includes examples for each activity and a rubric!
Checklist and Rubric

I developed this checklist and rubric not only to help the students, but to help me with grading! It can be hard sometimes to be objective when you are not working with an answer key. I'm hoping this gives me a framework to be more consistent with my grading. It is so important for the children to get into the habit of checking their work before they turn it in, and I'm hoping this checklist helps reinforce that skill. I have a feeling parents will love this, too. This way there are no questions as to why Johnny got the grade he got!

Since switching to using reading menus in my class, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Students love the choice, parents love knowing exactly what to expect. I'm hoping these little tweaks increase the effectiveness of reading homework in my classroom!

The Nonfiction Menu is a freebie in my TPT store. Check it out HERE: Nonfiction Homework Menu

I also have the Fiction and Nonfiction Menus for sale, including the rubric and examples of each activity that the students can glue into their notebooks. You can check that out HERE: Fiction and Nonfiction Menus with Rubric

Have you used homework menus in your class before?

5 comments

  1. Your blog is adorable! I can't wait to see what all you blog about. :)

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  2. Hooray for your first post! (And it's a good one!) So fun to find another blog to follow. I need to re-work my homework policy, and you've given me some ideas to think about. Best wishes, Marianna!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  3. Thanks, Kim! I'm trying to figure it all out as I go. I've gotten a lot of ideas off your blog even though we teach different grades. Glad you stopped by!

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  4. Welcome to the blogging world! I love these homework menus! Elementary Excellence

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