What this entailed was using paper plates on which the assignment was to be completed. I bought about 300 at the local dollar store. The children wrote their name on the back of the plate, and I would put the assignment on the front. (Since I didn't want to write it 25 times, I would copy it, then glue it to the center of the plate). Some sample assignments were:
- Find pictures of things that are the color blue and paste them on your plate.
- Find words that start with the letter "S" and glue them on your plate.
- Find things that come in pairs or twos. Paste the pictures on your plate. You may also draw items that come in twos.
- Write as many ways as you can to add and get the answer of ten.
- Write at least eight different three digit numbers on your plate.
- Find pictures or draw pictures of at least six vegetables.
- Around the rim of the paper plate, write the numbers from 1-25.
- Around the rim of the paper plate, write all the alphabet letters as capitals.
- On the plate, draw your family, including your pets.
I did not do this assignment every day, but at least once a week, the children would have a Plateful of Ideas assignment to complete. Parents liked it because when they saw the paper plate, they knew their child had homework. Children were encouraged by their parents to complete the assignment; so, besides the physical reward, they were given the much needed parental encouragement to do homework. I found it to be a win-win situation for everyone.
So if your plate isn't too full right now, I hope you will give this idea a try.
I have just posted a math freebie in honor of the Irish. It's entitled: March Fraction Words and is a word/riddle activity that requires the student to practice identifying fractional parts.