### A Plateful of Ideas

When I taught the primary grades in a Title I school, I often found homework was seldom returned. I knew I had to come up with an idea that would be unique; something the parents would recognize as homework; something the kids would want to complete. Thus a Plateful of Ideas was created.

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:
1. Find pictures of things that are the color blue and paste them on your plate.
3. Find things that come in pairs or twos. Paste the pictures on your plate. You may also draw items that come in twos.
4. Write as many ways as you can to add and get the answer of ten.
5. Write at least eight different three digit numbers on your plate.
6. Find pictures or draw pictures of at least six vegetables.
7. Around the rim (circumference - I like to use proper mathematical language with my students) of the paper plate, write the numbers from 1-25.
8. Around the rim (circumference) of the paper plate, write all the alphabet letters as capitals.