Homework Rewards That Don't Cost a Bundle

Yes, it's the end of the year and I am talking about homework. It's reflection time! At the end of each year, I am always evaluating what's working and what isn't. I'd say that homework rewards are because my students are buying in to my rewards and it's not costing me a bundle.

My students get homework Monday through Thursday. I check it each morning. As I check it, I use a homework chart to chart their progress. Usually, I buy 10 charts at the beginning of the year in different colors (because the same colors all year are so BORING), but you could get away with just buying one and laminating it if you wanted to be really savvy. You can find them for around $2 each, so $20 for the year isn't too steep.




I put a dot under the assignment and next to their name and then it's a student's job to put the stickers over the dots at the end of each day. If the student only completes half of the homework, they get a 1/2 and if they complete none they get the dreaded "X". Neither of those gets a sticker, because only the dot is worthy of the sticker. I chart it for a month. At the end of that month, I take down the chart and look for my homework superstars that have a sticker for every single day for that month! In addition, I also look for anyone with a lot of "x's". Those charts are a great visual for parent conferences.

If a student has all of their stickers then they get a homework superstar certificate, which I print up on colorful paper (Bought 100 sheets at the beginning of the year for $10...less expensive than using all that ink). I attach a homework pass that I created myself (of course it's Snoopy) to the certificate and leave it on their desk. They love seeing that bright colorful paper on their desk, but love the homework pass even more!




Although I can't share the Snoopy ones, I did create an amazing set of homework passes in different seasonal, subject, and holiday themes, the set also includes the homework certificates. You get it at 




All of the students that earn certificates get their name placed in to a raffle for a free book ($5 and under) from the book order and I only choose one each month. (Think your $10 in free books...thank you Scholastic). 

So, in total, you could spend $5 on a laminated chart that can be write-on, wipe-off, $10 on computer paper that's cute, and a little ink to print out the coupons or you could buy my set on TpT which is already adorable and ready to go! You could opt-out of the book order reward if you don't do book orders. To be honest, my students always seem to be more interested in the homework passes than the raffle anyway. You may or may not use stickers over the dots on your homework chart, but if you do, you can find a bundle of them in the $1 section at Target and if you were to get 5 packs, you'd still be at $20 for the whole year. If it results in students practicing the lessons that I teach, I'll happily spend $20 a year! 







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  1. I love your ideas. Thank you very much.

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    1. Thank you Emily! After 8 years in the classroom, I've been thinking I should share some of my smaller wisdoms. I hope to post more soon :-)

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  2. This is a great idea! I have been looking for something quick and simple.

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    1. Thank you Stacy! I'm planning to whip up some owl awards and passes and list them on my TpT Store soon! I'm glad to hear that my post was helpful for you!

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