Spelling-We send home spelling words on Monday and test students on Friday, and I'm happy to give parents ideas and handouts such as Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe boards that they can use to practice at home, but I don't require anything to be turned in.
Reading-Our only reading homework is a nightly reading log. I think reading logs are one of the most controversial homework topics among teachers, and I can definitely see both sides of the argument. I'd be okay with skipping reading logs altogether, but the majority of my team likes them, so I go with the flow:)
Science/Social Studies-The only thing we send home are study guides for science and social studies tests. I occasionally offer projects that students can complete for extra credit, such as the 3 Branches of Government Project. I'm thrilled that my students AND their parents LOVE these projects. Some of them go way overboard, but as long as they're having fun and not stressing over, I say go for it!
Language/Grammar-This is a work in progress. My plan is to create a spiral review worksheet similar to the math worksheets below. I'm still working on developing a new pacing guide for the Common Core Standards, because I never want to give my students homework on something they have not practiced in class. For now we are using a a combination of different skills practice worksheets.
Math-I send home a spiral review worksheet every Monday. I start the year with very basic second grade review.
Then as the year progresses, the questions gradually increase in difficulty.
As you can see, the worksheets are a combination of basic skills practice. I tried to keep these worksheets focused on the skills that are essential for students to practice regularly.