I am beginning my 14 year of teaching 4th grade. In the past few years I have had parents complaining that I give too much homework. (Many students get all work done at school, most get some done, but they should never have more than 1/2 hr or 45 minutes on heavy days. ) While I know it's more than they get in 3rd gr., I don't feel that it is too much. It's not uncommon to have 4-5 items for them to write down in their homework notebooks, but they have usually had a chance to finish the majority of them at school, if their time was used wisely. I am looking for ideas on cutting down the volume of "homework" but still have the same number of grades for my gradebook. One minor thing I have considered is having them finish assignments (write 3X each, etc., which we do first thing in am) before they can go to recess. Any other ideas would be appreciated!