A note on homework:
Spelling/Grammar - Students will alternate between studying spelling words and practicing a grammatical concept each week. If a student aces a spelling pre-test, then he or she will not have spelling homework for that week. Nightly grammar homework will typically be given during grammar weeks.
Independent Reading - Research has repeatedly shown that there is a powerful correlation between reading ability and overall academic achievement, and that strong literacy skills are associated with higher levels of self-esteem. In other words, students who spend time reading books at their instructional levels* are more likely to be successful in all academic subjects and have greater self-confidence. Consequently, students are expected to read for at least twenty minutes four days a week.
*How can I tell if a book is at my child’s instructional reading level (i.e. not too hard or too easy)?
Have your child read a page out loud and hold up a finger for each word she or he doesn’t know. If there are five or more errors, then help your child find a book that is easier, and repeat the process to confirm that it’s a better fit. For more information, see http://www.readingrockets.org/article/selecting-books-your-child-finding-just-right-books
Science - Science homework will typically consist of any classwork that isn't finished during the regular school day. Assignments will be posted on my Science Google Classroom, which all of my students are enrolled in, so they can see what is due if they are unable to find time to ask me during the school day.
Homework Grades and Adult Support - I encourage guardians to check in with students on their homework, but please do not do it for them, as this will make it more difficult for me to determine what your child’s strengths and challenges are and plan instruction accordingly. Instead, ask your student to explain what he or she knows about a problem and, if he or she is struggling, offer suggestions to guide him or her.
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