Here you will find this month's homework. Any/all links are here for you to click on. Documents are scanned and attached therefore if a student forgets, loses, did not receive something, the dog ate it, or any other reason that could prevent homework being completed can be found here and reproduced as needed. Additional tabs can be found for Projects (i.e. Current Events, Book Reports) and Archived Homework.
UNFINISHED/INCOMPLETE WORK IS ALWAYS HOMEWORK!!!
Our "Rock and Read" literacy program will take place from August 17, 2014 through May 13, 2015. As part of this program, students will be required to read independently and log the number of minutes read each night. All students are expected to read a minimum of 3,500 minutes by the end of the program. (This indicates an average of 100 minutes per week.) Students can choose to read a few minutes each night, complete all of their minutes in one night, or break up the reading requirement however they choose. Students will be required to keep a reading log of these minutes which will be issued each week with the Homework Packet.
Every time a student reads 100 minutes, they will advance one space closer to their goal. These charts will be kept in their Data Folders in the classroom. Once they reach the goal of 3,500 minutes, they will become a “Rockin' Reader”! All who reach the goal will receive a certificate at the end of the year. Finally, the top boy and girl reader, a.k.a. “Reading Rock Stars”, will receive a certificate and a prize signifying their extraordinary accomplishment! Additionally, all students who make their goal will be able to partake in a special incentive (ask your kids about it during the second week of school…)
I understand that this sounds like a lot, but 100 minutes a week really is not as much as it sounds. Here are just a few suggestions and helpful hints that I have learned over the years to get our kids reading:
Keep a book bag/bucket of books in the car (It’s amazing how much time we spend in the car)
Download an e-book or two on your kindle, iPad, iPod, or Smart Phones
Does your child have to read for a club, organization, catechism, bible study, etc.?
Start a family book club
It is essential that students master multiplication facts before/at this grade level. We will be working a lot with fractions and decimals throughout the school year and students need to be able to spit out their math facts quickly and without having to count on fingers. I am challenging my class to have their Math Facts mastered and all earn the Multiplication Master status before Fall Break. If students have all attained this by October then an incentive in control of the students’ voting abilities will occur. A Division challenge may then be issued as students are also expected to Defeat Division this year.
Nightly studying Math Facts is expected and should be entered into the log and signed by parents every single day. Math Facts can be studied in a variety of ways. There is a folder full of worksheets for students to take copies from to work on at home, there are a number of excellent websites (posted on the Math page of this website) with resources and games for students to use on the computer to study, Apps that can be downloaded on Smartphones/iPads/iPhones/tablets, workbooks that can be purchased, etc.
Some useful Math Challenge Sites:
(See the Math Page as well)
STEAM Homework Challenge of the Month:
As a fitness addict and a former Physical Education teacher, I am a firm believer that students should be active daily. There are many studies that suggest higher academic achievement occurs amonst "fit" students. As part of nightly homework I encourage students to be physically active and log it for a minumum of 30 minutes a night. Physical activity includes outdoor play, sports practices, running, karate, etc.
Later in the year, each student will complete a monthly current events activity. The objectives of the ongoing assignment are for students to practice reading informational text, to gain knowledge of events going on in our world, to think critically and evaluate current issues, and to refine writing and oral presentation skills.
It will be the student's responsibility to select a newspaper article (paper or online) of at least 4 paragraphs. Articles should have enough "meat" to it so that it can be summarized, presented, discussed and debated. For each article, students will select one activity (below) to complete in order to demonstrate their understanding of the issue. Activities cannot be repeated until students have completed each activity once. Students must submit a copy of the article with their activity.
The article can represent local, state, national or world issues.
The article should NOT be about entertainment, gossip, weather reports, or advertisements.
The article must be less than 30 days old.
Some ideas to consider, depending on the type of article you choose:
Do you agree / disagree with what is being said?
Did you learn something new?
Are you more informed about what is going on in your area, the nation, the world?
How has the article inspired you?
Does the article leave you wanting to "take action" and do something?
Why might someone feel differently about this article than you? What might their argument be?