Homework Folders & Planners
Homework folders and planners should be purchased in the office at the beginning of the year ($5 for planner, $1 for folders). These folders and planners are an important link between home and school, and should be checked and signed nightly so that you know for certain whether your child has any homework or not. Each morning, students copy homework assignments, reminders, and announcements into their planners. I then check their planners to make sure assignments and reminders are written down correctly and initial them. I also check that parents have signed or initialed the planner each night. This tells me that you have checked your child's homework and saw that it was completed to the best of his or her ability.
Q: How long should my child's homework take?
A: Students will be assigned 30-40 minutes of homework Monday through Thursday.
Q: How will I know what the homework is?
A: Homework will be written on the board and explained daily. Students will be given time to copy assignments into their homework planner and ask questions, if needed, for clarification.
Q: What about nightly reading?
A: Homework will include 20 minutes of independent reading, spelling practice, a math sheet or other practice sheet. Third grade students are expected to fill out their home reading log and make sure that parents sign it in addition to signing the homework planner.
Q: What counts as reading material?
A: Students may read anything that is at their independent reading level. Students can check out two library books to read at home. They may also read eBooks that can be found on Tumble Books, located on Glen Arden's Destiny home page. They can read magazines, novels, pictures books, etc. Students need to record their reading on their nightly reading log. This must also be signed by a parent or guardian and turned in as part of their homework.
Q: Can I help my child with homework?
A: Help, yes. Do it for them, no. Homework is designed to reinforce what we do in the classroom and is an opportunity for your child to practice those skills before they are assessed on them. You can answer questions, supervise them, and point out mistakes--but don't just give the answer. Please let your child tell you how he or she is learning to solve math problems. It is different from how you learned!
Q: What if the homework is not turned in?
A: Students who do complete their homework and get their planner and reading log signed will earn tally marks that are applied to their PBIS goal.
If homework is not submitted, the student may either complete the assignment during lunch, or receive a delta mark. If it is not finished during lunch, the child must finish it that night for homework. Bottom line, homework must be completed.
Q: Are there other consequences?
A: Yes. In third grade, students can have no more than 3 missing or late assignments (includes classwork AND homework) in order to participate in the quarterly PBIS celebrations.
Q: How will I know if my child is missing a homework assignment?
A: If homework is missing, it will be circled in the planner.
Q: How will my child know if they have missing classwork?
A: Teachers will post missing assignments on the board as well as give verbal reminders.
Q: How will I know if my child is missing a classroom assignment?
A: Classroom assignments are due when assigned. However, to accommodate students working at different paces, they will have 1 week from the due date to turn work in. Please note, students who submit work after that time period will earn an F on that assignment, without the possibility of getting it changed in the future. Remember to check Power School often to keep track of your child's work completion.
You can help your child's reading comprehension just by discussing the book with your child over dinner or at bedtime. Discussing literature with children is an excellent way to help children develop their thoughts and opinions and deepen their understanding of the material they read. For parents, it provides a window into your child's growing mind and insight into their interests.
Questions to ask your child:
Who is the most important character in the book and why?
What are the main problems occurring in the story?
How do you think they will solve their problem?
What do you think will happen next and why?
Did you think he made a good choice when he ...?
What information was most important and why? (For non-fiction reading)
What information would you like to find out more about and how could you do that?
What questions do you have about the information in your book?
Throughout the week, students are responsible for working with their Words Their Way sorts. Unless specified otherwise, they can choose how to do this. Suggestions for different activities include:
Spelling tests will be given every Friday. They will alternate between Words Their Way tests and Word Wall tests. Words Their Way tests are on the individualized spelling lists that your child has been working with and will focus on spelling patterns. These tests will include 10 words from your child's word sort. Word Wall tests will be on high-frequency words that all students will exposed to during class time.