Homework

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 HOMEWORK 

Purpose: to reinforce and practice concepts that have been already learned, develop study skills, personal responsibility and accountability. Homework is designed to help students practice learned skills at home.  It is not for the benefit of the teacher but for the students.
 

 

HOMEWORK (always due the following Wednesday)

 

 1.  Math : Each week a packet of 4-5 pages will be coming on Thursday. The students have till the following Wednesday to complete. Students who do not find this challenging enough can log on to Prodigy or complete other math work instead. I am flexible...just let me know so that I can give you credit.

2.  Homework for Language Arts:

Read every night for at least 30+ minutes in English and Spanish. Maybe 15 in English and 15 in Spanish. Keep track of your reading on the reading log. At the end of the month, if you reached your goal, you will receive a free personal pizza certificate. You can read anything you wish, such as library books, the cereal box, a newspaper, comics etc. You can also have someone read to you for part of the time.

STUDENTS WHO ARE READING BELOW LEVEL AT THIS TIME WILL GET A BOOK EACH NIGHT. THEY ARE TO READ IT TWO OR MORE TIMES TILL THEY ARE FLUENT. PLEASE RETURN THE BOOK THE VERY NEXT DAY IN ORDER TO GET A NEW ONE. THE MORE YOU READ THE BETTER YOU READ! 

I am also sending home coupons for emergencies. If your family had an emergency and you cannot complete the homework please fill out one of the coupons to let me know. Please use these wisely.. 

Here are some ideas that can help you with your reading skills.

To help with accuracy and fluency:

  • Look at the pictures and see if there are any clues
  • Sound out letters and then put the sounds together
  • Break down the word into parts (chunk it)
  • Skip the word and read on, then come back.
  • Take a running start, read the sentence-Does it make sense?
  • Substitute the word with another word that makes sense.
  • Is it a sight word?
  • Have an adult tell you how they figure out a word they do not know.
  • Read with expression and change voices for the characters.

To help with Comprehension:

  • Predict what will happen next.
  • Make connections to events that happened to you, someone else or you heard or read about before.
  • Stop, close eyes and make a picture in your mind.
  • Ask: I wonder why… I wonder what will happen next…
  • Ask: Who, what, where, when, why and how questions.
  • Why do you think this happened? What makes you think that?
  • Which did you like?...why? Do you agree with…why? Would it be better to…? Why?
  • What do you think the author’s purpose was?...why?
  • Make your own questions and research about them.
  • What did the book try to teach me? What did I learn?
  • How did the author prove (supported) his/her point?

HAVE FUN READING

**If any questions please contact me at 253-373-2020 (preferably after school or before or after school)  OR any time at: rita.lenes@kent.k12.wa.us 

*** Students who fail to turn in their homework without parents’ note for two consecutive days they will be asked to use their recess to complete.
 
THINKING SKILLS FOR READING:
Being aware of one’s thinking is a powerful tool. Embedded across student learning will be the following critical thinking strategies:
· Determining importance -main ideas and details
· Determining author's point and purpose
· Synthesizing information and making conclusions
· Monitoring meaning by retelling the story.