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get the updates. One question: Again, THANK YOU! As for Family Time, This also lets parents know what their child is learning in school. This is awesome and I like your supportive research behind it. I wish you had this for first grade! There are many parents who feel that a teacher isn t doing her job if she doesn t assign homework. Your plan takes care of that!
I feel that the work I ve created meets both goals. Thanks for the support Tresa! Just twenty minutes a day helps students retain. I am not a fan of homework for the younger grades. Soooo homework students receive answers various school subjects including math, science. Thank you for your hard work! Thanks Patty! That s very nice of you to say, Kate. Don t use it, you lose it! Absolutely!
Soooo homework. Yeah. Isn’t that a tricky subject? After a dozen years of teaching here is my philosophy on homework. But what does the research say? Harris Copper, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Duke University and the nation’s leading expert on homework (what a boring job! ), reviewed 100+ homework related studies from the past decade.
His findings? Well, apparently homework in the elementary grades does little to help student achievement. Kids who do their homework aren’t necessarily going to outperform their non-homework doing classmates. In high school, it’s a different scenario, but for the little ones it isn’t that crucial. “However, we support assigning homework to younger elementary-school children due to its potential long-term developmental impact, ” “It helps elementary students develop proper study skills which, in turn, influence grades. ”And from (former teacher, associate professor of education at the University of Missouri—St Louis, and author of Rethinking Homework) we find that the value of homework is in “reinforcing or practicing skills already learned and giving (teachers) feedback to check for understanding. ”Alright, well I’m not totally out in left field. So what do I do? On Monday 3 things go home: We do 3 half-sheets a week (or less if it’s a short week). I don t send it home on Thursdays so they have time to finish up the spelling practice. There are 5 main strands for language arts. PhonicsThe emphasis is on practicing vowel sounds, but there are also some consonant skills. The sequence of phonics skills aligns with our morning work book practice. Comprehension
Most of these pages follow the read-and-answer-questions format, but there are pages covering main idea, author’s purpose, and inference. GrammarCovering topics from the common core like contractions, plurals, past tense, etc. I also toss in some sight word review if it will fit on the page. WritingSometimes the students are composing the writing. A lot of times students are asked to edit writing because that’s a big part of our end-of-year test and no matter how much writing we do in-class, the transfer of skills to the test format doesn t happen automatically. VocabularyThis strand is pretty eclectic. There’s practice with compound words and synonyms. There’s also some word analogies, glossary practice, and collective noun review. Sometimes they learn new words (using a modified Frayer model graphic organizer).
There’s a lot of context clues practice because, like with editing, there’s a lot of it on the test and they don’t always do so hot. These 5 language art strands cycle through every 5 days of the homework. It’s the same with math. Place Value
This is huge in the 2 nd grade common core for a reason. A firm understanding of our base-10 system and how to use it to understand and solve problems is essential for more complex mathematics. ESSENTIAL! In the homework pages, the sequence of these skills follows the outline from Singapore math and the. Are you familiar with the Trajectories? A fabulous book! Assuming you have $45 to spend (!! ) it will change the way you teach math. Anyway, the place value pages build on those ideas. There’s practice of building numbers within ten. Working with ones and tens, making numbers with hundreds, and using place value patterns to problem solve. What you won’t find are any pages with problems like this: 462 -209I debated this for a while. I used to have problems like that. But here’s why I decided against it. The common core says this for 2 nd grade: It says nothing about using the algorithm. Homework help grade 11.