Every student is expected to carry a planner to and from school each day. This is a tool that helps promote student responsibility and allows parents to see what was completed in school each day and to also be aware of upcoming tests, assignment due dates, and important dates. This gives parents immediate feedback on what we've covered in class, allowing for a springboard of communication between parent and student to discuss the work that has been completed or is being covered in our classroom. It is also a crucial step in student responsibility for accurately copying our daily assignments (which I will post on the board at the end of each day) and having one parent/guardian sign the planner each evening. Random planner checks may result in minor rewards or consequences.
Monday Math Quiz
Each week, students will take a 16 problem math quiz over four specific concepts (four problems for each). These concepts may range from addition across larger numbers, subtraction with regrouping, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, and more. Each item on the quiz will be something that has been covered and is expected to be mastered at this point in the fourth grade curriculum. Student quizzes will be graded per concept, and if a score of less than 75% is achieved in any one area, a page of homework will be assigned. This means that a student could have no homework if each section is passed, or a student could have up to four pages of homework if all sections are failed. EACH page will have a line for parent/guardian signature, stating that an adult has assisted the student with this homework. Failing the quiz indicated the student needs more practice in this area; allowing the student to complete the work on her own will only reinforce a negative, so PLEASE assist your child with all Monday Math Quiz (MMQ) homework. Your help is greatly encouraged and appreciated! All MMQ homework is due on or before Friday of the same week it is assigned.
Students will have varying amounts of homework, depending on assignments or projects, tests, and use of class time. Expect your child to spend at least 30 minutes per night on homework. This includes reading a chapter book for Accelerated Reader and weekly reading log, practicing math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts should be AUTOMATIC at this point), reviewing daily lessons, finishing any incomplete homework from the day's lessons, completing any "Monday Math Quiz" homework, reading and completing the reading homework sheet that is assigned each week, math home links worksheet, or any other work necessary to complete or review. There will also be a few projects with specific due dates, and extra homework time may be necessary for these assignments. If your child is spending an extraordinary amount of CONCENTRATED time on homework each evening, please contact me.