The first week of school totally flew by! I may or may not have slept for about 11 hours on Friday! Whew was I tired! My plan for the weekend was to get up early on Sunday and put up this post, but I had quite a surprise on Saturday night! Some news I'm just too excited not to not share! Late Saturday night, I was home alone and had a knock on the door, my trusty guard dog Oliver was barking like crazy! I nervously went to check the peep hole, with my phone in hand ready to call 911. Who do I see on the other side of the door? My boyfriend who has been deployed since the first of January! I was absolutely shocked to see him! He wasn't supposed to be home for another few weeks! So needless to say, my plans changed but in the best way! Clearly our dogs Oliver and Loki were very excited as well!
Homework Packet 101
Anyways, now down to business. On Friday our first homework assignment went home. One tool that all of third grade uses is the cover sheet. There is a TON of helpful information about student progress, Accelerated Reader check-in, spelling, and upcoming events. Also, on Friday we finally got binders in after school! YAY! Each student will have a binder on Monday!
The first box on the page is a box for upcoming events. I will do my absolute best to put all school upcoming events coming in the next few weeks. I also have a calendar tab on this site that I have already put in dates and times for events that I am aware of for the WHOLE year! If times change, I will go in and fix them as well as add in more events along the way! Click here to see that calendar.
In this section, there will be information about what the student's AR goal is and how many points they need to earn in order to reach his or her goal. You can also find out what your child's accuracy is, they must have at least 85% accuracy to meet their AR goal. If accuracy is not at 85% but they have met their points, they still have not met their goal until they get their accuracy up. And lastly, you can also see information about the amount of points earned or the percent of goal met. I will be using percent of goal met instead of listing points. Under the class tab of the site you can find a link to Home Connect, where you can log in and check students' progress on their monthly goal.
For this weeks homework, I had students write in what their reading level is as well. That way you and students know what level of books students can self select and take tests on.
Typically on Friday's we will have a reading and math formative. Although, some weeks we have just one or the other. In this section you can see what the math formative was on as well as the score your child received on the formative out of five questions. Formatives are always five points. If you see that your child received a 3 or below on their math formative they will be going to reteach for the week and then have the opportunity to retake the test at the end of the next week.
A list of the spelling words is also found on the cover page. In the binders, there will be a bright orange spelling menu for students to choose at least 2 activities to do for their homework. Spelling words can also be found on spellingcity.com (link included) and just search for Kelsey Smith to find my list. There is also a link in the homework tab under spelling on this site.
On the back of the cover page is the student reading log. Students are expected to read at least 90 minutes at home each week. Students need to fill out the date, book title, minutes read, pages read. Lastly, there needs to be a parent signature as well, showing me that you can verify that they were reading. The parent signature is important because then I can tell you saw it and students didn't just fill it in before class on Friday.
If you have any questions about homework and homework expectations, please don't hesitate to ask! I am more than happy to help. Thank you, have a great week!