A Note Regarding Your Child's Homework

A Note Regarding Your Child’s Homework

Each week for homework, students will be reading two kinds of texts. In addition to reading a library book, they will also bring home non-fiction reading material.  Non-fiction reading materials such as science and social studies, provide informational reading.  At least 50% of what third graders read should be informational.

While I emphasize literacy experiences in my planning and instruction, students also learn through specific texts in science and social studies.  Rather than referring to the text, they are expected to learn from what they read.

In order to prepare students for the complexity of reading and learning from texts, they read the central, grade appropriate text around which instruction is centered.  It is important you and I observe this close and careful reading if students are reading below the grade level text. 

Students who are struggling to read and understand grade level text, will need additional support in addition to the lesson.   Students, who read at or above grade level with ease, will be provided enrichment lessons and projects during this time.

One way to determine if students can understand a grade level text, is to have their reading levels assessed through the Scholastic Reading Inventory, (RI) four times a year.  Students read several individual paragraphs and respond to questions.  If they correctly answer the questions, the reading level increases. A report is printed to help guide teachers, parents, and students in determining the appropriate reading level and setting goals for growth and improvement.

 

When students return their homework to class, they will have rich and rigorous conversations, which are dependent on the homework.  Students will develop habits for making arguments both in conversation as well as in writing to assess their comprehension.  If students do not return their homework, they are missing out on this valuable experience.

Their writing, in response to their reading, needs to emphasize what students understand as they explain new ideas, events, and facts found in the text. Their writing also needs to reflect new vocabulary words and writing strategies to express their ideas effectively.