Described below you will first find information regarding the Lexington Public Schools Homework Policy. Immediately following are specific guidelines for this fourth grade year in Room 24.
As stated in the LPS Homework Policy, the following are the responsibilities of teachers, students, and parents:
● Adhere to Lexington Public Schools’ “No Homework” dates
● Post homework in classrooms and/or online before the school day is over and ensure that students know their homework assignment before leaving class
● Coordinate dates for tests or long-term projects with other educators when possible
● Communicate promptly with students, and when appropriate, with parents, when students are struggling to complete assignments
● Make assignments that are given over a weekend to be equivalent in length to a daily assignment
● Differentiate homework where needed
● Break long-term assignments into “chunks” and provide frequent check-ins
● Provide appropriate and timely response to all homework assignments LPS Homework Policy Implementation Guidelines (August, 2017) 3 of 4
● Give clear, concise directions; allow time for students’ clarifying questions during class time
● Ensure that students who are absent know how they may make up homework
● Record the directions for homework and learn where educators post assignments
● Ask questions, as necessary, to clarify directions for assignments
● Establish a routine for completing assignments and keeping materials in order
● Complete assignments neatly, on time, and accurately, to the best of their ability
● Plan time for the completion of long-term assignments
● Provide a suitable place for study
● Help students develop routine home study habits
● Limit assistance on assignments to ensure that the student’s work is his/her own
● Encourage students to notify educators if they are experiencing difficulty completing assignments
● Be aware of long-term assignments and assist students in learning to budget their time accordinglyGrade 4 Policy: Approximately 40 minutes nightly (not assigned on weekends, holidays, or vacations). All homework should be returned the day after it is assigned unless it is a long term assignment. The children need to be responsible for their homework and establish good habits early in the school year.In order to assist children, parents need to check Assignment Books each night (place initials Monday through Thursday in the log). If your child is unable to complete a homework assignment due to a family event or illness, please send a brief note in with your child. The assignment may be completed the following day or as soon as possible.
Homework Assignments in Room 24 for the week are outlined by content area:
Students will taught the following strategy to read and understand written directions, called Signals for Success. The word "signals" refers to traffic light signals: red, yellow, and green. Please remind your child to use this strategy at home when completing assignments.
Math: Monday through Thursday. Study Links accompany the daily lessons and provide additional practice and exposure to the concepts addressed in class. In addition, "extra enrichment math" is offered to students.Reading: Students are required to read at home for at least 20 minutes every day. Each night, they should complete an entry in their reading log, which requests the book title, author, genre, starting page for the evening, and their ending page. Although the 20 minutes is required, they are encouraged to read more. Children should be reading self-selected books silently. If you want your child to read aloud to you, ask them to read portions which were already read silently. As always, children cherish the times when their parents read to them. Select a more challenging book to read aloud to your child and share in the adventure and experience that a great book offers.Spelling/Word Study: Two word sort activities will be assigned each week in a Word Study booklet for students to practice spelling rules, patterns, vocabulary, and word derivation. Specific instructions will be included in the booklet and routines will be established. In school, I will meet with three groups according to their developmental stage of spelling and needs on Thursdays. Thursday evenings, students select one activity from the top list of choices shown in their Word Study Book (activities numbered 1 - 12). On Monday evening, students will complete a speed sort. Students take their word cards and a parent or adult will time how quickly it takes to arrange and sort the words according to the rule or pattern for the week. At the bottom of the first activity, the time and parent signature should be recorded. Tuesday evening, students will select a second activity from the bottom half of choices using the other half of the words that had not been used in the first activity. Finally, on Wednesday evenings students will try another speed sort. The time and parent signature should be recorded at the bottom of the second activity which was completed the night before.
Parents are requested to sign each activity.Writing, Research, Skill Development, and Special Assignments: Assignments related to all content areas, including science, social studies, and math, will be assigned often. Detailed directions will be included for each assignment. In regards to written assignments, I request that students make a first attempt independently. They should read their writing aloud to themselves or to another person, revise their work (add detail, select vivid word choice, organize information), and edit/proofread for C.O.P.S. (capitalization, organization, punctuation, and spelling). When students check spelling, remind them to start at the end of the text and work backwards to focus their eyes on each individual word. Students should circle words they think they misspelled. After they have revised and edited, then an adult should review their work with them. I recommend that the adult guide students by writing a mark in the left margin on the line in which there may be an error. For example, 2 sp means 2 spelling errors are found on that line. Ask the child to identify them. It also applies to sentence fragments, run-ons, subject verb agreement, capitalization, etc.