**Homework Packets (reading and math) are due on Friday, March 2nd!**

**Homework Packets (reading and math) are due on Thursday, February 15th!**

**Homework Update - 2/5/18**For the months of February and March, students will take a break from the weekly homework expectations of reading, a written response and Math IXL. Instead, students will receive 2 practice packets - one for math and one for reading. These packets will be due in 2 weeks. The packets can be kept in their red folders so that they are not easily misplaced.

Within the packets, there are a total of 10 activities. So, the expectation is that students would complete 1 sheet per night. Students are welcome to complete more than one activity in a night to get ahead or catch up as needed. I know there are nights when there aren't enough hours in the evening to get homework completed. By giving the students two weeks to complete the work, hopefully they can keep up with the load.

The purpose of the homework activities is to review skills that have been taught in class so far. Within the math pages, there may be a skill or two that your child might not remember from previous years or that may need some explanation. Please help your child with these problems if you can. If not, please send the packet in with your child during the week and I will explain the problems as needed.

This first set of homework packets is due on

__since we do not have school on Friday, the 16th. Students who do not return their homework on the 15th will use their health breaks during the following week to complete the work. Students who return their completed homework on time will receive 5 CIP points to be used for classroom rewards and privileges.__

**Thursday, February 15th**Students are encouraged to continue to read for enjoyment at home. Additionally, if they enjoy using Math IXL to reinforce math skills, they are welcome to work on it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

**Math Homework Update - 1/21/18**Students may resume the use of Math IXL for their weekly homework. However, if your child is still struggling with their multiplication or division facts, I would encourage them to continue to practice these facts nightly. As many students are realizing, long division is very difficult if you don't know those multiplication facts. I have had a couple of parents email me that they are having problems with the Math IXL site. Please let me know if you are experiencing any issues. For those of you who have emailed me, I am looking into the problem and hope to have all accounts unlocked and working properly by Monday, January 22nd.

Our focus in math for the next couple of weeks will be on word problems with all four basic operations. Many of these problems will be two step problems that require more than one operation. This is another difficult concept for some students, but with practice, I am confident that they will be successful.

The Math IXL lessons that practice these skills are: 3rd grade H.9, H.13, L.5, L.8, M.8, M.9. M.10, and M.12, and 4th grade F.2 and F.6

**Homework Update for Math - 11/27/17**For the next four weeks, I am modifying the math portion of our homework. Instead of 40 minutes of Math IXL, I would like for each student to practice his/her multiplication facts for 10 minutes a night, four nights a week. This practice can be done using Math IXL, the math games on the math page of our website or good, old fashion flashcards! Start with easier facts, like the 0-5s. Then, as those facts are mastered, work on the 6-9s. We will start fast fact quizzes soon and will start with 1s and 2s and work our way up. If you need resources or have any questions, please let me know.

Reading homework will remain the same.

Thank you!

**Homework Update - 11/6/17**Please check the Math page of the website for Math IXL recommendations. We will begin multiplication fluency practice in class this month. Please monitor the grade level that your child is working at in Math IXL. I will speak with individual students, but several students are working either well below their grade level (PK and Kinder skills) or well above their level (8th grade +). This practice time should be spent on concepts that we are learning in class. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support at home!

**Homework Update - 10/1/17**Thank you for all of your support with homework at home. I have found that I do not have enough time in my Fridays to check all of the students' homework and respond back to their reading responses by the end of the day. Therefore, I am going to make a slight change to our homework procedure. Students will continue to turn in their homework folders on Fridays. I will take them home over the weekend, in order to respond to their reading responses and provide meaningful feedback. Students will get their folders back on Monday for that week's homework. Students can still work on their reading and math over the weekend. The only part that they would not be able to do is the written response. When the folder is returned on Mondays, please feel free to sign off on work done over the weekend.

It is important to me that I am able to show the students that I value the work they have done. By taking the homework folders home over the weekend, I will have time to carefully read what the students have written and comment on their successes in Math IXL as well. If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please feel free to reach out to me.

Each week, students are to read for 60 minutes, respond to one reading response question and complete 40 minutes of Math IXL practice. If your child does not have access to technology at home, please let me know and I will provide an alternative for the math homework.

During the week of September 4th, the students will receive their Math IXL log ins and practice using this program so they are comfortable with how to navigate the site and log practice time.

Homework will be "assigned" every Friday and due to following Friday. All homework will be stored in the Red homework folder. These folders will be distributed on Friday, September 8th and the first homework assignment will be due on Friday, September 15th.

Please see your child's red homework folder for additional instructions and information. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Click the button below to open Math IXL. Students have their user names and passwords on a white label inside their red homework folder.

During the week of September 4th, the students will receive their Math IXL log ins and practice using this program so they are comfortable with how to navigate the site and log practice time.

Homework will be "assigned" every Friday and due to following Friday. All homework will be stored in the Red homework folder. These folders will be distributed on Friday, September 8th and the first homework assignment will be due on Friday, September 15th.

Please see your child's red homework folder for additional instructions and information. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Click the button below to open Math IXL. Students have their user names and passwords on a white label inside their red homework folder.

Math IXL Recommendations for Week of September 18th

Addition Practice: C.6, C.7, C.9, C.14, C.15, C.16

Subtraction Practice: D.1, D.7, D.9

Balancing Equations (subject covered throughout the year): C.5, C.13, D.5

Need more practice with Place Value? Try anything in A.7, A.9, A.10, A.11, A.12 and Section B

Addition Practice: C.6, C.7, C.9, C.14, C.15, C.16

Subtraction Practice: D.1, D.7, D.9

Balancing Equations (subject covered throughout the year): C.5, C.13, D.5

Need more practice with Place Value? Try anything in A.7, A.9, A.10, A.11, A.12 and Section B

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