I generally assign homework Monday-Thursday. If homework is given over the weekend it is either because work was not completed during the week or you may have a project that needs extra time to be completed. A good guideline is about 40 minutes of homework and 20 minutes of reading a book/magazine of your choosing. I expect all students to read 20 minutes every night of the week, even weekends.
Most assignments are due the day after assigned. Exceptions will be noted in assignment notebook or on the assignment. 10% will be deducted from the assignment grade for each day the assignment is late. Projects are due on the due date as you will have plenty of notice of when projects are due. If you are absent on a project due date or presentation day, the project is due the day you return and you will present the day you return.
If you are absent due to being ill, you have as many days as you are absent to make up the assignments. If you are absent due to illness, please feel free to call the school or email me if you want your homework available for pick up so you do not get behind in homework/classwork. Any "in class assignments" will need to be completed during the school day and perhaps during recess.
Fourth grade is about learning to be responsible for one's learning. Emphasis will placed on children updating and managing their daily, weekly and long-term homework in all subjects. I generally do not assign homework over the weekend. However, I regularly assign long-term and short-term take-home science projects that might need attention over the weekend. Also, depending on students' schedules, students may choose the weekend as an option to meet with partners to finish long-term group projects. Additionally, I will assign weekly homework for math and reading - assigned on Monday and due either Thursday or Friday. Rarely, will I assign homework with only one day's notice.
Grading: Homework is practice. Therefore, I will grade homework based on completion and not proficiency. Because I assign homework with several days' notice, children have multiple opportunities to ask questions regarding homework during the week. Therefore, there are very few exceptions that I will accept for incomplete or missing homework assignments.
Homework is designed for students to practice and
reinforce skills taught in class.
For math, students will typically be expected to complete
a practice sheet daily Mondays through Thursday. They will also be expected to
practice basic math facts at home. Flash cards can be printed here: http://www.aplusmath.com/flashcards/.
Research shows that the sheer amount of time students read
is directly related to their achievement, so students will be expected to read
independently each night (including weekends), and respond to their reading on
a response sheet.
Other assignments may vary as necessary, but each day students
will be responsible for recording their homework assignments in their planners.
By fourth grade, students are expected to become more independent and
responsible in managing their assignments. Please note that students may also
receive projects in other subjects that require work on the weekends, so
students will need to manage their time. While parental support is greatly
appreciated, the work should be completed by the student, not the parent.
Homework will be checked in daily for completion, and we
will review the content together as a class. Late assignments will receive a