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Old 05-09-2010, 06:27 AM
 
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Homework must look a lot different with a workshop/D5 model. Can you please share what you do for homework and what your homework routines are?

I do D5 this year, but my homework is basically...Spelling and Math Homelinks. The kids aren't practicing the reading strategies we focus on in class for homework. I send home monthly book logs but I don't always get them back.

I want to educate my parents on the strategies I teach and I want my kids reading more at home.

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Old 05-09-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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This year I have told my kids they are expected to read at least 15 minutes a night (3rd grade). They are expected to bring in the book or the title(s) read on Friday and I give them 15 minutes in class to write me a reading letter. Their letter has to be two paragraphs long, with the first being a summary and the second being a place to share their thinking (how they used strategic reading). This took some time to model, but is now quite successful.
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are they expected to get their own books or can they take books from your classroom library?
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They take books from our class library or read books from home
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Someone posted this reading log in the second grade room. I think it's GREAT.


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Old 05-09-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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I posted this somewhere else today.

Monday through Friday Packet includes:
Read for 15 minutes and retell what you read orally to an adult or older sibling and record a title read each night on an attached reading record sheet.
Monday
Cut apart and study spelling word flash cards and math fact flash cards
Tuesday
unscramble 10 spelling words and practice math facts.
Wednesday
unscramble spelling and sight words to make a sentence and illustrate to show understanding and math fact practice
Thursday
Write spelling words 3 times neatly and have an adult or older sibling give you a 1 minute ten math fact quiz.

Optional homework visit Spellingcity.com

Friday Return Homework packet and be ready for a spelling and 1 minute math fact test.
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busybee, what grade?
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i really like the reading log...
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but i think i am looking for something more focused on the individual strategies the children are working on... for example...

they write the book title and then instead of a retelling they tell me what strategies they used to figure out a word they didn't know right away...or if they were working on their comprehension they write down what they did to help them.

I'm not sure.
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Well you can alter the reading log each week and change it so it focuses on your strategies?
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I teach first grade.


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Could you have a homework binder or packet with a copy of your Cafe' List as it grows and require them to used a modified version of the strategy book mark I have posted on this board? I quickly modified it just now, and where I typed in red you could plug in your Cafe focus for each week. I am not sure if that helps, but it could be a start.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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I'm attaching a copy of what I do for homework this year. I use Reading a-z books and so each child gets a book for homework that is at their reading level. Tuesday's homework is related to a Cafe strategy and can be changed as necessary. Wednesday's homework is an activity or worksheet that comes with their Reading a-z book.

(I also have math homework that goes home with this packet.)
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Thank you!
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The bookmark is great and Linzrae's homework letter helps so much!
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Would you be willing to share the math homework letter?
Also, what grade do you teach?
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:58 PM
 
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suzanneg, are you asking me about my math homework? If so I don't have a letter, I just send home the practice pages for the math topic we are working on. I teach first grade.
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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I send home a reading log with my students. I give a short reading assignment each night which they write on the log. Then they read to their parents and the parents sign the sheet.
Next year I plan on making an assignment notebook that the parents will still sign, but they will also write comments. My plan is to write the strategy we are working on across the top of the week so the parents know what we are working on. Then they will write comments in the assignment notebook letting me know what they noticed when their child read to them. It can be a quick sentence or comment-nothing elaborate. I will also attach an example to the front of the booklet so they know what I'm looking for. I have a friend in another school who does this with 3rd graders so I'm just going to try it!
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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I would also like some ideas on how to educate parents (easily) on the strategies and how to incorporate some homework/accountability for nightly reading. I taught 6th this year and will be teaching 4th next year.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:14 AM
 
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The Sisters have put Parent Pipelines on their site for many of the strategies, and I believe eventually all strategies will have one. I send these home either when we learn a strategy, or when their child is working on that strategy. They are great!
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Love this...
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You have awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing. I really like this.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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I have been doing a lot of reading lately on the value and purpose of reading logs. A lot of parents suggest that their children seem to cringe at the site of reading logs which turns the love of reading into a chore or an assignment - furthermore it puts the responsibility on the parent, not the children. I teach grade 3-5 and am thinking about sending home a log of sorts without time limits, and then really reflecting & analyzing them with the students. Unfortunately, all families don't have children who read without los an they are a way to build the habit if nothng else. I do however, think they are fruitless unless we do something with them.

That being said, I have used reading logs in the past, but am just really reflecting on their purpose & goal - and what we do with them.

What do you think?
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