This Friday is our last week of school before break. I want to send home a packet for my students to complete over break. Does anyone else send home a packet, if so what do you include? Or if anyone has activities they want to attach, I would appreciate it! Thanks!!!
How long are you off for?
Me? We have off a week....let them be kids! The kids who NEED to do the packet to continue w/ skills will NOT get it done and the kids who will get it done are kids who need a break!
For my 3rd graders... I asked the parents if they wanted anything. Some in my class do, and for them I am currently creating writing and vocabulary activities. I don't usually give them anything unless specifically asked... I have some eager parents this year and if they want them, then I don't see a problem with it.
I don't have anything for grade 2 yet.... but maybe focus on items that would be fun and quick to review?
...that there should not be any assignments over a long break (Christmas, Easter, etc.) It's supposed to be a break! As a parent, this was a time for me to enjoy being with my kids and doing the things we wanted to do. This might be cooking together, visiting the Children's museum, cleaning their rooms, or just sleeping in late and playing with our new toys.
As a teacher, I don't want to come back to a stack of papers to grade. I would also be highly resentful if my administration assigned stuff that needed to be done "over the break." I'd be calling my union!
The parents who want extra work will go to the bookstore and buy those all encompassing 2nd grade workbooks, or a computer program like Jump Start Second Grade.
Perhaps you could send a list of 2nd grade friendly websites, like PBSKids or FunBrain, as an optional activity.
While I agree that this is a break and kids could use the break, I also think that they should do something to help retain what has been learned. It has been my experience that students go on these long breaks, (we will have 3 1/2 weeks), and come back remembering little to nothing. I am planning on giving out something that isn't mandatory. More of a challenge packet and a letter explaining the importance and benefits of children at least continuing to read and practice math flashcards over the break. My kids are EL's and low as it is, so the continual practice over the break will help!
I have a colleage who does 'a page a day' packets.
There is ONE page for each WEEK DAY of the break.
Each page has probably a little something from each subject -- such as a brain teaser, a short set of math problems, something DOL-like, etc., so that each subject is represented. She always says it IS homework -- they have an earnest conversation about how your brain needs exercise just like your body.
:-) Just an idea.
ideas! I always ask parents to have their children read & practice sight words and math facts over break (We have 2 weeks off) but I don't have them turn anything in. I like your homework challenges and may try them as an optional incentive this year. Thanks for sharing!