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Monday through Thursday all fourth grade students receive math homework. We do not assign any math homework over the weekend.
Students should also read for 20 minutes a night. Hopefully, children do not see this as homework, but as relaxing and rewarding experience. They may read anything that interests them. It could be comic books, or joke books, or a sports magazine. We want our students to be good readers, they need to be reading in school and at home. We would prefer that the student reads a book that they can take AR test. Click on the AR book finder link at the bottom of this page.
Having homework done is part of the responsibility grade on the report card. Not having homework completed will result in the student receiving a Super Kid check. Try to make sure that your child has his or her homework done.
Assessment Abbreviations On Students Papers
We write across the curriculum. For example in science, I may ask the children to explain the different types of matter. In the margin, you may see a Sci +3. That means the student received a +3 for a science grade. Soc +3 means social studies +3. If you see SP. that means that your child misspelled a common fourth grade word. If you see CT on your child's paper that means the work was checked together. You may also see Conv. which means conventions. Students must follow capitalization rules and also place a punctuation mark at the end of sentences. You may not see the mistakes because often I will have the student fix the mistakes in their writing. I don't have students fix everything, but I do make them fix many mistakes.
Standards Based Grades
We use standards based report cards. Instead of averaging grades, we continue to give students assessments until they master concepts. Then, the teacher assigns a number of 3, 2 or 1 which represents the student's understanding.
3 Means that the student seems to understand concept.
2 Means the student does not quite understand the concept completely.
1 Means the student does not understand the concept.