The essential agreements we developed together are:
Room 209 Essential Agreements
We have reading and math homework everyday. Math homework is a short sheet. It is due the next school day. Reading homework should be done in the student planner. I usually try to write a quick note to families in every student’s planner on Fridays. Students should read for twenty minutes. In their planner, the need to record the following:
Time: the time started and finished reading
Title: of the book read
Word: a new and challenging word – we have talked about this in class
Definition: the meaning of the new word
Sentence: a sentence with the new word
They can find the meaning of the new word from a dictionary, the Internet, or even asking an adult. The goal of learning the new word is to practice using it several times. When they return their homework, I will ask them to tell me another sentence with the word.
The reason for this homework is: The more words you learn, the more words you know, the smarter you are!