Differentiated Homework

homework

Dear Parents,

By now, some of you may have noticed that homework varies from child to child.  In an attempt to meet the individual academic needs of each student, I have begun to provide differentiated homework.  Rest assured that I am doing my best to prepare each and every student to meet or exceed the expectations set forth by the state (and measure by the FCAT).  Each student will receive all of the necessary instruction and practice to succeed.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Here are some details of the differentiation, but feel free to ask your child as he/she should be aware as well.

  • Spelling
    • Triangles have the first 15 words
    • Squares & Circles are responsible for all 20 words.
  • Reading
    • Triangles – We are working on a Dr. Seuss unit with phonics, rhyming, poetry and engaging literature.  If you have Dr. Seuss books at home (labeled with your child’s name of course) please send them in for classroom use.  Dr. Seuss’s birthday is in March so we’ll continue with this theme for the next month or so.
    • Squares – We are reading “Donovan’s Word Jar.”  I have provided a copy for each child to use, but feel free to purchase your own copy so students can write and highlight directly in the novel to maximize instruction.  Books are expected to be returned to class each day for use in class and reading at home.  Students who forget their book at home will lose a dojo point for being unprepared.
    • Circles – We are reading “Frindle.”  I have provided a copy for each child to use, but feel free to purchase your own copy so students can write and highlight directly in the novel to maximize instruction.  Books are expected to be returned to class each day for use in class and reading at home.  Students who forget their book at home will lose a dojo point for being unprepared.
  • Math – Students who wish to be challenged further can do the Enrich pages that correspond with the lesson being taught in class.  Students will not receive extra credit for doing these, but I’ll gladly look at them if you choose to turn them in.
  • BAT Skills – Students who were not proficient on specific reading benchmarks will receive required extra credit homework.  Please look for the small reading comprehension packets coming home with a cover letter making you aware of the skill deficit area.  Students will have one week to complete these from the day they were sent home.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Mrs. N. Church

3rd Grade Teacher, Heron Heights Elementary