Homework and Other Information

Homework-Slate

I will write homework on the board. Students are responsible for recording homework in their agenda daily. This is an important life skill. Now that they are in grade six, I will not be signing agenda’s daily as may have happened in the younger grades, but I still expect students to use them and will provide some time for this each day. If you have a note you wish for me to see, please have your child show me their agenda. Please take some time each evening to review your child’s agenda with them and find out about our learning and homework.

Remind

I will also use the Remind app to send out important homework reminders.

Mrs. Davies class 6A

Please text our class code,  @davies6-18 to (289) 275-1476 to receive updates and reminders from Mrs. Davies.

Mr. Little’s 6/7 History/Geography class

Please text the code, @davies67 to (289) 275-1476 to receive updates and reminders from me regarding the Social Studies (gr. 6) and History/Geography (gr. 7) homework.

Google Classroom

This year our intermediate classes will be teaming together to try Google Classroom. This is an online platform that connects with Google Drive. It will provide a calendar where all assignments from all teachers can be seen. Assignments will be submitted here as well. More information will be available about this at a later date when we begin implementing it.

DAILY READING

Students should be reading for 30 minutes each night.  As with agendas, I will not be monitoring this at school. Please help ensure your child is doing this each day. Regular reading is one of the top factors in achieving success at school and ultimately in life.

NOTE: Even in grade 6, taking time to talk with your child about what they’ve read will benefit their comprehension level.  It is also beneficial for many students read a little bit out loud to a parent once in awhile. Even just 1-2 pages of a novel aloud to an adult is great. They don’t need to read aloud for 30 minutes. Reading aloud helps improve fluency and allows parents to help when students stumble. Often students read right past their errors.

Here are some suggestions for discussing a text. Ask your child questions such as:

  • Tell me a summary of the beginning (characters, setting, problem), middle (events leading to climax), and end (solution) of the story
  • Why did (character name) make _________ choice? How would the story change if they had ___________?
  • What is the most important part of the story? Why? (many struggle with this)
  • Ask about events where they must infer meaning that is not literally stated in the text.
  • In non-fiction texts, ask what the text’s main idea is. How do they know?
  • What is a sub-section of a non-fiction text about? Can they infer the meaning new vocabulary related to the topic based on what they already know?

If your child doesn’t like reading novels to you, try reading a piece of news with them and then having a discussion about it. This is an age when students are learning to care about world events and form opinions about how leaders should choose to act. It also ties in nicely with our global issues units in Social Studies and Geography!

Math

It is SO VERY important that students have a solid understanding of their basic math facts. This means working automatically with numbers up to 10, using mental math (no calculator or paper).  By grade six, these should be easy. If these skills are still a challenge for your child, please spend 10-15 minutes practicing the following skills each night:

Doubles

1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, ….10+10

Ten Facts

1+___=10, 2+___=10, 3+____=10, …. 9+___=10

10 -____= 9,  10 -____=  8,  10 – ___= 7, …. 10 – ____=1

Multiplication to 12

1×1 ….. 12×12

Division to 12

The iPad doesn’t have a division symbol, so I will use /

12/12, 12/4, …10/5, 10/2, 9/3, …. 4/2, 4/1, 2/2, 2/1, 1/1

If your child (or you, if you are the student reading this) is struggling with multiplication or division, you can use an array to help them see the links between multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

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Once these basic facts have been mastered and the answers are automatic, you can practice applying them to two, three, and four digit numbers. If you are helping your child, remember that the way math is taught has probably changed a lot since you went to school. Teach them your strategies, but except other strategies and ways of thinking that they might offer. Recognize when one strategy is easier for them or if it leads to fewer mistakes. Always make sure they know WHY they are doing something (when we carry the one we are trading 10 ones into 1 ten).

For example, here are three ways to solve 232 + 678

There are many more ways to get the answer

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Remember, there is always something to be working on even if homework has not been assigned.  Explore the websites listed on this site for some additional practice in math and language.

One thought on “Homework and Other Information

  1. Hello Mya,

    Thank you for being the first of our class this year to comment on our class blog. Try to add a detail about what you’ve read on our blog or to share something from your own learning when leaving us a note.
    What was your favourite part of our first week back to school?

    Mrs. Davies

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