WEEKLY HOMEWORK: Spelling began 10/6/15
In a typical week we have homework in the following areas

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Read 15- 20 min note in planner
Read 15- 20 min
Read 15-20 min
Read 15-20 min
Read 15-20 min

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Practice Words- students are responsible for writing their new words into their planner.

Practice Words
Practice Words
Practice Words
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Practice or Review page
Practice or Review page
Practice or Review page
Practice or Review page

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Wednesday Night Writing      

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Home READING Expectations:  

2013-14 School Year:  Grade 3

The “School to Home” homework component of our reading program will be an important part of your child’s reading success this year.  The children may self-select books from our classroom, school, public, or home libraries for independent reading.  All children have come home with 2 or 3 books from our class library today at their independent reading level.   We used the reading data from the end of Gr. 2 to determine a level range for students.  Of course, this level will change throughout the year!

Your child’s responsibilities are:

1.  Read for 15-20 minutes Monday through Friday.  I encourage the children to read at least once over the weekend as well.  Your child will carry the books back and forth to school each day.  They will all be in a plastic bag for ease.  The books must be brought back to school daily as the same book is read in school and will be needed for reading class.  Even if a book is finished, it still needs to come back to school the next day.

2.  Log nightly reading in their planner.  In the reading tab of the planner, students should enter text title and pages read.  For the month of September, an adult should initial/sign the planner.  (Any adult supervising your child is fine.)  When a child finishes the book, they will put a circled F, next to the pages read to indicate this.  Starting in October, a parent signature will not be required.  It’s just to get the children settled into the routine of filling out the log.

3.  Monitor their own reading & comprehension.  Adults are not responsible for reading with their child unless you choose to.  One goal in reading this year is for students to choose enjoyable books that they can read independently.   That said, it is still a good idea to have your child read out loud to you occasionally to ensure that the book is a good fit for them and they are comprehending the book.  Another idea is to have them read out loud to you for 5 of the 20 minutes nightly.  Feel free to guide your child in choosing books as I will do the same in class.

Thank you in advance for all your support with this part of our reading program.


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Dear Families,

Your child will be given a collection of spelling words each week that have been introduced in class.  Each student is responsible for writing their new word sort into their planner.  Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different activity to ensure that these words and the spelling principles they represent are mastered.  These activities will be modeled at school so your child can teach you how to do them.

The spelling week will begin on Monday.  With the test on the following Monday day.  This will ensure some practice time over the weekend, if needed.

Monday- Test and new sort given
Tuesday- Wednesday:  Remind your child to sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school.  Your child should read each word aloud while doing this activity.  If you are practicing this sort with your child ask them to explain why the words are sorted in a particular way.  Have your child sort the words a second time as fast as possible.  They may time themselves if they want to.  

Thursday:  Do a blind sort with your child.  Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud.  You child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it.  Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she is wrong.  Repeat if your child makes more than one error.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday (optional):  Practice word sorts.
Ask your child to do a word hunt.  While they are doing their nightly reading ask them to look for words from their word sort.
Do a writing sort to prepare for the Monday Test.  As you call out the words in random order your child should write them in categories.  Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.

Thank you for your support.  Together we can help your child make valuable progress!


Cynthia MacNeil