## Reading Homework Information

We encourage your child to read every night for 20 minutes. We ask your child record at least 4 nights a week as part of his or her homework. I know that reading 20 minutes a night sounds like a lot, but you will learn so much! Look at this visual below to help you realize how much you really do learn!

Students receive their optional homework packet on Mondays and the packet is due on Fridays. The purpose of this structure is to allow for students to plan out when they can do their homework around their personal and family schedule. I understand that family events important, so having this schedule allows for flexibility. Homework has both literacy and math components. One aspect of literacy homework is for students read 20 minutes a night of a "just-right" book. This part is required. Use the poster to the left to understand more about "just-right" books. Then with the optional homework, there is one literacy activity (writing or reading based) and one math section. Below is more information and math help.

## Math Homework Information

For math homework, students complete review problems. The problems are from 4th grade standards, 5th grade standards, or the present unit of study. There are multiple ways to teach strategies in math. How math is taught today in schools is a bit different than how many adults learned math during their own school years. As a 5th grade math teacher, I had to relearn how to solve various types of problems to learn the new strategies to help all students learn. Below are some common examples of how to help your child with various math problems. There is also a link below that have MPS district examples of math problems.

MPS District Math Examples

MPS District Math Examples

**If your child is struggling and it is difficult to help them, please initial the problem and return that problem blank. This way I know your child tried and I will assist them at school. Also, if you go to the "Resources" tab, there are many websites that offer practice with skills which can be considered "extra" homework.**