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By far, the most important homework in 4th Grade is independent reading. Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week (but more is great, of course!). A parent or guardian is asked to initial next to completed daily reading in each student’s Weekly Record Book (provided by Mr. Payson). Students are also expected to keep a Reading Journal made up of individual Book Tickets or Book Storyboards. A Book Ticket is a summary of what they are reading every two weeks (or when they finish reading a book, whichever comes first). If a book takes longer than two weeks to read, then students will summarize up to the point they’ve read. Writing Book Tickets can take place either at home or at school during class time (as long as the student brings the book in to school). There will usually be a page of daily math homework, and sometimes projects (such as science) that will require some home study. In general, students should not expect to spend more than 30-35 minutes on homework on a given day, reading included.
I would love to have help from parents, whether they would like to come into the class and talk about something that interests them (their work, personal and local history), or volunteer to help out in science labs, or accompany us on school trips! If you are interested, would you please see Mrs. Vesper in the office and fill out a Vermont Record Check Release Form for Volunteering 2018-2019. (Unfortunately, these annoying forms must be completed anew every year.) Thanks for your consideration.
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