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School Homework - Year 4
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:30 PM
I am after some feedback or guidance on Year 4 homework. My DS1 is in Grade 4 and I find the homework thing laughable.
I hear both arguments for and against homework and my greatest concern is that (well the parents I talk to) alot of our kids are greatly underprepared when it comes to highschool as we havent experienced homework.
2 weeks ago the class were given homework to complete over 2 weeks - 8 activites. This inlcuded things like:
* Write down your favourite pizza toppings
* Write a mothers day letter to your mother
* measure your family's heights and place in a table
* Write down as many words as you can think of that you might hear on a basketball court
* Write down as many words using the diagraph 'a" (Thrass chart learning)
* draw a bumper sticker
DS1's care factor has gone out the window nad his attitude is how quickly can i get this done on the first night rather than taking care and completing something with a little substance.
Very little substance in the homework and at times it is nto even corrected.
What sort of homework and how much do other grade 4 kids get?
Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:41 PM
Some examples from my DS homework book. The have to do 3 activities a week, this is some from the whole tern.
Draw and label a map of your house and backyard.
Read a newspaper article, write 3 sentence to tell me what it was about.
Write a holiday recount.
Create 10 different addition and subtraction problems using 3 and 4 digit numbers, solve them and check your answers with a calculator.
Make a list of 5 goals that you have for yourself this year.
List 5 ways you can help protect you local environment
Etc My DS gets bored with these things, he would go stir crazy with that! plus there is spelling words, readers, a reading diary for other books, mathletics, and other online activities.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:04 PM
DD2 & DD3 are in Year 3 but in a 3/4 composite and the Year 4's have the same homework. This fortnight's homework is:
* Reading every night
* Mathletics - usually a minimum of 5 or 6 tasks per week
* Maths Times Tables Worksheet
* Spelling activity of some sort - I think this fortnight's was write spelling words in reverse alphabtical order and write 5 silly sentences
* Talking & Listening - class blog discussion
* Life skills - varies. Last one was hang the washing out and bring it in
* Physical Activity - List all physical activity minimum 30mins per week
* Puzzle questions like - As soon as it is spoken it is broken - what is it etc
* HSIE/SCIENCE- This one is 3 different types of energy
* Grammer - This one is what is an adverb and list 10 examples
So usually about 10 things with 7 of them compulsory. The things that aren't compulsory this fortnight are Life skills, Physical Activity and the Puzzle.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:08 PM
This weeks homework is:
Write out spelling errors each night.
2 pages of math questions (handouts).
Find words from spelling list that match the rule of the week (and write them in book).
Type or write out words from spelling list.
This week special: work on speech
Challenge option (optional): Use some of the rule of the week words in a sentence or story.
Other examples from previous weeks include:
Looking up words in dictionary and writing the meaning.
Times table wheels.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:10 PM
wow my 10yr old DD in grade 4 would love that homework she finds hers to hard.
she has to read every night a chapter book (a bit of it) and has to write about things that happened in it, she also has a homework folder to complete over the week where they get 10 spelling words to practice once a night then they have a maths sheet and an activity they have to complete which usually is finding info about a subject and reporting back about it. Sometimes they may have some other activity to do
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:15 PM
DS1 is in grade 4.
He gets 20 spelling words, 10 'maths mentals', times tables (eg 2 x 1 to 2 x 12), he has to do each of these each of the 4 nights. He also has to write a sentence for each of the spelling words.
He is also supposed to read aloud for 10mins each night but I don't make him do this one, I get him to read to me for a few minutes, he usually reads a bedtime story to the younger kids and then he reads for 20-30mins before bed as well so I feel he gets enough practice.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:34 PM
I have a DD in Year 4. They currently bring home a book each night, spend 15 mins on Mathletics a night and bring home various projects and maths sheets that are completed anywhere from 2-7 days.
My 10year old DD in Year Six, gets 15mins reading a night, 15mins, Mathletics per night and 15 mins written work per night. Then they have 20 book reports to complete before the end of the year, and from time to time other various projects/research to do (at the moment they are researching junk food and its effects)
Last year when she was in Year 5, she got nothing. I'm glad this year she has a nice balance otherwise HS next year would be a huge shock to the system.
Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 15 May 2012 - 02:36 PM.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:44 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies.
Wow there is certainally some homework out there - none of it terribly hard or too much - I would say a mere extension on what they are already learning in the classroom.
Mathletics seems popular with some schools - not ours - but I am looking at investing in it.
My DS1's teacher today had a talk to the whole Grade 4 class (after I queried her about homework this morning) saying she doesn't believe in it but has to do it as it is policy. Guess there is not going to be a great dela of improvement there.
Thanks again for all your replies. I really appreciated it.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:38 PM
my DD would love your homework! lol.
she gets spelling, maths worksheet, and reading each week, and that's it.
The don't seem to get any projects, news, book reports, or anything remotely creative.
She hates it. She does it the night before it is due, or in the car on the way to school.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:15 PM
DS struggles academically so homework is hard work.
Current unit of inquiry is "I believe"
This week he had:
- some mathletics
- there are 20 "life is" statements from mother theresa - supposedly, and he had to paraphrase those
- sit with a family member to discuss then write up about beliefs that affect that influence your life in the area of:for family life, health, leisure, school, environment, spirituality.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:30 PM
My grade 3/4 have 10 spelling words - they "look, say, cover, write, check" their list once each weeknight and have another simple exercise such as writing in alpha order, vowels in colour, in caps, etc. Again, one each night. Most kids take 5-10 minutes to do this and I encourage kids to do it before school in the classroom if they prefer.
I also ask them to read for 15 - 30 minutes every day; I don't check this daily but monitor on a weekly basis.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:46 AM
My Year 4 DD has the following homework at the moment. They get it for 2 weeks which is great as you get a weekend to do it and then the Friday it is handed in you get that weekend off. I love having it ove a weekend because it means we don't have to rush on some nights. Anyway current homework is:
Behind the News - they have to watch a given BTN and write out a for and against argument about it and also a summary (she usually does this on the weekend). The BTN last term was writing - what you knew beforehand, what you wanted to know and what you learnt and a summary.
Mathletics - complete tasks set by teacher each week. You can't jump ahead on this because the teacher only sets one week at a time. (last term they focussed on spelling more)
Religon - 2 little religon things in their diaries to do (she goes to a catholic school)
15 minutes of reading out loud every night.
My DS1's teacher today had a talk to the whole Grade 4 class (after I queried her about homework this morning) saying she doesn't believe in it but has to do it as it is policy. Guess there is not going to be a great dela of improvement there.Aslo just wanted to say if the teacher has this attitude and tells it to the kids no wonder your DS doesn't want to do homework. I wouldn't either. I think she needs to rethink her comments to the kids, yes she might not like it but if the school is saying they need to do homework and she has to enforce it then she should be trying to encourage the kids to want to do it.
Edited by cward, 16 May 2012 - 10:48 AM.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:06 PM
DD2 is currently in yr 5, but siminalar homework was coming home last year. Her homework is set on Monday and due Friday each week.
Each week she has the following:-
15-20 spelling words to do Look, write, cover check with every night
20 maths problems every night on one worksheet.
and 10-15 mins reading each night.
The spelling and maths take about 15 mins to do and on some nights she does 2 lots due to after school activities.
DD2 also does timetables and any other work that needs to be completed. She also has done research for a school project and did some of the work at home.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:16 PM
My Yr 4 DD has one worksheet/week, with spelling and maths. That's it. I'm thinking now it's probably not enough ..
She does read for at least an hour a day and practices Naplan tests, does Soduko etc on her own initiative. I have to admit I don't review her homework because she is working at above average ability in class and I know she is a smart cookie and reads widely. But might have a chat to her tomorrow about this ..
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:25 PM
DD who is in year 5 this year says her homework is similar to last year - LSCWC, maths sheet of revision and thematic revision sheet. DS in year 3 has LSCWC and reading. DD1 has spelling and NQ which stands for newspaper questions and is inquiry based current affairs stuff. She has 'finishing' to do sometimes as well, she's year 6.
All stuff that refers back to the work done in class. As it should be if you are going to do homework.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:46 PM
DD (yr4) just got what seems to me to be a ridiculous homework assignment, to be completed over a number of weeks.
The class have been told to introspect and determine what kind of 'smart' they are: logic, picture, music, social etc etc...
Once they've come up with that they need to produce something they can present to the class (3 minutes ish) demonstrating their smarts.
As well as producing their presentation they THEN have to produce some meta-analysis about their presentation:
- What creative process did they go through to create the presentation
- What facts were needed for the presentation
- What did they do well with the presentation
- What could have been done better
- How did the excercise make them feel?
Daughter declared herself to be both "Picture Smart" and "Music Smart" and so has created a graphical representation of the development of classical music from 1600-present day with key composers on a timeline, style changes crudely analysed and linked to short YouTube clips of herself demonstrating the styles from each period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern)...
This to me does not seem very appropriate for grade 4! It might work as an assignment for music extension in Grade 12? - or 1st year of a Music degree!
The meta-analysis of the work (which is apparently the main purpose of the excercise) however has her kind of stumped... nobody seems to have any idea what the purpose of this excercise really is!
Edited by DA_Phoenix, 17 May 2012 - 12:47 PM.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:50 PM
Wow, I just showed that to DD1 and she said no way is that Year 4 and that's just stupid. LOL
She said she has never done anything like that and she's in Year 8.
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