Do your homework!

Assignment Book (Planner)

Fill out your Assignment Book in the morning and throughout the day. Be sure to take it home every day. Refer to your Assignment Book each night for homework assignments. Mrs. Pardington will stamp or sign your book each day. Parents are encouraged to look for this stamp/signature and to sign their child's Assignment Book each night if necessary. All homework is due the day after it is assigned unless noted differently in the Assignment Book.

Double-check your work!

Double-check your work before you turn it in. Be sure that your name, student number, and date are listed on each assignment that is turned in. Write in your best cursive.


Math: Each unit in Math Expressions contains lessons. Typically, there is a homework page after each lesson. You can expect a HOMEWORK sheet for homework after each lesson. Usually, there is some kind of math homework each night, whether it is a homework sheet, related math practice page, challenge, or performance activity (practicing math facts, for example). Sometimes an assignment will be posted on Google Classroom. If no homework is given, families may choose to have their child work on Compass Learning lessons.

Reading: Each student is required by the district to read 20 minutes per day for a total of 100 minutes per week (that's a minimum of 400 minutes per month). Thus, there is "reading homework" each night consisting of reading for pleasure and recording this reading on the Student Reading Log and an appropriate core curriculum assignment to complete during this time. The key to improvement in reading is practice, practice, practice by reading, reading, reading. :) We will be doing LOTS of that!

Spelling: Students work with Greek and Latin Roots during Word Study on Fridays with Mrs. O'Rourke and Mrs. Thomas. Each test is currently scheduled bi-weekly.

Health: Students work on Health standards adopted by the District following the Michigan Model for Health on Fridays with Mrs. O'Rourke and Mrs. Thomas. Students work on health bi-weekly.

Writing: Fifth graders should write on their own at home for at least 20 minutes each month. This is extremely minimal and very easy to accomplish in many ways: letters, notes, stories, poems, etc. Of course, I recommend much more time spent on writing. Encourage story writing, journal writing, and pen pal writing. We will be writing every day in our room, which includes writing about our reading.

Science: Generally, there is little homework in this subject as many of the work for this class must be completed in the classroom lab during group experiments.

Social Studies: Watch for periodic homework in the Assignment Book.

NOTE: Read this sentence carefully:

If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

If you can repeat this sentence to Mrs. Pardington at school, she'll give you a free pencil! Good luck!

(This is a one time special)