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Grade 4 and 5 Math: Curriculum Night Recap and Homework Policy

September 19, 2017

Dear Families,

It was so great meeting many of you last week at Curriculum Night.  For those that were not able to make it, here is a copy of the presentation from last week.

Fourth Grade:

Fifth Grade:

I would also like to share with you the homework policy for 4th and 5th grade math.   My goal for this policy is to promote independence and accountability.   Math homework is given about 2-3 times per week.  It is always due the next time the students have math, unless I state otherwise.  Right now, students are copying down their homework. While this practice will continue, we will soon have School Loop as a back-up so students and parents can see what is assigned.

Homework is graded on a scale of 0-2, and it is based on effort and completion, rather than correctness.  The scoring policy is as follows:

Students receive a 2 when

  • assignment is completed thoroughly
  • assignment is on time
  • assignment is completed with your Personal Best effort

Students receive a 1 when

  • an assignment is incomplete


  • an assignment is not done with your Personal Best effort

Students receive a 0 when

  • an assignment is not turned in


Late Work

If an assignment is handed in late (no more than a week after the due date), 1 point will be deducted from the homework score (ie: If a student turns in a homework assignment late and it would normally receive a 2,  the homework grade will now be a 1).  


If a student is absent the day a homework is assigned, he/she has one week from the date of his/her return to make up missed work.  If a student is absent the day it is due, but was here the day it was assigned, the homework should be turned in the day he/she returns.

No Name

If an assignment is handed in without a name, it will be graded and placed under the “No Name/Please Claim” heading on the board.  If a student finds his/her unnamed work, he/she is to place his/her name on it and place it into the homework bin so I can give credit for the work.  Any work not claimed in a week will be recycled.

Enjoy your week and have a wonderful holiday if you are celebrating!