I typically assign some homework every night. The homework is usually math, and at home reading. Students in 5th grade should be taking no more than 50 minutes to complete homework each night.
In addition to assigned work for homework, students should be doing independent reading each night and recording it on their at home reading calendar. Reading calendars are handed in at the beginning of the next month. Reading for assignments, research on the computer and/or reading to a younger sibling may be counted as reading time on the calendar.
If your child is taking more than 50 minutes to complete his/her assignments, please notify me via note, email (firstname.lastname@example.org ), or phone so that I can work with your child on their study and work habits and troublesome assignments.
If a student does not hand in homework or has handed in homework that is of poor quality, I will have the student work during recess to make up the work or redo the work. Homework not only helps the child manage time and show responsibility, but also gives the child practice in the skills and concepts that were taught in school. I understand that there are some nights when something comes up and some or all of the homework just did not get done. If this happens please send me an email or hand written note and the homework can be made up at another time.
Each student has written the names of at least two students and their phone numbers in their assignment book. In the event your child is absent, or missed an assignment, or does not understand an assignment, a study buddy can be called for help. I encourage my students to be responsible about their schoolwork and homework.
25 Book Goal:
Each month your child will bring home an at-home reading calendar. Every day (or night) your child is to record on the day's date block the number of minutes they read independently. Once an entire book has been completed, your child is to record the title of the book, the date the book was completed, the total number of pages of the book and a parent must initial that they know the child read the book at the bottom of the calendar. At home reading calendars are collected at the end of each month. A parent's signature must be on the collected reading calendar. I would expect your child to complete one-two 5th grade level book each month at home. 5th grade level books are typically 150-200 pages long. The 25 book goal is a PA state standard. If a student does not hand in a completed reading log, it is school policy to keep that student in for recess until they have completed the log.
Click on the link below for a new reading log calendar.
5th Grade Reading Log
Read! Read! Read!
Below you’ll find free, printable reading logs in a variety of formats. Just click on the title to open the PDF and print. Browse each to decide which fits better with your needs. Some are daily reading logs, others include comment fields and many are themed with illustrations. The reading logs are designed for 1st grade, 2nd grade, and other elementary levels.
Reading Logs With Time Spent Reading
Reading Logs with Comment Fields
Summer Reading Logs
Picnic basket themed summer reading log with Date, Name of Book, Author and Comments
Summer sunshine themed summer reading log with Date, Name of Book, Author and Comments