Since we’re starting more group work in class, some evidence will not go home to all families every week. Students will often be collaborating on one document. That team will decided who takes the evidence home. Students should be able to talk about what their group is working on each week.
Throughout the year we’ll be also using certain texts for educational purposes, and writing on said texts. Those texts cannot be sent home either because of copyright law. The evidence is recycled after the exercises are complete by the end of the week.
In reading and writing, quarter 2 will focus on reading fiction and writing fiction. Later in the year will move towards non-fiction. Nonetheless, students read some nonfiction this week, using the life cycle of a pumpkin as another way to look at sequence.
Between Japanese and 15 to 20 minutes of English reading, you should be hitting the national norms for homework. Add to this that many students have incomplete work to finish at home and you’re definitely there. We also have passport club as a new monthly piece of homework. I cannot stress enough the amount of cognitive energy students use during the day in class. I would not want families to think that there is not homework. Reading is homework if done with a just right book.
All the best,