Name _____________                                                                     Class 311/Lodge

For the week ending Friday, December 8                                                      

Homework Out-of-School Opportunities for Practicing Academics and Habits of Mind

A copy of the weekly opportunities can always be found on the JES website on Lodge “homework” page

  1. Reading Log

To become stronger readers we need to practice by reading, reading, reading.  If you read at home 5 times a week for 15-20 minutes you will become a better reader and get a

Check if read 15-20 minutes








Books/magazines/comics read  (titles should be capitalized and underlined)

Parent signature____________________________________________________

2. Fluency

Random playing cards were pulled to generate numbers. Use some or all of them in an equation to try to get as close to the target number as possible.

  • You can only use each card once.

  • You can’t break numbers apart (i.e. 8 can’t become 7 and 1)

  • You can’t put numbers together (i.e. 2 and 5 is not 25).

  • You can use any operation; add, subtract, multiply, divide, exponents…

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5

Target Number







Your best answer(s)



= An equation, to show your thinking, that is closest answer to the target number that you could find

= Target number

3. Keyboarding

Keyboarding is an essential skill! In an analysis of student typing, all students are currently hunting and pecking, mostly one-handed with a few two-handed. To become more fluent I set up a class typing account;


To log in all they need is their user name which is their first name. There is no password. It teaches homerow and extra practice will only make them faster!

4. Maths

By the end of fourth grade all students are expected to be able to know their multiplication and division facts (and it is assumed they already have their addition and subtraction facts). To this end all students have a Reflex Maths account for additional opportunities for practice.


They know how to log-in. The user name is nlodge and the passwords are

Haley   ha97

Connor   cb94

Dustin  de65

Dorian   dk55

Tanner   tb94

Samarah    sc59

Ryan    rf25

Ethan   er42

Cassi   cb43

Elizabeth    ed57

Sam   sg43

Dominik   ds94

Sawyer   sb85

Guinevere  gd49

Karissa   kl47

Thomas   ts32

Hannah   hw25

Alice    aw14

Lorelei   ly27

5. In addition, here is the set of facts that your student is practicing for mastery next Friday. Both the questions and and answers are provided so that they can practice.

Homework Philosophy

Dear Green Mountaineers and Families,

Perhaps it is the time of year to dive head-first into the stormy waters of homework! Reading the local papers recently, the topic is making headlines and stirring debate;

“South Burlington school subtracts homework” Burlington Free Press, September 9th

“Homework is banned at this Massachusetts school” Boston.com, September 6th

The letter that went viral on the internet;

I see two sides to the whole homework debate. For example;

For Homework

Against Homework

  • Homework allows students to practice responsibility. Two of the habits of mind are self-direction and responsible and involved citizenship. Homework is an opportunity to practice these.

  • Middle school and high school certainly will assign homework, and so by giving it in younger grades they can start to form habits that will make transitions to the older grades easier.

  • To achieve certain goals in life, practice is needed. If you don't practice your band instrument, the piece of music will never be played. If you don’t exercise frequently, your fitness level will never be where you would like it to be. So too with reading and math fluency! The more you practice these skills, the stronger you will become.

  • There is no compelling data that shows homework in elementary school leads to increased academic performance.

  • Homework is a stress on families. As a parent myself, I know how hectic the typical American family’s life is; between trying to pay the bills, take kids to extracurricular activities, maintain the house... I know the additional, conflict and stress that homework assignments can cause.  In addition, after a long day at work I would rather have quality family time rather than nag and hassle. Talking over dinner, reading a book as a family, going for a walk are surely more beneficial than a grammar worksheet.

  • Homework tends to lack equity. Not all students have the same level of support with homework, resources to do homework, and environment to do homework in. As such, grading homework as part of a grade has never sat well with me.  With the new report card there is no room for this anyway, as we are measuring observed work against Common Core expectations.

As such a compromise position is offered on a weekly basis!