Reading Homework: The 40 Book Challenge
This year students are starting a 40 Book Challenge! Although 40 books may sound like a lot, students can accomplish this goal by the end of 5th grade by reading a little more than one book a week. Some books, like shorter non-fiction books, can be completed in a day or two. Other books will obviously take longer to finish. I am confident that by making the right book choices and using regular time at home and at school to read, all of my students will be able to achieve the goal of reading 40 books this year!
The goals of the 40 Book Challenge are to get students to explore new reading genres that might be out of their comfort zone, to increase students’ love of reading, and to make academic gains in reading. We value your support. Please make sure your child is reading each evening. This is the main part of their daily reading homework. Students will share their thoughts about the book with their “thinkmarks”. The book will not count towards the 40 Book Challenge until the thinkmark is completed! Tip: use your thinkmark as a book mark and record your thinking as you read! Students will learn how to use their thinkmarks through mini lessons in class.
Here are the general guidelines:
- Most fiction books should be a minimum of 75 pages; nonfiction, poetry, traditional literature—48 pages. Books that are over 300 pages count as two books.
- Books should be at your student’s reading level. I will help students determine their reading levels within the first few weeks of school.
- Books students read during class independent reading time, as well as at home, count towards their 40 book total. Students may not count books they have previously read…but they may count one book they read this summer as their first book!
- They must record books as they finish them on their 40 Book Challenge grid; however, the books don’t have to be read in a particular order.
- The book does not “count” until a thinkmark is completed and turned in. Try to stay current on these!
- Audiobooks and ebooks are also acceptable for variety (not for all 40, though!).
- Parents, feel free to partner-read at times with your child if he or she needs support and/or if you are interested in the book!
In closing, I hope your child finds at least 40 inspiring, funny, informative, and memorable books to enjoy this year! Thank you for your support with this challenge at home!
** We will do regular 40 book goal setting and progress checks (each nine week period)
** 40 Book Challenge completion deadline: May 8, 2020
Spelling Choice Board
Spelling homework is meant to be a tool to help students understand spelling patterns and principles. While spelling homework will NOT be collected, students are encouraged to use the spelling choice board to help them achieve these goals.
COLUMN ONE: WRITTEN ACTIVITIES
- ABC Order: Write your words in alphabetical order.
- Word Sort: Sort your words by vowel sounds, patterns, syllables, etc.
- Repetition: Write your words 3 times each.
- Word Art: Draw a picture and write your words in the picture.
- Story Time: Write a short story using all your words.
- Creative Letters: Write your words by cutting out letters in an old newspaper or magazine and glue them on a paper.
- Pyramid/StairStep: Write your words adding or subtracting one letter at a time. The results will be in the shape of a pyramid/stair.
- Cursive - write your words in cursive.
- Train words - write your entire list end-to-end as one long word, using different colors for different words.
- Scramble: Have a parent/sibling scramble your spelling words. You unscramble them.
- Letters: Write each word as many times as there are letters in the word (or as many times as there are syllables).
- Colorful words: Use two different color pens to write your words. Use one color for vowels and one for consonants.
- Computer Words: Type each word several times. Use different fonts to make it fun.
COLUMN TWO: OTHER ACTIVITIES
- Cheer Words: Be a cheerleader and call out your words, one letter at a time.
- Sound Words: Record your words and their spelling. Then listen to the recording a check to see if you spelling all the words correctly.
- Flashwriting: In a dark room, use a flashlight to draw letters in the air.
- Chalk: Write your words outside using sidewalk chalk.
- Spelling Bee: Spell your words out loud to a family member.
- Sparkle Spell: Play a round or two of sparkle spell with a friend or family members.
- Military Spelling: Do jumping jacks and as you clap, say a letter to spell your words.
- Finger Tracing: Use your finger to spell out the words one letter at a time on a family member’s back. Have them try to guess the word.
- Snap and Spell - Snap on each letter and clap when you say the word at the end.