Homework and Practice
Homework and practice are effective instructional strategies, which can be integrated into lesson plans, school-based interventions, and IEPs. They can serve to increase a student’s active learning time (ALT) on assigned topics and improve student performance. Teachers, teacher aides, school-based administrators, intervention teams, and special education professionals should enlist parents' assistance in increasing ALT at home by using the hyperlinked parent resources.
Homework assignments and classroom work can also utilize an array of nonlinguistic activities, such as drawing pictures of reading material and making models of historic and/or scientific events. Homework and practice activities should be aligned the the CCCS under study and utilize nonlinguistic representations, like the following examples:
Homework and practice activities can have the students search for pictures, draw pictures, or make physical models for topics under study, like the following examples:
a. Picture of George Washington crossing the Delaware – A core curriculum content standard in many states’ Social Studies Standards. The students could also draw, or create a model of this famous picture. They also could act out dramatically what this picture depicts, what led to and follows its depiction:
b. Students could find pictures of, draw, or create a model of a human skeleton, which is aligned with many states’ standards for Physical, Health, and Science education.
Students can be assigned a planting and observing project for homework. The following graphic organizer, which is aligned with Science Standard 5.5A - Plant Life Cycle could guide their observations:
The following graphic organizer, which represents time sequence patterns, can be changed to organize other events in a specific chronological order, for other homework and/or practice activities. In fact, this type of time sequence pattern can be utilized to illustrate the importance of practice and homework to teaching and learning:
Some examples of Related framework activities:
For Standard 9.1B, Grade 12, CPI 4: The student will evaluate the following academic and career skills as they relate to home, school, community, and employment:
· Time management
· Decision making
· Goal setting
· Resources allocation
· Fair and equitable competition
· Employment application skills
Divide students into four groups. Utilizing digital cameras, each group is responsible to take pictures of home, school, community, and business settings. Instruct students to consciously look for areas that could present health and safety hazards. Each group gets together in class and makes a list of all the safety concerns from all their images. When this activity is complete, the students project their images on a large screen in the classroom. The other three groups list all the potential safety hazards they can identify (for each group presenting). The teacher facilitates a concluding discussion of hidden health and safety hazards.
For 6.2C, Grade 12, CPI 1: The student will debate current issues and controversies involving the central ideas of the American constitutional system, including representative government (e.g., Electoral College and the popular vote), civic virtue (e.g., increasing voter turnout through registrations and campaigns), checks and balances, and limits on governmental power.
The class develops a list of issues that would maintain their interest during the research phase of this activity. After clustering the items on this list, students pick about five interesting topics to investigate. They bring in newspaper clippings, magazine articles, printouts of news stories and other materials found on the Internet, or videotaped segments related to these issues. These materials are sorted and filed according to topic.
For 8.1A, Grade 4, CPI 8: The student will use a graphic organizer
Family Tree: Students are given an assignment to gather information on children in the family, parents, grandparents, etc. to include in a family tree. Information needed includes names, dates of birth, name of person married, country of origin, etc. After information is collected, students are to use a software program that has ability to graphically represent the information. Teachers model opening appropriate software, accessing template or file, using basic computer icons, saving data once entered into program, and printing.
Kidspiration Activities and Inspiration Templates that can Serve as Models, with or without modifications, for Homework and Practice Across the Curriculum
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