My daughter, the kindergarten teacher, developed this reading homework notebook. *In January, she administers a reading assessment to all her kindergarten students. Using the results, she assigns a reading level to each student – level A, B, C, D, E, etc., with A being for the lowest students, B being for the next level up, and so on. She starts using my reading homework folder in February. Her students are responsible for bringing the homework folder to school every day.
*If you teach first grade or high kinders, you might start sooner in the school year.
Based on reading the one book per week, there is a homework assignment for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night. The assignments contain:
• Characters, setting, and problem in the book
• Words familiar or not and favorite part of the book
• Words familiar or not and nouns
• Sequence of events
There are three different presentations of each page of each worksheet. One set allows kindergartners to draw instead of write if need be. The second page for each day is for high kindergartners or first graders and asks them to write their responses. The third set has the option of writing or drawing which is what she uses with her kindergartners. After you begin with whichever set you want, you can use one of the other sets occasionally to relieve boredom of your students who don’t like repeating the same assignment over and over. And finally, there is a fourth paper that she uses during the second six weeks (in the second semester for kindergartners) on Thursdays in which the parents go over the story with their student.
In assessing a student’s reading comprehension, six categories are involved– sequence of events, amount of details, characters, correct vs. incorrect information, responsiveness and number of prompts. There is a special note to parents with a form to fill out and sign in this packet titled, “Thursday Night’s Reading Homework for Parent and Student.”
The students really get involved in their books and their parents understand what is happening in the classroom also.
Common Core aligned:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4 Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.