I am on a quest this year to create some science homework.
Yes, I believe in homework. Even in a school where parent involvement is low.
I believe in order for students to be successful, they need to devote some time outside of what is mandatory and PRACTICE. Practice reading, researching, multiplication, thinking...etc. (Most) students will not want to do that on their own. But maybe a few more will do it on their own if it is assigned. I know that not every student will return homework everyday. But I try.
However, usually my homework was math problems. I am not teaching math this year, but I still want kids to practice what they are learning.
So... I want to create science homework. I could give them practice multiple choice questions to prepare them for the 5th grade science STAAR. (One of the state mandated tests they will take this year in Texas.) Or I could make it more exciting. Something they might actually want to do. And something that won't get me in too much trouble with their parents.
Like, using water, create a mixture with another substance. What did you use and describe how you would separate it.
And maybe, just maybe, they ask a parent for help. Maybe the parent becomes a little more interested in the education of their child.
Because another thing I believe in, when parents become involved, it changes things. And parents don't need a college education or even a high school education to be involved.
I finished my first page of homework. An Energy Scavenger Hunt. Science TEKS 5.6A says a students needs to explore the uses of energy. (Mechanical, Light, Thermal, Electrical, and Sound) Last year we did a foldable where they looked for examples of each energy in the classroom. This year, I want my 5th graders to try it at home as well.
You can find the Scavenger Hunt on my Teachers Pay Teachers page. It is a free download. If you like it, leave a comment.