I have been having a lot of discussions about must do assignments during reading and the math facts packet so I thought I would give everyone the information again.
The math facts packet is given on the morning on the first day of the school week. It is to be done in math class only. The packet is designed to help the student become faster at their facts. The packet will be collected on Friday before Mass (around 8:45). Students are allowed to work on their packet any time that they are done with the current math task (problem of the day, book work, etc.). The packet will be there class participation grade for the week, which is 20% of their overall grade. If you want to give your child assignments at home to get them to become more fluent at their math facts please do but they are not allowed to complete this packet at home.
The must do assignments are very similar but slightly different. The must do assignment consist of a page in the grammar and spelling workbooks, defining their vocabulary words onto a chart for Friday's test, and the Daily Language Practice (DLP) which is a worksheet that reviews basic language arts skills. The directions for the assignments are reviewed each day before they complete the assignments. If students complete all of their assignments for that day they are allowed to finish any incomplete assignments from this week. They are also given time on Friday morning. These assignments are helpfull because they review skills that students will see on the test on Friday. The must do assignments are checked while the class is in art (10:30). The assignments will be there class participation grade for the week, which is 20% of their overall grade. Again, these assignments are not allowed to be completed at home.
Keep in mind that these assignments and the math facts packet also function as a time management tool which is a very valuable third grade skill as well as a review of skills.
The math facts packet will be returned in the following week's Thursday folder with a star or the word incomplete written on it. If a student did not complete a must do assignment, a paper will be in their Thursday folder stating the assignment not completed.
I hope that this clears up any confusion. Have a great week!