‘HOMEWORK has almost no benefit for primary school pupils, a parliamentary inquiry has found.’
This headline on the front page of the Herald Sun caught my interest today. Something about ‘Listen up teachers’ instantly made me cringe. Homework has always been a topic debated in primary schools and is often instigated by parents. Surely the journalist could have used a headline less condescending!
I recommend parents read 201 Literacy and maths tips to help your child published in 2011 by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Melbourne) Victoria, Australia. This is an excellent collection of activities parents can use at home to foster learning beyond the classroom.
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My students have been learning to write a procedural text. Using the PM Big Genre Books is where we start. These exemplars enable learners to pull apart a text and develop criteria. After pulling apart the PM exemplars it was time to write their own procedural text armed with their understanding. Topic: How to make a paper plane. Off they went with ‘gusto’ to make a paper plane and write a procedural text.
Once finished, I asked for volunteers to share their procedural text with the class and invited the teacher next door to use one of their procedural texts to make a plane. The first photo is a picture of the plane made following one of the procedural texts written by a student. My young learners learnt quickly that ‘whoops’ they may have missed a few steps and their instructions needed reviewing. The next step was to write a procedural text as a class on how to make a paper plane.
My young learners then wrote a procedural text for making a Chatter Box. Procedural texts are fun!
Have a go! See if you can make a Chatter Box.