Dear Families, August
Reading and math fluency are an important part of your child’s education. Starting this week (8.27.18), students will have a reading/math (front/back) fluency homework page to do each week. Both sides are set up to work on throughout the week, not in one sitting. Each night, Monday-Thursday, students will read the reading passage (leveled according to your child’s ability) while a grown up times him/her and marks any errors. In addition, students will complete one section of the math facts while a grown up times him/her for 1 minute and records the number completed correctly. This page is to be returned to school each day, so that the teacher can check that students are doing their homework each night. They will need an adult’s involvement in completing this part of their homework.
Reading is at the heart of all we do. Fluency is a very important part of reading. Reading fluency is the ability to read phrases, sentences, and paragraphs smoothly and quickly, while understanding what is read. Second grade reading common core standard RF.2.4 states that students are to, “Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. a. read grade-level text with purpose and understanding b. read grade -level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression c. use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.”
At the beginning of 2nd grade, your child should be able to read 2nd grade-level text with 80 words correct in one minute and 99% accuracy; by the middle of 2nd grade-100 words per minute with 99% accuracy; by the end of 2nd-111 words per minute with 99% accuracy. As with any skill, this needs to be practiced. We will practice in the classroom but students need to practice every night at home to make the gains that are needed to be a fluent reader.
Parent Tips for Reading Fluency Passage Homework
- Time the student while s/he reads aloud the entire selection. DO NOT help fix mistakes
- If the student is stuck on a word for 2 seconds, say the word & count it as a mistake.
- Record the number of words read and the number of errors. Subtract: words read – errors= total words read correctly.
- Now, help fix mistakes.
- You may wish to read the story out loud (after the first reading) as a model for fluent reading.
- Repeat the steps other days.
- On Thursday, have student read the ENTIRE story to self & answer the questions.
Fluency with math facts involves students responding accurately, quickly, and without hesitation. As part of the second grade math common core standards, students are to “fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By the end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers” (CC Standard 2.OA.B.2). To help your child achieve this standard, he/she will need to complete the math fluency page each night.
Parent Tips for Math Facts Fluency Homework
- Time the student while s/he completes the 20 Math facts for exactly 1 minute. DO NOT help at this time.
- After the minute is up, check the problems completed for correctness. Record the number correct in the box.
- Have student complete remaining problems and/or correct missed ones.
- Now, help fix mistakes and talk about strategies (add 0, 1, 2; doubles; near doubles; make ten; make ten then add extra; etc.). Counting on your fingers is not a math strategy for “know from memory” or “using mental strategies.”
- The goal is to complete them all correctly, in one minute.
Thank you for doing all you do to help your child succeed in school and later in life.