Reading The Importance of Reading Every Day
Lets figure it out ----- mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights every week.
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night or not at all.
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 minutes x 5 = 100 minutes per week.
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 = 20 minutes per week.
Step 2: Multiply minutes per week x 4 weeks per month.
Student A reads 400 minutes per month.
Student B reads 80 minutes per month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes per month x 9 months of the school year.
Student A reads 3,600 minutes in a school year.
Student B reads 720 minutes in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
By the end of 6th grade, if Student A and Student B maintain the same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days while Student B will have read the equivalent of 12 whole school days. One would expect the gap of information retained to have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, America Reads Challenge. (1999).Daily Reading Log Homework Fourth grade students are expected to read at least 20 minutes every night. They then summarize what they read in three or more sentences on their daily reading log. MATH Fact Fluency PracticeBy the time students reach fourth grade, it is expected that they have a fluent recall of the basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, giving them the foundation to proceed to higher-level mathematical computation and problem solving. The problem is each year students go to fifth grade without automaticity of multiplication fact recall and consequently have no foundation upon which to build higher-level computational skills. On most occasions, students think they know their facts. In actuality, they usually only know how to use various strategies to arrive at the answer without automaticity, or they do not know the multiplication facts at all. This can lead to potential problems in subsequent math success. For this reason, there is district-wide push for students to practice and retain their basic math facts. In fourth grade, students will be expected to practice their math facts both at school and at home and will be assessed weekly on them. There will be a daily fact fluency log to be signed by parents coming home each night.