Homework can be fun and engaging. It does not have to be a bore or a chore! Below are some helpful homework ideas.
Poster Board Projects
Students of all ages like creating poster board projects. These may be:
- Research projects
- Drawings and art
- Graphic organizers
- Cooking projects
Computer Based Projects
Computer Created Presentations
Another artistic way to present information is to create one using Keynote or Powerpoint on the computer. Research reports can be shared with the class using multimedia presentations. This is a sample of a report that a high school student created. The student utilized Big Universe to gain information for the presentation and created it on Keynote. In addition, they added audio and visual effects.
Reading Informational Text
In most cases, when students are reading current events they are digging into informational text. The news is a free source of information that is updated daily. It exposes learners to new events each day. Educators and parents can introduce students to the newspaper, news-based magazines, online news, and televised news. Once kids and teens automate the habit of checking news sources daily, their knowledge and vocabulary will soar.
Create A Current Events Journal
Eager learners can document new learning in their Current Event Journals. This is a great activity for summer learning. Online news sites or the local newspaper are content rich sources of informational text. Families can share one news event per night at the dinner table. Discussion sparks curiosity and facilitates critical thinking.
Incorporate Art Into Current Events
Drawing, painting and digital design can be used to illustrate vivid pictures of news events. Students of all ages can create a three scoop ice cream cone that pictures and summaries the local, national and world news. Using this strategy, kids can learn critical geography skills. In addition they can document the location of the news stories on a map.
Pictured below is a student’s retell of a world news story. World is written on the bottom of the ice cream to let the reader know that is is a summary of a world news story.
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