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Meaningful social studies homework

Social studies homework should be more than additional practice on skills and facts taught in class. Homework assignments can be used to have students reflect on what they already know about an upcoming topic and to explore what their parents know about that topic. Carefully designed inquiry projects can stimulate students to synthesize what they have learned about a topic and decide the best way to communicate it with others. Consider giving homework assignments that meet the criteria given below. An ideal assignment should. . .

  • Require your students to communicate with their family;
  • Build relationships between students and their family members; 
  • Promote parents as experts or resources of information;
  • Allow you to collect information to use in your instruction;
  • Provide opportunities for students to share or use information;
  • Push students to reflect on class activities and relate them to their daily lives.