Sharyland I.S.D.
Homework Guidelines

Purpose of Homework:

1. To encourage development of individual study habits, skills, and responsibilities.

2. To reinforce, enrich, and extend learning by providing additional educational
opportunities outside the classroom.

3. To provide a transition of required amounts of homework between elementary and
intermediate grades and between junior high grade and high school.


1. Principal has responsibility to implement a homework plan with staff members and
communicate this to parents.

2. Teacher has responsibility to define and communicate expectations for homework to
student and parents.

3. Parent has responsibility to cooperatively support this portion of the educational program
by providing encouragement and becoming involved with the student.

4. Student has responsibility to complete the assigned tasks.

Time Frames:

Grades 1-2 (four times a week - not more than 30-45 minutes a day.)

Homework provides opportunity for further development of student initiative and
fulfillment of their responsibilities.

Types of Homework
Four basic types of homework can be assigned to students in order to provide variety:

1. Preparation homework. Preparation homework is found in textbook reading courses. Preparation homework is getting ready before the classroom lesson. Usually students are assigned a section to read and questions to answer that cover the section. Then the teacher covers the material during the classroom lesson. Preparation homework (getting ready) is commonly assigned in social studies and language arts classes.

2. Practice homework. Practice homework is found in skill-building courses. Practice homework is doing something again after the concept or skill was taught. The teacher covers a concept or skill during the classroom lesson. Students practice the concept or skill during class time or as homework which indicates whether or not a student can go beyond basic facts or skills.

3. Extension homework. Extension homework is assigned in order to observe whether a student can transfer an idea or skill to a new or different situation. A teacher can assign extension homework which indicates whether or not a student can go beyond basic facts or skills.

4. Creativity homework. Creativity homework is putting together concepts and skills in new and different ways. Creativity homework, the least form of homework, takes longer to complete than preparation, practice, or extension homework.
Teachers may choose from these four types of homework in order to provide variety in their teaching plan.