Direct homework with Google Sites. Kids – and parents – will know exactly what to do. And you’ll get the results you want!
Give Meaningful Homework with Google Sites
My students were struggling with multiplication facts. Sure, I had a strategy that worked. But there just wasn’t enough time in the day. And some kids were lagging behind. I needed help – from parents. But how would I get it?
I decided to make a multiplication facts website. That way, kids could work on it at home – with their parents’ help.
Begin with the Fundamentals
Some of my kids simply needed a little work on fluency. A few, however, needed more. They still hadn’t conceptualized multiplication. So I needed to start with the basics.
First, these students would build models and work with arrays. In the homework website, I showed families how to use objects and then arrays to bolster concepts. Since I wanted them to have all the necessary materials, I linked graph paper at the bottom of the page.
For some reason, working digitally continues to thrill students. Therefore, I added some tactile Google Slides activities too. Kids could simply move and resize rectangles to illustrate facts.
Build in Practice
Once my kids could conceptualize a fact group, I wanted them to work on patterning. For fact groups, that means skip counting. First, they write the pattern. Then they chant it. Over and over. (And for a great tactile touch that appeals to the senses, I asked them to toss something from one hand to the other.)
Before long, the pattern resides in the brain. (Maybe not permanently, but enough for the next step.) Now kids move to Quick Flash II. Yep, online flashcards. I absolutely love this free resource from Multiplication.com.
After kids know their fact groups, it’s time for fluency. Multiplication.com offers another great tool for this: Fact Navigator. Seriously, I don’t know what I did without it. This handy game lets kids take 40-question fact tests – and automatically grades them. Anxiety is reduced. You messed up? Who cares! Just begin again.
For this set of homework activities, tracking progress is super important. Kids keep track of the facts they know and don’t know with three grids.
Homework with Google Sites Can Include Notes to Parents
Sometimes jumping into a website intimidates parents. Therefore, adding a note to them helps.
Get Results from Homework with Google Sites
This stuff really works! Here’s why:
- The teacher uses proven methods and gives clear directions.
- The website allows autonomy.
- Active learning and online games increase engagement.
- Parents get in the act. (And for once, they know what to do.)
Okay, not everyone will follow through. But just think of the progress your class will make when a big chunk of them use meaningful homework.
Other Ways to Present Homework with Google Sites
Instead of using the web page template for all pages, try the announcements template.
With this template, the earliest posts appear at the top.
You can add a page for every period or subject you teach.
Notice that you can link files to the bottom of each page. (No more homework left at school!) If you wish, kids can also add comments. Google calendars, videos, and much more can be embedded in Google Sites. What a powerful classroom tool!
Google Sites in Your Classroom
You can build Classic Google Sites or New Google Sites to direct learning. In addition to homework, you can create websites to supplement learning, organize research, or even, flip your classroom. You can design independent learning modules, webquests, novel studies, or even eBooks. What are you waiting for? Try creating an instructional website today.