• Montgomery Lower Middle School

    Recommendations for Grades 5 & 6
    Homework Guidelines


    1. Homework should be relevant to classroom activities and student goals.

    2. Homework is intended to be an independent activity for children, to help build student responsibility, in addition to extending classroom learning.

    3. Homework should never be punitive in nature.

    4. All students should be encouraged to read outside of school in their free time. The goal of LMS is to create lifelong readers. Any reading assigned as homework should apply skills and strategies taught in school.

    5. The amount of homework assigned daily should not exceed the grade level times twelve minutes for all subjects combined. For example, in sixth grade, it would be 6 x 12 = 72 minutes in total. Parents should communicate with teachers if this guideline is repeatedly exceeded. Homework for music will be in addition to these averages, as well as nightly reading (Independent reading).

    6. Teachers may or may not assign homework on a given night.

    7. Holiday homework assignments should be avoided whenever possible. Homework should not be given on religious or cultural holidays as listed on the board-approved calendar.

    8. Parents who want additional homework for their children beyond these guidelines may supplement school assignments on their own.  MTSD also provides a web-based learning tool for students, Freckle, that is available to all students in grades 5 & 6, free of charge.

    9. These homework guidelines will be communicated to parents at the start of the school year and posted on the LMS Website.