So to brighten up our Zoom drained children, we did a writing task on The Homework Machine. Here is how it worked with our ‘Read, Think, Write’ method
…First we read Shel Silverstein’s “Homework Machine”Oh, the Homework Machine, Most perfectcontraption that’s ever been seen. Just put in your homework, then drop in a dime,Snap on the switch, and in ten seconds’ time,Your homework comes out, quick and clean as can be.Here it is— ‘nine plus four?’ and the answer is ‘three.’Three?Oh me . . .I guess it’s not as perfect As I thought it would be.
Theme Vocabulary- Explore the word “contraption” -why is it not called an invention? Slots , dials , levers , prototype, patent and descriptive terms like ingenious , masterpiece , perfected , engineering, aesthetic
Grade 3/4 -If you were to build your own Homework Machine , how would it look? Draw/Describe it in detail with dials/levers /zany names for Subject selector buttons . …kids even added handwriting font generator buttons as well
Grade 5- We took the same starting point and moved ahead ….Add a paragraph to explain how you go the extra mile to add a quality checker. … Tweak your machine further to incorporate accuracy settings to include no of cancellations , wrong answers/ spellings, missed punctuations and more. …Add away to make it invisible to the parents/friends by making it look/ turn in to a folder /teddy bear/school bag , so no one can figure out your secret
Grade 6/7With the above steps, we also bought a bit of reading from “The Homework Machine” by Dan Gutman.We talk about academic honesty, ethics and plagiarism. Then, we used the Ten Commandments of Homework to inspire a last paragraph to justify why using a homework machine was okay!
Have fun making your own Homework Machine
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