What can I do on the Assignments page?
Freckle allows teachers to assign practice to students in all subjects, giving more control over what work students are completing. Teachers can assign adaptive practice sessions, targeted practice assignments, fact practice, benchmark assessments, Inquiry-Based Lessons, articles, stories, and a plethora of other options. With Assigned Practice, teachers can plan assignments accordingly and ensure little confusion around what work to complete.
On the Teacher Dashboard, teachers can directly send any of these assignments or assessments to students' accounts. Just select Assignments in the left navigation bar to get started.
Here's what you can do with the Math Assignments feature
Select + Add an Assignment in the upper-right corner to begin assigning work to your students.
You will see the different subjects in which you can create assignments first, and then the various types of assignments that you can send to your students in each subject. Scroll down to learn a bit more about each assignment type.
Math Assignment Types
Teachers can choose to have students working at their individual levels within a domain by assigning an adaptive practice session. Teachers choose the domain in which they want students working and have the ability to send the assignment to their entire class or selected students. Each student's adaptive practice assignment will be personalized so he or she is answering questions at his or her level within the chosen domain.
Fact Practice Assignments
Teachers can assign fact practice to students to help them achieve fact mastery. Teachers can choose which operations they would like students to practice, and Freckle will automatically assign facts to each student at their individual level. This is a great way to increase students' familiarity with facts.
Number Facts Assignments
Number Facts is an introduction to basic arithmetic and helps early learners develop important math skills by focusing on basic operations. This guided program comes complete with audio and is heavy on the visuals and instruction, ensuring younger students are given the support they need to grasp the very basics of math.
Targeted Practice Assignments
Teachers can choose to have all students working on the same grade-level standard by assigning a targeted practice assignment. Teachers choose the domain and standard they are working on and have the ability to send the assignment to their entire class or selected students. Assigning targeted practice assignments is a great way to track student mastery on a particular standard. These assignments can be used as formative assessments or quizzes to help inform what standards to reteach and to whom. They can help decide how to form small groups for remediation as well.
Teachers also have the ability to assign benchmark assessments to their students. These benchmarks are customizable as teachers can choose to assess all domains and standards at a grade level, all standards within one domain at a grade level, or even one specific grade-level standard. Benchmark assessments can help teachers measure growth over time, isolate student strengths and weaknesses, or determine what standards still need to be taught before state testing.
Inquiry-Based Lessons are cross-curricular activities that build conceptual understanding of mathematical topics while students explore real-world scenarios. They can be done in a whole-class setting with the teacher as the facilitator, or they can be assigned to students to complete individually or in smaller groups.
ELA Assignment Types
Targeted ELA Skills Practice
ELA Skills Practice allows students to hone in on a particular ELA skill or standard, and then complete repetitive practice on that skill. Students will work with text snippets, answering 2–3 questions related to a particular skill as they develop a firmer understanding of the reading strategy/concept.
Articles & Stories
Articles (non-fiction) and stories (fiction) are longer-form and require students to answer anywhere from 4–6 questions per assignment. With over 1,200 articles/stories in the system covering a wide variety of topics and interests, teachers can always find an article/story to either align perfectly with what they're currently teaching or with a student's interests. Articles and stories also come with writing prompts and vocabulary practice, which the teacher can determine whether or not to include in the assignment.
Word Study is a practice type that allows students to work with common word and spelling patterns as they develop into readers. With over 180 levels that build on each other over time, teachers can isolate a particular level that has been difficult for students (for example, long vs. short vowel sounds), and create a word study assignment that focuses on exactly that skill. Most useful in grades K–6, some elementary school teachers find great benefits in assigning word study practice to their students, while most prefer to use the adaptive version of the program that allows students to automatically advance as they develop mastery of a sort.
Developing decoding skills as an emerging reader is vital, and these short-form stories ensure that students have access to practice those skills with fun texts. Each decodable comes with illustrations and questions to assess for comprehension. The questions have an audio component to keep the focus on the decoding sounds prevalent in the story text.
Freckle currently offers 5 versions of each ELA Benchmark Assessment for grade levels 3–8. These benchmark assessments cover every ELA standard, including informational text standards, literature standards, writing standards, speaking & listening standards, and language standards. They are meant to be assigned at multiple times throughout the year to monitor student growth and isolate where to focus next. Teachers will have access to a robust set of student data on every assessment.