Generally, I fill out these sheets each morning during our silent reading period. During this time I also meet, one-on-one, with the students who are returning from an absence so I can discuss with them everything I wrote on the sheet. Sometimes I will have the students take their make-up work home, while other times I will have them work on the activities in class, as time permits. My decision depends on the complexity of the task, whether my students will need access to certain materials, and the the number of days the students missed.
I encourage parents to come to the classroom at the end of each day their child misses (or send a sibling or trusted friend) to collect the work so that everything can be made up as expeditiously as possible, though I fully understand this is not always possible. Since I started using these sheets many years ago, I have been better able to keep track of my studentsâ€˜ work and ensure they remain caught up with regard to our state content standards.
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