Science Holiday Homework

Your child might argue that the only bad thing about winter vacation is holiday homework. Is it really fair to assign work during the holidays? Some teachers, such as ninth grade history teacher Keith McSweeney, say no. “For me, it’s a matter of principle. I think the holidays are a time for students to be with their families and get a break from school,” McSweeney says. “I don’t think it would serve my students well to expect that they spend time studying while they’re on vacation.”

But, many other elementary and high school teachers believe homework is the only way to ensure retention of concepts over the long break from school. Whether holiday homework is helpful or hurtful, for many kids it’s par for the course. The key do dealing with this reality is not waiting to the last minute, says Harris Cooper, Ph.D., renowned homework expert and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. “I would suggest that parents encourage their children to complete their assignments early—ideally, before the relatives arrive,” Cooper says.

Cooper suggests that homework over the holidays be treated like homework at any other time of year: students should determine how much time it will take, and divide it into manageable chunks. “Learning is more effective if it’s done in small doses,” Cooper says.

Best Practices

There are three keys to completing homework effectively: 

  • Have a consistent place in the home to work on assignments.
  • Take frequent, short breaks.
  • Keep the distractions to a minimum.

It’s also important for parents to recognize that every child approaches studying and homework differently. Some children are most effective if they sit down and complete their homework immediately after school; others work best if they have an opportunity to run around outside for a half an hour before they begin. Some children need small rewards for completing their homework; others will do their homework without incentives. Children also are interested in different subjects and have their own individual sets of strengths and weaknesses. Some children excel in at-home science projects; others cry over their writing assignments.

“It’s unrealistic to expect that children are going to be enthusiastic about every subject they study in school,” says Charles Smith, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. “A big part of the learning process is understanding that there are some things we simply have to do, whether we like it or not.” And that applies to homework—even during the holidays. 

Parental Involvement

Smith suggests that parents can help their children by entering into a dialogue with teachers. “If you know you’re going to be out of town for ten days, you can talk to the teachers ahead of time and see if they have any advice about how you might help your child complete the homework. Good teachers will work with you to make the homework manageable,” he says. 

Often, homework assigned over winter break is thematically linked to the holidays. When this occurs, children and parents should take advantage of the opportunity to work together on the homework. Children might benefit from talking to parents or grandparents about their holiday traditions and experiences, or families could work together to experiment with holiday-related science or math projects.p>

Most importantly, Smith says, parents need to recognize their role in helping children set ground rules for doing homework, such when it’s done, where it’s done, and when breaks will be taken. Smith emphasizes that breaks between homework assignments should not be watching television. “Breaks should be active. Playing a fifteen-minute game of football is a good idea; even playing a video game is a good idea. Lying on the couch watching TV isn’t.”

There’s still time before the holidays begin. Consider having your children check in with their teachers now. It’s always helpful to be prepared.

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Holiday Homework Solutions (During Summer Vacations) facility for 2017 – 2018 is being maintained to help the students and parents to complete the holiday homework comfortably. You are requested to upload your holiday homework in PDF format and get the solutions with in a week. You can also upload your maths or science problems which you want to know. If the problems are related to NCERT or Exemplar Problems please refer to NCERT Solutions page to get this. The solutions of holiday homework should be uploaded along with the school name at the end of this page. Notification of completion of homework will not be given by the website, you have to check yourself after a week for the solutions.

Students of the upper primary level (Class 6, 7 and 8) are already well informed and are keen to find and learn more. According to CBSE bulletin in session 2017 – 2018, while assigning and preparing homework for the students, it is important to note they are able to develop the skills like relating, thinking, concluding, inferring. Homework should be such that the student neither feel it burdensome nor they lose interest in the subject matter. Moreover it is useful in providing them a happy experience. Homework therefore needs to be thought about and worked upon differently. Emphasis should be given on Vedic mathematics, designing quality homework rather than its quantity.


Encompassing the aforesaid ideas, the CBSE has brought forth a Manual, “Alternatives to Holiday Homework Solutions” for classes VI to VIII. It is collection of ideas transformed into suggestive activities that are creative, interesting, meaningful and interactive, enhancing various skills, directly or indirectly related to subject matter providing students to enhance their learning and gaining knowledge.

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A well rounded development of individual knowledge happens not only from textbooks and formal education but more from the learner’s personal experiences, individual inquisitive nature and social surroundings. Homework is an area of importance and to make it more relevant for the classes 6th, 7th and 8th, appropriate strategies and meaningful activities may be suggested to the schools that give more time to child to explore the environment to develop creative thinking. These activities (like OTBA for class 9 & 11 ) would be so framed that they keep the child interested in subjects and therefore would also help in enhancing the learning power.

Homework is one of the areas that need urgent attention. As the students of class VI, VII and VIII develop a certain learning style and want to know and find more and more. Efforts should be made to make homework more creative and interesting so that the students do not feel burdensome while doing the same and the ultimate purpose of providing homework is served.

A survey was conducted through questionnaire prepared by CBSE to collect feedback from parents, teachers, students and other educationists on “Alternatives to Homework at Upper Primary Level” for Class Sixth, Seventh and Eighth so that appropriate strategies and meaningful activities can be designed and suggested to schools. The questions were directed to know the ideal quantity and purpose of the homework, whether homework should be assigned in all the subjects, internet usage should be a part of the homework or not, how homework helps in teaching.

Keeping in view emerging issues, there is a need to think about giving quality homework emphasizing on acquiring applied learning skills. Few points can be kept in mind while designing a quality homework by teachers:

  • Provide students capacity building activities which are followed up and acknowledged like drawing, creative writing, making puzzles, stories, plays, online games, readingonline books and craft.
  • Provide them assignment sheets which improve their reading & writing abilities. Homework must enable the student to practice a skill independently.
  • A possible discussion can be held with different children on what they would like to do at home to improve in which ever area they deem necessary. Homework must be designed in a way that maximizes the chances of its completion by the students.
  • Parents should be able to understand the child’s needs and schools suggestions on how to learn mathematics, logical reasoning, etc. by doing puzzles, writing letters, reading to elders from the newspapers, making household lists, recipe making and cooking.
  • Learners who have dyslexia or number difficulty should have practice assignments overcoming their problems.

The child in middle school have a keenness to discover more and prepare for the examination. Learning is about developing new faculties, which become useful as an adult. The years 12 to 15 are years when rules become important, and doing well, excelling are given importance both at home and in the class. As the child grows chronically  his/her emotional maturity also grows and there are interests which are beyond just what lessons can give.

The homework assigned should:

  • enhance study habits and practice skills (which learners are able to perform independently)
  • reinforce necessary skills both scholastic and co-scholastic among the learners.
  • enable learners to become independent learners and thinkers and develop among them 21st century skills so that they can participate in Make in India in future.
  • lead to the improvement in the academic achievement of the learner.
  • expand on the existing knowledge of the learners and be a part of the already acquired competencies in the classroom.
  • not put unneeded pressure or stress by including new learning material or difficult material to be worked upon by learners themselves.
  • be curriculum based and as per developmental needs of the learners.
  • not require specific resources or technology which is not accessible to all learners.
  • have clearly defined, purposeful, creative and engaging activities.

It is also advised that teachers can refer to Life Skills Manuals, Health Manuals and Environmental Education Manuals which contain age appropriate and interesting activities which can be taken up by the learners individually. These activities can be assigned to learners so as to enhance their life skills, values and make them health conscious.

Homework is needed, and necessary for a teacher to be able to follow up with each child. The correction and feedback on homework is an important input that helps both parents and children to follow up and improve in areas which are needed. The recourse extra classes, can be reduced if the homework is used for learning improvement and acquisition of diverse skills. We are providing a handful help to solve or helping in solving the holiday homework.


Please mention the school name properly [like ABC Public School, Janak Puri, Delhi (India)], so that the other students of the same school can download the material without uploading the same homework.

Holiday Homework Solutions

(Academic Year 2016 – 2017 )

  1. Bal Bharti Public School, Manesar, Gurgaon

  2. DAV Model School, Durgapur, West Bengal

  3. Delhi International School, Dharma, New Delhi, India

  4. Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok, India

  5. DAV Public School, Anand Vihar, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha

  6. DPS Jodhpur

  7. Jamia Senior Secondary School, JMI, New Delhi

  8. Kendriya Vidyalaya Barrackpore (army)

  9. Kendriya Vidhyalaya, FRI, Dehradun

  10. Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF Avadi, Chennai

  11. Kendriya Cidyalaya, Bailey Road, Patna, Bihar

  12. St Dominic Savio’s High School, Patna, Bihar

  13. The Mann School

  14. Yuvashakti Model School (Rohini Branch)


We are trying to help the students as our level best. That’s why we have started this section. For the academic year 2017 – 2018, we will uploading solutions from first week of June 2017. We going to start another section “Projects and Working models” which will help the students to take ideas for working models for the classes 6, 7 and 8. For the class 9 and 10 there will be project files and models for their FA exams. We also upload investigatory project  of Physics and Chemistry for class 12 and Computer Science projects and Programme.

If you are in need of some special project that is not uploaded so far, please inform us through FORUMsection, we will try to upload or directly send to you through mail. Our main motive is to help you without giving any trouble. Feel free to contact us.

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