April 12th, 2021 – Weather Week

Hello Families!

I hope you had a nice weekend and are ready for a new week!  Thanks so much to those of you that sent headphones and water bottles with your kids last week.  That is really helpful!

Reading

This week in reading (Unit 6, Week 2), the kids will again practice making and revising predictions and understanding the theme of a story as we read a variety of weather related stories.  We’ll also keep exploring adjectives and review idioms.  You can expect a spelling list to come home Tuesday evening.

Math

In math class, we’ll continue our work with story problems.  The lessons this week are one day lessons, so I anticipate homework every night of the week, except Friday.

Monday-Homework 6-6

Tuesday-Homework 6-7

Wednesday-Homework 6-8

Thursday-Homework 6-9

Friday-No Homework

Writing

In writing, the kids will take their notes and organizers and begin writing the rough draft to their personal narratives.  The topic/prompt is “A Special Experience.”  I’ve seen a lot of good work thus far, and I’m excited to see what the kids can produce!

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

April 6th, 2021 – State Math Test Week

Hello Families!

I hope you had a great weekend and got a chance to enjoy the nice weather.  So glad Spring has finally arrived!

Math

Testing season rolls on in 3rd grade this week, as the kids will take the Nebraska State Math Test on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.  

In math class, we’ll continue our work with story problems.  Due to the state test, I only anticipate a single homework assignment on Wednesday.  

Reading

This week in reading (Unit 6, Week 1), the kids will practice making and revising predictions, understanding the theme of a story, root words and adjectives as we read a variety of mythical stories.   You can expect a spelling list to come home Tuesday evening.

Writing

In writing, we have begun the process of writing a Personal Narrative story.  We’ll choose a topic for the prompt, “A Memorable Experience,” and begin the process.  This project usually creates some good stories, so I’m looking forward to what the kids produce!

Headphones and Water Bottles

Just a reminder that kids are welcome to bring headphones from home to use with their Chromebooks.  My supply has run out, so if you have an old pair at home you can send with your child, that would be great.

Also, we still can’t use the drinking fountains due to COVID, so a water bottle from home comes in pretty handy.  With the temperatures creeping up, it would be helpful to bring one from home.  

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

March 29th, 2021 – Test Season Continues

Hello Families!

This week the kids will wrap up Unit 5 in reading.  We’ll take our unit test on Wednesday and Thursday.  There is no spelling this week due to the unit test.

In math, the kids will continue on with Unit 6.  This unit is primarily word problems, and applying the strategies we’ve practiced all year using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  If all goes well, I anticipate homework on Monday and Wednesday evenings this week

In writing, we’re in the process of learning about a Personal Narrative.  We’ve been writing some short narratives for practice, and will end the week picking a topic for our big narrative project this quarter.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

March 22nd, 2021- Unit 5 Math and State Reading Test Week

Hello Families!

This week will bring lots of testing to your child’s classroom.  On Wednesday and Friday, the kids will take their Nebraska State Reading exam.  This test is a summative assessment on what they have been taught this year.  Then, on Tuesday and Thursday, the kids will take their Unit 5 exam in math.  I wish these didn’t have to occur in the same week, but sometimes that’s just the way things work out.

We will have a spelling list this week, but I only anticipate a review homework in math on Monday evening.  They will have enough on their plates the rest of the week, so I intend to give them a little break from homework.

Zoom families…please note your child will not Zoom in for the test on Wednesday or Friday morning, from 10:30 to 12:00.  The rest of their Zoom day should be fairly routine the rest of the week.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

March 15th, 2021 – 4th Quarter Begins

Hello Families!

I hope your family had a great spring break!  Hard to believe the 4th quarter is here and the stretch run has begun!

Reading

This week in reading (Unit 5, Week 4), the kids will practice asking and answering questions, point of view, possessive nouns and affixes as we read a variety of biographies.  You can expect a spelling list to come home Monday, but there will no longer be a weekly reading homework.

Math

In math class, we’ll begin to review fractions.  We’ll explore equivalent fractions to start the week, and end the week practicing word problems.  I anticipate homework on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

March 1st, 2021 – Fossil Dig and Read Across America Week

Hello Families!

Ah, spring has sprung!  It’s so nice to see that warm temperatures are here, and hopefully will be here to stay!

Reading

This week is week 3 of Unit 5 in reading.  The kids will learn about teamwork this week, as we read a variety of expository texts about the benefits of working together.   We’ll practice asking and answering questions, discuss point of view, context clues and subject-verb agreements in grammar.  You can expect a spelling list to come home Monday, as well as the final reading homework assignment of the year.

Math

In math, we’ve begun unit 5.  The kids are learning about area and perimeter, and we’ll continue with that this week.  I anticipate homework on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings if all goes well.

Writing

The kids will complete their Personal Essay writing assignments this week.  It’s been a long journey, and I look forward to you reading their completed projects.  I will be sure to send a copy home, as well as include it in their year-end portfolio.

Health

The kids are learning about Nutrition again this week.  Last week we learned about the dangers of too much sugar, and the importance of a balanced diet.  This week, we’ll learn about the power of advertising and making good choices when buying food.  Beware…your shopping list may be influenced by their good choices!  🙂

Fossil Dig!

On Friday, the kids will complete a fossil dig.  This activity is quite messy, so I would encourage the kids to wear comfortable clothes that aren’t too fancy!  The plaster molds won’t stain their clothes, but then plaster does tend to get everywhere.  It’s always a fun activity, and one the kids tend to remember long past third grade.

Zoom kids will have a mold ready for them to pick up Friday morning, if they choose to partake.  The only catch is they will need a screwdriver and perhaps a hammer to help them chisel out and excavate the prize inside the mold.  And again, it’s very messy, so the driveway might be the best place to do some digging.  🙂

If this sounds like too much work, they are welcome to skip this activity, and can end their day a little early on Friday at approximately 2:30.

Read Across America Week

Attached is a flyer explaining the spirit week activities for Read Across America Week.  The kids are welcome to dress as described each day, and we’ll enjoy those fun books each day during the week.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

February 22nd, 2021 – Unit 4 Math Test Week

Hello Families!

Hard to believe, but we are coming down the stretch of third quarter!  Where does the time go?

Reading

This week in reading (Unit 5, Week 2), the kids will learn through a variety of texts about recycling.  We’ll practice point of view, summarizing and homographs during our weekly lessons, as well as object pronouns in our grammar lesson.  Spelling will resume again this week, and you can expect a list and a reading homework to come home Monday evening.

Math

In math, we’ll take our Unit 4 (part 2) test this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We’ll review Monday, and then start a new unit at the end of the week.  I anticipate homework on only Monday and Friday evenings due to the test.

Health

The kids will begin a series of lessons on nutrition on Monday.  We’ll explore nutrition, the effects of sugar, how ads can influence what you eat and spend lots of time learning about healthy dietary choices!

Writing

In writing, the kids will begin writing their personal essay rough drafts this week.  By the end of the week we may even begin polishing those into their final drafts.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

February 17th, 2021 – Unit 5 Begins

Hello Families!

COVID…snow days…cold days…if we haven’t learned to roll with the punches by now, we never will!  🙂

In reading…we will begin Unit 5.  We’ll do our best to cram five days of lessons into three days.  Due to the cold day, we will skip spelling for the week.  I will also count the reading homework assignment as a bonus, and not something that must be turned in with this being such a short week.

In math…we’ll complete a couple of lessons, and have homework on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

In writing…we’ll begin writing personal essays this week with a series of preparatory lessons.

Zoom families…you will notice a lot of extra work in the kits this week.  Please save any extra papers we don’t use, as those assignments will likely get pushed back a week due to the cold day.

Have a great week and stay warm!

Eric Wachter

February 8th, 2021 – Unit 4 Reading Test Week

Hello Families!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  The game is just about to start, and I hope it’s a classic!  I don’t really care who wins, but I think I’m going for Tampa Bay because they have a few Huskers on their team.

Reading

This week the kids will take their Unit 4 Reading Test.  We’ll spread it out over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so it’s not overwhelming.  There will be no spelling words this week, but we will have a reading homework assignment.

Math

In math, we’ll continue to practice telling time.  As usual, this is a very hit and miss skill.  My goal is pretty simple…can they first tell the hour?  Then the minute?  Next is minutes after the hour?  It gets tricky determining the minutes to the next hour, and calculating elapsed time.  Any practice at home with telling time would be great, and we’ll keep practicing at school.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

February 1st, 2021-Aviation and Conferences Week

Hello Families!

It will be nice to get back to “normal” this week with Old Man Winter taking a break, it appears!

Reading

In reading (Unit 4, Week 4), we’ll learn from a variety of aviation stories this week.  We’ll practice rereading, cause and effect and multiple meaning words.  You can expect a spelling list and reading homework to come home on Monday evening.  If you don’t see them, please remember you can always access both from our class web page.

Math

In math, we’re starting to practice telling time.  This can be oddly tricky for some, at first, but often turns on like a light switch when it clicks.  It’s also an easy skill to practice at home.  Quiz your child on the time, how long a show will last, how long until bedtime, etc. The more practice the merrier.  I anticipate homework on the following evenings.

Monday-Homework 4-7

Tuesday-Homework 4-8

Wednesday-No Homework

Thursday-Homework 4-9

Friday-No Homework

Embryology

We had a great end to the week playing with the chickadees!  I know a lot of kids took pictures, and so did I!  I will be sharing them at the end of the year in the kids’ year end video.  I’m sure that was an experience they will always remember.

Conferences

As you know, conferences have been pushed back a week due to the storm.  Please look at the attachment to review your time.

Click on this link to Zoom-In to your conference: https://lps.zoom.us/j/5261813917

Initially, you’ll be placed in a “waiting room,” and I will invite you in when your conference begins.  If possible, please sign in with your first and last name, so I can confirm I’m inviting the correct person into the conference.  I look forward to meeting with you via zoom!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter