April 15th, 2019 – Springtime???

Good Morning Families!

This week it appears the weather is done messing with out minds!  Finally!  As we enjoy the warmth, your kids will learn about some extreme weather during their reading stories this week.  We’ll practice making predictions, learning the theme of each story, as well as practice idioms.  You can also expect to see a spelling list come home this evening.

In Math, we’ll take our Unit 6 test this week.  Once again, the test is loooooooong.  So, we’ll break it apart over a few days.  As a result, you can expect homework in my Math class on Monday.  The rest of the week, we’ll focus on the test.

In Writing, the kids will begin a rough draft of their personal narrative.  The topic is “A Special Experience,” and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they produce.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the weather this week!

Eric Wachter

April 8th, 2019-State Math Test Week

Good Morning Families!

Ah, testing season!  It continues this week again for your kids, as they will take their Nebraska State Test in Math.  This test will take place on Tuesday and Thursday of this week for most kids.  As a result, homework will be sporadic, at best.  I anticipate homework on Monday and Wednesday in my Math class, but we’ll play it by ear.

The rest of the week should be fairly normal.  The kids will learn about Myths and Drama in their stories this week.  We will resume spelling, too, so a list should be coming home Monday evening.

In Writing, we’ll continue learning about Personal Narratives, and will complete some exercises to help the kids prepare for their own narrative story.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

April 1st, 2019 – Unit 5 Test Week

Hello Families!

Last week, I was incredibly proud of all the kids that took their state reading test on Monday and Thursday.  The classroom environment was perfect, and the effort that was put into those exams was outstanding!  We won’t know the results until summer, but I couldn’t have been more proud of their focus and dedication to do their best!

Unfortunately, the kids will have to tackle their Unit 5 reading test this week.  Thankfully, it’s a reduced version due to the state testing, and it won’t be such a drain mentally.  Because it’s the end of the unit, we won’t have spelling this week.

In Math, the kids began Unit 6 last week.  As you probably saw from the homework, much of our practice is word problem practice.  That will continue again this week and for the rest of the Unit.  In my Math class, I’m anticipating homework on the following nights.

Monday-Homework 6.4

Tuesday-Homework 6.5

Wednesday-No Homework

Thursday-Homework 6.6

Friday-No Homework

In Writing, we’ll begin the process of writing a Personal Narrative this week.  We’ll complete several lessons to help us understand what a narrative story is, and how to construct one.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

 

March 25th, 2019-State Reading Test Week

Hello Parents!
I hope you all had a good week, and have some fun plans ahead for this weekend!
I’m sending next week’s email a tad early, just to remind you that the majority of kids will begin their State Reading Test on Monday.  Then, we’ll give them a couple of days of normalcy, before we finish the test on Thursday.   We’ve been working towards this test all year, so hopefully the kids will shine during the exams next week!  I told them to simply get a good night’s rest before the test, eat a good breakfast and take the challenge head on!
In reading next week, we’ll learn about energy and natural resources through a variety of expository texts.  We’ll practice asking and answering comprehension questions, as well as cause and effect.  I do plan on having spelling this week, as we should have enough time to practice our words during the week.
In Math, we’ll begin Unit 6.  In this unit, the kids will practice a large variety of word problems.  We’ll also be reviewing a variety of concepts to help prepare the kids for the State Math Test in a couple of weeks.  In my Math class, I anticipate homework on the following nights.
Monday-Homework 6-1
Tuesday-Homework 6-2
Wednesday-None
Thursday-Homework 6-3
Friday-None
In Writing, we’ll practice a little spring poetry, and decorate our lockers with an acrostic rainbow poem.  We have had three kids move in the past couple of months, so I also plan on allowing the kids a little time to write letters to those kids that have moved.
Thanks for reading, and thanks so much for helping your child be ready and at their best Monday morning for the big test!
Eric Wachter

March 18th, 2019 – Unit 5 Math Test Week

Hello Families!

I hope you all had a restful Spring Break, and were able to do some fun things with your kids!  Personally, I’m glad it appears winter is over, and I’m ready to crank things up for the stretch run of the school year.

This week in Reading (Unit 5, Week 4), the kids will learn through a variety of biographical stories.  We’ll practice asking and answering questions and discuss an author’s point of view when telling a story.  The kids will have a spelling list this week, but the Literacy Homework has concluded.

In Math, the kids will spend the first few days of the week reviewing for the Unit 5 Test.  The kids will likely have homework on Monday and Tuesday in preparation, then we’ll take the test on Wednesday and Thursday.

In Writing, the kids will kid some typing practice, as they will type the Personal Essays they completed before break.  We’ll also practice some Spring poetry.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

March 4th, 2019 – Chicks, Fossils and Dr. Seuss!

Hello Families,

This week your child will enjoy a number of really fun activities in class!

First, our chicks will likely begin to hatch sometime around Monday and Tuesday.  Hopefully we’ll have a good hatch rate, and get some quality play time with the little cuties!  Your child is welcome to bring a camera to take pictures of the fun.  However, I will also take A LOT of pictures, and make them all available to you.

Second, it’s Dr. Seuss Week!  Below and attached to the weekly email you’ll see a list of the daily celebrations to celebrate his birthday.

Monday-Bring a Stuffed Animal

Tuesday-Wear Crazy Socks

Wednesday-Wacky Hair and Outfits

Thursday-Pajama Day

Friday-Bring Something to Share (that fits in your pocket!)

Third, we’ll complete a fossil dig on Friday afternoon.  The kids will excavate a fossil out of plaster of paris, just as a paleontologist would do from sand or rock!  The activity gets a little messy, so it would be wise to not wear the fanciest clothes that day.

In Reading, we’ll tackle expository texts this week.  The kids will learn about teamwork, and how rescue workers use teamwork to solve problems.  We will have spelling, as well as the last Literacy Homework assignment of the year.

In Math, the kids will continue to practice perimeter and area, and then move on to a review of fractions.  In my class, I’m hesitant to predict what evenings we’ll have homework.  The pacing guide has a couple of review days built it, so I’m going to play homework by ear, based on the review lessons.

Thanks for reading, and I hope your child enjoys this busy, busy, busy week!

Eric Wachter

February 25th, 2019 – Recycling and Inspiration Week

Good Morning Families,

I hope you’re staying warm and safe with all the snow from last weekend.  It took me twice as long to drive to school today, but I’m happy to be here and ready for a new week!

This week the kids will learn about the importance of recycling, reducing and reusing trash and household items.  As we learn about recycling, we’ll practice summarizing, point of view and homographs in our realistic fiction stories.  We are back to a full week, so we’ll have spelling and a literacy homework this week.

In Math, we’ll continue practicing perimeter and area.  The first few lessons are two days long, so I’m anticipating homework in my class on the following evenings.

Monday – Homework 5.2

Tuesday – None

Wednesday – Homework 5.3

Thursday – Homework 5.4

Friday – None

In Writing, the kids are in the process of writing their Personal Essays.  The topic is, “A Person I Admire.”  We will begin the rough draft this week, and will hopefully finish up the final draft before spring break.

On Friday, the kids will enjoy a special treat, as Arnold will be visited by a handful of student athletes from the University of Nebraska.  The event is known as the “School is Cool Jam,” and the athletes will discuss the importance of hard work and studying to help you accomplish your goals in life.  It’s always fun to see the athletes in person, and hopefully the kids will draw plenty of inspiration from their stories.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

February 19th, 2019 – Winter Bliss?

Good Morning Families!

I am thankful to start a new week that does not involve the massive Reading and Math tests your children took last week!  However, as much as I hoped for a little normalcy, it sure looks like we’ll be interrupted by snow again, tomorrow.  That being the case, I’m going to put a qualifier on this week’s spelling words.  If we don’t have a snow day…we’ll have a spelling list.  If we do have a snow day…we’ll cancel the list.  So, expect a list to come home tonight just to be safe, and then we’ll play it by ear with the weather.

We will have a literacy homework this week, however.  Our reading theme is week will focus on fairy tales, and what we can learn from them.  We’ll practice summarizing, point of view and root words in our practice.

In Math, we’ll change our focus to solving perimeter and area for the next few lessons.  We’ll learn ways to find perimeter and area in a variety of shapes, using different strategies.  The first three lessons will cover two days, so in my Math class I anticipate homework on the following nights.

Tuesday – No Homework

Wednesday – Homework 5-1

Thursday – No Homework

Friday – Homework 5-2

In writing, we’ll begin preparations for writing a Personal Essay about “A Person I Admire.”  And, in Science our eggs arrived last week for Embryology.  If all goes well, we’ll have 12 new little fuzzy classmates hatching around March 5th.

Thanks for reading and stay warm this week!

Eric Wachter

February 11th, 2019 – Test Week

Good Morning Families,

This week your children will take their unit tests in both Reading and Math.  On top of that, conferences are being held on Tuesday and Thursday evening.  On top of that, our eggs will be delivered on Tuesday for our Embryology Unit.  Oh, and on top of that, we’ll host our Valentine’s Day party on Thursday!  Not to mention the weather may play havoc with our week.  Busy, busy, busy!!!

Hopefully Mother Nature will leave us alone this week!  We will have no spelling due to the unit ending, but there will be a Literacy Homework assignment.  In my Math class, I anticipate two review homework assignments on Monday and Tuesday.  As for Valentine’s day, I posted a list of all the kids’ names on this web site.  I also included a list on the weekly email.  Cards, small store bought candies, pencils, erasers…little gifts like that are approved.  Please don’t bring in an Apple Pie for every student!  Ha!

Thanks for reading, stay warm, and have a good week!

Eric Wachter

February 4th, 2019 – Poetry Week

Good Morning Families,

This week the kids will learn their lessons with the help of both narrative and free verse poems.  We’ll also revisit all the different types of figurative language we’ve learned, including alliteration, idioms, imagery, metaphors, onomatopoeias and similes.  We will have a new spelling list this week, and the kids will have literacy homework, as well.

In Math class we’ll continue practicing telling time, and then end the week with some graphing lessons.  Our Unit 4 test is fast approaching, so we’ll do some review, as well.  I’m hesitant to predict homework lessons this week, as I’m going to have to condense some lessons due to the cold day.  I anticipate homework this evening, but the rest of the week we’ll just have to play it by ear.

In Writing, the kids had fun completing their “What Am I?” animal book pages last week.  A few kids got to share, and we’ll finish that project up early this week.  Soon we’ll begin our preparation for writing a Personal Essay.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter