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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
Thursday-Homework 6-3
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