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August 26th, 2019 – Reading MAP #1 Test Week

Hello Families!

This week the kids will take their first of three reading “MAP” tests.  These tests are not based on what I will teach the kids in class, but instead are broad, skill based tests to check their overall learning progress to this point.  Most kids will take part 1 on Tuesday, and part 2 on Wednesday.  Some students will have slightly different testing times, but will likely fall sometime during the week.

In a few weeks, the kids will take round 1 of the math MAP tests.  Basically, they will take the reading and math portions in the fall, again in the winter, and lastly in the spring.  Again, these tests are not based on what we’re teaching in class.  Therefore, there really isn’t anything you can do to study or prepare for them in advance.  All the kids can do is give their best effort each test day!

When we’re not testing this week, we will have our regular reading curriculum, including a spelling list.  We’ll learn from a variety of realistic fiction stories, practice sequencing, context clues and review visualization.

In Math class, we’ll review multiplying and dividing with 2s and 5s.  Then, later in the week we’ll explore 10s, 8s and perhaps 9s.  In my math class, I anticipate homework on the following evenings.

Monday-Homework 1-6

Tuesday-No Homework

Wednesday-No Homework

Thursday-Homework 1-7

Friday-Homework 1-8

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

August 19th, 2019 – Into the Swing!

Hello Families!

I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend, and are gearing up for a new week!  I’m excited to start this week and get into our normal routine with our regular curriculum and full-length school days.

This week, we’ll begin our regular reading curriculum.  Each Unit is six weeks long, with a Unit test given during the sixth week.  The first five weeks we will have spelling lists, and those begin tomorrow.  Please be on the look-out for a practice list coming home on Monday.  Nightly practice is always helpful, even if just for 5-10 minutes here or there.  Each Friday we will take our spelling test.

On weeks 2 and 4 of each unit, we’ll have a reading quiz.  This week we’ll do a practice test, and most of the time during weeks 1 and 3 we’ll do some review activities.  Some of the skills we’ll practice this week come from several fantasy stories we’ll read.  From them we’ll practice character traits, visualization and learn about synonyms.

In Math we’ll continue to learn about multiplication, and introduce division, as well.  For those kids in my Math class, I expect to have homework on the nights listed below.  If your child is in another room for Math, their assignment list might be slightly different.

Monday-Homework 1-3

Tuesday-No Homework

Wednesday-Homework 1-4

Thursday-No Homework

Friday-Homework 1-5

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

August 12th, 2019 – First Day of School!

Hello Families!

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!  I’m so excited to be your child’s teacher, and I can’t wait to crank things up tomorrow!

I will be sending out weekly emails on Sunday or Monday in an effort to keep you in the loop with regards to your child’s learning.  This week, our main focus will be getting to know each other!  We will engage in several fun activities in an effort to build a strong school family.

Our Reading program technically begins in week two, but we will spend several lessons this week reviewing the basics of sentence structure and punctuation.  In Math, we will dive right in with Multiplication and Division.  Those concepts will be our main focus for both Units 1 and 2 in Math.

I will serve as your child’s homeroom teacher.  But in Math and Writing, your child may attend class with another teacher.  We will all teach the same core instruction, but have attempted to group your child with a teacher than can best meet his/her needs.

You can expect homework this week in Math.  In my class, I’m anticipated homework on the following evenings.  However, please note these are subject to change, especially if a lesson runs long or a I don’t feel they kids are ready for the assignment.

Monday-No Homework

Tuesday-Homework 1-1

Wednesday-All About You!

Thursday-Homework 1-2

Friday-No Homework

Thanks so much for reading, and again, I couldn’t be more excited for the new year!

Eric Wachter


August 8th, 2019 – Welcome to Third Grade!

Hello Families!

Thanks for stopping by your chid’s class web page!  Please take a tour, click on the tabs, and see what resources this site has to offer.  I will do my best to update the site weekly throughout the year, so you might consider bookmarking it for quick reference.

Enjoy the last few days of summer, and I look forward to seeing your kids next week!

Eric Wachter