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May 11th, 2020 – Animal Week

Hello Families,

I swear…my days are so confused lately.   I spend most of my time prepping for the next week, and it’s hard to stay in the present.  It’s like all the days feel the same.  In the process, I can’t seem to get these weekly updates out on Sunday or Monday anymore.  Ugh!  I bet some of you can relate?  Ha!

This week in reading, the kids will enjoy expository text stories about animals!  There are two good lessons…one about butterflies (Monday), and another about alligators and crocodiles (Wednesday).  Both lessons also have some AWESOME short videos to enjoy to help add context to the animals they are reading about.  During the lessons, the kids will practice comparing and contrasting animals, rereading and adverbs.  You probably also saw there is a spelling list that goes with Unit 6, Week 4.  Lastly, there are two fun bonus lessons featuring the books “Make Way for Ducklings” on Tuesday and “The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” on Thursday.  Two classics I hope the kids enjoy.

In math class, the kids will learn (or did learn today) about milliliters and liters on Tuesday.  Then on Thursday, they will have a lesson about customary weight and metric mass.  Both lessons have follow up assignments that are Chromebook friendly, and don’t need to be printed.

In social studies, a second lesson set was posted, as well.  I believe the kids have to log in through MyVRSpot in order to see the videos, just like they do for reading and math.  There were a few problems with viewing last week, so I’m hoping that is the solution to seeing those videos.

On Friday, I’m looking forward to seeing the kids at our weekly Zoom Class Meeting at 12:00 (Code: 526-181-3917).  We’ll watch a great Reading Rainbow about “Humphrey the Lost Whale.”  A classic!

Last Week of School

On Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00…I’d like to invite the kids to a special Zoom watch party of the movie “Kicking and Screaming.”  It’s a hilarious movie about Will Farrell becoming a soccer Dad.  It’s a tradition I show this movie the last day or two of school, so why not continue during quarantine, right?  🙂  Grab some popcorn and a soda, and watch with us!

On Thursday, May 21st at 1:00…I’d like to invite the kids to another Zoom watch party.  We’ll take a trip down memory lane and watch a video called, “School Days…”   It’s a collection of photographs and memories from the past year set to music.  It KILLS me we can’t do this in person, as it’s my favorite tradition of the year.  But, this is the next best thing!  Traditionally, my past students LOVE this day of reflection, and I can’t wait to show it to everyone.

The code for both meetings will remain the same: 526-181-3917.

Please, please, please, make sure your child can join us for both of these fun days, especially the last day of school.   I don’t want this darn virus to steal closure to the school year for all of us!

Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of the week!

Eric Wachter

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