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September 21st, 2020 – History Week

Hello Families!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Personally, I was glued to the couch watching golf and football.  So nice to have some live sports back!


This week is Unit 1, Week 5 in reading.  We’ll spend the week learning about expository texts while reading about famous landmarks and monuments throughout the United States.  We’ll practice asking and answering questions, as well as finding the main idea of a text.  We’ll also practice correcting run-on sentences, as well as learn about multiple meaning words.  You can expect a practice spelling list to come home Monday, and our weekly test will be on Friday.

Spelling Test

This Friday (I think!), I’m going to attempt a digital form of the spelling test.  I will say the words as always, but the kids will type them into a Google Form document, rather than write them.  I think this will be helpful for the Zoom-In learners, as they can take and submit their test all at the same time.  I’m crossing my fingers we never go to all remote learning, but in case we do, I think it will be helpful for all the kids to know how to do this method.  The nice thing is, the kids will receive an immediate score.  The drawback is they don’t have a physical test to bring home.  Please feel free to email me if you want to know their exact score for the week.  Like I said…I think I’m going to give it a try this week and see how it goes!


In math class, we’ll wrap up our lesson for Unit 1 by mid-week.  Then, we’ll spend a couple days reviewing at the end of the week.  Our unit test will be the following week.  I expect to have homework each night next week, as we prepare for that test.  That is, of course, unless we don’t finish a lesson and get to homework, as was the case Friday.

Monday – Homework 1-15 or 1-16

Tuesday – Homework 1-17

Wednesday – Homework 1-18

Thursday – Review 1.1

Friday – Review 1.2 and 1.3


In writing, the kids have been learning their capital cursive letters, as well as reviewing their lowercase letters.  I’ve been really impressed with their work so far!  Some kids actually have better cursive than manuscript, I think.  Ha!

Remote Learners

I have tweaked the minutes for our daily schedule, to allow for a little smoother transition between subjects in the afternoon.  Please look at the attachments to see the exact times, but I basically bumped the start of independent work to 1:45, and the start of writing to 2:50.  This should ease the stress trying to stay on schedule in the afternoon.

Thank you so much for returning any papers, work, spelling, homework, etc, that your child is working on.  It really helps me to formulate a grade for them based on their work.  I’ll say again, if they write on it…return it!  I’d love to look at anything they are doing.

Thanks so much for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

Class Web Site:  Mr. Wachter’s Class

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