September 17, 2018

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was wonderful to see so many students and parents at the fall festival! Hopefully everyone had a good time despite the heat.  IOWA testing continues Monday and Tuesday so please arrive to school early.

Extra, Extra…Read All About Me!  Congratulations Ethan, our Star Student of the Week!This Week…We will continue to multiply whole numbers and focus on the partial product strategy then learn the standard algorithm.  MGSE5.NBT.5 Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm (or other strategies demonstrating understanding of multiplication) up to a 3 digit by 2 digit factor. and Reading and writing instruction will be limited this week due to IOWA Testing and Target on Friday.  During Reader’s Workshop, students will read independently and continue to write Stop and Jots that focus on theme, plot, and characters.  During Writer’s Workshop, students will edit their personal narrative and add “show don’t tell” language.  Our goal is to complete this writing by Friday.

Wordly Wise Lesson 1 activities are due Thursday.  We will then begin spelling activities and test the unit next Thursday. We have completed the Constructive and Destructive Forces unit.  We will review the study guide on Monday and test the unit on Tuesday.  Our next unit is Classification of Organisms.We will continue learning about the Government and focus on due process.  Heritage Day is Friday.  Please join us for our Heritage Celebration at 11:00 – 12:00.  Project boards are due Wednesday.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂






International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Friday, September 21st

Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities.

  • Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.
  • Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st.

September 10, 2018

Welcome to another busy week!  Zaxby’s Night is Tuesday beginning at 5:00pm and our Fall Festival is Friday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

T-shirt orders are due Wednesday, $10.00 cash only, please.  

5th grade students will begin taking the IOWA test on Thursday.  Please have your child arrive to school on time.  We will begin testing at 8:00am.  Students who arrive late will be held in the media center and will have to take the test at a later time.  The testing schedule is: Thursday – reading, Friday – language arts, Monday – math, and Tuesday – science and social studies. 

Extra, Extra, Read All About Me…Congratulations Aiden, our Star Student of the Week!

This Week…My math class will begin working on multiplying whole numbers, MGSE5.NBT.5 Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm (or other strategies demonstrating understanding of multiplication) up to a 3 digit by 2 digit factorReader’s Workshop lessons will focus on theme and character, ELAGSE5RL2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.  We will also begin our first vocabulary & spelling unit, Wordly Wise lesson 1.  Students will continue writing their personal narrative, roller coaster stories, ELAGSE5W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.  We will focus on characters, dialogue, and word choice.We will complete the Constructive and Destructive unit this week,  S5E1 Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to identify surface features on the Earth caused by constructive &/or destructive processes. Students will also work on their study guide and review for the unit test scheduled for early next week.As part of our standards, on Tuesday, students will learn about the events of September 11, 2001 and analyze their impact on American life, SS5H7b.  This is a complex topic and we will watch a 9/11 BrainPOP and use a timeline that outlines the events of the day.

Just a reminder that Heritage tri-fold boards are completed at home and due Wednesday, 9/19.  Students should use their in class research information to complete the project.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂


September 3, 2018

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and spent quality time with the ones you love!  The football season has begun and it was a winning weekend in the Cohen home.  UGA (go DAWGS), Georgia Tech (go Jackets), and the University of West Georgia (go Wolves) all won their season openers at home.  Sweet! 

Progress Reports go home Wednesday which will show your child’s 4 1/2 week average per subject.  Please review, sign, and return the report on Thursday.  Further information regarding Individual grades can be seen on ParentVUE. Please let me know if you have any questions. This Week… My math class will continue to work on Place Value, standards MGSE5.NBT.1 and 2.  Students will learn how to write numbers in expanded form using the powers of 10.  We will also explain patterns when multiplying powers of 10 numbers and analyze values of numbers as we move to the right and to the left on a place value chart.  These skills will be included on Friday’s Place Value Test. This week we will incorporate our first read aloud, Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, into the Reader’s Workshop model.  This novel will be used to model a variety of reading skills which students will apply when reading their “just right” books during independent reading time. This week’s mini lessons include the Stop and Jot reading strategy, learning to identify theme and plot, and analyzing characters.Students will begin Narrative Writing.  We will focus on writing a personal narrative that includes rising and falling action.  Students will also develop a setting, characters, character dialogue, and a plot.  We will continue with the Constructive and Destructive Forces unit and learn about volcanoes and the Ring of Fire.  We will visit the science lab this week where students will create model volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar that will help them visualize what a real volcanic eruptions is like.  We will complete the unit early next week and then take a unit test.  Students are encouraged to take home their interactive notebook daily and study their notes and vocabulary terms as they prepare for the unit assessment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂 

August 27, 2018

Welcome to a busy week.  Wednesday is Picture Day.  All students will have their picture taken for the yearbook.  Wednesday is also an Early Release Day…students will be dismissed at 12:15.  Friday is our first Foundation Friday Fundraiser!  Students can wear college shirts/colors and make a $2 donation in the cafe.

Please remember to sign and return any graded assessment where a student earns a grade below 80%.  Also, please check ParentVUE often for student grades  and subject averages. 

Extra! Extra! Read All About Me…Congratulations Frazer, our Star Student of the Week!This Week…

My math students will take an Order of Operations and Numerical Expressions Quiz on Monday.  Please remember to sign and return any graded assessment where a student earns a grade below 80%. On Tuesday, we will begin the Place Value unit and focus on standard MGSE5.NTB.1,  recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left. Students will practice this skill using the textbook, taking notes in their interactive notebook, rotating through centers, and “playing” on Education Galaxy.   We will complete the Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop launch lessons.  Students are comfortable with the routines and rituals of theses programs and are working hard at building reading and writing stamina.  We will focus on the structure of a poem, how fluency helps comprehension, and the difference between a retell and a summary.  At the end of the week we will put it all together and complete a performance task.  As we continue learning about Constructive and Destructive Forces our focus will be plate movement, plate boundaries, and earthquakes. The Pangea home project is due this Monday.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂





August 20, 2018

It was wonderful seeing everyone at Open House last Thursday evening.  If you were unable to make it please check with your child for the folder containing all of the information that was discussed.  Please note the change to our independent reading requirements.  As always feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Extra! Extra! Read All About Me…Congratulations Brooke, our Star Student of the Week!This Week…

We will write and explain simple numerical operations without evaluating them, MGSE5.OA.2.  Students will complete chapter 7, lesson 3 from the textbook and write notes in our IAN.  To practice the skill we will play a partner game and rotate through center activities. Later in the week, students will complete a classwork assessment and prepare for a test next Monday.  We will also begin working on Hands on Equations.Students are getting comfortable with the routines and rituals of Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop.  We will continue with the launch units and learn about paraphrasing text, close reading and setting goals during reading conferences.  In writing we will focus on narratives, research, reflections, and book reviews / responses.We will continue to learn about Constructive and Destructive Forces SSE1.a.b.c.  Our focus is Earthquakes and Volcanoes and we will discuss layers of the Earth and plate tectonics (movement).  On Wednesday, students will be given requirements for the Pangea at home project.  This project is due Monday, August 27th.  Please note as discussed during Open House, we will not work on social studies for the next couple of weeks giving us time to complete our current science unit.  

Please please let me know if you have any questions!  Together we can make a difference! 🙂

August 13, 2018

Welcome to week 3!  Chick-Fil-A night is Tuesday.  Also, Scouts will visit our classroom Tuesday and Scout night in the cafe is Wednesday.  I hope you will join us for Parent Night on Thursday, session 1 begins @ 6:30 pm, and is repeated @ 7:10 pm.  5th grade Target classes begin this Friday.

Extra! Extra! Read All About Me…Congratulations Allyson, our Star Student of the Week!This Week…

Students will continue with the Order of Operations unit and write and interpret numerical expressions.  We will focus on standard MGSE5.OA.1, and learn how to use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols . We will then focus on standard MGSE5.OA.2. and learn to write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.  For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 x(8 + 7).  Recognize that 3 x (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicted sum or product.  Please remind your child to take home their math journal daily and review skills that are taught in class.  Students will test on these skills this Friday. We will continue learning the procedures and rituals of Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop and learn about our interactive notebooks and building reading and writing stamina.  We will continue the Constructive and Destructive unit and focus on Weathering and Erosion.  Students will be given their newly adopted science textbook and complete several activities.  A graded assessment is scheduled for Thursday.Our first unit, Government and Civics focuses on the question, How does the Constitution protect the rights of citizens?  We will begin the unit leaning about Rights and Responsibilities.

Please please let me know if you have any questions!  I am honored to share this year with you and your child.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂

August 6, 2018

Again, welcome to 5th grade!  It was wonderful to meet all of you at Meet and Greet and I am very excited to begin the new school year.  The students are making new friends and settling into our classroom routines.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need clarification on any information that was discussed.  I check my email at least twice daily (first thing in the morning and after dismissal in the afternoon) and have found it is the best form of communication.   Also, please remember to subscribe to the BLOG and sign up for Remind 101.

This Week…

Extra! Extra! Read All About Me!…Congratulations Martin, our first STAR STUDENT of the week.Our first math unit is Order of Operations and Whole Numbers.  We will begin with previewing vocabulary terms.  Students show know the difference between parentheses, brackets, and braces.  We will also learn that a numerical expression doesn’t have an equal sign, but an equation does!  Other terms include evaluate, exponent, sum, difference, product and factor.  On Wednesday students will take a Prerequisite Assessment for Unit 1.  We will then begin Order of Operations and have a quiz on the vocabulary covered earlier in the week. 
This year I am following the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model as part of our balanced literacy program.  For the next few weeks we will focus on learning the rituals and procedures in order to make students independent readers and writers.  Our first unit is Constructive and Destructive Forces, and we will begin with weathering and erosion and focus on how these forces act on Earth’s surface causing a change slowly over time.Our launch unit  focuses on History, Geography, Government/Civics, and Economics.  These domains tell the story of 5th grade social studies and students will work collaboratively to better understand why these domains are important to their learning.  Later in the week we will begin learning about citizens rights and responsibilities.

Again, please let me know if you have any questions!  I am honored to share this year with you and your child.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂




Welcome to 5th Grade

Welcome to 5th grade!  Monday, July 30th, is Meet & Greet and I am very excited to meet all of you!  If your last name begins with A – L, please plan to attend from 9:00 – 9:45 am.  If your last name begins with M – Z, your time will be 10:00-10:45 am.  Also, be sure to stop by the cafeteria to join PTA, purchase new Kincaid spirit wear, register for the After-School Program (ASP) or learn about After School Clubs that are being offered this year.  You can also pre-pay for lunch, bring medication to the nurse, and get your car tag.

This blog is where you can find weekly information regarding what we are covering in class.  Please subscribe to this blog by providing your email address in the space titled Subscribe by Email on the right.  Once subscribed you will get an email each time the blog is updated.

This week, we will be getting to know each other and learning about the routines and expectations of our class.  Beginning next week, there will be a more detailed post outlining our academic focus in each subject area.  There are also several pages on the right side of this post that you might find helpful throughout the year.  These pages are currently under construction.  Please check back after Open House for updated information.

If you have questions or concerns, please email at [email protected]  Again, I am very excited to meet you and welcome to 5th grade!