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Career Day Volunteers Needed

February16

We are very excited about hosting our annual Career Fair here at Kincaid Elementary on Friday, April 27th.  In order to make our Career Day a successful event, we need volunteers who would like to present their careers to students.  Volunteers will have a table set up at the fair and discuss things such as the educational requirements/training and character traits that are required in their field along with what a typical day in their career is like.  Volunteers will arrive by about 7:30am, and presentations will last from 8:00am-11:30am.

If you are interested in teaching students about your career, please contact Lori Kotarba or Meredith Weitnauer (School Counselors) via phone at 770-578-7238 or via email at [email protected].

We look forward to having a wonderful and educational Career Day!

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Week of February 12, 2018

February11

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 We need extra class snacks for when students forget to bring a snack — healthy crackers, chips, etc.  please.  Thank you Rahn family!!!
We are always open for Mystery Readers.  Surprise your child and bring a favorite book or activity.  Plan for about 20 minutes for 23 kids.  Please just send me an email if you are interested, and I will get you on my calendar.  Friday at 12:30 is the best time, but I can fit you in.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Monday, February 12 – Birth of a Nation Test
Friday, February 16 – Wrinkle in Time Vocabulary Quiz
Friday, February 16 – AR TEST #3 due
Friday, February 16 – BrainPOP Project due – this can be turned in early as you finish it
Friday, February 16 – STEM DAY – lunch time will be changed
Friday, February 19-23 – Winter Break – no school
Friday, March 16 – Field Trip – Wrinkle in Time Movie 🙂
AR Due Dates –

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

This week we will be relating fractions and decimals.  We will be adding, subtracting, comparing and ordering fractions with denominators of 10 and 100 and changing them to decimals.  There will be a test on Friday.

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We have started weekly computation review quizzes to help students review the skills we have covered this year.  These quizzes are also meant to help students (and parents) realize which skills students may still be struggling with.  Please go over these quizzes with your students and encourage them to come ask for help if they need further work at school.

Computation quizzes will be given every week on Tuesday.

There will be no Wordly Wise or spelling this week.  Students should be working on learning the Wrinkle in Time vocabulary for a quiz on Friday.

We started  A Wrinkle in Time.  We will use this book to cover many of the 4th grade reading standards including story elements, mood and theme, inferencing, and using text citation to reflect on the book.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement. This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as listed above.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

This week students will be writing in 3rd person to continue a story that was begun in 1st person.  The goal is for students to be able to write a narrative from a variety of perspectives.  We will continue working on using proper formatting for paragraphs and punctuation for dialog in a story.

Student handwriting and writing conventions are much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our unit on comparing stars and planets.  This will take several weeks and includes the planets in our solar system as well as types and classifications of stars.

Students were assigned a BrainPOP project which is due on February 16.  This requires them to watch the videos on the BrainPOP website and complete the quizzes.  A project assignment sheet was sent home last Friday which should have been signed over the weekend.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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The test on the Constitution and the Birth of the Nation will be on Monday, February 12.

Our next unit is Westward Expansion.  This week we will start with the Louisiana Purchase and the expedition of Lewis and Clark.

All notes are being kept in the Social Studies notebooks.  Students could begin studying now.

 

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Wrinkle in Time Vocabulary Quiz

February7

I am moving this quiz from Friday the 9th to Friday the 16th.  We will do this vocabulary next week instead of Wordly Wise.

Here is the link to the quizlet to study —-

https://quizlet.com/51843926/a-wrinkle-in-time-flash-cards/ 

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Week of February 5, 2018

February4

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 We need extra class snacks for when students forget to bring a snack — healthy crackers, chips, etc.  please.
We are always open for Mystery Readers.  Surprise your child and bring a favorite book or activity.  Plan for about 20 minutes for 23 kids.  Please just send me an email if you are interested, and I will get you on my calendar.  Friday at 12:30 is the best time, but I can fit you in.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, February  6 – Computation Review Quiz
Tuesday, February 6 – Youth Museum Field Trip (11:15 am – 2:00 pm) – Lunch will be at a different time, so please do not plan on eating with your child this day 🙂
Friday, February 9 – Wordly Wise Unit 8 Test – Vocabulary and Spelling
Friday, February 9 – Wrinkle in Time Vocabulary Quiz
Monday, February 12 – Birth of a Nation Test
Friday, February 16 – AR TEST #3 due
Friday, February 16 – BrainPOP Project due – this can be turned in early as you finish it
AR Due Dates –

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We will spend the week multiplying a fraction by a whole number and understanding using a line plot to record and analyze fractional parts.

We have started weekly computation review quizzes to help students review the skills we have covered this year.  These quizzes are also meant to help students (and parents) realize which skills students may still be struggling with.  Please go over these quizzes with your students and encourage them to come ask for help if they need further work at school.

Computation quizzes will be given every week on Tuesday.

Wordly Wise unit 8 is our unit for vocabulary this week.  These will also be our spelling words.  There will be a vocabulary and spelling test next Friday, 2/9.

We started  A Wrinkle in Time last week.  We will use this book to cover many of teh 4th grade reading standards including story elements, mood and theme, inferencing, and using text citation to reflect on the book.  We will finish the book before the movie comes out in March.  I am working on getting a field trip planned to go see the movie.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement. This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as listed above.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

This week we will be writing  for the Cobb County Writing Fair.  We will also be working on writing from different perspectives to tell the same story.

Student handwriting and writing conventions are much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our unit on comparing stars and planets.  This will take several weeks and includes the planets in our solar system as well as types and classifications of stars.

Students were assigned a BrainPOP project which is due on February 16.  This requires them to watch the videos on the BrainPOP website and complete the quizzes.  A project assignment sheet was sent home last Friday which should have been signed over the weekend.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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We will finish the information about the Birth of a Nation unit this week with the Bill of Rights.  The test will be on Monday, February 12.

All notes are being kept in the Social Studies notebooks.  Students could begin studying now.

 

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Week of January 29, 2018

January29

 

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, January 30 – Point of View Test
Tuesday, January 30 – Computation Review Quiz
Friday, February 2 – Fraction Test
Friday, February 2 – AR TEST #2 due
Tuesday, February 6 – Youth Museum Field Trip (11:15 am – 2:00 pm)
Friday, February 9 – Wordly Wise Unit 8 Test – Vocabulary and Spelling
AR Due Dates –

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We have completed all the fraction standards for this unit.  We will continue to review this week and there will be a test on Friday.  Students should be able to find equivalent fractions, common denominators, compare and order fractions, add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers.

We have started weekly computation quizzes to help students review the skills we have covered this year.  These quizzes are also meant to help students (and parents) realize which skills students may still be struggling with.  Please go over these quizzes with your students and encourage them to come ask for help if they need further work at school.

Computation quizzes will be given every week on Tuesday.

Wordly Wise unit 8 is our unit for vocabulary this week.  These will also be our spelling words.  There will be a vocabulary and spelling test next Friday, 2/9.

There is a test on Tuesday on Point of View.  Students should be able to read a short passage and identify it as 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person limited, or 3rd person omniscient.

We will begin A Wrinkle in Time on Thursday.  This will allow us to finish the book before the movie comes out in March.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement. This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as listed above.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

We will be writing a variety of story endings with different points of view to go along with our unit in reading.  This will allow students to better understand the points of view and work on writing narratives including compound sentences and dialogue with quotation marks.

Student handwriting and writing conventions are much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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Thank you to Daniel’s dad, Mr. Barchichat, who is coming in on Wednesday to do a sound wave demonstration for the 4th grade!

We have started our unit on comparing stars and planets.  This will take several weeks and includes the planets in our solar system as well as types and classifications of stars.

Students were assigned a BrainPOP project which is due on February 16.  This requires them to watch the videos on the BrainPOP website and complete the quizzes.  A project assignment sheet was sent home last Friday which should have been signed over the weekend.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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We are continuing our unit on the Birth of Our Nation.  This week we will be studying the system of checks and balances established by our Constitution as well as the powers of the federal, state, and local governments.  We will also be working on understanding the Preamble to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The test on this unit will be next week.

All notes are being kept in the Social Studies notebooks.  Students could begin studying now.

 

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Please be sure to enter your email in the “Subscribe” box on the right to receive updates to my blog.  You will be able to keep up with our class and find out what we are doing each week.  In addition, I will be able to communicate class news and updates on this blog.

Remember to join our class TEXT list.  To receive messages via text, text  @ab823a to 81010

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Matching donations at Donors Choose

January25

I received an email from Donors Choose that they are matching donations on projects today.  We have one more project that is awaiting funding if you wanted to donate to the class.  It is for a set of books for our final novel study of the year, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.  The link to this project is here.

Thank you so much for any donations 🙂

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Donors Choose Project Funded!

January22

Thank you so much to the parents who contributed and fully funded our Donors Choose science materials project.  We have one more project that is awaiting funding if you wanted to donate to the class.  It is for a set of books for our final novel study of the year, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.  The link to this project is here.

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Donors Choose Classroom Project

January22

Donors Choose is a great organization that helps teachers and students get materials for the classroom.  This year we have already received donations for bean bags and yoga balls for flexible seating as well as a class set of A Wrinkle in Time and a class set of If You Were There When They Wrote the Constitution.

I have a new project online now asking for donations for STEM and force and motion games and activities.  If you would like to donate to the project, the link is here.

 

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Weeks of January 15, 2018 and January 22, 2018

January15

 

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, January 16 – Fraction quiz
Friday, January 19 – Wordly Wise unit 9 – vocabulary and spelling test
Friday, January 19 – Sound Instrument Presentations
Friday, January 19 – AR TEST #1 due
Tuesday, January 23 – Sound Test
Friday, January 26 – Point of View Test
Monday, January 29 – Fraction Test (Equivalent, comparing, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers)
AR Due Dates –

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We have started our fraction unit with recognizing fractions in visual form and finding equivalent fractions.  There will be a quiz on Tuesday on equivalent fractions and comparing fractions finding common denominators.  Then we will begin adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  We will finish this up next week, and there will be a Fraction Test on Monday, January 29.

We are working on unit 9 in Wordly Wise.  We skipped unit 8 (by accident), but we will get to it next. The Wordly Wise words are also the spelling words for this week.  There will be a vocabulary and spelling test next Friday, 1/19.

This week we will be finishing our group presentations of If you Were There When the Constitution was Written.  Then we will be working on understanding point of view in reading and writing at the end of this week and the next week.  Students will be introduced to first person, third person limited, and third person omniscient.

We will begin A Wrinkle in Time when we finish the Point of View unit.  This will allow us to finish the book before the movie comes out in May.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement. This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as listed above.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

We will be writing a variety of story endings with different points of view to go along with our unit in reading.  This will allow students to better understand the points of view and work on writing narratives including compound sentences and dialogue with quotation marks.

Student handwriting and writing conventions are much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our unit on Sound.  Students have been reading and discussing how sound waves are formed, how they move through various materials, and how they have different volumes and pitches.

Thank you to Daniel’s dad, Mr. Barchichat, who is coming in on Wednesday to do a sound wave demonstration for the 4th grade!

Students were assigned a Sound Instrument project to complete at home which is due January 19.

The test on the Sound Unit will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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We are continuing our unit on the Birth of Our Nation.  This unit involves an in-depth look at the writing of the Constitution, the compromises made by the delegates, and the final product.  Students will be able to better understand the challenges faced by men such as Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington.

All notes are being kept in the Social Studies notebooks.  Students could begin studying now.

 

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Please be sure to enter your email in the “Subscribe” box on the right to receive updates to my blog.  You will be able to keep up with our class and find out what we are doing each week.  In addition, I will be able to communicate class news and updates on this blog.

Remember to join our class TEXT list.  To receive messages via text, text  @ab823a to 81010

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AR requirement for 3rd quarter

January11

This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as follows.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

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