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Kincaid Foundation

August19

The Kincaid Foundation is kicking off the school-wide Family Investment Campaign this week.  All donations go directly to our school and classrooms.  Last year, funds donated were used to purchase an ipad cart for the school and books for classroom libraries.  This year, Kincaid will get a new laptop cart (30 laptops!) and ipads for every classroom. In addition, the Foundation is funding reading and writing resource for teachers and Raz Kids for our primary students.

 

Every donation is important! The goal is to get 100% family participation, so even if your family is unable to donate the suggested amount, please send in a one time donation that works for your family.  You can also donate online at https://kincaidfoundation.org/donation/familyinvestment/.

 

We greatly appreciate your support of Kincaid!

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Week of August 19, 2019

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Thursday, August 22 – Whole Number Test

Thursday, August 15 – Science Vocabulary Quiz 

Monday, August 26 – Government and Citizenship Test – study notes and study guide

 

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This week we will finish our review of whole numbers.  Students should be comfortable with the following standards for which they have notes in their math notebooks.

  • Using brackets, braces, and parentheses with order of operations (PEMDAS)
  • Naming numbers in standard, word, and expanded form
  • Using scientific notation with powers of 10 to show expanded form
  • Writing simple expressions
  • Place value to the millions place

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Students will be discussing theme and summarizing this week as we read City of Ember. They will take what we do with the class read aloud novel and work with their own books to recognize theme and summarize the text.

 

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Students will be typing the narrative with vivid description they worked on last week.  Then we will be working on proper formatting and placement of quotation marks and commas when writing dialogue.

We will continue our grammar study with the standard on recognizing and using the correct verb tense in our writing.

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This week we will be doing some hands-on activities with erosion and weathering.  In addition, we will discuss technology and human intervention in working to minimize damage caused by natural forces.  We will finish the week by looking at what is happening under the surface of the Earth with the movement of the plates which causes earthquakes and volcanoes.

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Students have spent a couple weeks working with the Bill of Rights, rights and responsibilities of citizens, and due process.  This week we will extend this to the process of amending the Constitution and the addition of several amendments to protect voting rights.  A study guide will be given out later in the week, and there will be a test on Monday, August 26th.  All information that will be on the test is in their Social Studies notebooks.  I will encourage them to bring these home to start studying, but it will probably help if you encourage them as well.

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Week of August 12, 2019

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Thank you so much for all the items from my wish list and for coming to Meet and Greet.  It was so nice to see you and chat with you.  If you were unable to come to Meet and Greet, I have attached the power point to a Meet and Greet page for you to read.

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Monday, August 12, 2019 – Purchase copy of City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau for our class novel study

Thursday, August 15 – Math Computation Quiz

Thursday, August 15 – Science Vocabulary Quiz 

Friday, August 16 – First TARGET day

 

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Students did very well with last week’s standards for place value, comparing and ordering, and numbers forms.  This week we will be using the order of operations using PEMDAS (see below) to solve equations, working with simple expressions, and multiplication.   The first computation quiz will be on Thursday covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and the standards we have covered over these two weeks.

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Please purchase a copy of City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau by next Monday for our class read aloud.  We will be using this book to address our reading standards during the first weeks of first quarter.  This week we will begin the novel study with an analysis of how setting and character develop affects the plot of the book.  Students will be discussing this as we read City of Ember and then working with their own books to recognize the importance of setting and character development in all literature.   We will also be working with summarizing what we read.

 

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Students will work this week to identify a variety of topics they might write about as the year progresses.  We will try to find many personal experiences as well as research ideas that they may do this year.  The goal is for them to have many ideas already in place, so they are not searching for topics when assignments are given.

Our first written piece will be a narrative writing prompt with an increased usage of vivid description.

We will begin our grammar study with the standard on recognizing and using the correct verb tense in our writing.

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Our first science unit will be an Earth Science unit on Constructive and Destructive Forces.  We will continue the unit by working with the vocabulary describing the movement of Earth’s surface caused by wind, water, and ice.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday.

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This week we will be discussing the 5th amendment and the right to due process of law.  We will be writing and performing short skits to share the importance of this amendment.

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Week of August 5, 2019

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We had a great couple days of school last week.  We spent time getting to each other and learning about class expectations.  I think it is going to be a fantastic year, and I am so excited to get to spend it with this group of intelligent and kind students!

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Thursday, August 8 – Math Quiz – Naming whole numbers in word, standard, and expanded form, comparing and ordering numbers

Thursday, August 8 – 3rd – 5th Grade Parent Night – sessions at 6:30 and 7:15

Monday, August 12, 2019 – Purchase copy of City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 

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This week we will be studying place value standards including naming numbers using standard, word, and expanded form.  We will be learning how to notate large numbers using scientific notation with powers of ten as opposed to regular expanded form with whole numbers through the millions.

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This week we will launch our Reading Workshop.  The goal this week is for all students to be able to find a book that is of interest to them on their reading level.  We will begin our 40 Book Challenge where all 5th grade students will be reading to reach a 40 book goal by the end of the school year.  Students will be given a list of particular genres to stretch their interest in many types of books this year.

The reading standard we will be starting the school year addressing is using details and making inferences in our fiction literature.

Please purchase a copy of City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau by next Monday for our class read aloud.  We will be using this book to address our reading standards during the first weeks of first quarter.

 

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This week we are also launching our Writing Workshop.  This begins with asking students to complete writing samples in the three types of writing we will be studying this year which are narrative, informational, and opinion.  In addition, we will be working a bit with poetry this week.

 

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Our first science unit will be an Earth Science unit on Constructive and Destructive Forces.  This week we will introduce and discuss the forces at work on the earth’s surface including erosion, weathering, deposition, and movement caused by wind, water, and ice.  This unit also includes investigating and developing a working knowledge of forces at work under the surface such as plate movement, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

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Our Social Studies curriculum this year covers the 20th century.  We will begin with our study of United States Government and Civics with a discussion of the rights and responsibilities of United States citizens and the amendment process.  This week we will spend time discussing and understanding the Bill of Rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 1st and 2nd Update

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It was so wonderful to meet parents and see the kids’ faces yesterday.  Thank you all for coming.  Please remember to send in any additional forms that you may have taken home.
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Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 8 for Parent Night.
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We will be reading The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau over the first few weeks of school.  I have a copy to read aloud, but I would love if each student had a copy of their own.  If you can, please purchase a copy to donate to the class.   The book is listed on Amazon for $7.89, or Thriftbooks has it for $4.78. Thank you so much in advance for helping with this!
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We will spend the first days of school getting to know each other and going over procedures and routines.  Our regular schedule will start on Monday including switching math classes if you have Mr. Bridges for math.  Our first units will be Place Value, Government and Civics, Constructive and Destructive Forces, and we will begin Reading and Writing Workshops.  More information about all of these units will be posted for next week.
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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

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Welcome 5th grade students and parents!  It is always so exciting to start a new school year.  As soon as I get a class list, I pull out the yearbook and make sure I know every student coming to my class.  My class for the 2019-2020 school year is going to be fantastic.  We are going to spend a great year together!

If you are in my class next year, please subscribe to this blog by clicking on the white box on the bottom right.  I communicate assignments and important information weekly.   By subscribing you will get an email when the blog has been updated.  This will allow you to stay on top of things as we proceed through the year together.

I know that you are excited about school starting, but you are probably not ready to going back to school on August 1st.

 

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Click here for a copy of the supply list.

We will need extra materials as the year progresses which I will ask for through the blog.

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Here are a few suggestions if you would like to purchase anything extra for the classroom.  All donations are always appreciated and used by all students.

  • Student scissors for a class set
  • Tall lamps – all colors
  • Individually wrapped candies (Jolly Ranchers, Mints, etc.) – no peanuts or tree nuts
  • Bean Bags or large pillows – bring colors preferred
  • Balls for outside
  • Extra dry erase markers
  • Extra glue sticks
  • Donations to our classroom Donors Choose project for a Graphic Novel set for our classroom library

 

I am already excited about next year!  I cannot wait to see you all and meet you at Meet and Greet on July 30th.

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Simpson Summer Reading Information

May21

http://www.cobbk12.org/Simpson/simpson_summer_reading.aspx 

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End of 5th Grade

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It is always a bittersweet time of year when it is time to say goodbye to my students.  This year is particularly special for me as I have had many of my students in class for two years, and the rest I have watched in 4th grade and gotten to know them as individuals this year.  This is an amazing group of students who have s much to offer  I look forward to hearing from them in the future as they continue on the lifetime journeys.

Thank you all for being so supportive of Kincaid, your students, and me this year.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you as your children move through middle and high school.

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Thursday, May 9 – Field Trip to Warm Springs and Callaway Gardens

Monday, May 13 – Last day of AC Language Arts

Tuesday, May 14 – Last day of AC Math

Monday, May 20 – Kickball Game

Tuesday, May 21 – Early Release

Wednesday, May 22 – Early Release and 5th grade graduation and party – starts at 8:30 am

Last AR Due Dates:

4th book:  May 10

5th book – May 17

 

 

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Week of April 29, 2019

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Tuesday, April 30 – RBQ Presentations in class

Wednesday, May 8 – Wordly Wise Unit 20 Test

Thursday, May 9 – Field Trip to Warm Springs and Callaway Gardens

AR DATES:

1st book: March 29

2nd book: April 12

3rd book :  April 26

4th book:  May 10

5th book – May 17

MILESTONES DATES:
5th Grade Math – Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 235th Grade Science – Thursday, May 2

5th Grade Social Studies – Friday, May 3

 

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This week we will be working on our Rubik’s Cube unit.  The kids love learning the steps to solve the Rubik’s Cube.  We will only have math on Monday and Tuesday because of standardized testing.

There will be no computation quiz this week.

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Students will be presenting their research based questions on Tuesday.

Students should be reading a book of their choice every day during school and every evening at home.    They should have taken their 4th AR test or written letters by Friday, May 10th.

There will be no Wordly Wise test this week.  The test on unit 20 will be next Wednesday, May 8th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Book Drive

April23

Kincaid Elementary School Book Drive 

 

Hey parents!  

Have you heard of the Kincaid Elementary School book drive? Well, it’s when students donate books to our school. The 5th grade AC students are creating ways to make students want to donate books to Kincaid. Help us to make the hidden world of books become known, so Kincaid children can explore this hidden world of books!  Books will be sorted and distributed to classroom libraries throughout the school. 

      Thank you from the 5th grade AC class 

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