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May 3, 2018

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
 Thursday, May 3 – Water Safety Presentation
Friday, May 4 – End of Year Math Inventory (online in the computer lab)
Monday, May 7 – End of Year Reading Inventory (online in the computer lab)
Monday, May 7 – Ecosystems open book test
Tuesday, May 8 – Computation Quiz (math)
Friday, May 11 – Wordly Wise 13 Test – Vocabulary and Spelling
Tuesday, May 15 – Animal Adaptations – open book test
Tuesday, May 15 – Computation Quiz (math)
Wednesday, May 16 – FIELD DAY 
Friday, May 18 – Civil War and Reconstruction Test
Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 – Early Release Days
AR test #1 due – March 28
AR test #2 – April 11
AR test #3 – April 25
AR test #4 – May 9
AR test #5 – May 22
*******  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 be reviewing the math standards we have covered.  There will be a computation quiz on Friday.

Students will be working on Unit 13 in Wordly Wise for these two weeks.  The test will be on Friday, May 11.

We are continuing our novel study on The Mostly True Adventures of Honer P. Figg which takes place during the Civil War which is our Social Studies unit.  We will use the novel to review the reading standards we have covered this year.

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.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

We will finish the Oregon Trail simulation this week.  Beginning Monday students will be working on a Research Based Question project for the next two weeks.  They will decide on a question, research the question, and prepare a presentation for the class.

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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Students completed the Ecosystems Power Point presentation this week.  We are completing our study of ecosystems and there will be an open book test on Monday, May 7.  The last unit for science is Animal Adaptations which we will finish on Tuesday, May 15 with another open book test.

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 have started our unit on the Civil War.  We have covered the causes and events leading up to the war.  We are now studying the battles.  We will end with the results and the Reconstruction era including Jim Crow Laws, sharecropping, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.  There will be a test on Civil War and Reconstruction on Friday, May 18.

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.

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Field Day Volunteers Needed!!!

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Field Day – we still need volunteers!! 

Third, fourth and 5th grade field day is Wednesday, May 16th. We need many many more volunteers!   Hours are approximately 8:00 – 12:00.  Volunteers are needed to staff games and make sure the students have an awesome day.  These fun-filled days take many volunteers!  If you can help, please contact Kim McMasters at [email protected]

Week of April 16, 2018

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Monday, April 16 – Tuesday, April 17 – Georgia Milestones – Math – Lunch at 12:40
Friday, April 20 – Westward Expansion Test
Friday, April 20 – Math Computation Quiz
Tuesday, April 24 – Target Field Trip to Carlos Museum 
Friday, April  27 – Wordly Wise Unit 12 Vocabulary and Spelling Test
Friday, April 27 – Career Day
AR test #1 due – March 28
AR test #2 – April 11
AR test #3 – April 25
AR test #4 – May 9
AR test #5 – May 22
*******  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 be reviewing the math standards we have covered.  There will be a computation quiz on Friday.

Students will be working on Unit 12 in Wordly Wise for these two weeks.  The test will be on Friday, April 27.

This week we will begin a novel study on The Mostly True Adventures of Honer P. Figg which takes place during the Civil War which is our next Social Studies unit.  We will use the novel to review the reading standards we have covered this year.

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.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

Students are enjoying the Oregon Trail simulation.  Students have been assigned to wagon groups, and we will have many adventures which they will write about in an Oregon Trail journal.

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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Our next unit is Ecosystems and Animal Adaptations.  Students will be working on an in-class Ecosystem Power Point project this week.

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 be finishing up the westward expansion unit, and the test will be on Friday.  Students will receive a study guide on Tuesday.

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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Week of April 9, 2018

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Have a great spring break.  Relax and enjoy each other!  Come back rested and ready for the final quarter of 4th grade.

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, April 10 – Thursday, April 12 – Georgia Milestones – ELA  – Lunch at 12:40
Friday, April 13 – No Testing for 4th grade- Lunch at 12:40
Monday, April 16 – Tuesday, April 17 – Georgia Milestones – Math – Lunch at 12:40
Friday, April  20 – Wordly Wise Unit 12 Vocabulary and Spelling Test
AR test #1 due – March 28
AR test #2 – April 11
AR test #3 – April 25
AR test #4 – May 9
AR test #5 – May 22
*******  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 be reviewing the math standards we have covered this week.

Students will be working on Unit 12 in Wordly Wise for these two weeks.  The test will be on Friday, April 20.

We will continue working on reviewing 4th grade reading standards.  There is a link on the blog for a Milestones Student Resource from the state if you would like to see sample questions.

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.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

We will begin an Oregon Trail simulation this week.  Students have been assigned to wagon groups, and we will have many adventures which they will write about in an Oregon Trail journal.

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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Our next unit is Ecosystems and Animal Adaptations.  Students will be working on an in-class Ecosystem Power Point project this week.

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 be finishing up the westward expansion unit, but we will wait until after Milestones testing to have a test on this unit.

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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Week of March 19, 2018

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*  We would love some big throw pillows for the class if you have any extras just lying around.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, March 20 – Star Lab (no Math class today)
Wednesday, March 21 – Report Cards sent home (please sign and return)
Friday, March 23 – Computation Quiz (Friday instead of Tuesday)
Friday, March 23 – Wordly Wise Unit 11 Vocabulary and Spelling Test
*******  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 be studying customary and metric measurement including conversions this week.  Students should be studying the conversion rates for length, weight, capacity, and time.

Students have been doing great on the computation quizzes.  The quizzes will have the new decimal standards that we have covered.  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.

Students are working on Unit 11 in Wordly Wise for these two weeks.  The test will be on Friday, March 23.

This week we will begin preparation for Milestones testing by reviewing mood, theme, point of view, and poetry terms.  There is a link on the blog for a Milestones Student Resource from the state if you would like to see sample questions.

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.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

We will be reviewing grammar, punctuation, and spelling conventions this week to prepare for the Milestones testing.  Students are expected to incorporate the conventions we cover in their writing.

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 the Earth and the moon.  Students should be able to explain how the Earth’s rotation and revolution cause day and night as well as the seasons.  This week we will begin discussing the phases of the moon and why they occur.

The earth and moon test will be before spring break.

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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Our current unit is Westward Expansion.  We have covered the Louisiana Purchase, the expedition of Lewis and Clark, the War of 1812, the Trail of Tears, the Indian Removal Act, Texas Independence, and the Alamo.  We will be moving on chronologically to discussion of  the California Gold Rush and the Oregon Trail.  This unit also includes discussion of what happens to the Native Americans including the Battle of Little Bighorn.

The westward expansion test will be before spring break.

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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Dr. Seuss and Favorite Picture Books needed for Friday

February28

We will be reading with Mrs. Froy’s class on Friday for Read Across America Day.  Please send in any Dr. Seuss or other favorite picture books to read.  Your children will bring the books home on Friday afternoon.

Week of February 26 and March 5, 2018

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*  We would love some big throw pillows for the class if you have any extras just lying around.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, March 2 – AR book #4 Due
Tuesday, March 6Computation Quiz
Thursday, March 8 – Stars and Planets Test
Friday, March 9 – Wordly Wise Unit 10 Vocabulary and Spelling Test
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.

We will be covering our geometry standards over the next couple of weeks.  Students will be able to identify types of lines and angles.  They will be using a protractor to measure angles.  they will be able to identify and explain the differences between two dimensional figures using vocabulary including information about lengths and angels measurements.

Students have been doing great on the computation quizzes.  The quizzes will have the new decimal standards that we have covered.  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.

Students are working on Unit 10 in Wordly Wise for these two week.s  The test will be on Friday, March 9.

We are thoroughly enjoying A Wrinkle in Time.  We will use this book to cover many of the 4th grade reading standards including story elements, mood and theme, making inferences, 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 we have started using two passages to write an informational essay with text citation.  The students are producing a 5 paragraph informational essay including an introduction and conclusion.  The paragraph format should be correct with indentation, topic sentence, sentence variety, concluding sentence, an correct punctuation and capitalization.

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.  This week students are working in groups to research and produce a power point to share information about the stars and planets standards.  These will be presented on Monday.  The stars and planets test will be next Thursday, March 8.  Students will receive a study guide this Thursday.

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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Our current unit is Westward Expansion.  We have covered the Louisiana Purchase and the expedition of Lewis and Clark.  We will be moving on chronologically to discussion of the War of 1812, Texas Independence and the Alamo, the California Gold Rush, and the Oregon Trail.  This unit also includes discussion of what happens to the Native Americans including the Trail of Tears, the Indian Relocation Act, and the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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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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!

Week of February 12, 2018

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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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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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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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