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Week of October 7, 2019

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Thursday, October 10 – Early Release

Thursday, October 10 – Constructive and Destructive Forces Study Guide due – will be given on Tuesday

Monday, October 14 – Friday, October 18 – Early Release – Conferences

Tuesday, October 15 – Constructive and Destructive Forces Test

 

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We will completing our decimal unit with multiplying and dividing decimals.  Students should feel confident using the traditional algorithms to solve problems using decimals with all four operations in addition to rounding, comparing, and ordering decimals and whole numbers.

There will be a decimal test after conference week.  Our next unit will be the study of fractions.

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We have been enjoying the study of City of Ember.  We will finishing up the use of this novel with the literature reading standards.  Students will be working this week with comparing characters reactions and solutions to similar conflicts in texts.  They are writing letters to the teacher to summarize what they are reading and analyzing the character development in their own books .  All students should have a fiction novel to use during independent work time.

Students are doing a great job reading for the 5th grade 40 Book Challenge.  In addition, we have started recording our minutes to reach the Kincaid Reading goal of 1 million minutes on the Biblionasium website.

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Students will be working this week on a Scary Story narrative.  We are using the scary story topic to increase our use of sensory language and vivid and descriptive word choice in our writing.  Students continue to work on adding dialogue to their writing.

We will continue our grammar study with the standard on using commas correctly in our writing.  This week we will be working on using commas with compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions as seen here.

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This week we will finish up our study of volcanoes and the types of volcanoes.  Students will be given a study guide on Tuesday to complete by Thursday.  The test on Constructive and Destructive Forces will cover all the information we have covered this unit.  It will be given next Tuesday, October 15th.

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This week we will turn to World Affairs at the Turn of the Century.  This includes the Spanish-American War and the Panama Canal.  Students will become familiar with William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt’s roles during this time period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Festival News

September19

Come Join the Fun AND Support the Kincaid Foundation and PTA at This Year’s FALL FESTIVAL!

Friday, October 4 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

Entry to the festival is FREE!

🎟$10 unlimited activity wristbands ($12 at the door), if purchased by September 30. Wristband includes bounce houses, carnival games and hayride.

$20 per family max, pre-order only.

 

🍕Pre-order dinner by September 30–Save time and money!

Whole Pepperoni and Cheese Pizzas $12

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches $4

 

🍗Dinner and Concessions Onsite

*Limited Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches ($4.50) and pizza by the slice ($2) available.

*2 Cotton Candy Stations this year!

*Baked goods, candy, drinks and other concessions available onsite.

 

🎃New this year >> Carve Your Own Jack-O-Lantern! Carve your pumpkin at home, name it and bring it to the festival, no later than 6:15pm. Awards for Cutest, Scariest, Funniest and Most Creative!

 

For more information and to download pre-order form go to >>http://www.kincaidfoundation.org/festival

 

Sign up to Volunteer >> https://kincaidpta.membershiptoolkit.com/Volunteer

New Donors Choose Project

September17

JUMP INTO BOOKS…  Click here for the link.

We now have a Donors Choose project for books for our classroom.  As you know, many students in our class are avid readers, and they love when new books come for the classroom library.

Any amount helps us reach our goal if you would like to donate, or you can send the link to others who might be interested.

 

Week of September 16, 2019

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Tuesday, September 17 – Math Test – Multiplication and Division

Wednesday, September 18 – Country Project Board presentations – Click here for guidelines – Heritage project

Friday, September 20 – 5th Grade Heritage Day – Flyer sent home Monday with reminders

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This week we will have a test on long division and multiplication.   There will be a multiplication and division test after the week of standardized testing on Tuesday, September 17.  Our next unit will be number sense and operations with decimals to the thousandths place.

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We will use the novel City of Ember to model writing stop and jots as we are reading this week.. They will take what we do with the class read aloud novel and work with their own books to practice the stop and jot strategies.  All students should have a fiction novel to use during independent work time.

Students are doing a great job reading for the 5th grade 40 Book Challenge.  In addition, we have started recording our minutes to reach the Kincaid Reading goal of 1 million minutes on the Biblionasium website.

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This week we will finalize our Cattle Drive narratives.  Students have been working on adding vivid language including sensory words, emotions, movements, and dialogue to their stories.  We will spend a little time discussing good endings and then writing final drafts.

We will be organizing our country research to prepare to write an opinion paper on our countries of choice.  This paper will be done in class, but students made need to complete some research at home to make sure they have enough facts for a convincing argument as to why their country is great.

We will continue our grammar study with the standard on using commas correctly in our writing.  This week we will be working on using commas with dependent clauses.

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We will continue working this week at looking at what is happening under the surface of the Earth with the movement of the plates which causes earthquakes and volcanoes.  This week we will be concentrating on earthquakes and how plate movement can be constructive and destructive.

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We will continue our Turn of the Century unit with  industrialization and inventions with Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell.  Students should be able to discuss how the inventions and discoveries made by these people led to changes in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

week of September 9, 2019

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Monday, September 9 – IOWA Testing – Reading and Vocabulary

Tuesday, September 10 – IOWA Testing – Written Expression, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation

Wednesday, September 11 – IOWA Testing – Math and Computation

Thursday, September 12 – IOWA Testing – Science and Social Studies

Tuesday, September 17 – Math Test – Multiplication and Division

Wednesday, September 18 – Country Project Board presentations

Friday, September 20 – 5th Grade Heritage Day

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This week we will review long division and multiplication.  We will also be reviewing fractions and some geometry to prepare for the IOWA test as well.  There will be a multiplication and division test after the week of standardized testing on Tuesday, September 17.  Our next unit will be number sense and operations with decimals to the thousandths place.

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We will use the novel City of Ember to model writing stop and jots as we are reading this week.. They will take what we do with the class read aloud novel and work with their own books to practice the stop and jot strategies.  All students should have a fiction novel to use during independent work time.

Students are doing a great job reading for the 5th grade 40 Book Challenge.  In addition, we have started recording our minutes to reach the Kincaid Reading goal of 1 million minutes on the Biblionasium website.

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This week we will finalize our Cattle Drive naratives.  Students have been working on adding vivid language including sensory words, emotions, movements, and dialogue to their stories.  We will spend a little time discussing good endings and then writing final drafts.

We will continue our grammar study with the standard on using commas correctly in our writing.  This week we will be working on using commas with dependent clauses.

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We will continue working this week at looking at what is happening under the surface of the Earth with the movement of the plates which causes earthquakes and volcanoes.  This will include discussion of the Ring of Fire and an activity where students plot volcano and earthquake occurrences using latitude and longitude.

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We have started our Turn of the Century unit with cattle trails and the Transcontinental Railroad.    This week we will finish the discussion and note taking on the cattle trails and the Black Cowboys of Texas.  Then we will turn to changes in industrialization and inventions with Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell.  Students should be able to discuss how the inventions and discoveries made by these people led to changes in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of September 2, 2019

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Tuesday, September 17 – Multiplication and Division Test

Wednesday, September 18 – Country Project Board presentations

Friday, September 20 – 5th Grade Heritage Day

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This week we will continue with long division.  We will also be reviewing fractions and some geometry to prepare for the IOWA test next week.  There will be a multiplication and division test after the week of standardized testing on Tuesday, September 17.

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We will use the novel City of Ember to model writing stop and jots as we are reading this week.. They will take what we do with the class read aloud novel and work with their own books to practice the stop and jot strategies.  All students should have a fiction novel to use during independent work time.

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Students will choose a country for their country research, project, and opinion writing.  We will spend time this week collecting and organizing notes from online research.  Students will be taking these notes and organizing them into an opinion paper which explains why their chosen country is the best country to learn about.

We will also be working on a Cattle Drive story based on our Social Studies unit.

We will continue our grammar study with the standard on using commas correctly in our writing.  This week we will be working on using commas with dependent clauses.

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We will be working this week at looking at what is happening under the surface of the Earth with the movement of the plates which causes earthquakes and volcanoes.  This will include discussion of the Ring of Fire and an activity where students plot volcano and earthquake occurrences using latitude and longitude.

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We have started our Turn of the Century unit with cattle trails and the Transcontinental Railroad.    This week we will finish the discussion and note taking on the cattle trails and the Black Cowboys of Texas.  Then we will turn to changes in industrialization and inventions with Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell.  Students should be able to discuss how the inventions and discoveries made by these people led to changes in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strong 4 Life

August26

Calling all Heart Heroes!
Kincaid is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart).   Across Cobb County, schools are accepting the challenge to live a heart healthy lifestyle. On Wednesday, August 28th a representative from the American Heart Association will be at Kincaid to  kick off the challenge.

If you choose to participate, register your student online at  http://www2.heart.org/goto/kincaid. Your student will receive a wristband just for registering. In addition, students can collect lifesaving donations to help others and in return earn thank you gifts from the American Heart Association. Your student can raise funds online (highly encouraged) or in the collection envelope they will receive on August 28th.  Students will have 2 weeks to fundraise and all collection envelopes will be due on Wednesday, September 11th (please keep envelopes at home until this date). Together, we are creating a healthier generation and saving lives. Thank you!

Week of August 26, 2019

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

 

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This week we will be working with the long division strategy.  Students will take complete a short diagnostic on Monday to place them in groups for the week.  By the end of the week, they should be comfortable dividing with two digit divisors and up to 4 digit dividends.  This will lead into decimal division over the next few weeks.

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Students will be analyzing reading strategies such as visualization and making predictions as well as character comparisons 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 practice the strategies.  All students should have a fiction novel to use during independent work time.

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Students have had a great time creating characters based on images.  Each student has developed a character after choosing a picture from a selection of upper elementary and middle school students.  Last week, they wrote informational paragraphs about their characters.  This week, students will work with a partner to develop and type a conversation that would occur when their two characters meet.  They standard for this is that the students are able to format dialogue and create a narrative based on the dialogue.

We will also be working on a Cattle Drive story based on our Social Studies unit.

We will continue our grammar study with the standard on recognizing and using the correct verb tense in our writing.  This week we will be working on using the present tense.

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We will be working this week at looking at what is happening under the surface of the Earth with the movement of the plates which causes earthquakes and volcanoes.  This will include discussion of the Ring of Fire.

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Students will finish our Government and Citizenship unit with a test Monday.

Our next unit is the Turn of the Century.  We will begin the unit with the study of cattle trails and the transcontinental railroad after the Civil War.  This unit includes study of some of the changes that happened at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century including inventions, the growth of big business, the Spanish-American War, the Panama Canal, and immigration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government Test in Monday

August23

Don’t forget to study your study guide and notebooks 🙂

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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