Mrs. Mawn's Message

What's going on in Mrs. Mawn's 4th grade class.

September 17, 2018

September17

The week before break…

Thursday, Sept. 20th: Vision screening for all 4th graders. If your child wears glasses or contacts please have him/her wear them that day.

Thursday, Sept. 20th: Lexington and Concord illustration project due. The students were given the directions for this project today. The project should not require significant effort, but must demonstrate good effort toward the illustration. Since this is a project, the students will get a grade based on  neatness, effort, and accuracy based on the facts of the battle your child chooses (Lexington or Concord, not both).

Friday, Sept. 21st: Wordly Wise lesson 1 vocabulary test and lesson 1 spelling test

September 24th-September 28th: Fall Break

 

Curriculum this week: 

Mrs. Mawn’s math:  The students are analyzing the relationship of multiplication and division. Before the end of the week, they will understand the difference between a mathematical expression and equation, and they will also begin learning about the order of operations in math.

Reading: This week the students are describing the difference between poetry, drama, and prose. Then, we will begin our first novel study of the year. This novel study will be shorter than the others and will focus on poetry. During this novel study the students will read the novel Love That Dog and they will also analyze other pieces of poetry.

Language Arts: We are talking about elaborating and adding more details to our writing. I am using the term “Show, don’t tell” to help the students understand that good writer’s don’t say basic sentences, but instead, they use descriptive phrases to help the reader see and feel the author’s message.

Social Studies: This week we are focusing on the battles of the Revolutionary War.

Have a great week! Please email me with any questions or concerns.

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A message from our couselors

September13

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.
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A Message from PTA and Foundation

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Hi parents! Just quick reminder that the Kincaid Welcome Back Festival will be THIS Friday, September 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  I’ve attached the flyer from the Kincaid PTA and Foundation with more details about the event.

This year’s festival will have a carnival theme and will offer tons of fun activities for the whole family, including:

*Dunk Tank

*Face Painting

*Balloon Animals

*Cotton Candy

*Carnival Games

*2 Bounce Houses

Be sure to pre-order your $10 unlimited ride wristband by September 13 (valid for Bounce Houses, Dunk Tank and Carnival Games).  Otherwise, it is $12 at the festival.  Simply fill out the attached form and send in with your child.  You can also pre-order Chick fil-A Sandwiches and Papa John’s Pizza.

Thank you for supporting the Kincaid PTA and Foundation.  The proceeds from the festival fund the new Innovation Lab! We’ll see you on Friday!

Kincaid Welcome Back Flyer

 

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September 10, 2018

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A couple of reminders:

Permission slips went home today for our field trip to the Youth Museum today. That field trip will occur just after we return from the Sept. break. I would really like to get all of the permission slips back this week so the students don’t have to worry about them. I apologize that we just asked for donations  for Performing Arts too, but the Youth Museum trip is really great and we got the only date that was available. (Our next field trip will be free to the students – Fire Safety village in March).

This Friday, Sept. 14th is our Fall Festival. There will be lots to do. I hope to see you there!

Keep in  mind that the Fall break is coming up very soon. All Cobb County schools will be closed the week of September 24-28. Please plan accordingly.

 

Curriculum this week:

Mrs. Mawn’s math: This week we will begin our unit on multiplication and division. Please make sure that your child continues to practice his/her multiplication facts through the twelves tables.  The basic times tables are not part of 4th grade curriculum, but are expected to have been mastered in 3rd grade.

Reading: We are discussing what it means to  make an inference and practicing how to do that with our “Just Right Books.”

Language Arts: The students have been introduced to Wordly Wise in 4th grade. Each lesson of 15 words will be studied for 2 weeks. On the 2nd Friday of that 2 week period, the students will have a spelling test on those words and a vocabulary test in which they must demonstrate that they know and can use the words in context.

Social  Studies: We are delving deeper into the causes of the Revolutionary War. We will study the various tax acts and events that lead the 13 original British colonies to desire and ultimately fight for their independence from G. Britain.

 

Have a great week! Please email me with any questions or concerns.

 

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September 5, 2018

September5

Welcome to the midpoint of the quarter!

Progress Reports went home today. These reports show their averages, by subject, as of yesterday afternoon. Please look over it, sign it, and return it tomorrow. The students are doing very well for the first quarter in an AC 4th grade class. You  should all be proud of your children.

I also sent home Performing Arts permission slips. Please consider the donation request as that donation helps to fund performances that come to Kincaid. With or without the donation, I must have the permission portion of the form filled out for every child. Without your permission, your child is not allowed to attend any performances  at Kincaid that are covered under “Performing Arts.”

Yesterday I sent home the Inclement Weather form that will let me know how to dismiss your child in the case of a weather situation in which school is called early. I must have  this form on file as to what your intentions would be in a weather early dismissal. It is not uncommon for us to have at least one day per year like this and it is usually too chaotic to call to find out your wishes. You are always welcome to change your decision, but I need to know what you think your preference is. I need everyone’s form back by this Friday.

 

Our learning this week:

Mrs. Mawn’s math class: This week we are finishing up our unit on addition and subtraction properties and rules and addition and subtraction problems including word problems.

Reading: This week we are focusing on how to identify the setting in a book using text evidence. The students continue to participate in reader’s workshop.

Language Arts: In writing, the students are finishing up their first formal piece of writing that we took from the brainstorming phase all the way  through rough drafts, editing, and into final copies. In grammar, the students are learning to identify the simple subjects and predicates in a sentence.

Social Studies: We have been learning about the French and Indian War as a cause of the Revolutionary War. We will also be discussing the various taxes and acts that were also causes of the American Revolution.

Have a great week! Please e-mail me with questions or concerns.

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Aug. 27, 2018

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Please remember that Wednesday is an Early Release Day and the students will dismiss at 12:15. That also means that our lunch time will be different. There will be Target on this day, so please consult with their Target teachers to know what time they will eat. My lunch time will be 10:12-10:42.

Wednesday is also Picture Day. All students will get their picture made for the year book. If you would like to purchase pictures, please return the order form that went home last Thursday.

Curriculum this week:

Mrs. Mawn’s math: This week the students are mastering large number addition and subtraction and will carry into next week with subtraction across zeroes.

Reading: The students continue to participate in Reader’s Workshop. As readers this week, they will be analyzing characters and their traits, and we will begin analyzing our books for setting by the end of the week.

Writing: The students are began the writing process today with brainstorming to ultimately choose a personal moment to write a narrative that will be completed with a publish (or final) piece.

ELA: I introduced subjects and predicates today. The students will practice identifying them in sentences and then more specifically the simple subject and simple predicate.

Social Studies: We are beginning our unit on the Revolutionary War. We will start with the causes leading to the war and the ultimate outcome of the war that eventually leads to the new nation of The United States of America.

Have a great week. As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.

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Aug. 20, 2018

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I really enjoyed getting to spend a little time with you last Thursday at Open House, despite the heat. If you were not able to make it, don’t worry. Click the link below and you can view the presentation I shared. Feel free to email me with  any questions.

Open House ’18-’19

 

Announcements: 

Thursday, Aug. 23rd: Science test on Earth, Moon, and Sun. I have encouraged the students to start bringing  home their notebooks today. I suggested that they study for a few minutes per night through Wednesday night.

Wednesday, Aug. 29th: Early Release…The students will be dismissed 2 hours early on this day. Please start making your plans for you child’s after school care. ASP will be available to accommodate the early dismissal.

 

Curriculum:

Mrs. Mawn’s Math: We have started our new unit on  Addition and Subtraction of  large numbers and within multi-step word problems. This week will focus primarily on addition and number patterns.

Reading/ELA: We are still setting up our Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops. The students are really getting into a good routine which will allow me to set them up for independent reading as well as book clubs for novel studies.

Science/S.S.: This week we finish up our first science unit and them on Friday we begin our S.S. unit. For S.S. we will quickly review what happened with the “New World” and its colonization. Then, we will study the causes leading to the Revolutionary War (including the French and Indian War).

Have a great week!

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August 14, 2018

August14

Welcome to our 2nd full week of school. We are really getting into our routine.

Announcements:

Thursday, Aug. 16th: 6:30 PM Open House. Please try to make this event. I go over our curriculum and procedures for this year during this meeting. If you can’t make it I will be posted my presentation to this blog after the meeting.

Friday, Aug. 17th: Mrs. Mawn’s math class will have a test on place value and rounding.

***tentatively next Tues. the 21st will be our science test on Earth, Moon, and  Sun. I will blog when the date is finalized.

 

Curriculum: 

Mrs. Mawn’s math: We are finishing up with place value and rounding by Thursday. The students will have a review assignment in class on Thursday and a test on Friday. I am including directions for Education Galaxy which is a web based program that will have lessons for the students to practice and reinforce their knowledge before the test.

Reading/ELA: We are continuing to set up our routines  and practices for reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop. This quarter the students will participate in novel studies in reading and will be writing several personal narrative pieces.

Science: We continue to explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and the Sun. Day/night, seasons, and moon phases are all a part of this unit. This test will most likely be next Tuesday. The students can get on Education Galaxy for lessons on these topics. Education Galaxy is a great resource and the students study.

 

Education Galaxy:

*LOGIN:  student number

PASSWORD: kincaid

**If your child’s student number DOES NOT WORK to log in, please try adding the number 1 to the end of his or her student number.**

This is a GREAT tool to help practice for upcoming tests in math and other subjects!  The student login is your child’s student number.  The password is: kincaid.  Then your child can go to “My Assignments.”

There will be a reward system set up at school for students who are using this program on a regular basis to practice their standards.  Have fun!

I have created 3 assignments to help your child to study for upcoming tests.  One is in science for the sun, earth and moon.  Then I added an assignment to go over place value and another to review rounding multi digit numbers.  If your child is struggling with anything in the lesson, the program will help them through it.  Please be sure to have your child do these lessons in order to be well prepared for his or her tests.  

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Message from the counselor

August9

Please read this message from our counselor, Mrs. Weitnauer…

This week, Mrs. Weitnauer came to visit our class. The children learned about her job as our school counselor. Mrs. Weitnauer was excited to meet our new students, and to remind our returning students about school counseling at Kincaid. Mrs. Weitnauer will be visiting our class every three weeks.  Lesson topics will include kinfriendship, conflict resolution, study skills, responsibility, career awareness and safety skills. Please contact [email protected] or by phone (770) 578-7238 if you ever need to discuss your student with her.

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2018-2019 Class Contact Form

August7

Happy Tuesday!

If you would like to share your contact information with the other parents in our class, please complete the following form. This information will be sent home to each parent who completes a form. This will be helpful for play dates, birthday parties, etc.

Thank you for your help!

2018-2019 Class Contacts Form

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