September 17-21, 2018

Please read  the following information regarding our schedule next week.

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 tie-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.
  •  Mrs. 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.

On Thursday, September 20th the students will have a vision screening provided by the Lion’s Club of Marietta. If your student wears eyeglasses, we ask that they remember to wear them to school on Thursday. Hearing screenings will take place in October.

Fall Break Sept. 24-28    No School.

Our curriculum focus this week

Math My Math students will work on finding the perimeter of a rectangle and finding the unknown length of a side.  The students will also complete a review of quarter one by completing mini assessments from Cobb County Schools. If time permits, we will play some multiplication games online.

Language Arts   We will examine elements in poetry.  We will look at figurative language and discuss terms such as hyperbole, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme, repetition, simile, metaphor, personification and imagery. Examples will be given and students should glue this information in their IAN. Our class has been enjoying the book Love That Dog , which contains a variety of poems.

Social Studies Committees of Correspondence, the Boston Tea Party, is the focus this week.  Students will write a letter of a colonist writing to a friend or family member in England this week.  Students should relate these events in their letter.

I hope you all have a good week and an enjoyable Fall break!

September 10-14, 2018

I hope you are all enjoying this great weekend.  We have another busy week ahead!  Here are a few reminders about general class procedures.  If you see  that your child’s agenda  is blank for the day, please know that it was not filled in.  Every agenda will contain homework assignments, upcoming projects or tests, or dates to know.  Additionally, a note from me or another teacher may be written in the agenda, so please be sure to sign it daily.  Thank you so much for your assistance.

Here is what we will cover this week in class-

Math   My Math class went NEXT LEVEL last week by working on a difficult addition assignment (aka Magic Hexagon.) It was interesting to see how each of my students tackled these problems.  Most students welcomed the challenge.  This week we will work on adding and subtracting multi-step word problems, play some multiplication games, and if time permits, go to the computer lab so each student can work in Education Galaxy.   We will have another Math Spiral Review homework this week.  Please remember: each day of the week’s homework is due the next day.

Language Arts   For the next several weeks, we will look at the major differences between poems, drama, and refer to the structural elements of a poem.  Last week we examined several poems, and your student took notes in their Reading IAN.  We will continue to look at a few poems by Robert Frost.  Vocabulary words to know include onomatopoeia and metaphor.  We will also begin to read the story Love that Dog.  This heartfelt story includes several poems.  Your student will read and work on this passage for understanding.

Social Studies   We began to examine the life of Benjamin Franklin and discuss his many contributions. We will continue to examine Franklin’s contributions in the book “Ben and Me.”  We will examine the point of view of the colonist’s reaction to the taxes.  The Boston Massacre and the impact this event had on the people of Boston will also be studied.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

September 3-7, 2018

I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful weather we are having this Labor Day Holiday.  This week may be a day shorter, but there is plenty to do in our classroom!

Here is our curriculum focus this week

Math   My Math students will continue to practice subtracting across zeros.  We will also add and subtract multi-step word problems.  A test on adding and subtracting larger numbers is this Friday.  Math Fact fluency through twelve is essential for multiplication and division. Please continue to practice your basic facts!  Parents, thank you for your support!

Language Arts In Reading we will look at the theme and mood of a book. Character traits will also be discussed. In writing we will look at how poems are organized. Students should be able, by the end of the week, to answer this question, “What makes a poem a poem?” We will closely examine several famous poems including “Stopping by Woods on A Snowy Evening.”

Science We will go the Science Lab for an experiment on the Earth and Its Seasons.

Social Studies We will continue to look at the causes, events and results of the American Revolution. This week we will examine the Stamp Act and the colonists’ reaction to the taxes imposed on them by King George.  We will also look at the Boston Massacre and what impact this event had on the people of Boston.

Have a great week.

 

August 27-31, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that school has been in session for nearly one month! It is great seeing the children getting to know each other and use cooperation and support as they become familiar with new procedures, new curriculum, and new teachers. Thank you for your continued support.

This week we have a schedule change with Early Release this Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  Dismissal is at 12:15 P.M.  Also, please have your student wear their best smile Wednesday as pictures will be taken around 8:30 A.M.

Here is what our focus will look like in the classroom this week-

Math   My Math students will be adding and subtracting larger numbers.  We will also practice subtracting with zeros.  Thank you for your support with homework.

Language Arts in Reading students will practice drawing inferences, how to mark the text to cite evidence, and write inferences that your read.  In Writers workshop we will discuss how to get help in writing.  Examples include using a dictionary and thesaurus.  Students will also work on a narrative this week.

Social Studies We will begin to discuss the French and Indian War.  Notes should be taken and glued in your students Social Studies IAN (Interactive notebook)

I hope you all have a great week.

August 20-24, 2018

It was good to see you at Open House last week.  Thank you for coming! It is important to keep communication open between school and home, and together it is going to be a great year! Please subscribe to this blog for the latest information about general Kincaid information and updates in our classroom. Please also look over and sign your student’s agenda each evening.  You should not see a blank agenda. Student’s should copy information each day from the class agenda. Thursday folders go home every Thursday.  Please sign and have your child return them to school Friday.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
August 20        Clubs start this week
August 23        8:30 Target Parent Open House Science test
August 29         Picture Day
August 29        Early Release Day
August 31         Foundation Friday – Wear college shirts!  $2
September 3      Labor Day – No School

Our focus this week-

Math   My Math students will continue to round numbers in the hundreds, thousands, and ten thousand places.  Test this week on place value and rounding.  If your student is weak in applying basic multiplication facts through twelve, please have your child practice daily. Many thanks!  We will begin to add and subtract larger numbers and examine strategies to assist with practice.

Language Arts   Reading Workshop students will begin to draw inferences from a text (this will be on going practice all year) We will also look at a close reading of a quote and students will write about the quote in their own words.  I absolutely loved seeing your child share their Reading timelines last week! Wonderful discussions about reading and the impact it has on us (from very early on) ensued. Students will begin writing in their journals in writer’s workshop. We will work on “seed” ideas.

Science We will review how the Earth orbits the sun and how the moon orbits the Earth. Students should begin to look at their Science IAN notebooks and study them for the Science test. Science test is this Thursday, August 23rd.   

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Education Galaxy

Have a test coming up?  Looking for a fun way to practice skills?  Look no further!

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.  

August 13-20, 2018

What a great first full week of school!  The children are beginning to settle into routines and we are all going NEXT LEVEL.  I am looking forward to seeing you at Open House this Thursday at 6:30 p.m..  Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Here is some information from Mrs.  Meredith Weitnauer, our guidance counselor.

   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.

These are amazing!!

The boys and girls also had a great learning opportunity with Ms. Marchelle in the STEM lab this week.  Check out these amazing stop-motion videos they created about the moon!

Here is our curriculum focus this week-

Math     My Math students will review place value and we will have a brief quiz this week on place value and forms of a number (standard, expanded, and word form.) We will begin to look at rounding by the end of the week.

 Language Arts   In Reading we began our launch by looking at “Just Right” books and how to find them in our class library and in the Media Center.  Parents, please see the guidelines for your student’s first Reading assignment which is to create a timeline of their Reading History.  I shared my personal timeline last week so students should know how to create one of their own.  Reading timelines are due August 17th.  In Grammar our students have taken their knowledge of subjects and predicated and gone next level!  How? Our students are creating some great sentences of their own and identifying subjects and predicates in each one.  This week we will begin to identify just what makes up a well-written sentence and learn that it is not a good idea to begin to answer a question with the word because. 

Science   The moon and its phases will be the subject of discussion this week.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy week.

 

2018-2019 Class Contact Form

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

Regards,

Sally Thompson

2018-2019 class contacts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 6-10, 2018

Our students had an awesome first week.  We enjoyed getting to know each other and  we liked trying to to make raisins dance!  Our class was very attentive as they are learning new routines and class procedures.  This is going to be a wonderful year! Please sign up to receive weekly information about what is happening at Kincaid and in our classroom.

Here is the calendar for August-

August 14th:  Chick Fil-A Family Night

August 16th: 3rd-5th Parent Night at 6:30 (two sessions)

August 17th:  Cougar Pride Day!  Wear your favorite Kincaid shirt!

August 28th:  Stevie Bs Night (Woodstock location)

August 29th:  Picture day and Early release day (students dismiss 2 hours early)

 Our focus this week-

Math   Please note:  I will only post information about  my Math class  Please check with your child’s Math teacher for the most up to date information. This week my Math students will be reviewing place value and form of a number.  This includes standard, expanded, and word form. 

Language Arts This week we will begin our Reading launch. Discussions about “talking back to a text” as well as reading to determine how to create notes will take place.  Students will begin to look at sentences to determine specific types , and we will begin to look at parts of sentences.  Namely, we will examine what is the subject and predicate of a sentence.

Science We will begin to look at how the Sun, Moon, and Earth interact.  Vocabulary to know include rotate and revolve.  WE will also look at how the tilt of the Earth causes seasons.

Have a great week.

 

 

Optional Science Activity

 

Fourth grade is excited for the Solar Eclipse.  Students have been listening to s. Marchelle in the S.T.E. M. lab about this historical event. Here is a link to an OPTIONAL activity your student can do at home and bring it in to show the class.  A late homework pass will be given out to students who complete this project by Monday!!

Good Luck and Have fun!

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse