Akins, K.


Hello! My name is Kimmerly Akins.  I am a 4th grade ELA teacher at Dunbar Elementary School.

I decided at a very young age to become a teacher.  When I was in Kimelementary school, I began practicing my craft by tutoring my younger cousins.  Teaching has been a dream come true for me.  I pursued my career by attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where I earned my bachelor’s degree in education.

Afterwards, I spent four and a half years working at the mental health center in East St. Louis, Illinois with children and adolescents.  Then I became a second grade teacher for nine years and a third grade teacher for one year.  Currently, this is my sixth year teaching fourth grade.

Also, while I was teaching second grade, I earned a master’s degree in education.  At present, I am continuing my education in reading and literacy.  For the past six years, it has been a privilege to educate students at Dunbar School.  I was educated in the East St. Louis School District.  I am excited about being able to support my hometown.   Since teaching is my passion and it has been such an enjoyable and rewarding experience, I plan to continue my career at Dunbar providing services to the community that served me.


For the week of September 16, 2019 – September 27, 2019,  we will be working on the activities listed below.     


Comprehension Skill– Compare and Contrast


Fluency– Students should be able to read 102 – 122 words correct per minute

Comprehension Strategy– Reread

Genre– Informational Text

Vocabulary Strategy– Multiple Meaning Words

Speaking and Listening – Engage in collaborative conversations about clever ideas


Phonics/Word Study

Long E




evening, squeaky, reef, concrete, honey, zebra, healer, deed, scheme, donkey, breathe, sleek, speech, belief, family, league, indeed, wheeze, chief, weary



alter, collapse, crisis, destruction, hazard, severe, substantial, unpredictable


Write to Sources

  • Write about the text, Cite evidence
  • Write  a friendly letter
  • Write a narrative

Writing Process

Narrative Writing

Writing Paragraphs- A paragraph must include:

1.  A topic sentence (Indent the first line of this sentence)

2.  Three supporting detailed sentences

3.  A wrap it up statement or concluding statement

4.  Write complete sentences


Complete Sentences

Compound Sentences


Weekly Homework

Monday- Friday

Read for 20 minutes, and complete the reading log.

Study spelling and vocabulary words

Practice reading fluency


Students should be practicing skills on clever daily.


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