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 elementary 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 fifth 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 November 13, 2017 – November 17, 2017, we will be working on the activities listed below.
Comprehension Skill– Determine the main idea and key details
Fluency– Students should be able to read 102 – 122 words correct per minute
Comprehension Strategy– Summarize
Genre– Expository Text
Vocabulary Strategy– Prefixes
Speaking and Listening – Engage in collaborative conversations about animal adaptations.
r – controlled vowels
dart, guard, award, background, argue, spark, target, smart, charge, carpet, warp, door, fort, morning, stork, cord, worn, stormy, core, bore
camouflaged, dribbles, extraordinary, poisonous, pounce, predator, prey, vibrations
Write to Sources
- Write about the text
- Write informational text
- Write an explanatory essay
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 sentence or concluding sentence
4. All sentences must be complete sentences.
Monday-Read for 30 minute, and complete the reading log.
Tuesday- Read for 30 minutes, and complete the reading log.
Wednesday- Read for 30 minutes, and complete the reading log.
Thursday- Read for 30 minutes, and complete the reading log.
Friday- Read for at least 30 minutes/day
Students should be practicing skills on www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com daily.