Akins, K.

Hello! My name is Kimmerly Akins.  I am a 4th grade ELA and Social Studies 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.

Afterward, 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 eighth 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 eight 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.


Akins Parent Welcome Letter

2020-2021Class Roster

Technology Guide For Students and Parents

SCHEDULES AND MEETING LINKS (Click on the schedule below for the meeting links; you MUST have a district-issued Chromebook for access.)

 

For the week of October 12, 2020 – October 16, 2020,  we will be working on the activities listed below.   

 

 

Reading                   

Comprehension Skill

RI.4.5 – Compare and Contrast

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

Comprehension Strategy– Reread

Genre– Expository Text

Vocabulary Strategy– Multiple Meaning Words

Speaking and Listening – Engage in collaborative conversations about taking action.

Essential Questions – How do people respond to natural disasters?


 

Phonics/Word Study

Long e

plurals

Spelling  

1.evening 2. zebra 3. breathe 4. league 5. squeaky 6. healer 7. sleek 8. indeed 9. reef 10. deed 11. speech 12. wheeze 13. concrete 14. scheme 15. belief 16. chief 17. honey 18. donkey 19. family 20. weary

 

 Vocabulary

alter

substantial

collapse

destruction

severe

unpredictable

hazard

crisis

 

Writing

Write to Sources

  • W.4.9 – Write about the text, Cite evidence

Writing Process

RACES

Restate the question.

Answer the question.

Cite text evidence.

Explain your thinking.

Sum it up.

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

Grammar

Compound sentences


 

Weekly Homework

Monday- Friday

Read for 20 minutes on MYON

Study spelling and vocabulary words

Practice reading fluency

 

Students should practice skills on Exact Path and Study Island daily.

 

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