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 October 7, 2019 – October 11, 2019,  we will be working on the activities listed below.     


Comprehension Skill– Main Idea and Key Details


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

Comprehension Strategy– Reread

Genre– Persuasive Article

Vocabulary Strategy– suffixes

Speaking and Listening – Engage in collaborative conversations about clever ideas


Phonics/Word Study

Long 0

compound words



bolt, mold, toll, shadow, flow, mows, lower, blown, quote, mole, stone, stove, chose, sole, stole, goal. groan, load, roasting, woe



compassionate, enterprise, exceptional, funds, innovative, process, routine, undertaking


Write to Sources

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

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


Clauses and complex sentences

Complete sentences


Weekly Homework

Monday- Friday

Read for 20 minutes, and complete the reading log.

Study spelling and vocabulary words

Practice reading fluency


Students should practice skills on clever daily.


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