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    Welcome to Mrs. Powers' classroom website.
     
     Name: Kim Powers
     Grade/Subject: 4th Grade ELA/SStudies
     Phone: 214-495-6784 ext 125
     
     
     WELCOME TO 4TH GRADE!!!!
     

    This is my 15th year of teaching at Marion.  I’ve been teaching a total of 27 years.  As a mom, I was a PTA volunteer the first three years that Marion was open.  Mr. Powers and I have three children who all attended Marion, a wonderful son-in-law, three dogs and 2 grand dogs! My daughter and her husband both live and work in Dallas.  I have a son who recently graduated from Texas A&M. (WHOOP!) and commissioned into the US Army as a 2nd Lt. I also have another son who is a sophomore at Blinn Junior College studyidng to be a firefighter.   Our family has lived in Allen for 23 years, and we have loved every minute of it.

     This year, I will be teaching Reading and Writing .  Mrs. Winters will be your Science and Social studies teacher, and Mrs. Smith will be your Math teacher.  You'll enjoy the teaching styles and personalities of all of your teachers! 
     
    Hope you're ready to have a great year!!!
     
     
     
    MRS. POWERS'HOMEROOM SCHEDULE:
     
    7:50-8:00 HOMEROOM TIME
     
    8:00-9:20-1ST PERIOD WITH MRS. SMITH-MATH
     
    9:20-9:55-SPECIALS
    (M-PE,T-WELLNESS, W-MUSIC-TH-PE, F-ART
     
    10:45-11:30-2ND PERIOS WITH MARS. WINTERS-SCIENCE/SSTUDIES
     
    11:40-12:10-MAV TIME
     
    12:20-12:50-LUNCH
     
    1:00-1:30-RECESS
     
    1:30-2:45-3RD PERIOD WITH MRS. POWERS-ELA
     
    2:50-2:55-DISMISSAL
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
           
     
     
            
     
                  
                                                               
                                                                                    
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Here are some websites you may view to see some of what we will learn this year!
     
     
     

    Writing Tips:

     

    Here are just a few of the “phrases” or “lingo” we'll use in writing class this year to discuss what good writers do.  Students should try to include these things in each piece of writing they create.

     

    Plan Have I created a web (with the events ordered) or three boxes (beginning, middle, and end) to plan the basic outline of my story?

     

    Watermelon vs. Seed Is my story an entire watermelon (my trip to Disneyworld) or a seed (the first time I rode Space Mountain)?  We want a narrowed, focused “seed”story!

     

    Lead Do I have a lead (snapshot creates a picture, dialogue starts with people talking, shocking makes the reader go “huh?”, jumping right in dives right into the story) that grabs my reader’s attention right away?  A lead might be anywhere from 2-4 sentences.

     

    Explode the Moment Have I taken the most exciting part of my story and exploded that with lots of details and description?  Using your senses here makes us feel like we’re there with you.

     

    Ba-da-bing sentences These are “grown-up” sounding sentences that add detail to our writing.  Ask yourself these questions: Where are your feet?  What do you see?  What are you thinking?  Ex:  As I stood in front of the open refrigerator, I looked at the empty shelves and thought to myself, “Oh man!”

     

    Conclusions If possible, try to include these four parts in your conclusion—touchback (touch back on something you talked about at the beginning), go to the heart (include how you felt; make the reader feel something), look to the future (include a hope or wish about your story), and end with a zinger (tell us a lesson learned about your story).  Not all of these work for each story, but including 2-4 of them will wrap the story up nicely and give it a sense of completeness.