Kena Smyth

Fourth Grade Teacher


Courses Taught:

4th Grade Language Arts

Behavior Plan

Open House PowerPoint


Dates to Remember



Christmas Activities~December 11-15

*Monday: Holly Jolly Headgear

*Tuesday: Pick a Side: Dress for Team Santa or Team Grinch

*Wednesday: Wear Your Favorite Holiday Outfit or Shirt

*Thursday: Tacky Holiday Spirit

*Friday: Polar Express Pajama Day

15th~Christmas Breakfast

19th~Early Dismissal

20th-January 3~Christmas Holidays


This Week in Language Arts


I will use this section to post what we are covering in class. I will give a brief description of the skills being covered for each subject.  I will update my website at the end of each week or on Monday with all of the week's information.  :)


Reading: For the next few weeks, we will be reading  the book, Family Under the Bridge.

Comprehension Skill:  Character, Setting, Theme, Sequence, Making Inferences

Vocabulary Words:hobo, madame, monsieur, roguish, vendors, haughty, vagabond, wangle, teeming, pilgrimage, gnawing

Every story, students will have 5 Amazing Vocabulary.  They will need to define the word, write a sentence with the word, give a synonym and antonym, and give the part of speech.  They will do this in class using their Oxford Pocket Dictionary/Thesaurus.  After 4 stories, we will have an Amazing Vocabulary test.  They will be able to use all 4 sheets to help them with the test. 

Amazing Words: No new words

Grammar- Past, Present, Future Verb Tenses

Spelling Skill- Suffixes -ment and -al/-ial

Upcoming Tests: (Dates are subject to change)

December 2

Vocabulary Quiz

December 7

Grammar Quiz

December 8

Spelling Test













Mrs. Smyth's Wish List




Ms. Prater’s and Mrs. Smyth’s Supply List


(Reading class) (1) Pocket Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus               

This is an essential dictionary/thesaurus for her class that will be used for years to come.

(2) Kleenex

(3) Great Value brand wipes

(3) Composition Books

(2) Paper towels

Colored Pens

(2) reams of white copy paper (No Target brand- it will not feed through our copy machine.)


Boys: Gallon size bags

Girls: Sandwich or quart size bags



Wish List:

HP 63XL/63 Ink Cartridges

Febreeze Noticeables (Refills)

Treasure Box Items


Colored Copy Paper

Swiffer Wet Jet Liquid Cleaner Refills

Swiffer Wet Jet Mopping Pads

Murphy’s Oil Soap

Clorox Clean Up




Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University (1993)

Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Troy University (1997)

Personal Bio

My name is Kena Smyth, and I teach 4th grade Language Arts at Daniel Pratt Elementary School.  I taught 4th grade at Prattville Elementary School before I decided to stay at home to raise my family.  This is my twelfth  year back!  My heart hasn't changed.  I still love to teach!  I grew up in Prattville, and I am so glad my children can grow up here too!  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Steve, for 26 years.  We have 4 terrific children!  Jack, my 23-year-old, lives in Dothan, AL and works at State Farm Insurance.  Ella, my 22 year-old, just graduated from the University of Alabama.  She's planning on getting a job in an art gallery and then going to graduate school.  John Tate, my 20 year-old, is a junior at the University of Alabama.  Roll Tide!!  And last but not least, Jess, my 17 year-old, is a 12th grader at Prattville High School.  Go Lions!  We also have 1 Cocker Spaniel, Patch, 1 Beagle mix, Daisy, 1 Dachshund mix, Mae, and 1 Jack Russell terrier, Milo.  Our 1 cat is Felix.  My life is busy and hectic, but we wouldn't have it any other way!

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