2.25 to 3.1: A Glimpse at Our Week…

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Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom…

Math:  This week, we will wrap up Chapter 9. Our test will be on Friday. We will learn how to subtract mixed numbers, use fraction equivalence to subtract with renaming, and learn how to determine reasonableness (in word problems).

ELA: We will continue Lesson 18 this week by practicing how to identify main idea within non fiction and fictional texts. We will do a silk worm web quest to build our background knowledge and read “Project Mulberry”.

Social Studies: We will take our test on Wednesday and finish this unit with our Bill of Rights raps/songs. We are having a lot of fun with this project so far! My students will begin their science unit for this MP on Monday, March 4th.

Spelling: Lesson 20 will be tested on Friday 3/1. There is an extra page in the packets this week that is extra credit. Lesson 21 packets/test will be due on March 8th.

Grammar: We will identify more irregular verbs this week and contractions with NOT.

Friday Folders are due on Wednesday SIGNED

February 

26- Spring Pictures

2.19 to 2.22: A Glimpse at Our Week…

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Is Winter over yet?

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

Math:  This week, we will continue Chapter 9. We will learn how to estimate the sum and differences of fractions, we will learn how to subtract unlike fractions, we will learn how to add mixed numbers, and we will use fraction equivalence to subtract with renaming .

ELA: We will finish Lesson 17 this week and begin Lesson 18 by learning about our new focus skill: Main Ideas and Supporting Details. We will also be introduced to a new set of vocab words this week. Our new story is “Project Mulberry”. We will also celebrate “Kids at Work” day by reading about different careers through non fiction texts.

Social Studies: This week we will be learning about the electoral college and the criteria to vote, run for president, senate, and the House. We will be taking a virtual tour of the White House as well! We will be getting our study guide for our government assessment on Tuesday. Our test will be NEXT Tuesday 2/26. We will also be starting our very anticipated final projects: Bill of Rights Raps!! (Don’t worry- I will be posting the final projects on my blog!)

Spelling: Lesson 20 will be tested on Friday 2/22. There is an extra page in the packets this week that is extra credit. Lesson 21 packets/test will be due on MARCH 1ST.

Grammar: We will identify more irregular verbs this week.

Writing: We will finish our Lesson 17 TDAs this week.

Friday Folders are due on Wednesday SIGNED

February 

18- No School- President’s Day

20- Shine Time- 9:00 AM

21- 5th Grade Math Bowl

22- PMSD- “Kids at Work Day”

26- Spring Pictures

2.11 to 2.15: A Glimpse at our Week…

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Our February Character Education Theme is FRIENDSHIP! We will have a lesson on this very important theme on Wednesday!

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

Math:  We started Chapter 9 last week with rounding fractions and will continue this chapter this week with adding/subtracting like fractions, adding/subtracting unlike fractions, and estimating the sums and differences of fractions. We will have a quiz on rounding fractions, adding/subtracting like fraction , and adding unlike fractions on Wednesday this week.

ELA: We will begin a new story this week “Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street” and will write a TDA. Our focus skill continues to be Making Inferences with this lesson. Our vocab assessment for lesson 17 will be on Thursday.

Social Studies: This week’s theme in Social Studies is the Bill of Rights! We will begin a poster project on the BoR and also learn about the voting process in the USA.

Spelling: Lesson 19 will be tested on Friday 2/15. Lesson 20 (review packet which means EXTRA CREDIT PAGE) spelling packets will be due Feb 15th.

Grammar: We will identify irregular verbs and contractions with NOT in them this week.

Writing: We will write out TDAs for lesson 17 and create a valentine’s fictional story playing “Roll A Story”.

Valentine’s Day Announcement :

Students may bring in Valentines for every one in the classroom if they choose (but this is NOT mandatory). If your child is bringing candy along with the valentines, please make sure its store bought and not chocolate. Any candy that is brought in will go home with the student. I will send home a class list of names at the beginning of the week. Remember- this is not mandatory- we do not have a Valentines Day Party in 5th grade but I do give them a few minutes at the end of the day on Thursday to exchange cards.

Friday Folders are due on Wednesday SIGNED

February

11- PTO Meeting- 6:30 PM CM Library

12- Discover Co-hort Grades 3-4

14- Discover Co-hort Grades 5-6

15- We have school!!!! Weather make-up day

18- No School- President’s Day

20- Shine Time- 9:00 AM

21- 5th Grade Math Bowl

22- PMSD- “Kids at Work Day”

26- Spring Pictures

2.4 to 2.8: A Glimpse at our Week…

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What a crazy weather week we had last week…let’s hope for warmer weather and a “back to normal” schedule this week!! Is it Spring yet?

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math:  We will continue and finish up Chapter 8 this week. We will learn how to convert fractions to decimals on Monday, which is our last lesson! On Tuesday, we will review for our test and take it on Wednesday of this week. On Thursday, we will begin Chapter 9. This week students will use number lines and benchmark fractions, such as 1/2, to round fractions. They will also add like fractions and solve word problems involving the addition of like fractions. WE WILL BE TAKING OUR MATH CDTS (from 2-3 pm) on TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY of this week!

ELA: We will reread “The School Story” (Lesson 16 ) this week. We will continue to work on making inferences (based on our background knowledge and information stated) within stories. We will also work on developing think notes in order to better comprehend what we are reading. We will take our L16 Vocab Assessment on Monday and our Comprehension and Focus Skill assessment for L16 Thursday. We will begin our L17 story with a new list of robust vocab words.

Social Studies: We will continue with our Government unit this week. We will learn about the Constitutional Articles and the Bill of Rights. We will begin a poster project on the Bill of Rights this week.

Spelling: Lesson 18 will be tested on Friday 2/8. Lesson 19 spelling packets will be due Feb 15th.

Grammar: We will identify inappropriate shifts in verb tenses and will identify irregular verbs this week. * We did not get to these lessons last week*

*We will have a dentist lesson on Tuesday (taught by a dental hygienist)

REPORT CARD ENVELOPES ARE DUE BACK BY WEDNESDAY. It is important that you sign the “MP 2” line before sending it back into school. This indicates you have received and looked at your child’s report card. Thank you for your promptness!

1.28 to 2.1: A Glimpse at our Week…

I cannot believe the end of this week marks the beginning of February! This year is FLYING!

Thank you to all the parents that were able to make it to our Reading Fair last week! It was a great success!

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math:  We will continue and finish Chapter 8 this week. However, we will not have our Chapter 8 test until next week. We will guess and check in order to solve word problems, we will determine the common multiples and the least common multiple of a set of numbers, we will compare fractions by using the least common denominator, and we will use fraction equivalence to write fractions as decimals . On Friday, we will begin our Chapter 8 review.

ELA: We will read “The School Story” (Lesson 16 ) this week. We will continue to work on making inferences (based on our background knowledge and information stated) within stories. We will also work on developing think notes in order to better comprehend what we are reading. This is a wonderful test taking strategy that was introduced in 4th grade with these students.

Social Studies: We will continue with our Government unit this week. We will learn about the three branches of government, Constitutional Articles , and the Bill of Rights. We will have a quiz on Wednesday this week on the 3 branches of government. Study guides will be passed out on Monday.

Spelling: Lesson 17 will be tested on Friday 2/1. Lesson 18 spelling packets will be due Feb 8th.

Grammar: We will identify inappropriate shifts in verb tenses and will identify irregular verbs this week.

*We will have a dentist lesson on Tuesday (taught by a dental hygienist) and a buddy lesson with Mrs. DeLong’s crew on Friday. We will also have our January Shine Time on Wednesday at the end of the day.

January Happenings:

29- 3-4 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

30- Shine Time- 2:30 PM

31- 5-6 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

1.22 to 1.25: A Glimpse at Our Week…(half day Friday)

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math:  We will continue in Chapter 8 this week and have a quiz on Thursday. This week, students will determine the common factors and the greatest common factor of a set of numbers, we will generate equivalent fractions by writing a fraction in simplest form, we will guess and check in order to solve word problems, and we will determine the common multiples and the least common multiple of a set of numbers.

ELA: We will begin Lesson 16 this week. Our focus skill is Making Inferences! We will be introduced to a new set of vocab.

Spelling: Lesson 16 will be tested on Friday. Lesson 17 spelling packets will be due Feb 1st.

Grammar: We will identify progressive forms of verbs this week.

READING FAIR IS THIS THURSDAY FROM 2-3 PM! A flyer went home last week with the details. We hope you can come see our projects!

January Happenings:

25- K-12 Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- AM-KDG in session

29- 3-4 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

30- Shine Time- 2:30 PM

31- 5-6 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

1.14 to 1.17: A Glimpse at our Week… (No School Friday, 1.18)

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Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math: Students will take their Chapter 7 test on Monday and Tuesday. They will begin Chapter 8 on Wednesday. This week, we will learn how to solve word problems by interpreting a fraction as a division of the numerator and denominator and we will determine the common factors and the greatest common factor of a set of numbers. 

ELA: We will wrap up cause and effect this week. We will continue to work on Lesson 15 vocab words and have a quiz on Thursday with these words. We will be taking our ELA CDTs on Tuesday and Wednesday on our laptops.

Spelling: Lesson 16 will be a 2 WEEK SPELLING PACKET! Packets will not be due until 1/25. This will be our last spelling test for MP 2.

Writing: We will finish Lesson 14 TDAs. We will finish our 2019 “word of the year” writing activity.

Grammar: We will review simple tenses and take a quiz on this concept on Wednesday.

Reading Fair Projects are due on MONDAY! A flyer will be sent home this week on when our reading fair will be. Look out for it! I will also post about it as well. The tri folds that have been turned in so far looks AWESOME!! Students will lose points if the project is late.

January Happenings:

15- 3-4 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

17- End of 2nd Marking Period- End of 1st Semester

17- 5-6 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

18- No School K-12 In-Service Day

21- No School Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

25- K-12 Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- AM-KDG in session

29- 3-4 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

30- Shine Time- 2:30 PM

31- 5-6 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

1.7 to 1.11: A Glimpse at our Week…

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January is HONESTY month.

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math: Students will continue with Chapter 7 this week. They will begin the week with a quiz on Lessons 1-4 (order of operations, numerical expressions, and problem solving). This week, we will graph points on a coordinate plane to solve real world and mathematical problems, and we will graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane to solve problems involving two numerical patterns. On Thursday, we will review for our CH. 7 test and take it on Friday to end the week.

ELA: We will continue to identify cause and effect relationships this week. We will review this concept by combining cause and effect sentences using signal words. We will also create causal chains. We will continue with “A Drop of Water” and take our assessment at the end of the week.

Spelling: Lesson 15 spelling test will be on Friday 1/11. Lesson 16 will be due next Thursday (no school next Friday 1/18)

Writing: We will finish Lesson 14 TDAs. We will finish our 2019 “word of the year” writing activity.

Grammar: We will learn about present, past, and future tenses this week.

READING FAIR PROJECTS: These projects are DUE ON FRIDAY 1/11.

January Happenings:

7- PTO Meeting- 6:30 PM- CM Library

15- 3-4 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

17- End of 2nd Marking Period- End of 1st Semester

17- 5-6 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

18- No School K-12 In-Service Day

21- No School Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

25- K-12 Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- AM-KDG in session

29- 3-4 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

30- Shine Time- 2:30 PM

31- 5-6 Grade Discover Co-Hort Day

Happy New Year! 1/2 to 1/4- A Glimpse at our SHORT week!

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I hope everyone had a relaxing winter break spent with family and friends. I hope everyone is recharged and ready to start the new year off STRONG!

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math: Students will begin Chapter 7 in our math curriculum this week: Evaluating Expressions. We will learn how to use the order of operations (PEMDAS),  use numbers and operation symbols to write verbal phrases as numerical expressions, and will solve problems by working backwards.

ELA: We will continue to identify cause and effect relationships this week. We will play a “I have, who has” game on Wednesday as a refresher, read “A Drop of Water” and start a TDA that centers around the cause and effect of the water cycle. We will review Lesson 13 vocab words and take our assessment on Thursday for these words.

Spelling: Lesson 15 spelling packets will be handed out this Friday.  They will be due on 1/11

Writing: We will complete a writing assignment this week that focuses on identifying our 2019 “word”. The word we choose will be developed into our 2019 goal for this writing piece.

READING FAIR PROJECTS: These projects will be due Friday January 11th. Your children should be working on these at home. (If they need anything printed- they can email to me) The project will be completed using a tri fold. More info will be sent home on the Reading Fair that will be held to showcase everyone’s projects. I am so excited to see how these turn out!

Reminders*- Friday Folders are due every Wednesday (no folders this week)

12.10 to 12.14: A Glimpse at Our Week…

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Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s class this week…

Math: Students will continue to learn how to multiple and divide decimals this week  (Chapter 6). We will have out Chapter 6 test on Friday. This week, we will learn how to divide decimals by whole numbers, divide decimals by decimals, divide decimals by powers of ten, and spend a day reviewing.  

ELA: We will continue our comparing and contrast focus skill this week and finish reading “Wading into Marine Biology”. We will be completing a Venn Diagram on the similarities and differences between the different tidal zones within the story. We will also begin a project which focuses on comparing and contrasting animals that live in the ocean. Students will choose an ocean animal and research two different species of that animal. We will be completing a writing activity with the research we conducted.   We will work on vocab posters this week and take our Lesson 12 vocab/comprehension/focus skill test on Friday. 

Social Studies: Students will go to Mrs. Purzycki’s class to complete their Science Unit for MP 2 starting on Monday of this week. 

Spelling: Lesson 13 spelling test will  be this Friday.  Packets are due on the the 14th as well. Go to  https://www.spellingcity.com/users/mrsodonnell007 to practice spelling words from lesson 13. These words are starting to get CHALLENGING! Be sure to encourage your children to study their words every night!

Grammar: We will identify and use commas within sentences this week.  

Writing: We will complete a TDA using a short reading passage this week. 

READING FAIR PROJECTS: These projects were introduced to your children last week. Their assignment includes reading a book (fictional) of their choice and creating a tri-fold with specific information included. These projects will be due after Christmas Break and the hope (along with the other 5th grade classes) is to present them to the school in a “Reading Fair” in mid January. We will have minimal time (some) to work on these during the school day. The majority of the project should be done at home. 

Reminders*- Friday Folders are due every Wednesday

December Happenings:

11-Discover Co-Hort Grades 3-4

3- Discover Co-Hort Grades 5-6


21- Shine Time- Holiday School Sing-a-Long- 10:30 AM

21- Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- PM KDG in session

24-1- Holiday Break