Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Week of 2/27…

I cannot believe we are saying goodbye to February this week. This school year is flying by!

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

In Math…we are starting Chapter 9 this week and will be learning how to round fractions, add and subtract like fractions and add unlike fractions. On Friday, we will have a quiz on the objectives we have learned so far in Chapter 9.

In Social Studies…we will be switching classes starting this week so I will begin The Revolutionary War with Mrs. Purzycki’s homeroom students. This week we will be learning the reasons why the colonist started to become upset with British rule, discuss the reasoning and outcomes of the Boston Tea Party, and learn what happened at the First Continental Congress. My homeroom students will begin learning about circuits in their Science curriculum.

In Spelling…we will be covering lesson 20 in spelling this week, which is a review of lessons 16-19! The spelling list is activated on spelling city so please encourage your children to study their words through this website (if they have access to a computer at home) This is a fun and interactive way to learn their spelling words. I have included a definition/sentence list in the spelling packets. Packets are due on 3/3, spelling test is on 3/3.

Our spelling words this week are…irreplaceable, immature, indefinite, illiterate, independent, applicant, accountant, insistent, pioneer, technician, cellist, porous, glorious, spontaneous, fictitious, mountainous, weak, week, dual, duel

In Reading…we will be finishing up our text dependent analysis at the beginning of this week for lesson 19. We will be moving on to lesson 20 in our Story town curriculum, which is a Reader’s Theater entitled “Invention Convention”. The students will be split into three groups and have the opportunity to perform this story to the class. Reader’s Theaters are great stories to practice expression and fluency (and also creativity!) Students will be introduced to ten new vocabulary words with week. We will also be reviewing antonyms and synonyms this week.

*Reminders*

  • February 28- Spring Pictures
  • March 10 and 13- Weather Make-Up Day (if we do not have any snow days, we will not have school these days)
  • March 15-CM Science Expo (Gr. 2-6) After-School 3:45-4:15 PM
  • March 28- End of the 3rd Marking Period

The Week of 2/21 to 2/24

Happy President’s Day (No School Monday 2/20) I hope everyone enjoyed the absolutely beautiful weather  we had this past weekend!

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

In Math…we will be reviewing for our Chapter 8 assessment on Tuesday and will be using the rest of the week to complete our assessment. (We have a shortened math period on Thursday (Shine Time) and Friday (early dismissal). Next week, we will be starting the week off with Chapter 9!

In Social Studies…On Tuesday we will be presenting our Heritage posters to the class (they are looking so awesome and will be displayed in our 5th grade hallway!) The rest of the week will be devoted into turning the research we have done pertaining to the countries we are from into informative essays.

In Spelling…we will be covering lesson 19 in spelling this week. The spelling list is activated on spelling city so please encourage your children to study their words through this website (if they have access to a computer at home) This is a fun and interactive way to learn their spelling words. I have included a definition/sentence list in the spelling packets. All of these words are homophones, so please encourage your child to use the definition of each word while completing their spelling packet. Packets are due on 2/24, spelling test is on 2/24. *This is the second week for these spelling words.

Our spelling words this week are…steal, steel, waste, waist, weak, week, base, bass, pain, pane, flare, flair, dual, duel, stationary, stationery, flower, flour, sight, site

In Reading…we will continue with our story about Thomas Edison entitled “Inventing the Future”. Students will analyze the text and decipher the main ideas and supporting details. Students will take their Vocab, Comprehension, and Focus Skill assessment for this story towards the end of the week. We will practice determining the main idea of nonfiction texts this week as well.  We will be completing a text dependent analysis with this story that focuses on Thomas Edison’s perseverance throughout his life and how that contributed to his success as an inventor.

*Reminders*

  •  Kids at Work Day is on WEDNESDAY 2/22: Students are encouraged to come to school dressed up to represent what they what to do when they get older (they can also wear something that represents a college or trade school they would like to attend). The class with the highest participation will receive a PRIZE 🙂 A newsletter was sent home on Friday pertaining to this event.
  • Shine Time will be on Thursday 2/23 @ 9am.
  • Early Dismissal: Friday, 2/24 (1:30pm)
  • Spring Pictures: 2/28

The Week of 2/13

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

*We DO have school on Friday, 2/17 due to our snow day last week.*

In Math..we will be finishing up Chapter 8 this week in our math books. This week, we will be learning how to find the least common factor (LCF), we will learn how to compare fractions using the LCF, we will learn how to write fractions to decimals, and work on word problems that relate to the objectives we have learned in Chapter 8. Our assessment for this chapter will be early next week (Tuesday).

In Social Studies…my students will be switching gears this week from the Revolutionary War to learning about the specific countries their ancestors are from. Last week, my students conducted interviews with their family members to learn more about their heritage. This week, we will be using laptops to research the specific country they are from and learn about its land and climate, population, language, food, holidays, and other interesting facts. We will learn where the country is on the map and what the flag looks like. The students will create posters on their specific country and eventually we will be turning this project into an informative writing piece.

In Spelling…we will be covering lesson 19 in spelling this week. The spelling list is activated on spelling city so please encourage your children to study their words through this website (if they have access to a computer at home) This is a fun and interactive way to learn their spelling words. This week, I have included a definition/sentence list in the spelling packets. All of these words are homophones, so please encourage our child to use the definition of each word while completing their spelling packet. Packets are due on 2/24, spelling test is on 2/24. *They have TWO weeks to finish this packet.

Our spelling words this week are…steal, steel, waste, waist, weak, week, base, bass, pain, pane, flare, flair, dual, duel, stationary, stationery, flower, flour, sight, site

In Reading…we will be finishing up with  lesson 18 “Project Mulberry” this week. We will be taking our vocabulary test on Tuesday and will continue with our focus skill: finding the main idea and supporting details. At the end of the week, we will be starting lesson 19 and reading a biography called “Inventing the Future”. I will introduce vocabulary and we continue working on our focus skill. This is a tested lesson.

*Reminders*

*We will have our Buddy Lesson with Mrs. Cornell’s 2nd grade students on Monday 2/13.

*We will exchange Valentines on Tuesday, 2/14. A class list was sent home last week. This is not mandatory. However, if your child would like to give out Valentines,  please have enough for the entire class. Please refrain from sending in chocolate with peanuts.

*2/20- No School- President’s Day

*2/23- Shine Time- 9:00 AM CM Gym

*2/24- K-12 Early Dismissal- 1:30 PM AM-KDG in session 9-1:30

 

The Week of 2/6…

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

In Math…we are starting Chapter 8 this week (new books!) This week students will learn how to solve problems by interpreting a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator, they will determine the common factors and the greatest common factors of a set of numbers, and students will generate equivalent fractions by writing a fraction in simplest form. They will also determine the common multiples of the least common multiple of a set of numbers. On Friday, we will be having a quiz on the objectives we have learned so far in this chapter.  *Your children will be bringing their old textbooks home with them. These books are a great tool for your children to review the objectives we have learned so far in 5th grade!

In Social Studies…We will be wrapping up our Revolutionary War Unit by learning about the Southern Campaign and the Siege of Yorktown. Students will also reflect on the ways America would be different if we did not win the Revolutionary War.  On Thursday, students will play a review game and on Friday we will take our Unit Test. (Students will receive their study guide for this test on Wednesday. Next week we will use our content time to work on our Heritage Projects. *Interviews for this project are due this Friday 2/10. Packets were given to students last Friday. Please email me with any questions pertaining to this project.

In Spelling…we will be covering lesson 18 in spelling this week. The spelling list is activated on spelling city so please encourage your children to study their words through this website (if they have access to a computer at home) This is a fun and interactive way to learn their spelling words. Packets are due on 2/10, spelling test is on 2/10.

Our spelling words this week are…courteous, hazardous, humorous, monstrous, porous, curious, furious, glorious, delirious, fictitious, gracious, ambitious, discourteous, dangerous, anxious, spontaneous, religious, delicious, mountainous, ridiculous

In Reading…we will be finishing up our lesson 17 TDAs on Monday and beginning Lesson 18 on Tuesday. In this lesson, we will be covering Main Idea as our focus skill. We will learn how to identify the main idea as well as the supporting details within a reading passage. We will learn new vocabulary words and will be reading “Project Mulberry”. Our genre study for this lesson is realistic fiction.

*Reminders

  • I will be sending home a newsletter this week explaining the distribution of valentines day cards.
  • 2/7- Kindergarten Info Night- 7 PM at Hambright
  • 2/9- 5th Grade Math Bowl @ Hambright
  • 2/10- PTO Movie Night- CM Gym 6:00 PM
  • 2/13- PTO Meeting- Library 6:30 PM
  • 2/17- Weather Make up/ Vacation Day (Possible Vacation Day if there is NO SNOW FROM NOW UNTIL THEN)
  • 2/20- No School- President’s Day
  • 2/23- Shine Time- 9:00 AM CM Gym
  • 2/24- K-12 Early Dismissal- 1:30 PM AM-KDG in session 9-1:30

Girls on the Run is so much FUN!

ATTENTION ALL 5TH GRADE GIRLS AND THEIR PARENTS!!

Come join in on the fun! Registration for Spring GOTR starts on 2/6. Go to www.gotrlancaster.org to register. This is a “first come, first serve” opportunity, so make sure you register your daughter if she is interested! No running experience required!

The season begins March 7th and runs through May 23rd. We will meet as a team every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm (after school) to 5pm.

I coached in the fall and will be coaching again this spring. It is such a great program that builds girl’s confidence, self esteem, and leadership skills. We all participate in a 5K at the end of the season! If you have any questions, please email me! Some of the girls in my class have expressed interest in joining this spring 🙂