Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Week of 10/30…

 This weekend, I went pumpkin picking with Mr. O’Donnell and I think we got the best pumpkin in the patch! 🙂 I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween night on Tuesday!

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

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

In Math… we will begin Chapter 5 this week. Students will learn how to round and estimate decimals, add decimals, and will use the Associate, Commutative, and Identity Property to add whole numbers and decimals mentally.

In Social Studies… we will continue our Revolutionary War unit this week. We will learn in detail about the Battles of Lexington/Concord and Bunker Hill. We will also learn about the importance of the Second Continental Congress this week. Students will engage in activities that include reading articles, creating timelines, and watching videos linked to these specific objectives. Students will have a quiz on the information they have learned so far on Thursday. Study guides will be given out on Monday.

In ELA…we will read our story on Monday “When the Circus Comes to Town” and continue with our focus skill: Theme. We will be tested on our vocab words on Wednesday and take our comprehension/focus skill assessment on Thursday for this story. Students will identify the theme in (my favorite) The Bernstein Bears Series with partners on Thursday to reiterate the identification of themes in a variety of stories.

In Writing…we will continue with our personal narratives and write a text dependent analysis for Lesson 7 “When the Circus Comes to Town”.

In Spelling…No spelling this week! Students will receive Lesson 9 packets on Thursday.

Reminders:

October 31: End of MP 1

November 3: In Service- No School for Students

November 8-10: Early Dismissals (1:30pm) Parent Teacher Conferences

Students had a blast at CM Miles last week! We had such great weather to RUN, RUN, RUN!

The Week of 10/23…

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

In Math… we will finish Chapter 4 this week. We will have our Chapter 4 test on Friday.  This week, we will learn how to adjust the quotient when the estimated digit is too high or too low. Students will also practice dividing greater numbers by multi-digit divisors. Students will solve problems by solving a simpler problem.

In Social Studies… We will begin our Revolutionary War unit this week (with my homeroom students). This week we will learn about how the British Government unfairly treated us (no taxation without representation), we will learn about the Boston Tea Party, the Continental Congress, and the first battle in the war (Lexington and Concord).

In ELA…we will finish with Theme 6 this week “The Night of San Juan”. We will continue to work on our Children’s Storybooks. We will have out Vocab Assessment (only) on Monday. We will practice (as a class) writing the TDA for this story using a 2 column note. On Wednesday, we will be introduced to Lesson 7 “When the Circus Came to Town”. We will continue to work on our Theme Focus Skill with this story. We will learn a new set of vocab words.

In Writing…we will write personal narratives this week.

In Grammar…we will learn how to identify common and proper nouns.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 8 are due this Friday 10/27. Our test will also be this 10/27.  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.  https://www.spellingcity.com/users/mrsodonnell007

Our spelling words for this week are…..entire, hospital, public, combine, golden, chimney, pretzel, survive, absorb, turmoil, wisdom, journey, condition, whisper, identify, establish, furnace, capture, marvelous, nursery

*This will be our last spelling list for Marking Period 1. Next week, students will get a week off from spelling and we will continue Lesson 9 the following week to begin Marking Period 2.

Reminders:

*I will be sending home conference times this week.*

October 26: Shine Time 2:30pm

October 27th: CM Miles 5th grade time is 2:15 to 3:15

November 3: In Service- No School for Students

November 8-10: Early Dismissals (1:30pm) Parent Teacher Conferences

Last week, the students enjoyed a brain break that involved working together to get a hula hoop around the circle without breaking hands! How could we not go outside on these beautiful fall days for a fun little break?!

Red Ribbon Week is Coming!!

Next week is Red Ribbon Week!

10/23 – Monday: Team Up Against Drugs. Wear your favorite sports team apparel.

10/24 – Tuesday: Orange you glad you don’t do drugs (wear orange).

10/25 – Wednesday: Support Red Ribbon week (wear red)

10/26  – Thursday: Sock it to Drugs (crazy socks)

10/27 – Friday: Be a “Jean-ious” – Don’t Do Drugs (wear jeans)

THINK ENERGY!

Today, PPL came to visit 5th grade and did a presentation about conserving energy! We learned about the different types of energy there are and ways we can use it more efficiently. Each student went home with a THINK ENERGY! Take Action Kit. These kits are the coolest! The kits include LED light bulbs, an efficient shower head, a shower timer (our goal is only 5 minutes per shower!), an aerator, a flow test bag, turn it off stickers, and plumber’s tape. Students went home with a questionnaire all about the energy your family uses in your household. If they complete these forms (with help from you), they will receive an energy color changing pencil! If most questionnaires are returned our class will receive a $50 mini grant to be used in the classroom!. Exciting Stuff 🙂

Here is a picture of some of us showcasing our awesome new Take Action Kits!!!

Week of 10/16…

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

(Remember- Friday, October 20th is an In-Service Day- no school for students)

In Math… we will begin Chapter 4 this week. In this chapter, we will learn how to divide using two digit divisors. This week specifically we will  estimate quotients with two digit divisors, we will divide up to a three digit number by a two digit divisor and learn how to adjust the quotient when the estimated digit is too high or too low. On Wednesday, we will take a quiz on the lessons we learned so far and on Thursday we will begin our marking period #1 benchmark. (The benchmark assesses all objectives that have been learned so far in Marking Period One)

In Social Studies… I will continue working on the 13 Colonies Unit with Mrs. Purzycki’s students. This is my last week with her students. My homeroom students will return to social studies starting Monday, Oct. 23rd. Our new unit will be The Revolutionary War (my favorite!)

In ELA…we will continue with Theme 6 this week “The Night of San Juan”. We will work on identifying the theme (our focus skill) of this story as we read. We will continue learning about our Lesson 6 vocab words. I will be introducing a project within this Theme this week in which students create their own storybooks that includes a reoccurring theme. They will complete these stories in partners.

In Writing…we will write personal narratives this week.

In Grammar…we will learn how to identify common and proper nouns.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 7 are due this Thursday 10/19 (no school Friday). Our test will also be this Thursday 10/19.  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.  .

Our spelling words for this week are…..suppose, hurricane, babble, bellow, success, appeal, announcer, tissue, excellent, terrific, collect, slippery, common, arrange, settler, fiddler, kennel, squirrel, message, summary

Reminders:

October 19: Super Hero Math Assembly 10:15am

October 20: No School

October 26: Shine Time 2:30pm

It Takes Talent Audio Recordings!

My students completed their first Reader’s Theater last week in our Storytown curriculum “It Takes Talent”. Reader’s Theater is a wonderful way to practice reading fluency and expression (and also it is a lot of fun!) My students were split up into three different groups. Within each group, they were assigned to a part in the play. From there, they practiced their oral reading skills then got to record their play on an app called Audacity using their laptops. It required a lot of cooperation and teamwork to complete this assignment. Each group did a fantastic job! I have attached all three recordings of the play to this post. I have listed the students in each recording. Enjoy!

Recording #1 “It Takes Talent”

Students: Tyler, Malcolm, Aiden, Brianna L., Emmy, Jordan M., and Billy

Recording #2 “It Takes Talent”

Students: Charlotte, Nevaeh, Akai, Chase, J.J., Thatcher, Brady

Recording #3 “It Takes Talent”

Students: Abbey, Emily, Maryenel, Jeremiah, Kayla, Brianna N., Jordan C., Liyah

The Week of 10/10…

I hope everyone enjoyed their 3 day weekend and had some fall fun! (Even though the weather this weekend felt more like summer!)Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom this week…

In Math… we will finish up Chapter 3 this week. Our assessment will be this Friday.  This week we will solve division problems that result in quotients that have zeros. Students will learn how to interpret the remainder in a division problem. Students will also identify extra information or missing information needed to solve a problem. On Thursday, we will review for our assessment.

In Social Studies… I will continue working on the 13 Colonies Unit with Mrs. Purzycki’s students.

In ELA…we will finish Theme 5 (“It Takes Talent”) on Thursday this week.  We will have our vocab assessment (only) on Wednesday this week. We will begin Theme 6 ( “The Night of San Juan”) on Friday and be introduced to a new set of vocab words. Our focus skill for this story is “Theme”.

In Grammar…we will learn how to identify fragments and run on sentences.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 6 are due this Friday 10/13. Our test will also be this Friday 10/13.  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.  .

Our spelling words for this week are…..drizzle, gobble, meddle, shuffle, bundle, pickle, hobble, topple, hurtle, vehicle, struggle, wiggle, spindle, speckle, griddle, ripple, article, triple, jingle, bugle

Reminders:

October 19: Super Hero Math Assembly 10:15am

October 20: No School

October 26: Shine Time 2:30pm

The Week of 10/2…

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

In Math… we will continue with Chapter 3 this week with a quiz on Tuesday to check our progress on Lessons 1-4. We will learn how to divide multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 mentally, estimate quotients by using rounding (to better decipher if our answers are reasonable), divide using the Distributive Property and partial quotients, divide up to a four digit number by a one digit number, and understand how to place the first digit in a quotient.  Busy week in Math!

In Social Studies… I will be teaching the 13 Colonies unit to Mrs. Purzycki’s class. This week, we will focus on the 3 regions of the 13 colonies and have a quiz on Friday of everything we have learned so far. My homeroom students will continue with Animal/Plant cells with Mrs. Purzycki.

In ELA…we will finish Theme 4 (“The Daring Nellie Bly”) on Tuesday this week. To wrap up this story, we will finish our web quest that is teaching us about her amazing life as a journalist and create travel brochures using our laptops on one of the countries she visited during her travels around the world.  We will have our vocab/focus skill/comprehension assessment on Tuesday this week. We will begin Theme 5 ( “It Takes Talent”) on Wednesday and be introduced to a new set of vocab words. This story is a Reader’s Theater. We will have fun using an audio recording app on our laptops to record the play in small groups this week. We will then reread the story using our own audio recordings as a guide! Reader’s Theaters are great ways to practice our fluency and expression while reading orally.   Our new vocab words will be genial, prognostication, stricken, dramatically, restrain, protest, feverishly, overcome, flop, spectacular

In Grammar…we will learn how to identify the characteristics of complex sentences.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 5 are due this Friday 10/6. Our test will also be this Friday 10/6.  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. The spelling list this week is a review of lessons 1-4. Students have an extra page in their spelling packets that they can choose to do for extra credit.

Our spelling words for this week are…..stretch, does, measure, reason, coach, kneeling, twice, rayon, appoint, scoop, drawn, feud, jewel, fraud, royalty, hurried, scared, changing, buying, obeyed

*We will begin E/I (Enrichment/Intervention) this week. Your child will be working on various ELA objectives based on their individual needs during this time.

We got to meet our  buddies last week! We used our laptops with Mrs. Cornell’s 2nd grade students and helped our buddies play some educational and fun computer games! (We will meet with our buddies at the end of every month)

     

 

Reminders:

10/9- No School

10/16- PTO Meeting 6:30pm Library