The Week of 11/28…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! It was so nice spending a few days with family. I am, however excited to get back in the swing of things! Here is a picture of Jack, Mr. O’Donnell, and I on Thanksgiving this year. We spent the day at my sister’s house in Philadelphia!

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

In Math… we will continue with Chapter 6 this week. We will learn how to divide decimals by whole numbers, by other decimals, and divide by power of tens. We will have a quiz on Wednesday.

In Social Studies… I will begin Revolutionary War unit with Mrs. P’s kiddos this week. My homeroom students will pick up where they left off with science.

In ELA…we will finish Lesson 9 “Leonardo’s Horse” by reviewing the story. We will take our comprehension/focus skill assessment on Tuesday and finish up our Lesson 9 TDAs.  We will begin Lesson 10 on Wednesday this week “The Secret Ingredient”. This story is a Reader’s Theater. Students will be put into groups and practice reading fluency and expression. Students will eventually “perform” in front of the class by the end of the week. We will be introduced to a new set of vocabulary words as well this week.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 11 are due this Friday 12/1. (Can you believe it will be DECEMBER on Friday!?)  Our test will also be this 12/1.  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…..enemy, balance, basis, closet, decent, define, eleven, fanatic, honest, humor, minute, model, novel, ocean, pretend, private, radar, second, slogan, editor

In Guided Reading (NEW*)….this week we will begin guided reading groups at the end of each day. Students will be put into small reading groups and will be assigned reading assignments each week. Each student will have a different “job” that they need to complete. Once students complete their reading sections – we will meet as a group and go over the jobs each student had as well as the comprehension of the story. We will begin with the books- “Sounder” and “Island of the Blue Dolphin”.  Guided reading assignments will be done during class and not for homework (unless absent).

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