Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Week of 4/30…

Can you believe that this week we will be welcoming the month of May? This year has gone so fast! 6 weeks until we say hello to SUMMER!

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

In Math… this week we will be starting 6th grade front loading. We will review GCF and LCM, and learn about rates and ratios. We will have a quiz on Friday.

In Social Studies… we will have our Western Expansion assessment on Monday. We will then switch classes so my homeroom will be completing their Science Unit with Mrs. Purzycki on Tuesday for the next few weeks. 🙂

In ELA….this week we will finish up Lesson 24 with a vocab quiz on Monday and our comprehension/focus skill assessment on Tuesday. We will finish up our NYC Trip slideshows and analyze the poem “Central Park” to wrap up Lesson 24. On Wednesday we will begin Lesson 25 “The Compassion Campaign” with 10 new vocab words. This story is a Reader’s Theater so the class will be broken up into groups to work on our expression and fluency. We will complete an assignment on community service projects as an extended activity with this lesson.

In Grammar…we will identify linking, direct, and action verbs in sentences.

In Writing…we will continue with our Magazine Units. This week we will work on our advertisements, advice columns, and news articles.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 28 are due this Friday 5/4. Our test will also be on 5/4. 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 this week are:

  1. tractor
  2. distract
  3. traction
  4. contract
  5. attract
  6. subtract
  7. erupt
  8. bankrupt
  9. interrupt
  10. abrupt
  11. rupture
  12. audio
  13. audible
  14. audience
  15. auditorium
  16. audition
  17. verdict
  18. diction
  19. dictate
  20. predict

* We will be going to the book fair this week on Thursday. This book fair is BUY ONE, GET ONE FOR FREE!* 

Our growth and development lesson will be on Friday. The females will be with Nurse Nichols and the males will be with Mr. Binkley. 

*Important Dates in May*

11- K-12 Early Dismissal- 1:30 PM– PM KDG in Session

17-  Grade 5-6 Olympic Day

25-School is in Session!

28- Memorial Day- No School

31- PTO End of Year Picnic 5:30-7:30

The Week of 4/23….

Now that the PSSAs are over and it seems like the spring weather is here to stay (finally), we can get back to our normal schedule! Only about 7 weeks left of the school year so let’s get to it!!

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

In Math… this week we will be reviewing for our final benchmark assessment. We will start our test on Thursday. Next week, we will begin front loading 6th grade math.

In Social Studies… this week we will finish up our Western Expansion Unit. We will learn about the Trail of Tears and the Gold Rush. We will review for our test. (Our test will be next Monday)

In ELA….this week we will finish up Lesson 23. We will take our focus skill (imagery) and vocab test at the beginning of the week. We will  then begin Lesson 24 “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride” and will be focusing on identifying similes, metaphors, and personification.

In Writing…we will finish our persuasive essays at the beginning of the week and begin our Magazine Unit! Students will be creating their own magazines and will be including various writing samples (that you would find in a magazine). Students get to choose their magazine topic. We will be working on these for the remainder of the school year.

In Spelling…Spelling Packets for Lesson 27 are due this Friday 4/27. Our test will also be on 4/27. 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 this week are:

  1. astronomy
  2. disaster
  3. asterisk
  4. astronaut
  5. asteroid
  6. chronic
  7. chronicle
  8. chronology
  9. chronological
  10. synchronize
  11. cyclical
  12. bicyclist
  13. cyclone
  14. encyclopedia
  15. hydrogen
  16. hydrant
  17. hydrate
  18. optic
  19. optician
  20. optical

Dates to Remember this Month:

April 24- Shine Time 2:15-2:30

April 24- CM Spring Concert Assembly 2:30

April 24- CM Spring Concert- Grade 1, Band, Strings, Chorus- 7 PM

April 27- PTO Ice Cream Social

The Week of 4/3…

Our last marking period of 5th grade starts TODAY!

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

In Math… this week we will be finishing up Chapter 12. We will be learning how to find the volume of figures. We will spend this week reviewing and we will take our Chapter 12 Assessment on Friday.

In Social Studies… this week we will be starting our Western Expansion unit. We will learn about the Louisiana Purchase, The Corps of Discovery, and the War of 1812. Can you believe this is our final Social Studies unit for 5th grade!?!

In ELA….this week we will continue our Lesson 21 endangered animal brochures. We will continue with Author’s Purpose and Perspective and choose our topics for our persuasive writing essays. Lesson 22 “The Power of W.O.W” will be introduced this week. This story is a play so we will have fun reading in groups. We will also learn a new set of vocab words.

In Spelling: Same spelling words as last week! Check out my last blog post for the list. Our test will be this Friday. New packets (Lesson 25) will be passed out on Friday as well.

We will have our social lesson with Mr. Schuck on Wednesday.