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4.8 to 4.12: A Glimpse at our Week…

I think we have officially welcomed Spring (and the 4th marking period!)

Here is what is happening in Mrs. O’Donnell’s classroom (I apologize for not posting in awhile!)…

PSSA Spirit Week:

Monday- CM Proud Wear Blue and Gold

Tuesday- Wild about PSSA- Wear your brightest craziest outfit

Wednesday- Show your Super Smarts- Dress like Superhero

Thursday- Put on your thinking caps- wear your favorite hat

Friday- Relax, We Can Do It- Wear Pj’s

Math:  This week, we will continue with Chapter 12. We will learn the attributes of triangles, quadrilaterals, and three dimensional figures. We will learn how to find volumes of rectangular prisms. We will end our week in Math with finding the volume of composite figures by relating volume to the operations of multiplication and addition.

ELA: We will finish up Lesson 23 by completing our TDAs. We will begin Lesson 24 this week with a new set of vocab words. We will continue learning about figurative language and focus on metaphors, similes, and personification. We will read “Chester Cricket Takes New York”.

Social Studies: We will have a quiz on TUESDAY (study guides went home on Friday). We will continue with out Western Expansion Unit this week by learning about Manifest Destiny, The Oregon Trail, The Trail of Tears, and the Gold Rush!

Spelling: Lesson 25 will be tested on Friday 4/19. (This is a two week packet) There is an additional page in this packet that will be Extra Credit!

Grammar: Students will identify the proper usage for good, well, real, very. We will also identify negatives within sentences.

Writing: We will begin our Magazine Unit by choosing our topics and beginning our advertisements!

Friday Folders are due on Wednesday SIGNED

*WE WILL BE GOING TO THE BOOK FAIR ON WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK! Everything is buy one, get one free!!

Report Cards will be sent home on MONDAY! Please sign the envelope and return ASAP 🙂

Field Trip Permission Forms will be sent home THIS WEEK! I will post a blog about our upcoming field trip soon (May 22nd)

April Happenings:

9- CM Spring Concert Assembly 2:30 PM

9- CM Spring Concert 7:00 PM

11- 5th & 6th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert at HS 7:00 PM

15-17 ELA PSSA Testing

15- PTO Meeting 6:30 PM Library

18- WE HAVE SCHOOL!

19- No School Spring Break

22- No School Spring Break

24-25 Math PSSA Testing

3.11 to 3.15: A Glimpse at Our Week…

This month’s character education theme is Responsibility. We are having a school wide competition, where we keep track of how many times our entire class does our math homework in the month of March. Let’s be responsible and get our HW done!

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

Math:  This week, we will continue with Chapter 10 and learn all about dividing fractions. We will begin reviewing for our test at the end of the week and our test will be next week.

ELA: We will finish up Lesson 19 this week with our TDAs and our focus skill assessment. We will be starting Lesson 21 and will learn all about our new focus skill: Author’s Purpose. We will read “Interrupted Journey” and be introduced to new vocab words.

Spelling: Lesson 22 will be tested on Friday 3/22. (This is a two week packet)

Grammar: We will take an adjective quiz this week. We will also learn how to compare using adjectives.

Our Growth and Development Lesson with Mr. Binkley (boys) and Nurse Nichols (girls) will be on Thursday morning.

***On Thursday afternoon, we will have Electronics Day! (Permission forms were sent home on Monday if students want to bring in a personal electronic device. They are due on Thursday.) This was an incentive they earned for reaching their Newsela Mastercard goal for the month of February!

Friday Folders are due on Wednesday SIGNED

March

11- PTO Meeting- 6:30 PM Library

12- 3-4 Discover Co-hort

14- 5-6 Discover Co-hort

22- KDG Library Field Trip- AM Only

22- Early Dismissal 1:30pm

26- 3-4 Discover Co-hort

26- END OF MP 3!

28- 5-6 Discover Co-hort

28- Lunch and Learn 11:10-12:10

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