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Mrs. O’Donnell’s Class 2019-2020

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What have we been learning?

Math: We have dove right into Chapter 1: Place Value! We reviewed place value through millions, learned the standard, word, and expanded forms of whole numbers, and compared large numbers. We have been learning all about decimals, converting them into fractions, learning how to expand decimals and understanding the relationships between each place value within decimals. This can be a tricky concept! We will continue Chapter 1 over the next few weeks.

Social Studies: Your child has started their first Social Studies Unit: 13 Colonies. Over the next few weeks, we will learn about the three regions of the 13 colonies (colonies, land, climate, economy, and diversity of people) Anytime a quiz or test is given in Content, your child will receive a study guide at least two days prior to the assessment. After Unit 1 is complete, my homeroom will travel to Mrs. Purzycki’s room for their first unit of Science 🙂

ELA/Grammar/Writing: We are learning all about conflict/resolution in ELA right now. We have learned the different types of sentences and how to identify a proper noun and adjective within sentences. We have been introduced to our first list of vocab words.

Spelling: Spelling packets will always be due on Fridays. Tests will always be given on Fridays as well. Students spelling grades consists of spelling packet completion and spelling tests.

Students are excited about their laptops!

As you all know, students received 1:1 laptops at the beginning of the year. These are brand new chrome books that are touch screen and can be converted into tablets. If you signed the permission form , your child is allowed to bring their laptop home. I do want to reiterate: because not every student brings their laptop home or has internet access: I will never assign homework on the laptop. If a student would like to work on a project we are doing in class at home, that is totally fine with me. Earbuds were not provided by the school this year. Your child can bring in earbuds from home to use. Laptops should be put into laptop cases if they are not in use or if they are traveling home each day. Students are expected to bring their laptop to school EVERYDAY. Laptops should be CHARGED.

Character Education Theme this month is KINDNESS

Each month, we will be discussing a different character education theme. We will complete lessons and have class discussions on how students can work on this character trait in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

Friday Folder Reminder:

Every Friday, your child will go home with their Friday Folders. These folders will have all graded assignments for the week in them. Any grade in their Friday Folder, you will also see in Sapphire. These folders need to be signed by you and are due every Wednesday. If the folders do not come back by Wednesday, students will owe me some recess time until they bring the folder in. Let me know if you have any questions about this policy!

September Special Events @ CM

9/9 PTO Meeting 6:30 PM – Library

9/24 CM School Picture Day- beginning at 9:00 AM

9/27 Early Dismissal K-12: 1:30 PM *PM KDG in session*

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