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About Mr. O'Brien

Greetings to All.
 
I am Kelley O'Brien, I am married to Sarah O'Brien (Middle School), and we have triplets.  I am originally from Omaha, NE, but spent 10 years teaching in Wyoming before moving to Hill City.  This is my 15th year teaching, and 5th year in Hill City. I have taught 4th grade for multiple years, as well as in 5th, 6th, and 3 years of Middle School math and science.
 
I am a huge baseball fan.  I have rooted for the Minnesota Twins my entire life, and then had the opportunity to work in Minor league baseball.  I worked for 4 seasons with the Casper Ghosts, which was the Rookie league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.  I am a fan of the Creighton Bluejays and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
 
I love being in the Black Hills, and look forward to continuing to teach in Hill City.
 

Posts

Tuesday May 12

 

Good Morning Everybody!!!!

Today is our last day for any new work to be assigned.  It is also our last day for our ZOOM meetings!!!!

Remember ALL work needs to be done and turned in to me by this Friday, May 15th..

Math:

Step up to 5th Grade

Page 905 – We are going to be studying Volume of 3D shapes……we talked a little bit about it earlier this year……the math equation is LxWxH…..  I will talk about this again during the ZOOM meeting at 10

905  5-13

906 – 14, 15, 16, 19, 21

REMEMBER ALL WORK NEEDS TO BE TURNED IN TO ME BY FRIDAY MAY 15TH

This includes:

Ecosystem Paper  (Rainforest and Taiga) plus the VENN Diagram

SD Tree report Black Hills Spruce vs. Cottonwood

Greek god/hero Report

Fable

If these items (except the Fable) aren’t turned in yet, they are late.  Get them done!

Reading:

This is a great short story.  It talks about what school might be like in the year 2157….That would be your Great-Great-Great Grandchildren!!!!  Think about this year 2020…..this has been like NO other year of school….your parents and grandparents have probably never seen anything like it as well.

 

Page 740 – The Fun They Had

Choose 4 Vocab words……root, synonym, definition, sentence

Writing page 757

I want you to write a minimum of 3 paragraphs……..The first paragraph is about the story and how the school in the future and school of today (like a regular year) are the same.  Then write a paragraph on how they are different.

Last Paragraph:

Write something about this year.  What is something that you really enjoyed (it doesn’t have to be in school).  What is one thing you wished could have happened this year (again, doesn’t need to be school related).  What is something that you are looking forward to for next year.

The Reading and Writing will be due on Friday May 15th.

 

Monday May 11

Good Morning!!!

This will be our last week of work together.  Remember ALL work needs to be done and turned in to me by this Friday, May 15th..

This includes:

Ecosystem Paper  (Rainforest and Taiga) plus the VENN Diagram

SD Tree report Black Hills Spruce vs. Cottonwood

Green god/hero Report

Fable

If these items (except the Fable) aren’t turned in yet, they are late.  Get them done!

Math:

Step up to 5th Grade

Page 897 – Multiplying fractions by a whole number….remember the rule put a 1 under the whole number then multiply straight across.  Reduce the answer into lowest terms.  I will talk about this again during the ZOOM meeting at 10

897   9-16

898   17, 20, 23, 24

Reading:

This is a great short story.  It talks about what school might be like in the year 2157….That would be your Great-Great-Great Grandchildren!!!!  Think about this year 2020…..this has been like NO other year of school….your parents and grandparents have probably never seen anything like it as well.

 

Page 740 – The Fun They Had

Choose 4 Vocab words……root, synonym, definition, sentence

Writing page 757

I want you to write a minimum of 3 paragraphs……..The first paragraph is about the story and how the school in the future and school of today (like a regular year) are the same.  Then write a paragraph on how they are different.

Last Paragraph:

Write something about this year.  What is something that you really enjoyed (it doesn’t have to be in school).  What is one thing you wished could have happened this year (again, doesn’t need to be school related).  What is something that you are looking forward to for next year.

The Reading and Writing will be due on Friday May 15th.

 

Friday......try the Hungry Puppy math game too

Fun Little game for adding decimals

 

https://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Hungry_Puppies_Decimals.html

 

Today is a catch up and get things done kind of day!!!

 

Remember:

5 new vocab words this week (pretty much the ones you didn’t do last week from Hercules)

We decided to SKIP a VENN DIAGRAM this week…..it is a bit too much to do for writing a fable

So after you have read a few more fables from this site:

https://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/aesop.htm

You may go ahead and begin your writing……Writing is due on MONDAY

Requirements:

You will need a total of 3 paragraphs.  You may put the Moral in the conclusion, as the last sentence.  Remember 7up sentences and use DETAILS and SPECIFICS to tell your fable.

Math

Step up to 5th Grade

We are going to spend 2 days on these……only math work for Thursday and Friday.

page 885 ….4-11 (all)   ……..page 886  …12, 13, 15, 16, 17

Monday: IXL      4.T.1 and 4.T.4

Tuesday: IXL       4.T.New     4.T.14      4.T.15

Wednesday: IXL     4.U.1 and 4.U.2

Thursday and Friday:  IXL   4.P.8 and 4.P.11   

Finish your math work if you have not so yet.

Remember I will see you at 10 am today for ZOOM….I have another meeting at 9…..so if I am not on our ZOOM right at 10, it’s because the other meeting is running long. 

 

Thursday May 7th

 

Remember:

5 new vocab words this week (pretty much the ones you didn’t do last week from Hercules)

We decided to SKIP a VENN DIAGRAM this week…..it is a bit too much to do for writing a fable

So after you have read a few more fables from this site:

https://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/aesop.htm

You may go ahead and begin your writing……Writing is due on MONDAY

Requirements:

You will need a total of 3 paragraphs.  You may put the Moral in the conclusion, as the last sentence.  Remember 7up sentences and use DETAILS and SPECIFICS to tell your fable.

Math

Step up to 5th Grade

We are going to spend 2 days on these……only math work for Thursday and Friday.

page 885 ….4-11 (all)   ……..page 886  …12, 13, 15, 16, 17

Monday: IXL      4.T.1 and 4.T.4

Tuesday: IXL       4.T.New     4.T.14      4.T.15

Wednesday: IXL     4.U.1 and 4.U.2

Thursday and Friday:  IXL   4.P.8 and 4.P.11   

Remember I will see you at 10 am today for ZOOM

Wednesday May 6

 

Remember:

5 new vocab words this week (pretty much the ones you didn’t do last week from Hercules)

We decided to SKIP a VENN DIAGRAM this week…..it is a bit too much to do for writing a fable

So after you have read a few more fables from this site:

https://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/aesop.htm

You may go ahead and begin your writing……Writing is due on MONDAY

Requirements:

You will need a total of 3 paragraphs.  You may put the Moral in the conclusion, as the last sentence.  Remember 7up sentences and use DETAILS and SPECIFICS to tell your fable.

Math

Step up to 5th Grade

page 877 ….8,9,10, 11   ……..page 878  …12, 14, 18, 19 (A and B

Monday: IXL      4.T.1 and 4.T.4

Tuesday: IXL       4.T.New     4.T.14      4.T.15

Wednesday: IXL     4.U.1 and 4.U.2

Remember I will see you at 10 am today for ZOOM

Tuesday May 5

Remember:

5 new vocab words this week (pretty much the ones you didn’t do last week from Hercules)

For Monday and Tuesday, I want you to read page 542 “Zomo’s Friends.”  Read a few more fables from the website I sent.  For Wednesday you will then need to compare and contrast the fables with a VENN Diagram. 

https://www.storyit.com/Classics/Stories/aesop.htm

I will assign writing later on this week (Wednesday), after we have read through a few more fables.  If you are able to read some of Aesop’s fables, please do so….I will also have a link to some fables this afternoon…..focus on ZOMO first.

Math

Step up to 5th Grade

page 873 6,7,8,9,10   ……..page 874  …12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18

Monday: IXL      4.T.1 and 4.T.4

Tuesday: IXL       4.T.New     4.T.14      4.T.15

Remember I will see you at 10 am today for ZOOM

 

Monday......May the 4th Be with You!!!

No More Spelling, all done for the year……

Reading for the week.

We are going to read about fables, in particular, fables in which animals are the main character.

For Monday and Tuesday, I want you to read page 542 “Zomo’s Friends.”  Tomorrow I will assign another fable.  For Wednesday you will then need to compare and contrast the fables with a VENN Diagram. 

I will assign writing later on this week (Wednesday), after we have read through a few more fables.  If you are able to read some of Aesop’s fables, please do so….I will also have a link to some fables this afternoon…..focus on ZOMO first.

Math

Step up to 5th Grade

page 869 All……..page 870 …12, 13, 15, 17

IXL      4.T.1 and 4.T.4

Remember I will see you at 10 am today for ZOOM

Friday May 1

Busy Friday!!!!

Hi All,

Today is the wrap up day….

Reading, Vocab, and Spelling are all due today.

For Math, finish up section 14.3 (the work from yesterday)

New IXL work today

4.H.1 – a review from earlier in the week

4.L.6 – think in detail about the patterns

WRITING is due by MONDAY!!!!!!    Lots of work to do if you did not finish this week.

Remember ZOOM is a 10am…..if I am a bit late it is because we have a teacher meeting at 9

Thursday April 30

Good Morning!!!

 

REMEMBER THAT OUR ZOOM WILL BE AT 10 AM TODAY

 

Math:

Page 749 all

Page 750  9, 10, 11, 14

 

Math IXL  4.L.6 and the last 4.L.New (it has the dot)

 

Spelling Unit 34 due tomorrow

Vocab due tomorrow

 

Writing

You should have your Greek God PDF all filled out and ready to help you write your story

 

Story is due by Monday

Greek Gods story example

Hello on this Sunny Wednesday!!!!

 

Continue with math, as we discussed yesterday.  Page 743 All

 

Page 744  5, 6, 9, 11

 

IXL – 4.L.8 and 4.L.9

 

Continue on with Spelling, Writing, and Reading today

 

Here is the Writing requirements.

 

I am sending you an example of what needs to be done.

 

Here are the requirements…..

Word Document

 

First page:

Title of your story

Include your fast facts (the PDF you filled out, written on the paper)

One paragraph on why you chose the first god or hero or creature  (4-5 sentences per paragraph, 7up sentences)

One paragraph on why you chose the other god, hero or creature  ((4-5 sentences per paragraph, 7up sentences)

 

Second Page

Must include a picture of each of your people.  (you will see it in my example)

Must include a picture of each person’s symbol (you will see it in my example)

You must include a story in which the characters are interacting with each other…..whether they are fighting (battle) or working together to solve a problem

You will see that this story has 7 Paragraphs…..yours does not need to be 7, but it needs to be long enough to tell a story (in my opinion, 7 is a good number to get your ideas on paper)

 

DUE DATE

This paper is going to be due on MONDAY MAY 4th……..you have this week to work on it, plus the weekend.  But remember, do not wait until the last minute to get this done…..you still have Spelling, vocab, and math to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday April 28

Happy Rainy Tuesday!!!!!

 

Math was extremely easy yesterday, and after chatting with you on ZOOM, you all did a great job.

 

Today and Tomorrow for Math:

 

We are doing in and out Tables.  You are given the rule, you will just need to plug in the numbers to complete the chart

 

Page 743 All

Page 744  5, 6, 9, 11

 

IXL – 4.L.8 and 4.L.9

 

Continue on with Spelling, Writing, and Reading today

 

If you think you know which two Greek gods or heroes you want to choose, get started on that.

 

See you on ZOOM today

 

Spelling Unit 34

 

Reading

This week are going to read the story of Hercules page 524.

You will need to read through Hercules Quest for the week.  For those that may have Disney+ or even the movie itself, take some time to watch Disney’s Hercules.  You’ll see that Disney took some ideas from the story of Hercules, but pretty much made the rest up to make a kid’s movie.  When a story is just a folk tale handed down over and over, then many times the stories can be changed.

 

You will need to do the vocab from the story.  I am going to have you do 5 words this week.  Root word, definition, synonym and 7up sentence!!

 

Writing:  You are going to do some research this week on Greek Mythology.  This was always a project that Mrs. VanNess and I did in class in writing.  It will be a little different this year.  I am going to attach a “Family Tree”  Some names might be harder to read, but take some time to look it over.  I will talk about it during our ZOOM time Monday.  The Greek gods PDF is a PDF that you will need to fill out, I will talk about it on Monday as well.

 

Math

Monday Section 14.1  Page 737 ALL…..page 738   13, 15, 16, 19

IXL – 4.L.5