Welcome to Fifth Grade!
About Laura O’Donnell
My name is Laura O’Donnell and I am the Fifth Grade teacher at St. Jerome Catholic School. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the St. Jerome Catholic School community. From my first day, I felt very welcome, included and supported. I grew up here in the Bay Area attending Catholic Schools at the elementary through university levels. I earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco. I worked as a litigation paralegal for approximately 12 years and took graduate courses in English Literature. Eventually I took a few years off from work to spend time with my children. During that time, as I became involved in their education, my own interest in pursuing a career in education grew. In 2008, I earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, East Bay. I am currently a Participating Teacher in the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program through Contra Costa County Office of Education. Although I have taught different grade levels in both the Alameda and Oakland Unified School districts, I am delighted to teach in the Oakland Diocese that educated me and continue the cycle of Catholic education in my life and family.
Math textbook resources, MacMillan-McGraw Hill http://www.mhschool.com/math/2009/ca/student/grade5/
Social Studies textbook resources, MacMillan-McGraw Hill http://macmillanmh.com/ss/ca/eng/g5/grade5.html
Social Studies on 13 colonies and variety of subjects http://socialstudiesforkids.com/
English Language Arts Anthology resources, MacMillan-McGraw Hill http://treasures.macmillanmh.com/california/students/grade5/book1
Khan Academy (for math problem demonstrations) https://www.khanacademy.org/
Math Drills (computation practice, skill building) http://www.math-drills.com/
Social Studies on Revolutionary War http://www.libertyskids.com/
3 minute retreats by Loyola Press http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm