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Grade 4 - Mrs. Donohue

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I have been a teacher for over 15 years. I enjoy working with students in the upper elementary grades and my favorite subjects are Social Studies and Reading. I enjoy reading and going to the beach.

Happy New Year!

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Happy 2018!  I want to begin by saying thank you for all the wonderful Christmas surprises as well as all the generous gifts for my sweet baby girl!  Your kindness and generosity were so much appreciated.  As I write this, my Bailey Rose is 3 weeks old.  These last three weeks have been a bit of a blur with getting to know Bailey and celebrating the holidays.  Bailey is a true blessing to my husband and I.  Everyday is a learning experience as we navigate our new roles as Mommy and Daddy.

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I look forward to more time at home getting to know Bailey.  I hope to make a trip to school soon to introduce Bailey to all the special people at St. Chris, especially my 4th graders.

 

 

 

 

I am so lucky to know that my 4th graders are in the best hands with Mrs. Barry while I am home with my baby!  They are a great group of kids and I know that they will work hard while Mrs. Barry is with them!  As we begin 2018, please remind your child about the importance of classroom focus and attention, especially on these cold days when they can’t get outside.  I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful vacation and is ready for the New Year!  We have lots to discover in 2018!

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  Before vacation, we had a test on Multiplication.  Next, we will work on Division.  It is important for the students to continue studying their math facts each night.  The more comfortable they are with their facts, the easier these other skills will be!  Don’t forget, IXL can be done any time during the week!  The more practice, the better!

English:  In grammar we will begin exploring pronouns.  We continue to work on applying what we know in our writing and other areas of the curriculum.  In writing we will be continuing to work on writing a proper paragraph complete with topic and conclusion sentences.

Reading:  As we continue to read different stories from different genres, we are exploring new vocabulary and are focusing on comprehension in addition to the basic story elements such as plot, character, and setting.  Mrs. Barry will be choosing stories from different genres to read with the students this month.

Book Report:  The next book report will be on a book from the Historical Fiction genre.  This project will be assigned at the beginning of January.

Spelling:  Students continue to do very well with our spelling words in the activities and taking the tests.  I am working on having students apply that knowledge when they use these words outside of the context of a test.

Religion:  We are hard at work learning about The Ten Commandments.  We will also continue to explore the Liturgical Year.

This month we will begin work on our STEM Fair project as well as our 4th grade Auction Project.  Although these events are not until March, we need plenty of time to perfect our projects before we share them!

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we are finishing our exploration of the Southeast Region.  We will continue to explore the states and capitals, geography, people and places of this region.  We will test on this region at the beginning of January before moving onto the Midwest region.  At the end of the Regions unit, students will work to become members of the 50/50 club by being able to name all 50 capitals and being able to label the 50 states on a map!

 

December in 4D

As we journey through the Advent season, I encourage you all to take a few moments to stop and reflect on the beauty of the season and what Christmas is all about. As I prepare for the birth of my first child, I thank God for the blessing of my St. Christopher family and the students that enter my room each day. Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts that were sent in for Baby Donohue!  I look forward to sharing her arrival with you! I enjoyed meeting with each of you during Parent/Teacher conferences and I thank you for your continued support this year!

I am officially on materinty leave, but will be in close contact with Mrs. Barry.  If you need to get in touch with Mrs. Barry, please send her a note or e-mail Mrs. Ternan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  She can pass any messages along to Mrs. Barry.  I will be checking my e-mail while at home, but probably not with the frequency I usually do, at least not right away! ????

The following is some information about our curriculum this month:

Math:  In Math, we will continue with the two minute timed test focusing on the specific times tables. Students should continue to practice their facts each night. During the rest of our Math class we are focusing on Multiplication problems that involve more than the basic facts.  We will be spending the first few weeks of December learning double digit multiplication.  We will then move onto division after vacation.

English:  In grammar we are a little more than half way through our Noun Unit. We will finish this unit before moving on to pronouns. In writing we will be working on creative writing with a Christmas theme. We will also write about our holiday traditions. After the holidays, we will begin learning about descriptive writing and persuasive writing.

Reading: As we continue to read different stories from different genres, we are exploring new vocabulary and are focusing on comprehension in addition to the basic story elements such as plot, character, and setting. We will continue to read TFK each week as this focuses on nonfiction reading and current events. This month we will also do some reading that relates to the specific holidays this month!

Spelling: Students continue to do very well with our spelling words in the activities and taking the tests.  I am working on having students apply that knowledge when they use these words outside of the context of a test. This month brings Units 11 (adding ed and ing), 12 (homophones), and 13 (ou sound as in shout).

Religion: We will learn more about the season of Advent and will continue to explore The Ten Commandments. This month we will talk about the third and fourth Commandments.

Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will begin learning about the Southeast Region of the United States. As always students should be studying the states and capitals and vocabulary for this region.

There are many exciting things going on the month for the Christmas Season. We will have a Christmas Party on December 19th.  The Signup Genius has already been sent out.

Here is a list of some important things happening in December:

3-6 Christmas Concert 10:00 December 19, 2017

4th Grade Christmas Party

Christmas Free Dress December 21, 2017

Christmas Prayer Service 11:30 December 21, 2017

Early Release 12:30 December 21, 2017

 

Fantasy Book Report

The Fantasy Book Report is officially assigned.  Students have the project sheet with directions in their binder.  Here is a link to the project sheet .  The project will be due on December 7, 2017.  Here is the link to the Book Report Form if anyone would like to type it.  It is a Word document.

 
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