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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.

Marching into March!

February was a great month, cut short by snow and vacation!  As we enter March we are full STEAM ahead!   I can’t believe what a busy month this will be!  We will begin the month by finishing our STEM project in preparation for the STE(A)M Fair on March 9th.  There will be an early release on March 10th.  We will also be working on the final touches of the Auction Bookcase.  If you have not sent in your donation, please do so ASAP!  The Auction is March 11th!  We will also have Terra Nova testing the week of March 13th.  Lent started this month and so we will be visiting the Church for Stations of the Cross each week.  4D will also be presenting the Stations of the Cross on March 31st.  Wow!  Lots going on but let’s not forget that through it all, we will be continuing our regular curriculum!  Read below for more on all the academics going on in 4D this month.

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  We will be finishing our Division Unit with a Test on March 8th.  From here, we will move onto Fractions.

Grammar:  This month, we will finish learning about adjectives before moving onto verbs. The adverb test will be on March 10th.

Reading/Writing:  During the month of March we will explore biographies.  This will begin with the students choosing a biography book to read for their biography book project.  This will be the book report for the month but will be worked on in school as well as at home.  We will read some biographies in class, both from our reading series and others that I have collected.  Students will also be writing a biography about someone special in their lives.  Students will be dressing up as the person they are reading about and will present this person to the class in an oral presentation on April 13th.

Spelling:  We continue to work through the Units.  We return from vacation to work on Unit 20 and will follow that up with a review during testing week.  We will still have the spelling bee at the end of testing week!  Students continue to do very well on the unit activities and tests.  It continues to be a struggle to apply these concepts in their daily work.  Please remind your child that spelling words should be spelled properly when used outside of unit assignments.  Also, if a word is on a paper, it should be spelled properly when it is used!

Religion:  We have entered the holy season of Lent.    We will be learning what happens during this special time in our church.  We will also be introduced to the Stations of the Cross.  We will learn the stations and will also be presenting the stations to the school on March 31st. Throughout Lent students will be coloring a Stations of the Cross packet and should use this to study for their test on April 7th.  Students will be given a picture of each station and asked to put the stations in order.  We will also continue our study of the Ten Commandments.

Social Studies:  We will wrap up the Midwest Region this month.  Students should continue to study the vocabulary for the chapter.  The next unit will be the Southwest.  This is a small region with only 4 states.  Students will have a test on the states and capitals of this region as usual.  This might be a good time to review the states and capitals of the regions we have already studied.  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!  After this, we have only one Region left, the West!  Once we have completed the 5 regions, we will finish out the school year with an exploration of New Hampshire!


February in 4D

Is it really February already?!  It always amazes me how fast the year seems to fly by!  Even though it is a short month there is still a lot to be done and a lot to learn!  We begin the month with Catholic School’s week and some really fun activities and treats!  We will be participating in the NEAP testing on February 10th.  We will also be working on our STEM Fair project and our Auction project.  Of course we will end the month with a nice restful February Vacation.

Please remind your child that if there is something they are struggling with they should come and talk to me so that I can help them!   As always, thank you for your continued support!

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  We will continue working on our Division unit, focusing on the steps of long division.  Once we finish this unit, we will move onto Fractions!  Please encourage continues practice of math facts in addition to IXL practice.

English:  In grammar have finished our pronoun unit and will move onto Adjectives.  We continue to work on applying our grammar skills in our writing and our everyday work.  Students will work on descriptive writing assignment this moth.

Reading:  In reading, we are working on the story Coyote School News.  We will then spend some time reading Paddle to the Sea. This is a great story that takes us on an adventure through the Great Lakes,

Book Report:  The Historical Fiction book report is due on February 10th.  I am excited to see the students’ Story Wheels!

Spelling:  We are currently working on Unit 17.  The current units consist of various spelling pattern as well as prefixes.  Students continue to do very well with our spelling words in the activities and taking the tests.   Students really need to work on applying these spelling rules we are learning to their daily work.  They should also make sure they are spelling words properly when these words are on the paper!

Religion:  We continue to study the Ten Commandments.  Currently, we are learning about the 8th Commandment.  We will work on the rest of the Commandments throughout the month.  We will begin learning about Lent and the Stations of the Cross after vacation.

Social Studies:  We are currently working on the Midwest region.  We have taken a brief hiatus to work on our STEM Fair posters, but will return to the Midwest region when the posters are complete.   Please remind your child to study their Social Studies flash cards for a few minutes each night.  Studying is equally as important as written work which is a new concept for 4th graders.  Your encouragement of this is so important.  We are about half way through the Regions unit.  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!

This month we have some exciting things to look forward to!

February 1-Spirit Day

February 2-Beach Day

February 3-PJ Day, Bowling, Movie w/buddy day

February 10-NEAP Testing (4th grade only)

February 10-Historcal Fiction Book Report Due

February 14-Valentine’s Party (Valentine Free Dress!)

February 20-No School; President’s Day

February 27-March 3-February Vacation


Happy New Year

Happy 2017!  I want to begin by saying thank you for all the wonderful Christmas surprises!  Your kindness and generosity during the Christmas season made me feel loved and a little spoiled!

I have enjoyed spending these last few months with my fourth graders, getting to know them better each day!  They are a great group of kids!  As we begin 2017, please remind your child about the importance of classroom focus and attention, especially on these cold days when we 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 2017!

-Mrs. Donohue


Math:  We will continue to practice multiplication as we return from vacation.  We will have a test very soon before moving on to 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 more than just Monday nights!  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.  This month we will read a nonfiction piece about Yosemite National Park called “Letters Home from Yosemite.”  We will also read a historical fiction titled “Coyote School News.”

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 have just finished the 4th commandment.  We will also continue to explore the Liturgical Year.

This month we will begin work on our STEM Fair project.  Although the STEM Fair is 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!

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