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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.

December in 4D

As we begin this Advent season, I encourage you all take a few moments to stop and reflect on the beauty of the season and what Christmas is all about.  In just a few short weeks we will begin 2017, I thank God for the blessing of my St. Christopher family and the students that enter my room each day.  I enjoyed meeting with each of you during Parent/Teacher conferences and I thank you for your continued support this year!

The following is some information about our curriculum:

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 into division.

English:  In grammar we have marked the half way point in our Noun Unit.  We will finish this unit before moving on to pronouns.  In writing we will be working on descriptive writing and creative writing with a Christmas theme.  We will also write about our holiday traditions.  After the holidays, we will begin learning about compare and contrast 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.  Students are learning how to use the articles to help answer the questions.  This month we will also do some reading that relates to the specific holidays this month!

Book Report:  Students are working on their Fantasy book report.  This book report is due on December 2, 2016.

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 fourth and fifth 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 begin on Thursday December 1, 2016 with Christmas Shopping in the Church hall at 9:00.  We will have a Christmas Party later this month as well as a used book swap!  Look for more information on these activities soon!

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

Christmas Shopping                           December 1, 2016

Fantasy Book report Due                    December 2, 2016

Barnes and Noble Free Dress              December 2, 2016

Q2 Progress Reports                         December 9, 2016

School Tree Lighting                         December 9, 2016

Penitential Service                            December 16, 2016

3-6 Christmas Concert                      December 20, 2016

Christmas Free Dress                       December 21, 2016

Early Release                                  December 21, 2016

 

Fantasy Book Report

The Fantasy Book report is due on December 2, 2016.  If you would like to type your Fantasy Book Report form, please download the form below.  It is a Word Document.  Once downloaded, all you have to do is delete the lines and type your response in the space below the question!  Don't forget, if you would like to do your brochure on the computer, Word has a brochure template that you might like to use!


Fantasy_Book_Report_Form.doc

 

November News

WOW!  I can’t believe we are already at the end of 1st quarter.  Where did the time go?  The students in 4D have been very busy learning lots of new things!  They completed their first book report and spent time working on sentence structure and writing a proper paragraph!

The following is some information about our curriculum:

Math:  We will soon be starting two minute timed tests focusing on the specific times tables.  We will begin with the 2 times table.  Once a student passes a given times table, they move onto the next one!  Students should practice their facts each night.  During the rest of our Math class we are focusing on Addition and Subtraction.  We are learning to add and subtract larger numbers with regrouping.  We will move onto Multiplication and Division from here!

English:  In grammar we have finished our exploration of sentences and will begin learning about Nouns.   I would like to see students applying the things we have learned in their everyday work.  In writing, we finished our Personal Narratives!!  Students are learning about the writing process and peer editing during this in class project.  This month we will write a creative story with a Thanksgiving theme!  We will also be working on an acrostic poem for Thanksgiving which will be in the hallway very soon! 

Reading:  In reading, we just finished an historical fiction selection.  We will read another historical fiction before moving on to a trickster tale!  The students will really enjoy this genre!  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 also do some reading that relates to the specific holidays this month, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving!turkey-clip-art-cute-turkey

Book Report:  The students have begun to pick books for the next book report which will be a Fantasy book.  This will be assigned this week.  Please check your child’s binder for requirements and due date!

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.  Beginning 11/7/16, the spelling test will consist of 25 words.  The challenge words will no longer be bonus!

Religion:  We continue to talk about proper Mass behavior.  We have just started taking a closer look at the Ten Commandments by learning about Moses.

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we are learning all about the region that we live in, the Northeast.  We will end with a test on the states and capitals of this region and a test on things we learned from the text.  Please help your child study for these tests.  The states and capitals can be tricky!  For this region only, students will also need to label a map with the names of the states.

 
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