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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

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!

 

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

 
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