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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 2016!  I want to begin first by saying thank you for all your support and prayers during the unexpected medical absence that took place before the holidays.  I am doing so much better!  Second, I want to say 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 2016, 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 great and restful vacation and is ready for the New Year!  We have lots to discover in 2016!

-Mrs. Donohue

 

Math:  Just before vacation we had a test on multiplication.  We will continue to practice this as we move forward 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 have started our exploration of adjectives.  We continue to work on applying what we know in our writing and other areas of the curriculum.  In writing we will be learning about descriptive writing and will write a descriptive paragraph using a picture prompt.Happy-new-year-2016-clip-art-29

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. Toward the end of the month, we will begin reading our 4th grade novel, Stuart Little.

Book Report:  The next book report will be on a book from the Fantasy 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 continue to talk about proper Mass behavior.  We are hard at work learning about The Ten Commandments.  We have just finished the 3rd commandment and will move on to the commandments that focus on the way we treat others.

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!

 

Social Studies

The states and capitals test for the Southesat Region is on December 18, 2015.  Please use this link to Quizlet to help you study!

 

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December Happeings

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.  As we enter into a new calendar year in just a few short weeks, I thank God for the blessing of my St. Christopher family and the students that enter my room each day.  I can’t express to you how much I enjoy this class 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 finished our Noun Unit and will be moving on to adjectives.    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 Historical Fiction book report.  This book report is due on December 10, 2015.

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.  The first week of December brings our second spelling bee of the year!  I look forward to the kids putting their best effort into this activity!

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

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we are learning about the Southeast Region of the United States.  I hope to complete this region before vacation.  As always students should be studying the states and capitals and vocabulary for this region.

 

 
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