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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.

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung!  It looks like we are well on our way to some warmer weather!  Last month proved to be quite busy!  We finished off many units, had Terra Nova testing, presented the Station of the Cross, and celebrated Holy week.  We also started FitKids!  Phew!  I am exhausted just thinking about it!  The students in 4D did a wonderful job with the Stations and worked hard during Terra Nova!  We have a lot more to do during the month of April so please remind your child to use their best listening skills in class and to put their best effort in each day!   As always, thank you for your continued support!

-Mrs. Donohue

Here is a look at what is going on this month!

Math:  In math this month we will continue our exploration of Fractions.  We will be adding and subtracting like and unlike dominators.  We will continue to simplify and will work with improper fractions.

English:  This month we will explore verbs.  We will also be reviewing how to write a proper paragraph in preparation for writing our persuasive essay and a descriptive paragraph.  We will also be writing our own poems for the poetry slam.

Reading:  We have finished reading the class book, Stuart Little.  The students have been enjoying reading about Stuart’s many adventures!  Students have been reading as a whole group, in small groups, in partners, or individually.  They have been meeting with a discussion group at the end of each section to talk about what has been happening in the book!  They have also been working on comprehension questions.  I continue to encourage students to restate the question when writing a complete sentence and to look in the book for the answers.  We will return to reading different selections from the Read Street books.  I look forward to exploring biographies as well as some more realistic fiction with the class.

Book Report:  This month, we are working on our Biography Project.  Students needed to choose a biography to read and they will be exploring the life of the person they are reading about in great detail!  We will work on this project in class but students should also work at home reading the book and filling in parts of the packet.  I will be checking in with students every few days to see how the project is progressing.  At the end of the project, students will be presenting information about that person to their classmates in the form of a prepared oral presentation.  They will need a costume for this presentation!  The rest of the project should be done before the presentation on April 21.

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

Religion:  This month we will focus on the eight and ninth commandment.

Social Studies:  We have begun our study of the Southwest region of the United States.  Students should continue to study their states and capitals and the vocabulary for the chapter.  We will explore the West region next.  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!  They should start reviewing the previous regions’ capitals to be ready for this!


March Madness

February was a great month but boy did it fly by!  The students in 4D did a great job in my absence!  Mrs. Barry enjoyed her time with them.  I am so glad to be feeling better and able to return to my students!   I can’t believe what a busy month we have in March!  We will begin the month by finishing our STEM project in preparation for the STEM Fair on March 10th.  We will also be preparing the Stations of the Cross to present to the school on March 11th (which is also an early release day!)  We will be taking the Terra Nova test the week of March 14th.  We will be wrapping up several units with tests before testing.  Finally, we will end the month with Holy Week.  As always, thank you for your continued support!

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  In February, we began learning about Fractions.  We will continue this exploration throughout the month of March.  We will have a test on Chapter 8 on March 11.  In addition to learning about and understanding what fractions are, we will also learn about how to add and subtract with fractions!

Grammar:  This month, we will finish learning about pronouns before moving onto verbs. The Pronoun Test will be March 8th.

Reading/Writing:  This month we will continue our class book Stuart Little.  Students will be meeting in small groups to conduct Literature Circles.  They will discuss different aspects of the book in their small groups.  They will also work to complete comprehension questions in addition to writing summaries and responses for each section of the book.

We will also begin to explore biographies this month.  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.  When we finish Stuart Little we will read some biographies in class.  Students will also be writing a biography about someone special in their lives.  The biography project will be handed out by March 11th.  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 21st.

Spelling:  We continue to work through the Units.  Units 19 and 20 are next followed by a review.  We will still complete the review activities during testing week.  We will also 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 have also been introduced to the Stations of the Cross.  We will learn the stations and will also be presenting the stations to the school on March 11th.  We will have a Stations of the Cross Test on March 24th.  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 with a test on March 9th.  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 Fun!

Is it really February already?!  It always amazes me how fast the year seems to fly by!  We have officially completed half the year and are well on our way into third quarter!  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 also start the season of Lent this month with Ash Wednesday on February 10th.  We will celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 12th.  Of course we will end the month with a nice restful February Vacation. 

February also brings my extended medical absence.  I will be out beginning on February 5th and will return sometime after February Vacation.  In my absence, the kids will enjoy spending time with Mrs. Mary Ellen Barry.  The kids became familiar with Mrs. Barry in December and are in good hands!

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!  I thank God every day for such a great group of kids to spend my days with and I thank you for all your support as we continue this year!

-Mrs. Donohue


Math:  As you know, we had our division test last week!  Although that test is behind us, we will continue to practice this skill as well as the other operations we have been learning.  Students should continue to work on practicing their math facts each day.  This month we begin learning about Fractions!

English:  In grammar we will be finishing our unit on pronouns.  After pronouns, we will move onto verbs.  We continue to work on applying our grammar skills in our writing and our everyday work.  Students are finishing a descriptive writing assignment where they are use a picture to write a description.

Reading:  This month we will be reading a novel as a class.  We have already begun reading Stuart Little by EB White.  Students will explore the world of Stuart Little and will meet many exciting characters along the way.  We will be having class discussions as well as continuing to practice answering comprehension questions.  Students will also have an opportunity to share their thoughts in small discussion groups in class.

Book Report:  The Fantasy book report is due on February 18th.  I am excited to see the students’ travel brochures!

Spelling:  We have completed another 5 units in spelling.  We had a Spelling Bee and congratulations go to Vidya for winning this round!  I also want to congratulate Abigail who gave Vidya a hard fight to come in second.  It was a hard fought battle!  The next five 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.  We will explore the 5th and 6th Commandments.  Also this month, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday and will learn about the Lenten journey.  We will learn about the Stations of the Cross.  Students will receive a packet that they will be responsible for coloring and using to learn the Stations in order.  They will be tested on the Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday.

Social Studies:  We are in the midst of learning all about the MidWest region including the Great Lakes!  I hope to wrap this region up before vacation.  We will then move on to the Southwest region.  This region only has 4 states and capitals to learn!  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; this is a new concept for 4th graders.  Your encouragement of this is so important.  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-Spanish Rosary 2:10

February 2 PJ Day

February 3-Spirit Day

February 4-Ice Skating/Beach Day

February 5-Buddy Mass 9:15

February 10-Ash Wednesdayvalentines-day-clip-art-Rid6jq4i9

February 12-Valentine’s Celebration                                                                           

February 18-Fantasy Book Report Due

February 23-27-February Vacation

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