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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.

March Madness

I am so excited to be back at school this month.  Although, I am not so excited to leave Bailey all day, I will be glad to get back to my kids and our school routine.  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 8th.  There will be an early release on March 9th.  We will also be working on the final touches of the Auction Bookcase.  Please get in touch with me about your book donation ASAP!  The Auction is March 24th!   We will be visiting the Church for Stations of the Cross each week as well as St. Patrick’s Day Mass and the Para Liturgy for Holy Thursday.  Wow!  That’s a lot 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 continuing the work Mrs. Barry started on Fractions.  We will learn to add, subtract, and simplify fractions.

Grammar:  In grammar, we will be starting a unit on Adjectives.  After adjectives, we will move onto verbs.

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 our Spelling Units.  We return from vacation to work on a review unit.  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:  As we continue the holy season of Lent, we will be learning what happens during this special time in our church.  We will also continue to learn the Stations of the Cross.  Throughout Lent students will be coloring a Stations of the Cross packet and should use this to study for their test on March 29th.  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 is Fabulous

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 began the month with Catholic School’s week and some really fun activities and treats!    We will also be working on our STEM Fair project and our Auction project.  We will celebrate Valentine's Day and the beginning of Lent.  Of course, we will end the month with a nice restful February Vacation.

I am still on maternity leave with my beautiful but extremely fussy baby!!  She is getting better, but we have certainly had our struggles!  I am planning to return to school after February vacation.  Although I will miss my little one, I am looking forward to returning to a normal routine and seeing my class!  I know they have been working hard in my absence.  As always, thank you for your continued support!IMG_3056

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  We are finishing 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, we are working on our pronoun unit.  After this, we 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 month.

Reading:  In reading, we are working on the story What Jo Did.  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.

Religion:  We continue to study the Ten Commandments.  Currently, we are learning about the 4th Commandment.  We will begin learning about Lent and the Stations of the Cross as well.

Social Studies:  We are currently working on the Midwest region.   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!


Happy New Year!


Happy 2018!  I want to begin by saying thank you for all the wonderful Christmas surprises as well as all the generous gifts for my sweet baby girl!  Your kindness and generosity were so much appreciated.  As I write this, my Bailey Rose is 3 weeks old.  These last three weeks have been a bit of a blur with getting to know Bailey and celebrating the holidays.  Bailey is a true blessing to my husband and I.  Everyday is a learning experience as we navigate our new roles as Mommy and Daddy.


I look forward to more time at home getting to know Bailey.  I hope to make a trip to school soon to introduce Bailey to all the special people at St. Chris, especially my 4th graders.





I am so lucky to know that my 4th graders are in the best hands with Mrs. Barry while I am home with my baby!  They are a great group of kids and I know that they will work hard while Mrs. Barry is with them!  As we begin 2018, please remind your child about the importance of classroom focus and attention, especially on these cold days when they 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 2018!

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  Before vacation, we had a test on Multiplication.  Next, we will work on 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 any time during the week!  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.  Mrs. Barry will be choosing stories from different genres to read with the students this month.

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 will also continue to explore the Liturgical Year.

This month we will begin work on our STEM Fair project as well as our 4th grade Auction Project.  Although these events are 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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