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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.

May in 4D

I can’t believe I am saying this, but we only have 32 days left of 4th grade!  April is behind us and the beautiful May weather is upon us!  We still have lots of things to do and lots of material to cover in class, so please remind your child to stay focused and work hard until the very end!  Also, please don’t forget to check those blue and purple folders for grades!

-Mrs. Donohue

Math:  This month we will finish fractions and will move on to Geometry concepts.  In addition, we will touch on some decimal and measurement concepts.

English:  We will finish our exploration of verbs before moving onto adverbs.  We will finally write the biography about someone we know.  We will then move onto a fun project using alliteration to end the year.

Reading:  We will read more selections from our Reading Street book.  We will read a selection titled The Case of the Gasping Garbage, which is a mystery and How Tia Lola Came to Stay, which is a cute realistic fiction.  We will continue to focus on vocabulary and comprehension.

Book Report:  Students presented their Biography projects before vacation!  What a great job.  Pictures will be up soon!  We are getting ready to complete our last book report.  Students may choose a grade appropriate book that is a minimum of 100 pages from any genre.  They will be creating a Story Cube.  This will be distributed the week of May 1st.  The book report will be due no later than June 2nd but can be handed in any time before that!

Spelling:  We begin after vacation with the review of Units 20-25 before moving onto the last 5 Units in Spelling.  These units consist of the following spelling patterns:  Schwa Sound, Prefixes, Suffixes, and Silent Consonants.

Religion:  We have finished reading about the 10 Commandments.  We will now be reading about ways to apply these Commandments to our daily lives.  We will also talk more in depth about the Rosary.  On May 16th, we will attend a diocesan wide consecration in Manchester.  4D will be preparing the school Mass that will take place on June 2nd at 9:!5.  Please join us at church if you can!

Social Studies:  We will finish our regions unit this month and will finish the year talking about all things New Hampshire.  Students should be reviewing their states and capitals from all the regions.  We will be having the first 50/50 Test on Friday, May 15, 2015.  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!  A practice packet will be available in my classroom for anyone who would like it.  Everyone will attempt to become members of the 50/50 club and should try their best.

 

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air!  It is April already and the beginning of 4th quarter.  Where has the time gone?  Last month proved to be quite busy!  We finished off many units, had Terra Nova testing, presented the Station of the Cross, and enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day.  We also started FitKids!  Phew!  I am exhausted just thinking about it!  The students in 4D did a wonderful job with the Stations, especially without a microphone!  They also 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

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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 biographies and a descriptive paragraph.  We will also be writing our own poems for the poetry slam.

Reading:  We are continuing our exploration of Biographies.  We have spent some class time working on their Biography project.  In addition, we have been reading about other important people like Pope John Paul II.

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 13.

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 ninth and tenth commandment and will finish our study of the Stations of the Cross with a test on April 7th.

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!

 

Marching into March!

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 9th.  There will be an early release on March 10th.  We will also be working on the final touches of the Auction Bookcase.  If you have not sent in your donation, please do so ASAP!  The Auction is March 11th!  We will also have Terra Nova testing the week of March 13th.  Lent started this month and so we will be visiting the Church for Stations of the Cross each week.  4D will also be presenting the Stations of the Cross on March 31st.  Wow!  Lots 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 finishing our Division Unit with a Test on March 8th.  From here, we will move onto Fractions.

Grammar:  This month, we will finish learning about adjectives before moving onto verbs. The adverb test will be on March 10th.

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 the Units.  We return from vacation to work on Unit 20 and will follow that up with a review during testing week.  We will 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 will also be introduced to the Stations of the Cross.  We will learn the stations and will also be presenting the stations to the school on March 31st. Throughout Lent students will be coloring a Stations of the Cross packet and should use this to study for their test on April 7th.  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!

 
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