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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.

Fall Field Trip to the Little Red Schoolhouse

Ms. Sylvain learned something new!  Here is a flashback to our field trip this fall!  Thanks to Luke's grandfather for sharing these photos!

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I want to begin by saying thank you for all the wonderful Christmas surprises!    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 2013, 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 2013!

-Ms. Sylvain

 

Math:  In Math we are hard at work on double digit multiplication!  After this, we will move onto 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!

English:  In grammar we have started our exploration of verbs.  We continue to work on applying what we know in our Daily Language Review each morning.  In writing, we will be learning about descriptive writing and will write a descriptive paragraph using picture promtps.

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.

Book Report:  Students have been told that their next book report will be a on a Fantasy book.  Many seemed excited about this genre.  This book report focuses on the story element of setting while continuing to explore the other elements as well.

Spelling/Phonics:  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.  In phonics, we will begin Unit 3 which focuses on r controlled vowels, vowel digraphs and diothongs.

Religion:  We continue to talk about proper Mass behavior.  We have begun studying the 1st commandment and will move through each commandment throughout the rest of the year.

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we continue our study of the US regions.  Students should be working on learning the names of the states in each region and their capitals!  We were introduced to the Southeast Region and will move onto the Middle west after that.  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!

 

Decemebr in 4S

As we move through the Advent season, I hope 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 new St. Christopher’s family and the students that enter my room each day.  Thanks once again for all your support!  You have made the transition so much easier.  I enjoyed meeting with each family at parent conferences.  You positive comments were helpful and reassuring.  I hope each of you have a wonderful and jouyous Christmas Season!

-Ms. Sylvain

The following is some information about our curriculum:

20577248Math:  In Math, continue with the two minute timed test focusing on the specific times tables.  We started with the 2 times table.  Once a student passes a given times table, they move onto the next one!  We have many students who have just about completed all of these tests while others continue to do their best on each times table.  Students should practice their facts each night.  During the rest of our Math class we are focusing on Multiplication problems that involve more that the basic facts.  We will be moving toward double digit multiplication before we leave for vacation!

English:  In grammar we are learning about adjectives.  We continue to work on applying what we know in our Daily Language Review each morning.  In writing we are working on creative writing.  After the holidays, we will begin learning about descriptive writing and 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.  This month we will also do some reading that relates to the specific holidays this month!

Book Report:  Students are working on a historical fiction book report.  They should be just about done reading as the Story Wheel is due Next Wednesday, December 19.

Spelling/Phonics:  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.  In phonics, we are working on Unit 2 which deals with different consonant sounds and blends. 

Religion:  We continue to talk about proper Mass behavior.  We learned about the Liturgical Seasons of Ordinary Time and Advent and have begun our exploration of the 10 Commandments

Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we have begun our study of the US regions.  Students should be working on learning the names of the states in each region and their capitals!  We began with our region, the Northeast and will finish up with a States and Capitals test on December 14th and a test on the whole region on the 19th.  

 
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