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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.

November News

WOW!  The first quarter is over already.  Where did the time go?  The students in 4S have been very busy learning all sorts of new things!  They completed, with great success, their first book report and have been working hard on their multiplication facts!


The following is some information about our curriculum:


Math:  In Math, we have switched to a 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 already have 2 students who have moved onto the 4 times tables!  Students should practice their facts each night.  During the rest of our Math class we are focusing on Addition and Subtraction.  We are learning to add and subtract larger numbers with regrouping. 


English:  In grammar we are learning about pronouns.  We continue to work on applying what we know in our Daily Language Review each morning.  In writing we finally finished our personal narratives.  Next, we did some creative writing for October.  Currently, students are writing acrostic poems for Thanksgiving which will be in the hallway very soon!  After those are finished, students will have the opportunity to do another creative writing piece for November. 


Reading:  In reading, we are finishing up a realistic fiction story in our reading book.   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, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving!


Book Report:  The students will begin to pick books for the next book report very soon.  Check back for more information on the November/December book report.


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.  They had a week off from phonics the week of November 5th but will be back at it after our nice 3 day weekend!


Religion:  We continue to talk about proper Mass behavior.  We have also been discussing the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  From here, we will move onto a brief discussion of the Liturgical year before beginning our study of The Ten Commandments.


Social Studies:  In Social Studies, we have had the opportunity to get a glimpse into the US economy and to talk about the election process.  We are currently beginning our study of the US regions.  Students will begin learning the names of the states in each region and their capitals!  They will also become familiar with the varying landforms, climate, economy and people of each region.  The first region will be our very own Northeast region.  Beginning this month, students will also be responsible for completing a Current Event assignment each month.  Stay tuned for more details!


October in 4S

I would like to begin by saying thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome here at St. Chris.  Coming to a new school can be challenging and everyone, including the children, has been so helpful.  We really have had a great start to the year.  I can’t believe it is October already!  I have enjoyed getting to know my 4th graders!  They are a great group of students, each with their own unique personalities! 

The following is some information about our curriculum:

Math:  In Math, we have started Mad Minutes.  This is a timed test in which the students have to answer a certain amount of basic facts in one minute.  We started with addition facts and are currently working on multiplication facts.  The goal of these tests is to see improvement each time.  Working on basic facts at home is a great way to help meet this goal.  During the rest of our Math time, we are focusing on Addition and Subtraction concepts.  We have been introduced to variables and have begun learning some very basic algebra concepts!

English:  In grammar we are learning about nouns.  We have also been working on applying what we know in our Daily Language Review each morning. In writing we are getting to the final stages of our first big writing assignment, the personal narrative.  We have gone through the steps of the writing process and I have been enjoying my teacher conferences with the students.  

Reading:  In reading, we have been reading stories from our Reading Street book.  We just completed a look at a selection from On the Banks of Plum Creek.  We will be starting the story The Horned Toad Prince.  We begin each story by learning new vocabulary for the story.  Next, students do a preread of the story independently focusing on literary elements such as characters, setting and plot.  After the preread, we read together and discuss the story.  Finally, I give the students a chance to show what they know with a comprehension activity.

Book Report:  Students have been assigned their first book report of the year.  They should be reading a realistic fiction book.  Students were given a sheet explaining the requirements of the book report.  It is a traditional report this time.  Other reports throughout the year will be different types of book projects.  This book report should either be typed or in their best cursive skipping lines.

Spelling/Phonics:  We are working on Unit 5 spelling words this week, which have the long u sound.  In Phonics, we are wrapping up the first unit packet.  Students will have a brief assessment after completion of the packet.

Religion:  We are finishing up Chapter 3.  We have been talking a lot about the types of sins that people commit, how to avoid these sins, and what to do when we do sin.  In Chapter 4 we will be examining our conscience and learning what that means in terms of our relationship with God.  We have also been discussing proper Mass behavior.

Social Studies:  Chapter 2 in Social Studies allowed us the opportunity to explore the United States Government.  We have discussed the Three Branches of Government, the Constitution, and so much more.  Students have learned who New Hampshire’s Congress members are and have discussed their rights and responsibilities as US Citizens.  Here is a link to a really great game about the branches of government. http://www.texaslre.org/branches_game/branches_game.html.

Important Dates in 4S:

Chapter 2 Religion Test                                     10/12

Unit 5 Spelling Test                                          10/12

Field Trip to the Little Red Schoolhouse             10/12

Phonics Unit 1 Assessment                                10/15

Dress Down Day                                              10/15

Chapter 2 Social Studies Test                           10/16

Book Report Due                                              10/31


September in 4S


We are off to a great start in 4S.  I have enjoyed getting to know each of the students during the first week of school.  We spent time talking about classroom rules and expectations.  We also learned about the classroom routine.  We are ready to face the curriculum head on!

Our special schedule is as follows:

Monday-Library/Computer and Music



Thursday-Physical Education

In 4th grade this year, I will be teaching Social Studies and Mrs. T will be teaching Science.  We will switch for 30 minutes each day with the exception of Thursday.

Here is what you can expect to see in the coming weeks as we journey into the 4th grade curriculum.

Math-We will be working on place value concepts including place value up to the millions, rounding, and comparing numbers.  We will also begin working on our multiplication facts.

Language Arts-We will begin working in our new reading series.  This encompasses reading, phonics, spelling, grammar, comprehension and writing.  I will also be adding in other grammar and writing work that will enhance the lessons in the Reading Street book.

Social Studies-We will begin our exploration of the Regions of the United States starting with the Northeast.  Throughout the year, the students will be learning their states and capitals and will also be learning where the states are on a map.

Religion-We will be reminding ourselves about the role Jesus plays in our lives before moving into a more in depth study of the Ten Commandments.

I look forward to seeing you all again at the Parent Information Night.

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