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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.

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.  

 

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

 
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