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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.

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 the STEM Fair and STEM Day finished our auction project and enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day.  We also ended Lent and began the Easter Season.  Phew!  I am exhausted just thinking about it!  We have a lot more to do during the month of April, beginning with Mass on April 6, 2018.  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

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 work with improper fractions.

English:  This month we will finish our study of adjectives and will start to explore verbs.  We will also be reviewing how to write a proper paragraph in preparation for writing our biographies.  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 the 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 7th and 8th Commandments.  We will also be preparing Mass for April 6th.

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!


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!

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