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Grade 4 - Mrs. Ternan

Claire TernanWelcome to Fourth Grade! Hands-on activities are an integral part of the program. I think the best part of teaching at St. Chris is the students; they are enthusiastic, curious, and eager to learn. If you have any questions or concerns, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


I have been teaching at St. Christopher School for over thirty years, mostly in the 4th grade. I am certified in elementary education and English. Although I have my Masters in Writing and Literature, my greatest love is the teaching of science. I have a grown son and daughter, both of whom graduated from St. Chris, and four grandchildren, one in Brookline, MA and three in Santiago, Chile.


June News

This year went by in a "blink of an eye." I'll miss this eager, creative, and enthusiastic group of learners; I enjoyed working with them.

End of the year activities include two events with our buddy class, 2R. On June 1st we'll get together for our annual paper airplane flying contest. Next week we'll share animal stories with each other. 4T is writing and illustrating fables complete with morals and 2R is writing fantasy animal stories. I look forward to the event. If it's a nice day, we can read our stories on the back lawn.


On Friday, June 8th both classes will go on a field trip to Pennichuck Water Works as we finish our year in science culminating with the water cycle. I've never been to our reservoir in Nashua so this is a learning experience for me, too.


On June 13th both third  and fourth grades will spend the day at Sargent Avenue Park for an all-day fun day. The atmosphere will be relaxed and easy, and a sign-up genius will be emailed to parents to sign up for treats. Let's hope for nice sunny weather!


4T will challenge 4D for an end-of-the-year spelling bee. So... 4T students please begin reviewing and studying.


We'll also be working on review packets in math with worthwhile practice and some fun pages. Small prizes will be awarded as individuals successfully complete each section and compete only against themselves.


It's time to say ciaou, ciaou, as my grandchildren say. Have a marvelous summer. I'll be on my way to Chile soon and experiencing winter in July. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful and supportive group of parents.





May News

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day,

Nothing gold can stay.

by Robert Frost


We're in the final stretch of a golden year. Six more spelling tests, six more math quizzes, two more units in science, two more chapters in math. The students in 4T have been very hard workers. Let's finish the year in a "blaze of glory."

In religion we're studying the 10th commandment. Greed is the sin against this commandment. Next Friday, May 11th will be the test on all ten commandments. Then we'll be studying the theological ancd cardinal virtues and the marks of the church.

Geometry is the focus in math. The students have learned to use a protractor to measure angles. We'll be studying triangles and quadrilaterals in the next couple of weeks. Then on to decimals.

We're finishing our physics unit in science by constructing eletromagnets. There's a quiz this Friday, and then on to the earth, its rocks and waters.

Irregular verbs can be a bit tricky, but this class is up to mastering them in English. I hope to get a little expository writing in, also.

We're very busy, and there's a lot to do before the end of the year. Hang in there.

Questions or comments? Send me an email.


April News

Allelulia! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! We'll be getting out into the school garden very soon to clean up and get ready for the season. I'm planning to start cucumber plants indoors for the raised beds.

Inside science class is more physics than botany. The fourth grade is working with static electricity, electric circuits, magnetism, and electromagnetism, lots of hands-on activities as the students work in pairs or groups of three.


We're beginning a unit on verbs in English, and writing "how to" paragraphs for writing. The students did very well on the adjective unit test.


Reading brings us to the Antarctic for a non-fiction piece written in diary form. We'll follow this up with a fictional trip about a colony on the moon. We're really going far from Nashua this quarter. Ha!


We can't forget math. We've hit a few snags with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators finding the least common multiple and creating equivalent fractions. And of course, students need to reduce to simplest terms. We're practicing and practicing.


I'll be in Cincinnati Easter week for the NCEA conference. I'm leaving the class in the very capable hands of Mrs. Labrecque, again.


Until next time...

Mrs. T


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