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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.


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



March News

At St. Chris we are observing the holy season of Lent, preparing ourselves for Easter.  Every Friday afternoon we attend the Stations of the Cross, and 4T will lead the readings for the school next week.


We are marching along with the curriculum in math. I am happy with the students' grasp of fractions. Today we compared fractions with unlike denominators and soon will be adding and subtracting them. Having mastered the times tables, these new skills won't present too much of a challenge. Don't forget to have your child get extra practice on IXL on Thursday nights.


Energy is the topic in science: sound energy, light energy, and thermal. Our topic for the STEM fair is acoustical engineering and goes along with this unit in our book. Come to the fair and learn all about it.


Both fourth grades will be writing limericks for our next poetry activity. Rhyme and rhythm is very important in this playful form of poetry as humor plays a large role. We'll be able to share these with the school on St. Patrick's Day.


We'll be having a VIP reception for our book reports on March 14th. Students will dress as the person chosen for their biography and mingle with the other important people talking about their lives. They are asked to know the challenges and successes of their chosen individual as we gather together in a circle learning about the lives of these famous people. I'll be the only one playing myself.


Ask your child about the Navajo code writers. This is a fascinating historical account in our literature book. These Native Americans wrote secret codes for our country during World War II that was so intricate and clever that it was never deciphered by the enemy.


We've finished another unit in spelling and the kids should be preparing for the spelling bee which will begin on Thursday, March 8th and continue with the final rounds on Friday morning.


As you can see lots of learning is taking place in 4T. This is a particularly good group of workers. Questions or concerns? Don't hesitate to contact me.


Until next time...


Mrs. T

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