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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.


April News

April is an exciting month. Daffodils and tulips, that we planted in the fall, are starting to peek through the snow. Next week I'll be restarting the garden club with 4th grade aftercare students who are interested. All of the 4th graders will be out on Earth Day, April 21st, to get the gardens ready for spring and summer.


April is also "Poetry Month," and the annual poetry slam will also be held on April 21st. The theme, this year, is "the seasons." Students will write poems about an event that is unique to a particular season without mentioning the name of the season. Rhymed and unrhymed poems are eligible for submission.


4T will be leading the stations of the cross on April 7th. ( 1p.m. in the church this time)  In the meantime we're studying the stations in religion and discussing the significance of each of them. The next week, starting April 9th, is Holy Week and our studies will involve the Triduum.


Don't you just love rocks?  Pumice floats. Hematite was used in ancient cave paintings. The golden luster and the unique flat, cleavage of mica is intriguing. It's fun to find fossils in sedimentary rocks. Even slate may have imprints of ferns from millions of years ago. Copper and aluminum in their natural states look nothing like the metals we're familiar with. Can you tell that this is my favorite chapter? We'll be finishing up this chapter in science before April vacation. Notes quiz: April 5th. Vocabulary quiz: April 7th.


In math, some kids are still struggling, a little, with reducing and comparing fractions. IXL has some great drills on fractions, and remember all are welcome to my Wednesday morning math clinic.


Until next time...


Mrs T






March News

I hope you all had an exciting and restful vacation. I'm back from an epic trip to Chile ???????? visiting my five grandchildren refreshed and invigorated. Mrs. Riley did a stellar job substituting for me.


In religion Mrs. Riley prepared the children for Lent by teaching about Ash Wednesday and the meaning of the 40 days leading up to Easter. The school will be commemorating this sacred season with the Stations of the Cross on Fridays;  4T will be doing the readings on April 7th.


In math the students have been introduced to equivalent fractions. We'll be reducing fractions, and adding and subtracting them with like and unlike denominators. This is one of the main topics in 4th grade math. Thank goodness the students know their multiplication facts because this knowledge sure comes in handy when finding common multiples.


Our STEM project is completed. We might be tweaking it a little on Wednesday to make sure all the electrical parts are operational, but, parents, you'll have to visit the school on March 9th to get more information and fully enjoy its intricacies. In our regular science class the students will be studying our planet Earth ????, its water, layers, and rocks. Water cycle drawings have been started in class and were to be finished for homework. I'm expecting accuracy, clarity, and a little creativity here.


" Paddle to the Sea" is fictional but contains a lot of geographical information. When we have completed this selection, we'll be reading a non-fiction piece about Machu Pichu in Peru, and then several short readings that highlight the intelligence of horses ???? including one about pony express riders.


In English we're exploring adjectives. Hopefully the kids will acquire some new vocabulary words that they can incorporate into their writing.


The kids continue to work hard, and I enjoy their perky personalities. I hope to see you at the auction on March 11th.


Please remember that I'm here for you. Let me know how I can help.


Mrs. T


February News

Hello 4T Familes, the days don't seem long enough to fit in all of our academic endeavors and activities.

Our auction project becomes a learning experience as we study the writings of Lewis Carroll and have chosen the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" for our monthly poetry recitation and analysis.This week's vocabulary words are all from the poem. Colorful words: "dismal," "beseech," "sympathize..." Lewis Carroll was a mathematician and we'll be looking for some mathematical references in "Alice in Wonderland."


Speaking of math the students are still practicing long division, have learned how to find averages, and will be introduced to "order of operations" next week. Please continue encouraging your children to practice math on IXL on Thursday nights, or anytime. Some are logging on for hours each week. Bravo to them.


Today we built simple circuits in science. We'll relate electricity to magnetism and go on to explore electromagnetism. Our STEM project will involve electrical circuits.


"Paddle to the Sea" is our present literary selection. We've been doing a close reading of this story whose main theme is how the Great Lakes are connected to the Atlantic Ocean. This fits in with social studies as the 4th graders are studying the Midwest with Mrs. Donohue.


It's been a wonderful Catholic Schools Week. We started out with Mass on Monday, and we'll finish tomorrow with bowling and a movie with our second grade buddies. Back to our regular routine next week.


Feel free to contact me at any time. Until next time...




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