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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.


Welcome to Grade 4T

Welcome to Grade 4T. I hope you had a fun summer, but isn't this fall weather refreshing?  I love to see the kids' curious, expectant faces in September. It should be a happy, productive year, and I have a lot planned. We'll be scientists, mathematicians, writers, readers, and theologians.


In science students have already been making observations and recording data. We've combed the outdoor classroom for signs of living things, we've looked at onion cells and other items under a microscope, and next we'll investigate whether salt dissolves more readily in warm or cold water. Students will be asked to form an hypothesis and control for variables.


We're reviewing place value in math and practicing math facts. The curricululm also will include, fractions, long division, decimals, probability, and geometry as the year progresses. IXL math practice is assigned for homework every Thursday.


Focus and clarity are the buzz words in writing. Students have great imaginations and stories to tell, and we'll  be helping each other to write pieces that are interesting, clear, and grammatically correct. This is an ongoing process for personal narratives, descriptive pieces, and scientific explanations. We have an English book, also, which teaches sentence structure, parts of speech, and even a little diagramming.


We're starting our year in literature by reading "Because of WinnDixie" by Kate DeCamillo as a class book. All students will be given their books this week. It's a story about friendship and acceptance with somewhat unusual, but lovable characters. We'll be reading at school, at home, having class discussions, and completing writing assignments. It should be a fun read for dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike.


Fourth grade religion curriculum is the ten commandments. We start our day by reading the Bible, enjoying the stories of the Old Testament working our way up to Moses on Mt. Sinai. A close look at the Mass is also part of our studies, as well as the Beatitudes, and the precepts of the Church.


Mrs. Donohue, my fourth grade partner, teaches social studies. "States and regions" is the theme this year. It'll be an enjoyable year as the students learn about all fifty states and areas of the country.


This is a great group of children. They've already impressed me with their eagerness to learn and their good manners. Please remember that I'm here for you.  If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Until next time...

Mrs. Ternan



June News

Cool We've reached the final days of Grade 4! And what a wonderful year it's been! This week we'll be finishing all the academic subjects, and next week it's field trips and relaxing in the park. Cool

CoolIn religion we'll be completing the review pages at the end of the units. Math finds us in an active geometry unit. We'll be measuring the perimeter and area of the school yard and working with formulas.  In science I'm impressed with the students' knowledge of the solar system. We've been talking about exoplanets, moon landings, and the immensity of our galaxy.Cool

Please keep your child reading all summer because literacy and reading comprehension are the keys to success. Cool Summer reading for upcoming fifth grade students is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

Events to remember for the final week:

June 6 _ field trip to the Robert Frost Farm

June 7 _ Silver Knights baseball game at Holman Stadium

June 8 _ grade 3 and 4 day at Sargent Avenue Park

June 9 _ clean up

June 10 _ last day of school. Dismissal at 12:30.

The present day fourth grade is eager and ready to move down the hall to fifth grade. They've been a great class, and I'll miss them. Thank you for your support during the year, and please have a fantastic summer! Cool

Mrs. T


May News

The weeks are galloping by, but there's still lots to learn, several fun activities, and a field trip or two. 4T students continue to be hard workers.


Since this is the month of May, we'll be honoring Mary by studying the mysteries of the rosary and reciting it in religion class. We've had a test on the 10 commandments with stellar results; most of the students had memorized all ten and knew them in the proper order. We'll be studying the marks of the Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, and reviewing all of the concepts covered this year in class.


Decimals are proving to be less challenging than fractions in math. If you line up the decimal points you're all set, and can proceed to add or subtract. After this chapter we'll finish the year with a "hands-on" unit in geometry. I'm happy to report that 4T has mastered 250 math skills on IXL and also has answered a mind-boggling 20,000 math questions. This translates to almost 1,000 per child!


The Earth Day Poetry Slam was inspiring. The two readers from our class were Lindsay and Clare. Lindsay composed a poem which brought to mind the awesomeness of our planet and its "song." Clare's poem was whimsical and made use of several amusing metaphors. Well done, girls. In class we'll be reading and reciting an eclectic selection of poems starting with Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," always fun.


We have completed the magnetism/electricity chapter in science and now have "big plans" to study the universe and our place in it.  The fourth grades will also be planting the annual flowers in the butterflly garden. We'll choose colorful varieties which will attract both butterflies and humming birds, and hardy specimens which may bloom until October. On Earth Day we hung three bird feeders, a feeding station for woodpeckers, and added another bird house to the ones on the property.


An English test is coming up soon. We're working on verb tenses and irregular verbs.


Keep alert for end of the year activities, although we're still consciensciously working on academics right now.


Remember I'm always here if you have questions or concerns. Untill next time...


Mrs. T


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