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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.



As we celebrate Advent in 4T we are preparing our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus. We've discussed how Bishop Libasci is asking us to focus on the baby Jesus during this season, and here at St. Chris Father Kelley has displayed a baby Jesus statue to keep this in mind. In religion class we have one foot in the Old Testament following Moses to the top of Mount Sinai and his acceptance of the 10 Commandments  and one foot in the New Testament with Zacharias and Elisabeth learning about the coming of their child, John the Baptist.

The fourth graders did a fantastic job on their ecosystem projects. We had rain forests, deserts, coral reefs, tundras, lakes, swamps... All the classes in the school came to view these projects, and we were happy with the comments heard. We've all learned a lot of new and interesting facts, including the teacher. Well done, students!

In math we're practicing double digit multipliers, and are starting to work on multiplication and division fact families. Remember Thursday is IXL night, and right now we're working on understanding graphs which is the "J" section. Have your child work for mastery.

As I write this the kids are completing an English test on nouns. We'll go on to adjectives and descriptive paragraphs next.

The book report this month is to read a Christmas book and a draw a colorful poster of a favorite scene. In class I'm reading Christmas stories by famous authors such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Leo Tolstoy, and O'Henry.

Merry Christmas to all the wonderful fourth grade parents!

Until next time...

Mrs. TIMG_0218




November News

Here's what's happening in 4T:

The kids did a great job with the All Saints Day mass. Special kudos go to Brody and Jack who flawlessly read an introduction to our liturgy in Spanish. We were impressed.

I'm looking forward to our book report presentations on November 5th. Students will dress up a gourd as an important character in their chosen work of fiction and deliver a first person monologue. I'm expecting a lot of creativity from this group.

Science projects have been assigned, also. The project, due November 24th, requires the student to research an ecosystem and construct a diorama with plants and animals that live in that particular environment as well as interesting facts about this flora and fauna.

Math finds us practicing subtraction with zeros as students act as teachers and go to the board to explain the process or teach others at their seats. News from IXL, emailed to me, announced that Hailey, Julia, and Amanda achieved excellence in chosen fourth grade skills. Jack and Brandon are to be commended for answering 1,000 and 2,000 problems respectively this past week.

Erin was this month's spelling champ, and Lindsay was a close runner-up. Hurray for both girls.

A few fourth graders and others, Mrs. Fessenden and I have planted 100 fancy tulip bulbs in front of the playground. We're hoping for a riotous display of color in April as long as some local squirrels don't find the bulbs too tasty during the winter months. We planted them 6 to 8 inches deep which I hope will be a deterrent. Thank you everyone.

I am thankful for all the St. Chris families. It is my pleasure to work here. Happy Thanksgiving!


Mrs. T


October News

O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall...  (R. Frost)


What glorious fall days! We'd like to spend all our science classes outside. The students have been exploring their yards and fields bringing in specimens of seeds and spores. Some of them were a little surprised as we shook seeds out of pine cones. Sam and Christian brought in samples of spores sprouting on moss and ferns. We looked at them under the microscope and Christian even pointed out some insect eggs. Kudos to all the students who brought in extra credit.

In math counting money and making change has been an ongoing activity. I suggest you let your student buy something at a store with cash and have them figure out what the change will be. Our first math test is Thursday, October 1, then on we go to the commutative and associative properties of addition. Remember to have your child practice math on IXL which will always be Thursday night's homework and is coordinated to go along with what we are doing in class. If you want more practice for your child, math clinic is a 8 a.m. on Wednesday in 4T.

We are working on fluency in reading and sentence structure in English. Main idea paragraphs are the  focus right now.

Lots going on in religion. We watched Pope Francis at the White House and in Congress, we continue to read and discuss Bible stories, (We're up to Jacob's ladder.) and we're studying kinds of sin. The role of conscience in a moral life is the next chapter.

Remember I'm here for you. You can be proud of your kids; they are hard workers. Until next time....

Mrs. T

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