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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.


January News

To my dear parents and students: Thank you for the generous Christmas gifts. I am touched. Happy New Year to all of you! May 2016 bring you peace, contentment, and good health. New year, new topics, and new adventures in learning! We start our month with the feast of the "Three Kings" on January 6th with a mass. In class we'll discuss the meaning of the kings' gifts: gold because Jesus was a king, frankincense because he was God, and myrrh because he was a man. What an arduous journey these ancient travelers must have endured!


In religion we're up to the second group of commandments, numbers 4 through 10 which reflect our relationship with our neighbors. This is the second half of the great commandment: "Love your neighbor as yourself."


The poem for this month is the whimsical, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll. We recite our poem every morning with 4D. Mrs. Donohue has coined a new word, "poeming".


Please encourage your child to read every night. Some are very faithful, others not so much. The book report this month will be historical fiction. We studied Laura Ingalls Wilder a little bit. Maybe your child would like to explore life on the prairie a little more. It happens to coincide with social studies as does a selection we'll be reading together in class. "Paddle to the Sea" is a fun journey of a toy canoe traveling from Canada, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. We'll investigate how that can be done.


In English we'll continue with adjectives. We barely got started with them in December. Hopefully, working with adjectives will enhance students' writing and produce lively, descriptive paragraphs.


Science will introduce students to rocks and minerals, the history of our planet Earth as gleaned from landforms, and the all-important water cycle. No new projects, but I will offer an extra credit assignment on producers and consumers from chapter 4 so the kids can get more practice classifying living organisms.The food webs constructed in class were excellent.


A day without math is a day without sunshine, of course. Students sailed through the charts and graphs chapter, enjoyed probability, and will now learn the magical steps for dividing the long way: divide, multiply, subtract, bring down. "Dumb monkeys smell bananas." This is a brand new chapter.


Lindsay won our spelling bee last month. Hurray for you, Lindsay, and all the finalists who stayed standing many rounds.


Please remember in your prayers Jackie Bouley and her girls. We will add her and her family to our morning intentions. Our hearts go out to them.


And finally, I'm here if you have any questions or concerns.  Until next time...


Mrs. T




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

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