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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.


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


Welcome to 4T

Welcome to 4T and our classroom page. What a wonderful batch of students! Already they seem like a cohesive group that practices kindness and respect.

We've been getting to know each other, writing goals for the year, and composing free verse poems celebrating "favorite things." We've worked in small groups in science examining onion skins, tissues, coins, and other small items under microscopes. We've discussed themes and characters in our summer reading book, "Because of Winn-Dixie."

We'll be working on skills in fourth grade: writing clear and grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs, mastering math facts and concepts, and increasing reading comprehension. Hopefully, it will be both an  exciting and challenging year. Some of our routines include daily Bible reading, a monthly book report, nightly at-home reading, weekly spelling test on Fridays, and this year I'll be incorporating IXL for math homework.

I'm looking forward to a great year. I'm here for you. Problems? Concerns? Questions? Contact me at any time. Until next time...

Mrs. T Cool


June News

Wow! We've had a great year. The students embraced the academic challenges of fourth grade and devoured the enrichment opportunities.

In religion they learned the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Works of Mercy.

Math found us studying fractions, geometry, division, word problems, and the ever-present times tables.

In science students built series and paralell circuits, examined and classified rocks, studied ecosystems, and planted flowers which are creeping now, but will be leaping by September. We also have installed a wooden terrace (made by Mr. Levesque) with strawberries. I've been noticing robins visiting in the morning pecking at the red berries! Thank you all for all your generous contributions.

I was delighted with the reading logs of the students. Reading daily is a good habit. In class they also wrote responses in literature journals to stories read in class or even religion or science concepts. I notiticed that the quality of the entries improved as the year went on.

On June 8th we traveled to the Frost Farm to experience the place where Robert Frost wrote his first 2 1/2 books of poetry. It was a glorious day and Mr. Gleed was impresssed with the knowledge and behavior of our kids. Many of them know poems by heart, and they all wrote "copy cat" poems of "The Pasture," which some of them read in the historic barn.

This has been an exceptional class. Thank you for sharing your kids with us. Have a wonderful summer full of adventures and learning opportunities! Cool

Mrs. T

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