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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.


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


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

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