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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.


February News

What a winter! "Snowbound" by John Greenleaf Whittier would have been a good poetry choice for February, but we went with the classic "The Duel" by Eugene Field.

The students did a spectacular job with their nonfiction book reports; they presented their interesting facts enthusiastically. The next book report will be a biography. In the meantime we'll still be reading nonfiction which will include a fun selection about US presidents.

Our most recent spelling bee lasted 16 rounds, and Colin was again the spelling champ followed by Jamie and Matthew.

In math the students were tested in division, and we've started fractions which also requires mastery of math facts. Maryfei and Alexis are the leaders here.

In science Chapter 4 concluded with kinds of fossils. Chapter 5 begins with identification of minerals and rocks. Our science lab has lots of samples to examine, and students may bring in their own rock collections, if they are able to talk about them.

In religion we've been studying the parts of the Mass borrowing the missalettes from church and returning them on a somewhat daily basis. I want the Mass to be more meaningful for the kids.

In English we're wrapping up pronouns and we'll be going on to adjectives and then verbs.  I've also inaugurated a weekly vocabulary quiz using words that we've encountered here and there during the week, mostly from literature.

We welcome a new student, Stefan. He seems to be fitting in very well with everyone.

Questions or comments, or even complaints, I'm always ready to chat. Until next time....

Mrs. T


January News

Happy New Year!  Thank you again for all the generous gifts. I am a grateful and lucky woman. We're winding down the second quarter with challenging and interesting assignments, I hope. This month students will concentrate on nonfiction, and the assigned book report will be a poster with facts gleaned from a science, social studies, or sports selection. Most of the students are very faithful with their reading log notations; I'll be continuing to check them. In class we'll be reading about storm chasers, pink dophins, whales, and U. S. presidents in our literature unit.

We're "crazy about long division," kind of. Kids have learned the steps, and we'll continue to practice deciding what's a reasonable answer. Math always makes sense, I emphasize. Please continue to have your child practice math facts on IXL. Maryfei is the champion in that department and has logged on the most time online.

When is it correct to use "I" and when to use "me?" We're starting the pronoun chapter, and we'll be studying subject and object pronouns. Improving grammar in expository writing is one of my goals.

We'll be talking about the  Epiphany and the Holy Family's flight to Egypt and reading about it using the document camera to see various artists' illustrations. I've found an unusual poem titled "The Magi" by T. S. Eliot.  It's written as a fictional memoir of one the kings, outlining the trials of the life-changing trip. We're also still working our way through Exodus in the Old Testament studying and discussing the 10 Commandments.

In science students will be working with partners on a min-project designing a predator-prey food web. They will be assessed on the accuracy and clarity of their finished product.

I  hope you had an exciting and/or restful vacation and are all revved up and ready to go. It's fun and rewarding to work with your children. Any questions, comments, or concerns? Don't hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. T


December News

4T is in the Christmas spirit.  The students have been practicing their songs for the Christmas program with Miss Daigle which will be held on December 16th. We'll also be be making a Christmas craft with our buddies in 2C next Friday and another one for the St. Chris outreach program.

The book report for this month is a diorama based on a Christmas book and is due on December 19th. A list was distributed with some classics as well as some more modern offerings. The point is to read a book which the student enjoys.

Our poem for the month is my favorite, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. If you recall it takes place on the longest night of the year which, of course, is the winter solstice. BRR! Coming up soon...

We're starting division in math but are also examining word problems and brainstorming how to solve them. As a little enrichment the students have been introduced to Roman numerals; it's nice to be able to decipher them on dates on buildings or chapter headings in books.

In English we're working with nouns; the test is coming up soon! Improving sentence structure is an ongoing practice, also, as we work with creative writing assignments and responses to literature.

Food webs and ecosystems are the new topics we'll be exploring in science.

Colin Tran was the winner of the second spelling bee of the year. Hurray for you Colin! It was an exciting contest and went on for many rounds. Polina Frasca was the runner up.

A very Merry Christmas to all our St Chris parents! Your children are a joy.

Mrs. T





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