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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.


December News

     It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The students have been practicing for the Christmas pageant; their delightful voices on December 16th will certainly put you in the holiday spirit.  We've been talking about Advent in religion class, and even in Spanish, as the students are introduced to words associated with Christmas.  Feliz navidad! The students read their choice of a Christmas book this month and are beginning to bring in illustrated posters of favorite scenes. Several students and I hung some suet on the trees behind the playground to give the songbirds a holiday treat.  That's what Anthony is doing in the accompanying photo. Merry Christmas to all of you!  I certainly appreciated your kind and continous support. A Happy New year to you, too!





November News

4T has been studying the Church's liturgical year and the four evangelists.  It's interesting that over a three year rotation we get to hear the synoptic gospels in their entirety.  The students have studied and paraphrased the parables of The Good Samaritan, The Good Shepherd, and The Prodigal Son.

Kudos to Andre, the winner of the first spelling bee of the year. Sean was runner-up.

Math can be a challenge.  We've been working on problem-solving strategies and double digit multiplication.  Weekly quizzes continue.

Students love Spanish class with Senora Bichrest.  Abby is our star linguist.

The students did a stellar job presenting this month's oral book reports, and their "gourd characters" showed great originality. Several of these characters are on display in the case in the lobby.  There was a nice mix of books read:  classics, mysteries, fantasies, and historical fiction.

The next project is in science and is due Nov. 22nd.  Students are to imagine discovering a new animal in a chosen ecosystem, make a prototype of it, and describe its adaptations for survival, its diet, predators...

Grade 4 planted 125 tulip bulbs which should blossom next April  Thank you, Mrs. Sheehy for donating them.

Be sure to check out our hall bulletin board for a Brazilian rainforest which we read about in literature class.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Mrs. T



4th Grade Featured in Union Leader

The 4th grade field trip last week turned out to be more than just the average field trip…it ended up being the subject of a feature story in the Manchester Union-Leader! Writer Carol Robidoux just happened to be passing by the Robert Frost Farm and stopped in to see what was happening at the farm. What she found was our 4th grade students experiencing a day at the farm of the poet, whom they had just finished studying in school. You can read the article by clicking HERE !

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