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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

We're over half way to spring. We notice in the after care program that the sun is setting a little later each evening.  I imagine our tulip bulbs sleeping serenely under three feet of snow.  The 4th grade is having a contest predicting when the first one will bloom. Before the first day of spring?  Who knows what will happen. After all, we are having a bit of a thaw this week. What perfect winter weather we'll be having for our snowshoeing field trip on Thursday! We'll take plenty of photos as we look for animal prints in the snow. Mrs. Trabucchi, Grace's mom,  says the trails at Beaver Brook are in great shape.  Many thanks to her for setting up this event.

The next science test is Friday, February 25th. We're studying different kinds of rocks and minerals. Obsidian looks like black glass.  Pumice floats... Being a rock enthusiast myself, I enjoyed the rocks presented by Ian, Joseph, Leah, and Ben. Hopefully I'll add a few to my collection after my trip to Chile later this week. The Andes are teeming with fossils.

Fractions is our topic in math.  The students seemed to easily grasp finding the greatest common factor and reducing fractions to their lowest terms. They know their times tables, and that makes a big difference.  The chapter 8 test in math will be on Tuesday, February 23rd.

In literature, we just finished a unit entitled "Tell Me a Story."  The students are writing "fractured" fairy tales which is a bit of a challenge.

We'll be celebrating Mardi Gras on March 8th with a parade made up of shoe box floats. Directions were sent home this week.  On Ash Wednesday, March 9th, 4T will prepare the mass.

As you can see we are very busy. I'll be leaving on my annual trip to South America on Friday, the 18th.  I'm happy that Mrs. Hollis agreed to substitute for me, and I'm working on my plans for my days of absence.   If you really want to get in touch with me, you can still send me an e-mail.

Thank you for all you do.  Thank you for the Valentine treats.

Mrs. T


January News

     Happy New Year!  What beautiful winter days we've been having to study the weather! The students have been reviewing the water cycle from third grade and have progressed to studying fronts, prevailing winds, and weather instruments. You might see us outside examining what kinds of clouds there are or trying to determine the wind direction, wind speed, or amount of snowfall. We haven't forgotten winter birds, although our seed and suet containers need to be refreshed. We'll do that during one of the recesses this week.

     We've had a quiz on the corporal works of mercy.  Now on to the spiritual works which are a little more abstract and take more explaining.

     Measurement is this month's math topic.  Of course, every Fiday there's still a times tables quiz, and I'm still hosting my math clinic on Wednesday mornings for those students who would like a little more practice.

     In social studies, we're finishing the southeast states and will be having a test on the states and capitals soon.

     The January book report is non-fiction, anything true: sports, scientific interest, a favorite president...  Students need to list 20 interesting facts on a poster that they gleaned from their reading which they will share with the class on January 3st. 

     Another spelling bee is coming up on January 13th, first round.  Second round with the more difficult challenge words will be on January 14th.

     Keep watching this site.  The students are presently writing haiku, which they will type and illustrate in computer class which hopefully will be presented right here on our classroom page.

     I appreciate the support of all you parents. Please let me know if I can help in any way. 

Mrs. T 


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!




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