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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

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 !


October Update

Our days our filled in 4T with lots of learning opportunities and activities.

DSC08965We’ve been studying Robert Frost as part of our enrichment program. Yesterday we enjoyed a field trip to his historic farm in Derry. This is the place where Robert Frost wrote his first 2 ½ volumes of poetry.  Look for our photos and an wonderful article in today’s (October 13th)  edition of The Manchester Union Leader.   DSC08997



Chapter 2 in science is botany.  We’re studying photosynthesis, the parts of a flower, kinds of roots… Students keep on bringing in plant specimens, and I love it.  Hopefully, next week we’ll be planting tulip bulbs in the backyard near the playground. We’ll keep you posted. We’re also sending daily foliage reports of our area  (zip code 03064) to Yankee Magazine; it’s part of a contest and right now we’re in second place.

In math it’s drill and practice.  There’s a weekly quiz on times tables, and in class we’re working on subtraction with renaming; this is not a new skill. “Is your answer reasonable?” is a frequently asked question.

The October book reports were excellent.  The next one is an oral report where the student construct a hands-on character from the book and talk in the first person about their adventures or life as that character.

In social studies we’ve just started studying and reading about the New England states.  By the end of the year the students are required to know all the name of the states and capitals.  We’ll take it one section at a time, and it’s fun to start with our own region.

The students listen to a bible reading every morning. We started with Genesis and creation and we’re now up to Joseph and his interpretation of dreams.  In our textbook we’re learning the different kinds of sins including sins of commission, sins of omission, and social sin. There will be a test on these new concepts.

Keep your children reading for at least twenty minutes (or longer)  a day at home.

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