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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.

 

April News

Allelulia! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! We'll be getting out into the school garden very soon to clean up and get ready for the season. I'm planning to start cucumber plants indoors for the raised beds.

Inside science class is more physics than botany. The fourth grade is working with static electricity, electric circuits, magnetism, and electromagnetism, lots of hands-on activities as the students work in pairs or groups of three.

 

We're beginning a unit on verbs in English, and writing "how to" paragraphs for writing. The students did very well on the adjective unit test.

 

Reading brings us to the Antarctic for a non-fiction piece written in diary form. We'll follow this up with a fictional trip about a colony on the moon. We're really going far from Nashua this quarter. Ha!

 

We can't forget math. We've hit a few snags with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators finding the least common multiple and creating equivalent fractions. And of course, students need to reduce to simplest terms. We're practicing and practicing.

 

I'll be in Cincinnati Easter week for the NCEA conference. I'm leaving the class in the very capable hands of Mrs. Labrecque, again.

 

Until next time...

Mrs. T

 


 

March News

At St. Chris we are observing the holy season of Lent, preparing ourselves for Easter.  Every Friday afternoon we attend the Stations of the Cross, and 4T will lead the readings for the school next week.

 

We are marching along with the curriculum in math. I am happy with the students' grasp of fractions. Today we compared fractions with unlike denominators and soon will be adding and subtracting them. Having mastered the times tables, these new skills won't present too much of a challenge. Don't forget to have your child get extra practice on IXL on Thursday nights.

 

Energy is the topic in science: sound energy, light energy, and thermal. Our topic for the STEM fair is acoustical engineering and goes along with this unit in our book. Come to the fair and learn all about it.

 

Both fourth grades will be writing limericks for our next poetry activity. Rhyme and rhythm is very important in this playful form of poetry as humor plays a large role. We'll be able to share these with the school on St. Patrick's Day.

 

We'll be having a VIP reception for our book reports on March 14th. Students will dress as the person chosen for their biography and mingle with the other important people talking about their lives. They are asked to know the challenges and successes of their chosen individual as we gather together in a circle learning about the lives of these famous people. I'll be the only one playing myself.

 

Ask your child about the Navajo code writers. This is a fascinating historical account in our literature book. These Native Americans wrote secret codes for our country during World War II that was so intricate and clever that it was never deciphered by the enemy.

 

We've finished another unit in spelling and the kids should be preparing for the spelling bee which will begin on Thursday, March 8th and continue with the final rounds on Friday morning.

 

As you can see lots of learning is taking place in 4T. This is a particularly good group of workers. Questions or concerns? Don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Until next time...

 

Mrs. T

 

February News

Here we go cruising along into the third quarter. We've been very busy with our curriculum and the exciting Catholic School Week activities, which the kids love. (the teachers, too) Bowling in pajamas was probably the favorite. Now back to academics.

 

In math we are finishing up division, order of operation, and finding the mean. There will be a test Friday, the 9th, and then on to fractions, a topic which is a little more hands on. Don't forget to work on IXL on Thursday night or whenever it fits into your schedule. Connor is our star who has logged on hours of practice. Kudos to him.

 

In English we just had a test on pronouns, and we'll be starting Unit 4, verbs, their correct usage and tenses. Our descriptive paragraphs have been kind of on the back burner with our snow days and delays, but we'll still be tackling them this week and next. Descriptions are a great way to build vocabulary. Teaching the thesaurus is part of the plan using books and online.

 

Reading and science have become symbiotic partners as we read "Kwame," a story about the Elephant Listening Project (ELP) in Ghana. We're working on our own acoustical activities for the STEM fair.

 

The most recent book report dioramas were awesome: Sam with Gulliver pinned down by the Lilliputians, Anthony with his expertly created castle, and Kayden with a house that really looked on fire with lights and red transparencies. Students talked about their selected scene with enthusiasm. I loved them all. The next report will be due in mid March. Directions will go home next week for a biography.

 

The fourth commandment was our focus in religion. Honor your father and mother. We've talked about respect and obedience.

 

I'm always available to answer questions, help solve a problem, or listen to a complaint. I'll be leaving on my yearly trip to Chile on February 16th. Mrs. Angela Labrecque, a seasoned teacher, will be substituting for me for the week before vacation. I'll be in contact with the school through e-mail.

 

Until next time...

 

Mrs. T

 


 
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