B6 - Weekly Newsletter

Monday, October 8, 2018 -  Friday, October 12, 2018

B-6 Parents and Students:
Be sure to look through your student’s white envelope! Inside you will find several flyers and student work samples.

Picture day is this Wednesday! Look for the picture order form in your envelope.

Also in your envelope is a sign up sheet for fall conferences: conferences will be held for all students the week of October 29 - November 2.  Please indicate on the form your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of time (I will also send a soft copy of the form, so you can reply via email if you prefer).

Next Friday, October 19, will be our first BIoSITE walking field trip. We leave school at 1:10 and return to school at 2:45—this is a short walk to Los Alamitos Creek, where we will meet our Leland High School student instructors.  The purpose of the trip is to investigate our environment - it is a wonderful experience to learn from the high school students who have been trained by the Children’s Discovery Museum.

October 24, will be our trip to Mission San Juan Bautista - thank you all for returning your permission slips promptly! Students will arrive at school at the regular time that day and can be picked up at the regular dismissal time.  Next week, I will send out other trip details.

This week students were treated to their first Art Vista lesson of the year, studying realism vs primitivism, and created piece showing depth perception. Thank you to Mrs. Smitt and Mrs. Park (Zoe’s mom and Amie’s mom) for volunteering!

This week’s agenda included:


Students began Module 3, addition strategies.


Students began “Frindle”, emphasis is identifying main ideas and details, including setting, characters, and events.


Students continued new narrative (story) unit; the emphasis is on realistic fiction; they also wrote a personal narrative for the fall writing assessment.

Social Studies

Students continued Chapter 2, Spanish California.

Agenda for Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19, 2018:


Students will compete Origo Module 3; test is Friday 10/19.


Students will continue “Frindle”, emphasis is identifying main ideas and details, including setting, characters, and events.


Students will continue a new narrative (story) unit; the emphasis is on realistic fiction.

Social Studies

Students will complete Chapter 2, Spanish California; they will also do an in-class research project on Spanish Explorers.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

BioSITE Walking field trip, Friday October 19, 1:10-2:50
San Juan Bautista field trip, Wednesday October 24
Pumpkin Bust, Friday October 26
Minimum Days October 29 - November 2: Fall Conferencing; dismissal 12:45

Adaptive Learning Links

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B6 - Helpful Websites

Over the course of the year, I will update this page with helpful websites.

The Trumpet of the Swan “Person”, Place or Thing Research Project:

Search Engineh



Trumpeter Swan Facts - BioKIDS
Trumpeter Swan - EEK!
Trumpeter Swan - All About Birds
Trumpeter Swan - The Trumpeter Swan Society
Fox Facts - BioKIDS
Fox Facts - EEK!


Philadelphia - WikiKidz
Pennsylvania - Ducksters
Pennsylvania - Fact Monster
Massachusetts - FactMonster
Boston - WikiKidz
Massachusetts - Ducksters
Red Rock Lakes - Wilderness.net
Montana - Ducksters
Montana - FactMonster
Canada - Ducksters
Canada - FactMonster
Canada - WikiKidz


Brass Instruments - Ducksters
Brass Instruments - WikiKidz
String Instruments - Ducksters
String Instruments - WikiKidz
Woodwind Instruments - Ducksters
Woodwind Instruments - WikiKidz

California Missions Websites:
California State Parks Website: Missions
California Missions Resource Center
A Virtual Tour of California Missions
The Spanish Missions of California
The 21 California Missions
Fact Cards - California Missions

Holiday Research Project:
History Channel - Holidays
Ducksters - Holidays
Persian New Year
Chinese New Year
Boys Day
Harvest Moon Festival
Vietnamese New Year
Swedish Mid Summer
Korean New Year
National Geographic for Kids - Diwali
Chrismas in Armenia
Holi Festival
Holi Info

Island of the Blue Dolphins Enrichment Research:
A to Z Animals -Sea Otters
Marine Mammal Center - Sea Otters
Sea Otters - Kids Do Ecology

A to Z Animals -Dolphins
Marine Mammal Center - Dolphins
Dolphins - Kids Do Ecology

Elephant Seal - Marine Mammal Center
Elephant Seal - Animal Corner
Elephant Seal - A to Z Animals

Wild Dogs - Grey Wolf Project
Wild Dogs - Gray Wolf - National Geographic
Wild Dogs - Wolves - Easy Science for Kids

National Geographic - The Channel Islands
National Park Service: History & Culture - The Channel Islands
National Parke Service: Nature & Science - The Channel Islands

Chumash - History
Chumash - Social Studies Facts
Chumash - Daily Life

PBS: Cortes
Fact Cards (all explorers)
Ducksters: Explorers (Cortes & Drake only)
Exploring California (good for pictures only)
Explorer Images

California Gold Rush Websites:
California State Library: Gold Rush
KidPort: Gold Rush
Ducksters - California Gold Rush

Sacramento Field Trip:
Rail Road Museum
Sutter’s Fort
California State Capitol

Ecosystems Websites:
Biome Experiments
Kids do Ecology
World Biomes
World Biomes and Ecosystems
Desert Facts
Wetlands Facts
Grasslands Facts
Coral Reef Facts
Arctic Facts
Freshwater Facts
Climate Types: Tundra


B6 - Long Term Projects

Early California History Research Project - Fall
Students will research an aspect of Early California History using books and internet sources.
This is an in-class project.

Ecosystems Research Project - Spring
Students will research an ecosystem using books and internet sources.
This is an in-class project.

Science Project - Spring
A detailed packet will be sent home in April or May.
The science project will be done partly at home, partly in school.
At home, students will need to conduct an experiment, and collect and record the data. Experiments should be finished no later than TBD.
All write ups, analysis of data, and assembly of the display will be done in the room.
School will provide the display board, paper, and construction paper for the display.
Families are asked to provide any necessary materials for the experiment itself.



B6 - Daily Homework

Friday, September 28, 2018
Reading: Read 20 minutes every night .
Writing: none
Math: none

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Fall Break: October 1 - October 5


Medlin, Allison

      Welcome to room B-6 and Fourth Grade!  I have had the privilege of being at Graystone for 20 + years, and my roles have progressed from stay-home mom of three students, to classroom volunteer, and ultimately to teacher for the past nine years.

      In fourth grade, reading and meaningful writing are essential in all areas; we will work on strategies and techniques to strengthen these lifelong skills. Grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills are discovered and learned in context of non-fiction reading, short stories, and literature studies. Science curriculum spans electricity, magnetism, geology, and ecosystems.  Social studies centers on California history and geography; topics include Native Americans, explorers and missions, the Gold Rush, and the economy. Math continues and expands student’s blossoming knowledge of number sense, multiplication and division, and fractions and decimals. 
      My goals are that each student will enjoy coming to school every day, develop strong study habits, and master fourth grade standards. I am excited to teach fourth grade this year and anticipate a rewarding year with the students.

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Room:  B6
Phone:  (408)535-6317
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