B6 - Weekly Newsletter

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 -  Friday, January 25, 2019
B-6 Parents and Students:
Be sure to look through your student’s white envelope! Inside you will find student work samples and several informational flyers. Graded items include your student
s recent writing assessment.

Our Sacramento field trip is this Wednesday, January 30! Your student must arrive at school no later than 7:00 am (I will have the room open at 6:50am). Return time is approximately 6:00pm.  While in Sacramento, we visit key sites related to California studies: the State Capitol Building, the Wells Fargo Museum, the RailRoad Museum, and Sutter’s Fort. Details are in a separate attachment! 

This week’s agenda included:


Students completed Module 7.


Students continued “Rules”, emphasis is identifying perspective and understanding point of view.


Students continued a unit on Opinion &  Persuasive writing; this week’s focus was generating ideas.

Social Studies

Students continued Chapter 4, The Golden State.

Agenda for Monday, January 28 - Friday, February 1, 2019:


Students will begin Module 8, Division Strategies.


Students will continue “Rules”, emphasis is identifying perspective and understanding point of view.


Students will continue a unit on Opinion &  Persuasive writing.

Social Studies

Students will complete Chapter 4, The Golden State.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Sacramento Field Trip - Wednesday, January 30, 7am to 6pm
BioSITE Walking Field Trip - Friday, February 8, 1:00 to 2:50pm

Adaptive Learning Links

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B6 - Helpful Websites

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

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 Spanish Explorers

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


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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Contact Information:
Room:  B6
Phone:  (408)535-6317
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