B6 - Weekly Newsletter

Monday, November 20 -  Wednesday, November 22, 2017

B-6 Parents and Students:
Be sure to look through your student’s white envelope! This week there are several flyers and student work samples.

Next week is the Scholastic Book Fair at Graystone! Our class will attend Wednesday, 11/29.

Be sure to mark your calendar for a parent meeting for ALL fourth grade parents, Tuesday 12/5 from 1:15-2:00 in B-6 ... it is time to begin planning for Gold Rush! As many of you know, a tradition at Graystone in fourth grade is Gold Rush Day, an all-day event “re-enacting” activities from the gold rush. The event will occur May 18. This is a parent-run event; we have LOTS of supplies, information, history, and props, but will need a cadre of volunteers to make this event a success! The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the event, share and explain what resources we have available, and begin to fill volunteer positions.

This week’s agenda included:


Students continued Origo Module 5.


Students continued a unit on Text Structure, understanding how non-fiction texts are organized and practiced writing with various methodologies, and created a research project relating to Island of the Blue Dolphins.


Students completed “Island of the Blue Dolphins”.  Focus is Text Structure: identify problem/solution & cause/effect, compare/contrast ideas, and sequencing.

Social Studies

Students continued Chapter 5, Spanish Colonial California.

Agenda for Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 1:


Students will continue Origo unit 5.


Students will begin “Hatchet”.  Focus is Text Structure: identify problem/solution & cause/effect, compare/contrast ideas, and sequencing.


Students will begin a research project on a California Mission.

Social Studies

Students will complete Chapter 5; test is Friday, December 1.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Thanksgiving Break, November 23 & 24
New Year’s Break, December 25 - January 8 (Student’s first day back is Tuesday, January 9)

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

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


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


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

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

Holiday Research Project:
History Channel - Holidays
Festivals Around the World
New Years Eve
Persian New Year
Chinese New Year
Boys Day
Harvest Moon Festival
National Geographic - Diwali
Vietnamese New Year - 1
Vietnamese New Year - 2
Swedish Mid Summer
Korean New Year
Korean New Year

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Reading: Read for 20 minutes every night.
Writing: none
Math:  none

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Thanksgiving Break, November 23 & 24
New Year’s Break, December 25-January 8 (First day back for students is Tuesday, January 9)




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.

      This year marks our fifth year of Common Core Standards implementation.  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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