B6 - Weekly Newsletter

Monday, February 12 -  Friday, February 16, 2018

B-6 Parents and Students:
Be sure to look through your student’s white envelope! This week there are several flyers, a walkathon information packet, and student work samples. Graded items include: the Science Chapter 7 test.

This week’s agenda included:

Math

Students completed Module 8.

Writing

Students completed a Lucy Calkin’s unit on Opinion Writing.

Literature

Students completed “Patty Reed’s Doll”; focus was understanding perspective and point of view.

Social Studies

Students performed Gold Rush reader’s theater mini-plays; objective was fluency.

**Winter Break: 2/19-2/23**
Agenda for Monday, February 26 - Friday, March 2, 2018:

Math

Students will begin Origo Module 9.

Literature

Students will begin “By the Great Horn Spoon!”; focus is understanding perspective and analyzing character’s changing over time.

Writing

Students will begin another Lucy Calkin’s unit, changing from opinion to Persuasive.

Social Studies

Students will begin Chapter 8.

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Minimum Days: Thursday and Friday, March 15 & 16 (Dismissal 12:50)

Adaptive Learning Links

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B6 - Helpful Websites

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

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
Easter
Thanksgiving
Persian New Year
Eid
Chinese New Year
Christmas
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
Navratri

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


Explorers:
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:

“Person”

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

Place

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

Thing

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


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


Ecosystems Websites:
Biome Experiments
Kids do Ecology
World Biomes
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

Friday, February 16,  2018
Reading: Try to read 20 minutes every night over the break!
Writing: none
Math:  none

Reminders and Looking Ahead:

Winter Break: February 19-February 23

 

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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