As the 21st century began, schools were being challenged to not only teach children, but to also have them create media that can be used by others. In building that media, the skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and innovation are being practiced by the students. Those skills are the very ones that business and industry told schools to develop as they were missing in the young people coming into the job force. If we start that process in elementary school, then by the time students leave k-12 education, they should be prepared for what awaits them. Creating media allows students to create information as well as practice those necessary work-force skills. Therefore, we spent many hours striving to produce quality media for varying reasons. The fourth graders made media which covered science, literature, writing, social studies and social change. Sadly, some of the work has been lost after a computer crash. However, this page has links to ten examples of the media the fourth graders created over the years. The hope is that a visitor learns something or enjoys a piece of writing and overall, finds entertainment in the words of 9-10 year olds.




Living In Golden Gulch Website, class of 2011-2012

The California Gold Rush was a worldwide event. To learn about it, the fourth graders took part in a simulation to expereince the challenges of the gold rush. Once the simulation was complete, the Gold Rush teams created a website based on particular criteria to tell their readers what it was like in California during the days that lead to statehood.

"How the Forest Grew" Online Posters, class of 2012-2013

In preparation for the environmental education trip to Westminster Woods, the class read a prose poetry piece titled "How the forest Grew." The students were then given the task of teaching the steps of the forest's growth in terms of the prompts of depth and complexity.  Additionally, the fourth graders needed to find links to extend the knowedlge of the reader.


The Terrible Wave Media Posters, class of 2013-2014

After reading Marden Dahlstedt's book about the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the fourth graders were challenged to create posters that would "sell" the book to 4th or 5th grade readers. This site reflects their efforts.

The Adventures of Pearley Monroe Website, class of 2014-2015

After completing the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe by Marci Seither, the fourth gaders were on a mission to teach readers of their website interesting information about people or places in the book. The end product was a website that was built in teams. The goal was for the readers of the site to learn something abou the topics that were present in the book.

Poetry Inspired by Westminster Woods Website, class of 2014-2015

The fourth graders spent a week at Westminster Woods in March, 2015. They lived in cabins in a redwood forest and had a day at Salt Point State Park where they tide pooled. Another day was spent in Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The poetry expressed on their webpages is the reflection of the trip through the eyes of  9-10 year olds.

The Adventures of Pearley Monroe ThingLink presentations, class of 2015-2016

After completing the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe by Marci Seither, the fourth gaders were given the task to teach readers of their media presentation interesting information about topics that were suggested in the book. This class used a website called ThinkLink to create its pages. The work was done in teams and a great deal of reserach was done in order to create the product. Once you reach the first presentation, use the arrow on the right hand side of the page to move forward through each ThingLink about The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. 

Poetry Inspired by Westminster Woods Website, class of 2015-2016

The fourth graders spent a week at Westminster Woods in March, 2016. They lived in cabins in a redwood forest and had a day at Salt Point State Park where they tide pooled. Another day was spent in Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The poetry expressed on their webpages is the reflection of the trip through the eyes of  9-10 year olds.

Poetry Inspired by Westminster Woods Website, class of 2016-2017

The fourth graders spent a week at Westminster Woods in March, 2017. They lived in cabins in a redwood forest and had a day at Salt Point State Park where they tide pooled. Another day was spent in Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The poetry expressed on their webpages is the reflection of the trip through the eyes of  9-10 year olds.

The California Gold Rush Website, class of 2017-2018

The fourth graders completed their study of the worlwide phenomenon known as The California Gold Rush. They were then asked to explain the event in terms of the five 21st Century Literacies of Civic Literacy,
Environmental Literacy, Economic Literacy, Health Literacy, and Global Awareness. They had to use all the informaion they gathered over the course of the study and then view that information from many different perspectices.

The Fall Writing Website, class of 2018-2019

Each year the fourth graders took part in a fall writing activity. The goal was to write as expressively as was possible. The students took part in several prewriting activities and in the end, each student selected a photo as the setting of a brief encounter with nature in the fall. This set of writings was so great that they needed to be shared.

The Human Decency Website, class of 2018-2019

Human Decency became a focus for the class as they worked together to solve some social problems. At the end of Westminster Woods, the students were asked to think of a wish and a promise for their future. The two topics came together in this website that urges social change.

Poetry Inspired by Monte Toyon Website, class of 2019-2020

The fourth graders spent a week at Monte Toyon in March, 2020. They lived in dorms in a redwood forest and had a day at Natural Bridges State Beach where they tide pooled. Another day was spent in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. The poetry expressed on their webpages is the reflection of the trip through the eyes of  9-10 year olds.

BLOGS,  by the classes of 2013-2020

Over the course of many years, the fourth graders were asked their thoughts on many topics across the curriculum. The BLOGS Site represents all the thoughts from dozens of 4th graders over the span of six school years. The classes prior to 2013 had blogs as well, but the site that was being used was taken down and all the work by those classes went down too. The BLOG Site truly shows that the fourth graders wrote for a worldwide audience as the visits are charted on the site. The final entry was not formal and kids could comment if they wanted to after the Coronavirus shut schools down in March, 2020.




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