Aloha! During spring break, please continue to work on unfinished homeworks from quarter 3. Below you will find the cover page for our homework for the week. I hope you enjoy your break! See you on March 28th!
Our class will be going to Waihe‘e on April 13th and we need volunteers! Please sign up by either clicking this link or scanning this code on your smart phone. Mahalo!
Happy New Year! I hope you are all enjoying the break!
For homework, please have your child log-in and play Reading Eggs. This can be done on a computer, laptop, chromebook, tablet, or smartphone. We are having a competition to see who's class can log-in and play the most amount of reading games. The class who wins will get a pizza party!
I also included some sight words your child can practice and fun science experiements you can try together using items found around the house.
Enjoy! See you on Tuesday, January 10th!
This past week we have been learning about Holidays Around the World!
Israel - Hanukkah
African Americans in the USA - Kwanzaa
The Philippines - Pasko
Mexico - Las Posadas
Germany - St. Nikolaus Day
This week we will finish up with:
Sweden - St. Lucia Day
USA - The Polar Express
Wednesday will be our Read-In and pajama day! Students may wear pajamas that are school appropriate. They may also wear house slippers, just be sure to send regular shoes for wearing to lunch and recess. Students are encouraged to bring favorite books from home for our Read-In and may bring a pillow and/or blanket for sitting/laying on. Please make sure everything that is brought is labeled with your child's name.
On Tuesday, we will have our Cultural Feast. Please bring a dish to share from a different culture. It doesn't have to be a culture we learned about - it can be from anywhere! We will be sharing this feast with our Fourth Grade buddy class and will be a great end of the semester celebration!
Please sign up for a dish below!
And lastly, our class Donor's Choose project is expiring soon, which means we won't get the materials if it doesn't fund. Please help if you can! Donorschoose.org is a non-profit organization and can be used as a charitable donation on your tax returns. All donations are being matched right now by Tom's of Maine, so I'm hoping it will be funded soon and we will have the opportunity to learn about sound, music, and engineering with hands-on materials! Thanks for your consideration!
STEM + The Arts = STEAM
Come to Winterfest 2016 this Saturday, December 3rd from 2-6pm at Pomaikai! There will be vendors, food, the Barnes and Noble book fair, activities (make snowmen with the first grade teachers!), and a Lip Sync contest!
The first graders will be performing Jingle Bells on the stage at 5pm. Please wear either a Winterfest t-shirt (this year's or last year's) or holiday colors.
We hope to see you there!
Last week was great! We had PE with Coach AJ and garden with the new garden teacher Ms. Atay. She will be teaching us about what plants need to survive. On our first day, we got a tour of the garden and learned about Ms. Atay's expectations. Check out the Photos tab to see pics.
This past Monday we had library with Mrs. Smith. She taught us about finding "Just Right Books". It's a little like Goldilocks finding her just right porridge, chair, and bed. She also made a silly comparison to trying on shoes. We wouldn't wear too-big furry boots to school, and we wouldn't wear tiny baby shoes. Those aren't the right fit! We need to make sure the book interests us, we can read most of the words, and we can understand what it's about.
The students are doing so well in learning our routines in first grade. Our reading groups are going smoothly, and students are settling into getting work done. Please help encourage your child to do their nightly homework and reading. This practice not only helps you see the skills we are working on, but it helps your child become more fluent in reading and math. If you have any questions, please contact me!
Sept 20-23 - We will have a substitute teacher as I will be away at a training
Sept 27 - Picture Day
Sept 28 - Ronald McDonald LEAD Assembly
Oct 10-14 - Fall Break, No School
Oct 31 - Waiver Day, No School
Have a wonderful week!
Library with Mrs. Smith
We had a great week! I've gotten some questions about the homework, so I'd like to try and answer some of them.
ORF Folders - Sometimes your child might not have it with them. The goal is for students to practice their passage at home, then I (or Ms. Susan, our reading helper) will read with them to check. If they pass (98% accuracy or above), then I will put a stamp on the passage and they are free to practice the next passage. Some parents have been concerned that these passages are too easy. And that's ok. They will start to get harder, so please be patient. Sometimes your child might not have their ORF folder. That's because I collected the folder but didn't read with them yet. This will probably continue to happen until I get a better schedule worked out. Thanks so much for being patient! Practicing fluency is very important in first grade and the pay-off will be huge!
Wonders Story - The homework cover says "Read Wonders weekly story". What is that? On the back of the cover is the story that your child has read in class. It will go along with our phonics focus for the week. The goal is that each student practice the phonics focus by re-reading this story at home and answering a comprehension question. There may be a graphic organizer in the homework, like last week's Key Details chart. If something like that is in the homework, use the content from the Wonders weekly story to fill in the chart. Chances are, we have already done something like this in class, so it is review and practice.
Who should be writing on the homework? Your child. Please do not write the answers for your child. This homework is for your child to practice. I know you already know it all :)
Homework is due on Fridays. Please make sure your child writes their name on the cover so I know who's is who's. I had someone turn theirs in last week with no name. So now, according to my recording sheet, it looks like that child didn't do their homework.
Monday, August 29 - Library. Bring your book back!
Tuesday, August 30 - Melanie Rick, a teaching artist from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC will be working with our class on reading portraits.
Tuesday, August 30 - Open House, 5:30-7:00. Come see your child's work so far and our classroom! You are welcome to ask questions, but this is not a conference. I will not have specific information about how your child is doing.
Friday, September 2 - Garden class. Wear closed-toed shoes and clothing that can get dirty.
Monday, September 5 - No School, Labor Day.
Pics from the Week!
We started Guided Reading groups and each group got to play some fun warm up games and then read a story!
We started a science experiment to go with our social studies focus: American Symbols. Using pennies, vinegar, and salt, we are exploring how copper turns green, like the Statue of Liberty!
We finished another exciting week in first grade! Thank you for trusting me to educate your children - it's an honor!
This week we started our American Symbols books. We learned about what a symbol is and watched a video to preview some of the symbols we will learn about.
In reading, we finished up our final week of Smart Start, the kindergarten review lessons we have been doing. Next week we will start Unit 1 Week 1 of our Reading Wonders curriculum. We are also diving right into our arts-integration strategies. One of the poems we read this week was about the rainforest. We did a soundscape (multiple sounds put together to create a sense of place) and then watercolor painted the 3 layers rainforest - canopy, understory, and forest floor! With another poem, called Zoom, we added motions and recited it. Mrs. Smith and Ms. Aningat even played the video of our performance on the morning broadcast!
In math, we made a fun tool called a Rekenrek. It consists of 2 rows of ten beads. We will use this to help us recognize numbers by sight without counting each one, discovering more about place value, and adding! In our math curriculum, called Stepping Stones, we started to review teen numbers. Next week we will start place value.
In writing, we are working on writing complete sentences, with a capital and a period. We also are working on generating ideas. We even got to share a page from our writing journals with the class!
Thank you for making sure your child is doing their homework. The packet I sent home will have the assignments on the cover and attached. Thank you also for making sure your child gets a good night's sleep. First grade is hard work and we do not have rest time.
Mahalo for all you do!