The first graders have been preparing for a special unit that they will be a part of next year as second graders. This project will be a unit on the Native Hawaiian Rainforests. As an introduction to this project, a special guest, Chris Wong, gave a presentation on the native `ōhi`a lehua tree, one of the main trees that make up a native Hawaiian rainforest.
As a follow-up to Uncle Chris’s presentation, the first graders observed how to plant the `ōhi`a lehua tree. These two trees will represent the first graders and will be part of the project next year. Yesterday, Uncle Chris returned and graciously brought an orange lehua tree for us to plant. So now we will have an orange and a red `ōhi`a tree. Also helping us was Uncle Kaimi who dug the holes and helped install the tree carefully. Kumu Crabbe also shared his mana`o on the tree parts, chanted and provided a pule over the trees, students and the project.
I look forward to continuing this project next year as well as the years to come. Mahalo to Chris Wong, Greg Ho, Kumu Kaleo, Kumu Littrell and Kumu Crabbe for all your support.
Join the world for EARTH HOUR 2013 on March 23 at 8:30 p.m.
Around the world millions of people in hundreds of countries shut off their lights to show their support for global climate change awareness. Take action by showing your support for a better future. See this year’s official Earth Hour 2013 video.
What will you do?
Want to learn more about Earth Hour 2013, click HERE.
In science IE today, the first graders continued to practice their measuring skills by using a scale to weigh various items. Students checked that their scale was balanced and then counted and sorted their weights. Several objects were provided for weighing. Students recorded each weight and then added for the total weight. Check out the students in action.
As the fourth graders look at how the Earth is constantly changing, students took a look at our the Earth’s plate tectonics are constantly changing. Here the students use a hard boiled egg as a model of the Earth. They cracked the egg shell gently and traced the cracks. By gently squeezing the shell, the cracked areas either bunched together or moved away. This simulated how the Earth’s plate sometimes collide into each other to create mountains, spread apart to create trenches or slip under each other. Each movement demonstrating the different type of plate boundaries: divergent, convergent and transform. Check out a short video of the fourth graders conducting their experiment.
Every Day 1 in our school rotation, a group of first graders come to science for some extra instructional time. This time is informal and extra time to share science with the students. In this rotation, the first graders are reviewing how to balance the scale. The first graders already shared with me that the scale was not even or equal and that we had to balance it. Wonderful! So they helped me equal all the scales.
Their next task was to weigh various items. They started with a pen and use weight chips to balance the scale. Many of them got that the thin Crayola marker was 6 grams. Then two were 12 grams. They even got to guesses that if each marker was 6 grams and two markers are 12 grams, then probably three markers would be 18 grams. YES! I loved to hear the counting as they added up the chips, which came in 1, 5, 10 or 20 grams.
I look forward to sharing more about our morning science I/E sessions.
Today the first graders conducted their first experiment of the year. After reading a non-fictional book about plants, students replicated one of the experiments from the book. This experiment had the students look at what is inside of a seed. They learned about the parts of the seed from their reading and completed a labeling diagram in their science notebook. Seeds were soaked over night to help soften the seed coat. After gently peeling off the seed coat, they were able to break the seed in half. With the help of a magnifying glass, they look carefully to find….a little plant inside the seed.
Diversity if everywhere, even in seeds. The first graders will be exploring all about plants this trimester. However, before they can learn about plants and grow them, they must first know where the plants come from, seeds.
Students will be looking at the diverse world of seeds. Seeds come in different shapes, sizes and shapes. In this activity students took turns observing different types of seeds. In their science journal they drew their observations. Each student took turns looking at four different types of seeds to see the differences and similarities.
The 3rd trimester started a few weeks ago and students are in full swing into their new units. Below are brief descriptions of what each grade will be exploring during the 3rd trimester.
Changes in Animals – How do animals grow and change? What is a life cycle? What is the life cycle of plants and animals? How do baby animals look similar or different from their parents?
Energy – How does the sun warm things?
Motion – Why do things move and fall? What are forces? What is gravity? What makes objects stop?
Magnets and Force – What can magnets do to other objects? What makes magnets attract or repel objects? How do people use magnets in their everyday lives? What is a force? What are magnets?
Forms of Energy – What are three main forms of energy? How does light move and what happens with it hits something? How does sound travel and move? How can heat make things change and move?
Work by Simple Machines – What are simple machines? How do simple machines make work easier? What are the 6 main simple machines and how do they work?
Energy and Transfer – What are ways that people use energy? Where does our energy come sources come from on the Island of Hawai`i? How does energy change from one form to another? How to use solar power to run a boat?
Do you love to write poetry or short stories? How about creating artwork with color pencils, markers, or or other art supplies? Do you love whales too?
Well, why don’t you participate in the 2012 Humpback Whale Month Ocean Contest by submitting your work to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. They are currently accepting entries for their 2012 contest.
All entries are due by 12:00 noon on March 15, 2012.
While learning about the states of matter, the first graders worked on their predicting skills. Liquids in a Bottle had the first graders guessing what they thought were in the bottle. They were able to shake and turn up side down the test tubes in order to guess what they thought the liquids were. Many used their prior experiences with liquids to take a guess. One student said, “I think it’s water because that’s what water looks like.” Another student said, “I think the green one is shampoo because my shampoo is that color and it moves like the shampoo in my bottle.”
After making their predictions, each liquid was revealed. They were very excited to finally get to know what the mystery liquids were. What do you think they were?
Please enjoy a short video from last Friday’s elementary Christmas concert. These are some pictures from behind the scenes. Mahalo to Mrs. Debus for putting on another WONDERFUL concert. Thank you to all the faculty, staff, parents, and students for helping to put together the concert. Happy Holidays everyone!
What happens when you mix a solid (baking soda) and a liquid (vinegar)? Well, that’s the experiment the first graders conducted on Wednesday. As a follow up to their huakai to the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, students simulated a volcanic eruption, slightly modified. This is also a preview of their next unit of study, states of matter.
Instead of having the “lava” flow out of the water bottle, we covered the top with a balloon in order to see what would happen when it mixed. Students found out that the mixing of the two matters crated a gas, which was obvious by the blowing up of the balloon.
On Day 3′s, the first graders come to science in the morning in small groups. This allows me more time to work with the students and have activities that better suit small groups. This rotation the first graders worked on their predicting and counting skills. In this activity students were asked to guess how many drops of water they think would fit on each coin, penny, nickel, dime and quarter. After, each student counted as they drop water on the coin. They tallied and compared the water drop counts for each coin. They were very excited to see the differences among each others results and between each coin.