First days of First Grade!
Papa Ekahi is learning about the ʻaina through planting. Leeward Haleakalā Watershed Restoration Partnership visited our keiki and showed them how they can kokua to impact our forest on Maui. One way they can help restore dryland forest is to grow native plants and food plants.
Students participated in making seed balls that will be used to reforest the Nuʻu and Kahikinui areas. The seed balls included ʻaʻaliʻi and ʻaweoweo seeds which will be dropped from a helicopter. Mahalo to Mr. Stenger, Andrea, Kealii and Christian for an engaging hands on activity that will help restore and preserve our ʻaina.
Papa ʻEkahi used Kahoot! as a fun instructional tool to show learning of addition concepts. Questions are displayed on the screen to help review strategies and lessons they have learned. Keiki worked independently and as a team to solve problems. Players used their 1:1 devices to choose from a series of multiple choice answers.
Students used pictures, concrete objects or models to find sums. They were engaged in putting together numbers within 10 and practiced building fluency. The game is a fun way to assess the childrenʻs progress and review the essential questions for the chapter. Itʻs a win win game for everyone!
Papa ʻEkahi learned about the different characteristics of species in the animal kingdom at the Pacific Whale Foundation. Keiki gained knowledge about the Humpback Whale and then participated in a whale watch. Students learned observational skills by exploring surroundings in the kai region using binoculars and digital cameras. As a demonstration of Malama Honua and doing our part to protect the ocean environment, keiki participated in a beach clean-up.
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Papa ʻEkahi in Kumu Kalehuaweheʻs class went on their first field trip to The Hawaii Nature Center. They explored the stream and forest in ‘Īao Valley while learning about survival needs, food chains, and stream life. Keiki demonstrated ways to help malama the habitats and keep it healthy. They also discovered archeology sites in the Kula region of the ahupuaʻa and gained understanding of what a community in Maui was like in the past.
Our class is learning about different jobs that many people do in our community. Miki Tomita visited our class to share about her job with the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Keiki wrote wondering questions about her job as the Learning Center Director. She answered their questions and shared about the history, tools, and the route the voyaging canoes are sailing worldwide. She also talked about the needs such as food, water, clothes and a place to sleep when she is sailing on the Hikianalia. The Hokule’a and Hikianalia are sailing across the Earth’s oceans to teach others how to “care for our Earth”. Mahalo Aunti Miki for inspiring us to malama our island home on Maui.
We have been busy learning addition concepts. Keiki solved “adding to” and “putting together” problems by using pictures, concrete objects, making a model, adding zero to a number and explored the commutative property of addition (adding in any order). They took a Pre-Assessment and Post-Assessment on-line to show their depth of knowledge. Students are now moving on to learning subtraction concepts!
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