Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Hello everyone,

Today I am sending home the study guides for all five homeroom subjects. Students have from 9/25 - 10/4 to work through them. In addition to working on them at home, we will go through them in class next week.


Exam schedule and study guides blog page

Google Classroom

Study hard!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Good afternoon parents and students,

We've been learning and practicing our doubles facts in math this week. Students have been using the strategies count ondouble +1 and double -1 to solve math problems. They have an extra math packet to work on over the long weekend.

In social studies we learned about making choices and the difference between needs and wants. Students learned that goods and services can be scarce.

In ELA we did some descriptive writing. Students described their snacks using their 5 senses - and then ate them! In reading class, Raz kids is up and running. The students all really enjoy using it, and are encouraged to read as much as possible at home. In phonics we reviewed ou and ow sounds (eg. house, flower).

Lastly, the students were very busy engineers in science class this week. We learned that engineers are people who solve problems. We learned about different types of bridges - beam, truss, and arch - and we followed the design process to plan, build, test and improve our own bridges. So much fun!


  • Use Raz-kids and Mathletics for extra reading and math practice.
  • Next week is a 2-day week. We only have school on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thank you for reading, and have a fantastic loooooong weekend!

Mr. Harris

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Happy Friday everyone,

We've had yet another week of learning and laughter here in first grade. We finished our second unit of math - students did very well in their math tests. In reading class, we began Journey's lesson 18, "Where does Food Come From?". In phonics, we looked at long a digraphs: ai and ay, and in ELA we wrote friendly letters and practiced our punctuation.

During science class we had a lot of fun with our eggsperiments! Students learned about the design process by designing, building and testing egg catchers! And finally, in social studies we created posters showing the symbols from different countries, and also began learning the difference between facts and opinions.

Notices and Reminders

  • On Wednesday, September 19th, the Kaohsiung City Fire Department will be visiting the school. Students should wear red, orange or yellow T-shirts on this day.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Hi parents and students,

What another busy week it has been! We have been studying hard for our first ever science test - I'm proud of all my students who tried their best. In social studies we have been learning about government, presidents, and symbols. Students had fun talking about the different symbols of their countries.

In reading and writing class we made good progress this week. Students are enjoying the Daily 5, and are making responsible choices as independent young learners. It's great to see them focused and engaged during this time!

And finally, we have been making math fun with math games. After finishing the math problems in their textbooks students can choose to play a game with a partner. These math games are all common core standards aligned, and are designed to increase math proficiency.


- Spelling Test on Monday!

- You need to login in using your child's email account to view homework in Google Classroom. Student Gmail information should be in the inside cover of their assignment book. If you can not find it, or have any issues with Google Classroom, please email me.

- Next Friday, the 14th, is the Mass of Exaltation of the Cross. Parents are always invited to attend.

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

Ben Harris