I’m excited to see some of you tonight at Blue Seal!
We had a fantastic week in 1st grade.
Reading: Making Predictions - A prediction is a guess that readers make about what’s going to happen in the story. My first graders did great guessing what would happen next in the story. This week we read some fun books by Peggy Rathmann (Ruby the Copycat and Officer Buckle and Gloria). On Friday I read Doctor DeSoto to the students and stopped halfway. We wrote down a prediction in our notebooks about what they thought would happen. Then we read the rest of the story and checked to see if our guess was correct. The great thing about predictions is that even if you are wrong, it’s ok!
Writing: This week we looked at the illustration for teaching books which can include arrows, words, and zoomed in pictures. We also learned that we can write twin sentences like this. “To go to Iejima, you have to ride on a ferry. A ferry is a boat that carries people.” I’m excited to see all the teaching books the students are writing.
Math: We jumped into Chapter 3 with additions strategies to 20. We learned that we can count on - 23+4, starting with the bigger number 23, then counting on 24, 25, 26, 27. We also learned we can count on a number line and use doubles and near doubles. I hope the students can master all these ways, as well as, find one way they like to use the best and use it! (I apologize if the near doubles lesson was difficult! Doubles +1 and Doubles -1 is hard for some of the students to understand!)
Bible: We learned that the Israelites were living in Egypt a long time. The Pharaoh who knew Joseph died and a new Pharaoh came to power. Joseph and his brothers all died but their family was growing very big in Egypt. The new Pharaoh gave a command to kill the Israelite babies because he thought they were becoming too many. One mom hid her son for 3 months and finally placed him in a basket and put him in the river. The Pharaoh’s daughter, the princess, found him and decided to keep him. She names the baby Moses and he grew up in the palace. I think we all can relate to Moses. He was a foreigner growing up in a land that is not his own. He was confused, was he an Egyption or an Israelite? Eventually he did something bad and had to run away from Egypt to Midian. There he became a Shepherd. One day, while he was watching his sheep, God appeared to him in a bush that was not burning up! God said, “GO BACK TO EGYPT and SAVE MY PEOPLE!” Wow! I wish God spoke that clearly to me! Moses went back to Egypt and with God’s power did some amazing things to show Pharaoh he meant business!
We are working hard practicing for the Christmas Program:
Mrs. Roe came to read to our class this week!
Walkathon - TOMORROW! Please arrive to school by 8:30. Go to the cafeteria and pick up some water. Go to the new entrance of the school (back entrance). I will be standing by the Yunta Ichiba Farmer’s market, so make sure you say hi as you walk by!
DON'T FORGET! NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!!!
Spelling Words: ball call fall hall mall tall talk walk your do
Bible Memory Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1
Change Wars - There's a fundraiser going on for a Saipan mission trip for High School students. If you have any loose change lying around your house and you don't know what to do with it, feel free to send it in for this cause!
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl to browse the latest books and order online. Please place your order online by December 1st, 2017.