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    • 1st Grade - June 2013 Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School1st Grade - Monthly NewsletterJune 1, 2013  ReadingThe first graders will be finishing of first grade with lesson 26 in our Storytown reading ...
      Posted Jun 1, 2013, 8:56 AM by Helen Karamichos
    • 1st Grade - May 2013 Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School1st Grade - Monthly NewsletterMay 1, 2013  ReadingThe first graders continued practicing for their Terra Novas until the week of the testing to ...
      Posted Apr 30, 2013, 6:03 PM by Helen Karamichos
    • 1st Grade - April 2013 Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School1st Grade - Monthly NewsletterApril 1, 2013  MathThis past month the first graders were instructed on how to add two-digit numbers and ...
      Posted Apr 1, 2013, 3:46 PM by Helen Karamichos
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    1st Grade - June 2013

    posted Jun 1, 2013, 8:56 AM by Helen Karamichos

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    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    June 1, 2013





     



    Reading

    The first graders will be finishing of first grade with lesson 26 in our Storytown reading program.  This included topics such verbs, more contractions, fantasy based stories and spelling words that consisted of long vowel i.  We will be finishing our read aloud-Wayside School by the end of the year.  

    We continue with our ABC Countdown these last few days with both excitement and sadness.


    Math


    This past month the first graders received instruction on how to estimate and measure how long, tall, or short things are.  As a home activity have your child measure different small objects in your house using pennies or paper clips.  

    Currently, the first graders are studying Geometry.  They are learning about plane shapes like a triangle and a square, and also about solid figures like a cube and cone.  


    Science


    We are ending science with physical science.  These lessons included information on matter, solids, liquids, gases and how

    matter changes.  

    We will conclude with chapter 8 with a test next week.


    Social Studies

    In social studies, we will end with unit 4.  This unit discussed weather, land, water, the Earth’s resources and about farm history.  


    Greek Language


    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:

    To my students: I am very, very proud of all you have learned this year. Remember, you can do anything you want to- just work hard! We have had a great time together!

    To the parents: I want to sincerely thank all of you for a wonderful year. I have truly enjoyed being your partner in educating your children this year!

    I hope you all have a wonderful fun-filled and relaxing summer!





    1st Grade - May 2013

    posted Apr 30, 2013, 6:03 PM by Helen Karamichos

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    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    May 1, 2013





     



    Reading

    The first graders continued practicing for their Terra Novas until the week of the testing to prepare them as much as possible.  We read two read alouds this past month-Save the Earth and May Magic.  We also did lessons 20, 21, 22 and just started 23 in Storytown. The first graders were taught the long vowel sounds for a, o and i.  We’ve read different genres such as folktale, realistic fiction and fiction this month.  They have performed a few plays in class.  We’ve been working on inflections -ed and -ing (dropping the ‘e’). The students have also worked on poem writing.



    Science

    At the start of the month, the first graders did chapter 7-WEATHER.  Some of our vocabulary words were sleet,  fog, water vapor, etc..  We watch a video called Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  We also discussed the four different seasons.  We charted the weather for one week.  We worked with bar graphs to tell how much snow falls in Alaska during the winter months.  This chapter concluded EARTH SCIENCE.  We have now started PHYSICAL SCIENCE.  We are on chapter 8-OBSERVING MATTER.  This chapter includes vocabulary such as solid, liquid, gas, dissolve, evaporate, etc..  


    Social Studies

    In Social Studies, the first graders have completed unit 3 with sequencing, using more map keys and discussing transportation.  We are now on unit 4-OUR EARTH, OUR RESOURCES.  Some vocabulary words discussed are weather, lake and mountain.  This unit should be a breeze for the students since its contains some information from our last unit in science (weather).   


    1st Grade - April 2013

    posted Apr 1, 2013, 3:46 PM by Helen Karamichos

    Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School

    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    April 1, 2013





     

    Math



    This past month the first graders were instructed on how to add two-digit numbers and how to tell the time to the hour and half hour.  Some of the new math words included: regroup, hour hand, minute hand, and schedule.  As  a home activity, help you child make a scedule of the activities he or she does on a school day.  Include the time each activity starts.  

    In the coming weeks, students will be preparing for the TerraNova test which will take place during the week of April 15-19.


    1st Grade - March 2013

    posted Mar 1, 2013, 5:14 PM by Helen Karamichos

    Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School

    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    March 1, 2013





     



    ReadingWe finally finished reading our read aloud- George’s Marvelous Medicine.   The first graders loved this story so much, that in fact they asked if we could read another book just like it.  In Storytown, we’ve completed Theme 4, lessons 15-18.  Our spelling words consisted of qu, wh, ur, er, ir, le, and ow and oa.  We’ve discussed and practiced writing
    inflections -ed, -ing, -er, -est and -es.  As for comprehension, we focused on sequence, main idea and author’s purpose/point of view.  Grammar has been fun coming up with homophones (ex.see/sea, by/buy).  We also learned about names of holidays, days and months. Plus, we had lessons on using I, me, he, she, it and they.  In reading, we read various genres such as non-fiction, folktale, poetry and realistic fiction. In writing, we continuously refer to idea and voice.



    Math

    This past month the first graders were instructed on comparing and ordering numbers to 100.  They learned how to compare and order numbers using a hundred chart.  Currently, the first grade class is on Topic 10, Adding with Tens and Ones.  Students will learn how to add two-digit numbers.  To further their knowledge on this concept, students will be using manipulatives in order to regroup 10 ones into 1 ten to add.  As a home activiity, look at a calendar with your child.  Point to a number in the first week (but not day1).  Discuss how the number of that day is 1 more than the day before and 1 less than the day after.  You might also discuss how the number beneath it is 7 more and why (because there are7 days in a week).  Please continue to review basic addition and subtraction facts at home.  










    Science
    In science, the first graders completed chapter 5 (lessons 1-3) just recently, which ends our LIFE SCIENCE unit.  These lessons include topics on plants and animals getting food, how they get food in the rainforest, and how they get food in a marsh.  We also were introduced to three very important words-omnivore, carnivore and herbivore.  We had fun one day using these words in a Venn diagram.  They each had a chance to make a project making food chains.  We then ended our chapter with an experiment on how camoflauge help mice stay hidden from hawks. This week we started a new unit-EARTH SCIENCE.  They were introduced to new vocabulary words such as weathering, minerals, humus, etc..  

    Social StudiesThe first graders started unit 3 with new vocabulary words, such as service, needs, jobs, goods, transportation, wants, goods, volunteer, etc.. We’ve read, discussed and made charts about jobs they do at school and home.  We’ve put together lists of things under needs and wants.  As mentioned before in an email a few weeks ago,  we have been very fortunate to have a Junior Achievement Rep from Discover Financial (Ms.Victoria) come into our classroom to discuss these same topics with us.  She came at a perfect time!

    Greek Language
    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:
    As we’ve moved on in our reading book, we learned about the shadow theater and its central figure Karagiozi.We had fun singing the songs and making the figures of Karagiozi and other characters of the show.
    We have been practicing reading syllables so the students increase their reading speed.We have also been playing with words that rhyme, kids really enjoy trying to find the rhyming word and that helps them remember better the new vocabulary of each lesson.
    ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class:
    We began learning all of the double consonants and vowels of the Greek Language. We used online Greek books to improve our reading and writing. Books like: Πού πας χελωνάκι; and Η καρετούλα και το παλιό φοκσβάγκεν where class favorites. We also spent time to learn about sea turtle and we especially studied loggerhead turtle, who is the most common turtle in Mediterranean sea and many of their nesting beaches are in Zakynthos.
    In mythology we learned the story: Athena, Arachne and the weaving contest. Arion and the dolphin was another story we read in glass.
    I highly recommend students take time outside of class to read some of these stories for personal enjoyment. They without a doubt help reinforce our Greek. It was a February full of storytelling.

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    1st Grade - February 2013

    posted Feb 1, 2013, 4:30 PM by Helen Karamichos   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 5:07 AM ]

    Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School

    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    February 1, 2013



     

    ReadingAll the first graders tested very well on theme 3.  We are on our last two chapters in our afternoon read aloud-The Chocolate Sundae Mystery.  In Storytown, we started Theme 4, lesson 14.  This lesson includes spelling words with the controlled ‘r’ concept (ex.arm, part).  It also covers capitalizing holidays correctly (ex.Thanksgiving, Christmas). Many of the stories in this lesson are realistic fiction and are about performing plays. We continue to work on story order and comprehension.    

    Math
    This past month, the first grade successfully completed Topic 7, Counting and Number patterns to 120.  Currently, we are studying Tens and Ones.  Students will receive instruction on how to show numbers as tens and ones.  Some of the math vocabulary words include:  break apart a ten, tens, and ones.  As a home activity, you can count 100 small objects with your child, such as popcorn kernel or pebbles.  Work with your child to arrange the objects in groups of 10.  Glue the groups of 10 in place on craft sticks, index cards, or construction paper.   Please continue to practice addition and subtractions facts at home.  

    Science
    The first graders entered in our school’s science fair this year.  They all received a ribbon for a job well done!  The poster they put together and the wording they come up with was great!  Our experiment showed us which juice makes pennies the cleanest.  Be sure to ask your student which juice won.  We finally started chapter 5.  This chapter is on food chains.  The first graders were introduced to vocabulary words such as, marsh, oxygen, rainforest, etc..  

    Social StudiesIn Social Studies, the first graders have practiced telling directions (north, south, east and west) using maps.  We’ve been reviewing vocabulary words such as communities, continents, states, oceans, etc..  The first graders are also getting the hang of using map keys to help them read maps.  We should be taking a chapter test by the end of the week.

    Greek Language
    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:

    ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class:
    In January, we spent a lot of time doing exercises that would help the students learn the letters β, δ, φ, χ, θζ ,ξ,ψ,π,φ and to correctly spell words that have these letters. In my experience, it is especially difficult for children this age to correctly use these letters. It doesn't hurt to have more reading and writing exercises in general, either. In mythology, we learned about Hercules and Theseus. Lastly, our class participated in the sermon at Holy Trinity in celebration of the Three Hierarchs .They performed the song "Θέλω να μάθω Ελληνικά".

    Have a great month!


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    1st Grade - January 2013

    posted Jan 8, 2013, 5:32 PM by Helen Karamichos   [ updated Jan 10, 2013, 5:09 PM ]

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    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    January 1, 2013



     

    ReadingIt’s the new year.....Happy 2013!  

    The first graders started off the new year with lesson 12 in Storytown.  This lesson contains spelling words with ‘sh’.  It also has us learning about special name for places and how to write these names correctly.  As for writing, we are practicing writing riddles.  Our new read aloud is called The Chocolate Sundae Mystery, a Boxcar Children series.

    Math
    Happy New Year!  Welcome back to school.

    Currently, the first grade class is continuing to learn and study different ways to subtract from numbers as high as 20.  New math vocabulary words include:  related facts, and fact family.  As a home activity, have your child use pennies or other small objects to show 8 + 5 = 13.  Work together to write a related subtraction fact.  Please continue to review basic addition and subtraction facts.
    I look forward to  a productive 2013.  

    Science
    In science, the first graders started off the new year finishing chapter 4 (life cycles).  We learned about many different cycles, including the butterfly and the frog.  We will be starting chapter 5 (food chains) on Monday.  We will also be preparing for and conducting a class science project for the science fair, which is on January 24th.

    Social StudiesIn social studies,  the first graders finished unit 2, lesson 4 (laws and leaders).   The leaders included police officers, teachers, mayors, etc..  Some of the laws we discussed were stop signs and speed limits.  We will move forward on Monday with unit 2, lesson 5.

    Greek Language
    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:
    Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing holiday. January is a busy month and I am excited about all the new things we will be learning and building upon throughout this quarter. We are looking forward to winter’s arrival with lots of fluffy snow and learning activities related to the season. Students will enjoy the winter scrambled sentences where they have to put the words in order to make sense, which allows them to improve their Greek in a fun way.
    We will also work in sequencing the events of a story, beginning , middle and end. As we continue in our reading book, we will learn about Karaghiozi, a paper puppet and the main character of the tales narrated in the Greek shadow puppet theatre.
    ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class:

    December is a very special month for productive school work. There are a lot of themes to be covered that allow many opportunities to learn. There are many chances to learn history, perform crosswords, and sings songs that relate to the Christmas and New Year themes. Our days this month have been busy and filled with learning and fun. It is a very special sight to see our young children work diligently on their arts and crafts while learning the songs of the holidays. It is important for them to learn the traditions of the Greek ways of celebrating. We had a great performance put on by our children in the Christmas Special. I hope everyone has a very special Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΗ ΧΡΟΝΙΑ!


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    1st Grade - December 2012

    posted Dec 1, 2012, 12:52 PM by Helen Karamichos   [ updated Dec 4, 2012, 7:28 AM ]

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    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    December 1, 2012



     

    ReadingWe just recently went through lessons 8-10 in Storytown.  These lessons included different types of genres such as, realistic fiction (Beth’s Jobs) and non-fiction (Plants Can’t Jump).  Our grammar lessons consisted of nouns (people, places, things and animals).  Our writing lessons involved writing lists and dialogue.  At the start of the month, we started with our read aloud called Flat Stanley and ended with a different Stanley book called Invisible Stanley.  The first graders love Stanley!  We now have 63 entries in our daily journals.  

    Math
    In math class, we are currently on Topic 5,  Addition Facts to 20.  Students are receiving instruction on different ways to solve addition facts with sums up to 20.  Additionally, this month students will be subtracting facts to 20. The math vocabulary words for this month include:  related facts, fact family, doubles plus 1, and doubles plus 2.  Please continue receiving basic math facts at home.  

    Science
    We started off the month with finishing chapter 3 (How Plants and Animals Grow).  After successfully completing the test for chapter 3 we moved on to chapter 4 (Life Cycle).  We began with new vocabulary words and got right into the life cycles of frogs and butterflies.  

    Social StudiesIn Social Studies, we are still on Unit 2 (In my Community),  due to birthdays and the many Names Days we have been celebrating in class this month.  This unit includes learning about neighborhoods (urban, suburban and rural), reading maps and map directions.  We also learned about the compass and how it works!  Be sure to practice the four directions (north, south, east and west) whenever possible!!

    Greek Language
    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:
    The students continue to work on fluency, letter-sound relationships and recognizing high frequency words. They continue to practice correct letter formations, capitals and periods. They have also begun engaging in simple dialogues and conversations that are applicable to a variety of real life situations.
    ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class:  This month we learned more letters of the Greek Alphabet and used them to improve our expanding vocabulary. We spent the month learning a lot about the words that we use to celebrate the holidays. We learned the myths that are related to the time of year we are approaching as well.

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    December 3, 2012

     

    Dear Parents,

            I can’t believe the Science Fair is slowly approaching.  With the busy Christmas season also approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to address due dates, etc.

            Our school Science Fair will take place on Grades THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013; from 1-3 p.m. Grades 1-8 will participate in this event.  Grades 1 and 2 will carry out their projects with their classroom teacher. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will work on their projects independently at home with help from their parents. Grades 7-8 will also work independently but, they will be judged by people who work, or who have been educated in the field of Science. Class time will be given to the 5-8 graders in preparation for their reports.  (If you know of someone who would like to volunteer their time of this event, please let me know.)  Trophies will be given out to students in the 6-8th grades who place first, second and third. The rest of our students will receive ribbons for their participation in the event.

           Each student needs to place all their information on a tri-fold board. There are several different ways to do this depending on the Science topic they have chosen. I will be glad to give you a template for this display.

          Please make sure your child has chosen a topic of interest. Whether it be the affects of heat on different materials or the way animals behave, I hope this will be an exercise in learning as well as family ‘together’ time.  Students love Science so let’s make sure they continue that wonder and amazement.

     

                                                                                                    Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

                                                                                                                    Julia Sher

                                                                                                                    HAA Science Teacher


    1st Grade - November 2012

    posted Nov 1, 2012, 1:16 PM by Helen Karamichos   [ updated Nov 2, 2012, 12:59 PM ]

    Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School

    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    November 1, 2012



     

    ReadingThe first graders successfully finished themes 1 and 2, which includes lessons 1 through 6.  We learned many concepts from parts of a sentence to story mapping.  They have continued to take their AR tests on a weekly basis based on the books they check out from our HAA library.  The first graders have done a great job with earning stars for the minutes they read at home....yes!!  We went from reading our read aloud Good Morning, Gorilla to Miss Daisy is Crazy.  We’ve recently devoted a bulletin board in our classroom to our weekly lessons in Storytown.  

    Math
    The first graders started Topic 4, Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12.  Students will receive instruction on different ways to add and subtract numbers with sums and differences within 12.  Some of the new math words that students will learn include: near double and less than.  
    As a home activity provide your child with 12 pennies or paper clips.  Divide the items into 2 piles and ask your child to write one addition sentence and one subtraction sentence about the piles.  For example, 6+6 = 12  or 12-6 = 6.  This activity will help reinforce the concept of addition and subtraction facts to 12.

    Science
    In science, we went from chapter 2 (habitats) to now chapter 3 (how plants and animals live).  We conducted quite a few experiments, such as how animals keep warm to which leaf shape drips the fastest.  The first graders really do enjoy these hands-on lessons as much as their teacher...ok, maybe more:)  The most meaningful and most favorite activity so far was the Diorama Habitats.  They worked hard and very cooperatively with each other in small groups....a lesson in itself!

    Social StudiesIn social studies, the first graders finished unit one (time for school) and are currently on unit two (in my community).  We learned about rules being very important in both at home and school to how things have changed from long ago in schools to how schools look like now.  We are now discussing our new vocabulary words, such as continents, oceans, leaders, etc. and how they relate to this new unit.  

    Greek Language
    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:
    We continued learning what sounds individual letters make and we have been working to sound out the letters accurately
    and quickly enough to make the text resolve itself into an understandable word. The students have learned the first sight words and by saying, singing and acting out lessons they retain more effectively what they have been taught.
    ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class: This month our first graders continued to learn letters of the Greek Alphabet. We especially focused on writing on the lines and expanding vocabularies by learning basic words that featured each letter. Every Thursday the students use the Margarita 1 book (and the workbook) in class and then we go to the computer lab for special lessons using the technology provided. Our favorite program is learning a myth every month using art and creativity.We also studied the 2nd World War, St. Demetrios and the Greek Flag. The use of stories, songs and art has made leaning much more memorable.

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    1st Grade - October 2012

    posted Oct 1, 2012, 6:35 PM by Helen Karamichos   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 3:58 PM ]

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    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    October 1, 2012



     

    ReadingIn Storytown, the first graders were busy reading stories individually, in pairs and aloud.  We’ve also been putting story maps together to help us understand the stories we are reading. Their spelling words have consisted of short vowel sounds.  During writing, we are trying very hard to add punctuation at the end of our sentences as well as remembering that a sentence has a naming part and a telling part.  We started a new read aloud called Good Morning, Gorillas by Mary Pope Osborne.

    Math
    The students are currently on Topic 2, Understanding Subtraction.  Students are being instructed on how to subtract a part from the whole to find the missing part.  We read a math story entitled, “Twenty is Too Many,” to introduce the concept of subtraction. Some of the new math words include:  subtract, difference, and subtraction sentence.  Please reinforce these vocabulary words at home.  

    Science
    In science, we started this chapter with our first science experiment (What is Living?) and we finished chapter one with our first test on Living/Non-living.  We moved on to chapter two (Habitats).  We have been and are continuing to discuss the four habitats in this chapter (oceans, forests, deserts and wetlands).  We will soon be conducting another experiment on desert leaves.

    Social StudiesIn social studies, we are continuing with unit one (Time for School).  We are learning about our five vocabulary words (rule, flag, country, group and school).  In class, we made American flags and made rules to follow in school.  We also made group/teams when we played games during this lesson.

    Greek Language
    ka. Jenny Tselos’s class:
    We have learned the names, the formation and the sounds of eight letters of the Greek alphabet. The students are able to identify these letter names in and out of context and sequence.
    In our reading book we have just finished lesson 2.
    ka. Dimitra Kailis’s class:
    We have had a very bright beginning to what will turn out to be an excellent school year. The students of the first graders have thus far shown an immense appetite for learning Greek. Even though many of the kids have retained a lot of what they have previously learned, we have begun reinforcing basic abilities such as writing the Greek letters and reading simple words. We have especially focused on reviewing basic skills like writing the letters correctly, writing inside the lines, and remembering that accents only go on vowels. Every day, we have been practicing the fundamentals of language; letters, syllables, words, and eventually sentences. We have even been focusing on the proper uses of the period, comma, question mark, and the exclamation point. Also, we have been focusing on honing our grammatical skills such as capitalizing the start of sentences and proper nouns. Our goal in class has been to enhance our vocabulary while being both fun and studious. It’s going to be a memorable year!

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    1st Grade - September 2012

    posted Sep 16, 2012, 3:40 PM by Helen Karamichos   [ updated Sep 16, 2012, 5:06 PM ]

    Hellenic American Academy - Socrates Day School

    1st Grade - Monthly Newsletter

    September 1, 2012



     

    ReadingFirst grade started with 17 beautiful and enthusiastic students!  We have a few new faces, which had us busy playing name games to familiarize ourselves with each other.  We were sure to go over rules, behavior, expectations and dress code so that we are all on the same page.  We enjoyed sharing our ‘Brag Bag’.  We’ve already made some art projects and have displayed them in the classroom.  We started our class read loud called The Chocolate Touch.  Another important detail to the start of the school year, is we completed our benchmark assessments for our reading program.

    Math
    The first grade students are off to a great start!  Students used M&M’s to created bar graphs and pictographs .  They found this to be very fun and exciting.  We started to practice writing our numbers zero through 9 and played math games involving additon.  Additionally, we completed our placement assessment for our math program.  This week we will begin our first topic in math class.

    Science
    We started the school year off with Chapter one in our science books titled Living and Non-Living in unit one (Life Science).  We also started working in our workbooks. They each drew two pictures of things, in which we categorized under living/non-living up on our classroom wall.

    Social Studies At the start of school we used our SS time to socialize and interact with each other by participating in more games and extra recess.  We also had time to start unit one, chapter one (Time for School) in our SS book.






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