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The Imaginarium at Windward Community College

On February 20 the 5th Grade went on a field trip to Windward Community College's Hokulani Imaginarium.  We saw movies that taught us about space and covered the following benchmarks. 
5.2.1 Use models and/or simulations to represent and investigate features of objects, events, and processes in the real world

SC 5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of Earth to other components in the solar system.

5.8.2 Describe examples of what astronomers have discovered using telescopes

5.8.3 Explain that the planets orbit the sun and that the moon orbits the Earth

5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis

The movies were an excellent overview of what we have been learning in class.  The Hokulani Imaginarium offers many other movies on space and other topics within their planetarium.  If you're interested in family activities, see below.

Engineering Workshop

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning with your child that's full of fun and learning?  The following email was sent to Webling Elementary regarding the Engineering 2015 event at the University of Hawaii: 

Wow! That's Engineering! 2015

We are e-mailing you because WOW! THAT'S ENGINEERING 2015 is coming up soon! If you remember attending last year, and had a lot of fun learning
about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), we would love it
if you could come out and attend again.

Event Details:
Who: Grades (4-9)
This event is focused on getting girls interested in STEM, but boys are welcome too! Parents and educators are also invited for the PEP program!

What: A STEM outreach event that introduces participants to the field of engineering through hands-on activities, project displays, industry, exhibitions, and more!

When: SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015 (8:30AM - 12:45PM)

Where: University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center Ballroom
2500 Campus Road,  Honolulu, HI 96822

Registration/ Information: [1]
For more information contact:

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Society of Women Engineers - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Section Officers
Corynne Umeda, President
Kristie Lee, Vice President of External Affairs
Raquel Kamalu, Vice President of Membership

Arilyn Au, Recording Secretary

Katherine Shun-Gilmour, Corresponding Secretary

Richard Yamane, Treasurer & ECUH Representative

Ileana Argyris, Webmaster
Aricia Argyris, Historian

Lacy Veach Day of Discovery

This is an update to the post below.  It was good to see students from Webling at the Lacy Veach Day of Discovery at Punahou.  Some students signed up for the workshop and some were entered into the VEX IX tournament with other elementary and middle schools.  Mr. Abe., Mrs. Kono, and Mrs. V. Nakamura were the coaches.  Ms. Nakashima and I were tournament volunteers this year.  It was a fun all day event that I hope you will consider attending next year.  ....

Saturday, October 25, 2014

8:00 - 3:00 pm

Punahou School

For students in grades 4 and above, parents, and teachers of any grade level or subject: This is the 13th annual celebration and special day honoring the life and legacy of Charles Lacy Veach, who grew up in Honolulu with an interest in science, had a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, and went on to fly two Space Shuttle missions.

Astronaut Lacy Veach serves to remind us all that the dreams of today can be forged into exploration and discoveries of tomorrow. While in Hawai‘i, a child once asked Astronaut Veach: "What does it take to become an astronaut?" Veach responded, "You've got to believe in your dreams and you've got to be hard-headed enough to never let go."

If you love science and hands on experiments and activities, this is a must.  Mrs. Kono, Ms. Nakashima, and I will be volunteering for this great day of fun activities.  Last year we helped dissect cow eyeballs. You can make bottle rockets, gelatin volcanoes, DNA necklaces, bristlebot racers, and more! Sign up quickly. See you there.


This is an update to an earlier posting last quarter to remind students and parents of the change in the number of KidBiz articles due each month.  For the 2nd quarter there will be a minimum of 8 KidBiz articles due per month.  Each and every week there is a minimum of 2 articles.  If you would like to keep practicing and do more, remember the 5 steps (listed below).  Remember, quality, not quantity will move you ahead.  If you would like to earn Pizza Hut coupons, then 8 of the articles must have a score of 75% and above.  Happy reading!...

Webling is fortunate to have the KidBiz 3000 reading program available for students to access at home to improve their reading of non-fiction. All students have taken their placement tests and begun reading their first article.  We will work in the lab at least once a month and students may have a little time to work in class.  They should be independently working at home to complete at least two articles every week. An assessment will be given quarterly to track progress.  We ask parents' assistance in reminding students to complete the articles and to follow the 5 steps listed at the top tabs on each lesson:

1) Answer the Before Reading Poll,

2) Read the Article (Take notes by highlighting, summarizing, or questioning),

3) Complete the Activity (Refer back to article - DON'T GUESS. Gains are made only when students score 75% and above on the 1st try.),

4) Answer the After Reading Poll,

5) Complete the Thought Question (Answer the questions thoroughly. Click on the blue Include in Your Answer box below the question to see the criteria for your response, i.e. 2 paragraphs, use specific vocabulary words in the article, etc.).

Only by following the structure laid out by the program will your child see gains. After completing 40 articles with their best efforts, it is possible to show reading comprehension growth of one grade level.  If they rush through an article just to get it done, they often waste their time and end up with poor scores. Students will only receive credit for work done well. Parents, thank you for your assistance.

C3 L1 3 notes

Social Studies Chapter 3 - The First Americans

notes on lessons 1-3:  Who were first, North American Indians (Eastern Woodland, Plains, Southwestern, Pacific Northwest), Central and South American natives (Maya, Aztec, and Inca).