Meet Mrs. Tawata

Aloha, my name is Lauren Tawata and I am the first grade teacher. I have taught since 1994 at various schools on the Big Island like Keonepoko and Laupahoehoe School. I came to Ha'aheo School in 2006, taught fourth grade for a year and then moved to first grade. I love teaching first grade!
I live in Hilo with my husband and three dogs. We have two children who currently live in Honolulu. I enjoy traveling, cooking, laughing, raising plants, walking, shopping, playing on my iPad, hanging out with friends and family, and eating at different restaurants.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Ha'aheo community.  It is truly a special place to teach and learn.  


Student packet pick-up 4/6/20

Please plan to pick up student packets from the school on 4/6/20 9am-12pm. These materials are not offered on my website. Mahalo! 

Distance learning enrichment activities to do at home.

Email:  [email protected]

I hope you are all safe and healthy.  I miss you all!  Please check out my Photo Album on this website for fun pictures taken this school year. 

Even though we have to stay at home there are many ways to keep our children reading, writing and doing math to maintain their skills.  There are tons of free enrichment resources and activities offered online if you are able to access them with a device.  We have some suggestions and links for online activities on the Distance Learning page.  If not, please use whatever you have at home to keep your child reading and writing.  Try to keep it simple and fun. 

Here are some activities you can continue to do with the resources that you should already have.

Please stay safe and healthy and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


If devices are available:

  • iReady Reading and Math
  • SmartyAnts
  • IXL (new for 1st graders)
  • Success for All (SFA) online resources (See Distance Learning home page)


Our school pays for subscriptions to these programs and we use them in class.   Students have been assessed and placed at specific levels of these programs to meet their individual needs.  They require login information and passwords.  If your child does not know them, please contact me.


More reading and writing activities:

Read and Respond:  Choose any book (or choose from past SFA shared stories) and write using one of these prompts:

  • What is your favorite part of the story? Tell why and give details.
  • Who is your favorite character in the story? Tell why and give details.
  • Write about one of the characters in the story. Give 3 or more details.
  • What is something interesting about the story? Tell why and give details.
  • Think about the setting in your story. If you were in the setting, what are some things you might see?
  • Write about an important event from your story. Tell why and give details.
  • If you could give the main character in your story some advice, what would you tell him or her? Tell why and give details.
  • Write about a funny part in your story. Tell why and give details.
  • Write about a serious part in your story. Tell why and give details.
  • Do you like the main character in your story? Tell why or why not and give details.
  • If you could ask the main character in your story three questions, what would you ask? Tell why and give details.
  • What are three things you wonder about the characters or story? “I wonder ….”
  • Think of a new title for your story. Why do you think this would be a good title? Tell why.
  • What is the problem or conflict in this story? How was it solved?


Have your child read to you as well as by themselves.  Ask your child questions about the story beginning with the words “Why” and “How.”  Ask your child to retell what happened on each page of the story.

Maintain the reading log.

Continue sight word fluency practice.  Also review past lists of words.  Give your child a spelling test of past sight words, five at a time.  Have your child write a sentence using the sight words

Journal writing:  Write and illustrate daily narratives about events and happenings, plans, routines, etc.   Try to write and draw for at least 20-30 minutes.  Allow your child to share his or her stories to you.  Choose one or two words to focus on correct spelling.  When children know someone will read their stories they’ll feel motivated to write more and  more frequently.

We have been working on the sandwich model when writing a story, containing five or more sentences.  A story should have:

  • beginning (one sentence)
  • middle (three or more sentences that provide details)
  • end (one sentence similar to beginning sentence).

Here are some possible prompts and story starters:

  1. What did you do today?
  2. What is something funny that happened?
  3. What is something happy that happened?
  4. What is something sad that happened?
  5. What is something scary that happened?
  6. What animal would you like to have as a pet?
  7. What would you like to do on your next birthday?
  8. What will you be when you grow up?
  9. Who is your hero and why?
  10. Write about a trick you would like to play on your mom.
  11. Write about a trick you would like to play on your dad.
  12. Write about a trick you would like to play on your brother or sister.
  13. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
  14. What is your favorite thing to do inside?
  15. What is your favorite thing to do by yourself?
  16. What kinds of groceries do you want your mom or dad to buy for you from the store?
  17. What is your most favorite book? Tell why you like it.
  18. What is something you would like to learn more about?
  19. What is your favorite TV show?
  20. What is your favorite video game?
  21. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  22. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
  23. What is your favorite breakfast?
  24. What is your favorite lunch?
  25. What is your favorite dinner?
  26. What is your favorite color?
  27. What is the best thing about yourself?
  28. What would you like to be really good at?
  29. Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.
  30. If you had $1,000,000 what would you do first?
  31. Tell about a time you were kind to someone.
  32. Tell about a time someone was kind to you.
  33. What is your favorite song?
  34. What is something that makes you angry?
  35. What is your favorite sport?
  36. Tell about the last time you cried
  37. What would you do if you had a magic wand?
  38. What would you wish for if you had three wishes?
  39. What is your all-time favorite food and tell why it’s so good.
  40. Write a letter to your teacher.
  41. What are you good at?
  42. What is something about yourself that you’d like to work on?
  43. What is something you could teach to a friend?
  44. What is something you could teach to your mom or dad?
  45. What is something you could teach to an older person (grandma or grandpa)?
  46. What do you like about your brother or sister?
  47. What object is something you couldn’t live without and why?
  48. Do you believe in magic? Why or why not?
  49. Write about a time you couldn’t stop laughing.
  50. Write about a time someone told you a secret.
  51. What is something you could do to help your mom?
  52. What is something you could do to help your dad?
  53. What is something you could do to help your brother or sister?
  54. What is something you could do to help your grandma or grandpa?
  55. What is something you could do to help your teacher?
  56. Would you rather go to the beach or to the pool?
  57. Would you rather eat cake or pie? What kind?
  58. Would you rather be a cat or a dog?
  59. Would you rather be a giraffe or an elephant?
  60. Would you rather be a fish or a bird?




More math activities: (Online and off-line)

  • Practice math facts for fluency up to 20 (adding and subtracting).
  • Practice story problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Practice solving equations with missing numbers in various positions (up to 20)

i.e.  1 + 4 = __ ;    __ + 4 = 5;   1 + __ = 5

5 – 1 = __;    5 - __ = 4;    __ - 1 = 4


  • Practice fact families.
  • Write and read numbers up to 120 or higher.
  • Draw quick pictures showing tens and ones for numbers up to 99.

i.e. 38 = lll(tens)  oooooooo(ones)

52 = lllll oo        74 = lllllll oooo


  • Practice skip counting by 2, 5, 10.
  • Count backwards, starting at any number on the number chart.
  • Play math games like “How Many Am I Hiding?” “Counters in a Cup”

Start with a set number of objects like 10.  Discreetly hide some objects and ask your child, “How many am I hiding?”  Same idea with “Counters in a Cup” except some counters are hidden inside the cup and some are outside the cup. 

  • Number of the Day: Choose a number and find as many ways as possible to make that number (up to 120).

















Please pick up student packets at Ha'aheo School on April 6th.

Student packets for grade 1 contain enrichment worksheets and activities for math and language arts.  Please stop by and pick up a packet for your child.

Aunty Franny reads to us every Friday. 
If you would like to read to us too, please contact Mrs. Tawata.