# 19 – 23rd October 2020

We were all delighted to welcome back our students this week as we returned from adventurous and exciting October breaks! As always, the week has been busy.

As mathematicians, we have been exploring the concept of rounding. We have used the analogy of a journey and the need to find suitable places to stop for a water or bathroom break while enroute. Would you travel backwards or forwards along the route? Any support you can offer at home, such as communicating large values (“about 8 million people”) to rounding prices (“about a million dong”) and calculating travel times (“about an hour”) would be great.

We looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, and began inquiring into its possible use for addition and subtraction. For example, 19 + 19 could be rounded to 20 + 20 and then adjusted. As we introduce and explicitly teach new strategies, we will share them via the blog and your child’s Seesaw. Please take some time to ask your child to demonstrate strategies they are using and learning.

We continue to solidify our understanding of place value and work flexibly and fluently with large numbers. Playing math games at home to help reinforce understanding is a great way to support our mathematicians. Below are three games that require minimal setup and allow for a range of abilities.

‘Squeeze’- reading numbers, comparing numbers, strategic thinking

Place Value Knockout- Place value, comparing numbers, reading numbers

Greater Than- Place value, comparing numbers, strategic thinking

In writing we have developed an understanding of adverbs and how to improve our sentences to include more detail, making them more interesting for the reader. Ideas to improve sentences included adding an adverb, changing the way we open the sentence and using more technical words. So “Cut the onion.” could become “Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the onion into small, round pieces before popping them into your soup.”. Are there any “How To…”s you can try at home?

In UoI, 3D have become INVENTORS, designing creations using Simple Machines and forces. We have moved through “Ask & Imagine”, used our previous “Research” and “Plan”ned some ideas. We entered the “Create” stage of the design cycle with some jumping in and out of the Improve stage as we encountered different successes and challenges in building. If you have any cardboard (boxes, packaging, etc) that we can use, please send it in!

Our inventors will continue to improve and complete their designs before sharing them via a Seesaw post, but here are some photos of us in the first stage of building.

Today Ms. Nitasha visited and shared a Readaloud with us.

Many thanks for your continued support, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please get in touch.

Please see the message below from the Habitat for Humanity Service Group here at UNIS. They are arranging a Movie night for Grade 3 on November 6th from 16:00-18:00. Please fill out the google form permission slip if your child would like to attend.

The Habitat for Humanity service group is organising a movie night event to fundraise for our build. We are planning to hold it on the 6th of November in the theatre. We have been given approval by the school as we intend to follow social distancing measures. The details about the movie and event are attached in the poster and permission slip below.

Here is a Google Form for Parent Permission to attend.
Thank you for your time and consideration,

Habitat for Humanity

# 28 Sept. – 2nd Oct.

It has been another busy week in Grade 3. The students demonstrated their impressive self-awareness and maturity in reflecting on their learning and setting goals. It was a productive and rewarding experience to discuss these in such depth at our Learning Conferences on Thursday. Navigating through these conferences virtually was a challenge, but the flexible, supportive and collaborative approach from everyone was wonderful.
Our Simple Machines unit continues to motivate and challenge the children and this week we had another great session in the Maker Space investigating pulleys. Next week we are excited to start researching and planning our own inventions and thinking about the vast possibilities in front of us. While we are well-supplied in the Maker Space, if you have any recycled materials that could be useful for our builds, please send them in.
In Literacy we’ve been digging deeper into examples of procedural writing and figuring out some of the key features of a procedural text. We also began our focused reading groups and started work on the target-areas identified by our start-of-year assessments.

In Math we have continued to explore Place Value with some new games and activities such as Race to 100 and Treasure Hunt.

It was also lovely to see the children’s movement compositions in the G3 UNIS Got Talent- Ms Megan and other guest judges were impressed with the range of moves, the synchrony, the use of space and the creativity of the performances. Mr C will be sharing the video of the show as soon as it is ready.

As always, if you have any noticings, wonderings or suggestions, please let us know.

# 21-25th Sept. 2020

This week has seen 3D investigate another Simple Machine in our amazing Maker Space: the wheel and axle. What does it do? How is it made? Take a look at the focus, skill and problem solving that happened making the ‘wheel and axle’ and the vehicle building that followed. Truly impressive.

Students also learned about the push and pull forces of tension, friction, gravity and air resistance.  Ask your child to explain these forces to you. Encourage them to look for some examples of them in action at home.

Thursday was Moon Festival (photos here) and students watched the annual assembly, via Zoom, in their classroom and got to paint a mask.

In maths, this week and last, 3D explored the use of concrete tools/equipment to support them in their mathematical thinking.

Later in the week, 3D further explored the concept of Place Value. Using Place Value Arrows, a 3-legged Number Bond model and Base Ten Blocks, students worked at composing and decomposing 3 digit numbers as well as practicing reading these numbers aloud. Take a look here at some photos.

Reading: There is an expectation in Grade 3 that every child is actively reading at home every day for 30 minutes. That means children are reading for themselves. It is also important to discuss what they have read with an adult or complete quizzes (ref. RazKids & EPIC) to confirm understanding. This reading can be in English and/or your home language.

Students can access books through a number of digital platforms: Razkids (with quiz), EPIC and Tumble Books, in addition to Library books from school. We strongly encourage students to check out books from the library on a weekly basis.

In addition to active reading, the use of audio books is encouraged for being able to hear reading in English, have children engaged and interested, and expose them to new vocabulary.

Your child has access to sign-in’s for both RazKids and Epic on an email they sent to themselves. You can ask them to find this and have them forward it to you as an extra support for access.

TumblebooksUsername: unishanoi     Password: unis1234      Library link to directions for Tumble books

Reminder:
Thursday 1st October Learning Conversations – no school for students.

# 14-18 Sept.

3. ## Next week the EAL team will host a virtual coffee morning on Friday 25th September for parents of EAL students – please see your email for details

4. Every student needs headphones. Many thanks to all those families who have sent some in for their child.

# How the World Works

This week we started our new unit of inquiry, How the World Works, with a challenging provocation, we developed our mathematical thinking further and began thinking more deeply about the writing process and what it entails.

3D scientists and engineers were tasked with transporting a marble from one side of the classroom to the other without pushing it, kicking it, flicking it, throwing it or dropping it from a great height! The students had to think hard about not just how to move the marble, but also how to work as a team. The afternoon was filled with excitement and lots of testing and negotiation. The range of creative ideas to solve this problem was fantastic to see. Many also decided to make their creation look attractive and interesting. Take a look at some photos and videos of the ‘runs’ here.

On reflection, 3D students discovered that they had been through a ‘design process’ – something we will be working through a lot in this unit. They also made a connection with the ‘Writing Process’:

We listened to the ‘Word Collector’ as read by President and Mrs. Obama and then we read it again trying out all the different prompts about different kinds of words. We thought about how word choice can make writing so much more interesting! We made a list of our own favourite words, then chose one to create a mini poster about. We also finished up our own personal quotes about reading. Students then each chose one of these to share on Seesaw.

There was more excitement later in the week in maths, discovering the range of tools available  (both physical and online) to help us solve mathematical problems, support and explain our thinking. From a Hundred Chart, to rekenreks (number racks), number lines and base ten blocks (number pieces). If you have an iPad at home you might also like to take advantage of the free apps offered by the Math Learning Center.

Today 3D had a fabulous session in the Maker Space on ‘Attachments’ as a beginning to our How the World Works (Simple Machines & Forces unit). Knowing that plastic is such a problem in our world, we decided that using glue and tape is best avoided whenever possible. Instead, students were introduced to a variety of other ways to ‘attach’ (in this case) a piece of cardboard to another piece of cardboard. Methods were shown and modelled before students were tasked with doing their own. Watch out for these on Seesaw next week, but here are photos of 3D in action with ‘attachments’. Such great problem solving and skills development going on!

• Reminders:
Create some dots over the weekend and decorate a door or window in celebration of International Dot Day on Tuesday 15th September. Send in any photos if you do!
• Tuesday 15th – go dotty! Students are encouraged to wear as many dots as they can to school.
• HEADPHONES please – if your child has not yet brought any to school

# Welcome to G3D 2020-21

What a wonderful start to Grade 3! Despite the challenges of last-minute changes and social distancing, we have had a great start to our year. As we grow used to the routines and personalities around us, we are starting to feel more settled. We are all excited about what we can achieve this year.

Getting to know our new classmates, building our community, beginning to reflect on our goals and starting to set our class agreements has been a fantastic demonstration of the potential of this group. The children have been friendly and welcoming to new classmates. Respectful and cooperative with teachers and each other. Thoughtful and kind in their interactions. This link will let you see a few photos from this week.
All of our ‘start-of-the-year’ activities link well into our ongoing, year-long unit: Who We Are. This is an inquiry into global citizenship and the importance of understanding other people’s lives. We are particularly interested in similarities and differences in beliefs, values and culture. We’d love to hear about any important dates, events, traditions, festivals that occur in your families so we can learn more about each other in class. Some adventurous parents might even like to speak to the class about their culture or share a special event or celebration? Please get in touch!
Yesterday you should have received a hard copy of 3D’s schedule for this year:
We truly believe in the parent-teacher-student partnership and so if you have questions, comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
This week we also have the pleasure of introducing Ms Jenn, our Learning Support Teacher:

I am Jennifer Szwarc, and this is my second year teaching in the Learning Support department at UNIS. Again this year I will work primarily with students in Grades 2 and 3. I have had a great summer traveling throughout Vietnam with my husband, Mr. Micah. In my spare time, I love to try new restaurants, go on walks, and spend time with friends.

I started my Special Education career in San Diego, California earning a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Special Education. For the past six years, I have worked with students internationally in Thailand, Romania, and now Vietnam. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me (jszwarc@unishanoi.org).

Today, students were invited to stand for election to the Student Council.

We need 1 student to represent our class for the first part of the year. Student Council will run as an ASA on Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm. Details can be found here.

Reminders:
Thursday 27th will be Back To School NIght – via ZOOM! More details coming in TinTuc.

# Back to School Night Presentation

Many thanks to all those who made the Back to School Night. It was great to meet so many parents. Please find below the extended presentation full of lots of useful links.

Students worked very collaboratively this week determining the meaning of the Learner Profiles and creating their own poster to explain and show them. Photos here.

Reminders:

• Moon Festival Thursday 12th September – students are encouraged to wear an Ao Dai
• No School for students Friday 13th – Professional Development day for teachers

# Meeting our Buddies and starting Seesaw

This week 3D have started using Seesaw. They learnt how to log in – both through Google and using a QR code. How to check they were in the correct folder before working. How to add photos, use the microphone and the drawing tools. Please take a look at your child’s work and leave them a comment. Our final project on Seesaw this week was creating our own copy of 3D’s Classroom Agreements and annotating them. Students can complete this activity at home by going to app.seesaw.me  The Classroom Agreements are:

• Do your best
• Be kind
•  Be helpful
• Play and work with anyone

On Thursday, 3D met their K1C Buddies. Take a look here for some photos.  Please ask your child who their buddy is.

This afternoon the whole of Grade 3 got together for some fun community time and to practise listening skills. We definitely need more practice! However, ask your child if they can teach you the “Double This, Double That” activity.

Finally, 3D are SUPER excited that 5 of their classmates have been chosen to perform in the Grade 2-3 Musical, Aristocats. A huge “well done” to them and all who auditioned. Great risk taking!

Reminders:

Monday is a holiday.
Back to School Night, Thursday 5th September (see TinTuc for details) – hope to meet lots of you there.

# Updated Schedule & some fun photos

In addition to getting to know each other a little better, 3D have also been spending time with other grade 3 classes. Here they are having fun playing Blind Drawing with 3C and doing some shared reading with them also.

Below is 3D’s full class schedule. Although maths, uoi (unit of inquiry) and English times are all marked, we often use a transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning meaning that these subjects can be merged.

Next week we will welcome a new student to 3D: Mei Kanno.

Reminders:

Please let both Miss Julia and Ms. Ngan know whenever there are any changes in your child’s “end of day” routine i.e. if they are being collected by a different person or not taking their usual school bus that day. If there is a change in the usual Bus routine, please also inform Mr. Lai the Transport Manager.

Hat, Water Bottle & a healthy Snack are needed every day. Labelled hats and water bottles are a BIG help!
Thank you.

# Welcome to 3D, 2019-20

Today we had a great time with all of G3 playing some community games. See here for some photos and videos.

Please see below 3D’s schedule of Specialist times. A hard copy of this has been sent home with your child today.

We are excited to announce auditions for the Grade 2/3 musical: Aristocats.
Here is a brief summary of the story:

When a retired opera singer leaves her inheritance to her cat, Duchess  and three kittens, the woman’s butler drugs the cats and abandons them in the countryside in order to inherit the fortune himself. Lost in unfamiliar territory, Duchess and the kittens meet Thomas O’Malley, an alley cat willing to help them return to their home in Paris. They meet several kooky characters along the way, including two English geese and an alley cat jazz band.
If you would like to try out, please sign up for an audition time, which will take place on the following days during lunch: August 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27th. For the audition, you will need to sing a short but dramatic song and act out part of the story. The musical will be performed in December and the rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Fridays after school.

Sign-up sheets for auditions are outside 3D. A sample piece of script to practice can be collected from Miss Julia in 3D (B9, 106).

REMINDERS-

*Photo day for 3D students will be the 29th of August
*Back to school night will be early September

Have a restful weekend!