3C Updates – 26 April

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The Grade 5 exhibition 
  • Deadly Reading Assessments
  • Pizza Fraction Problem
  • The Book Drive
  • Narrative Writing – Who did they conference with and how did the conference help make their piece better?

Gallery Walk

Super Cycling Man

We were very lucky to receive a visit from Super Cycling Man. Here is a little video about him for some background information.

   Book Drive

Tomorrow is the last day to send in books for the annual Book Drive. This is held in conjunction with the Book Sale. Let’s not allow 3B to win this thing! Bring as many books to school as you can tomorrow! Thank you all so much for supporting this project.

Day of Service

Our school will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary next Weekend with a Day of Service. Our whole school community is encouraged to join in by joining a local service project. It is hoped that families will sign up and take part in some meaningful action that supports the work of one of our school service learning groups. More information can be found here.

3C Happenings – 19 April

Topics to discuss with your child

  • Narrative writing piece deadline: 27 April
  • HWEO artwork – continue to bring in materials
  • Grade 5 PYPX – 26 April
  • No school on 25 of April!

Thank you 3C parents for participating in your child’s conference yesterday. We had a great turn out and the students were so excited to share their learning. They are blogging about their experiences on their Easy Blog websites and they would love to hear your thoughts about yesterday’s event. Please share your comments with them on their blogs!

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Please support a Grade 5 PYP Exhibition group

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

3C Happenings – 12 April

Topics to Discuss With Your Child

  • Elementary Art Exhibition (grades 2-5)! (Opens tonight 12 April from 5:00-7:00pm)
  • UOI – How We Express Ourselves – What materials from home can they use in their art project?
  • 3C/3D Assembly Sharing
  • Student Led Conferences
  • Book Collection Drive!!!!! (Please consider donating your old books. We want to win the book drive)
  • Grade 5 PYP Exhibition group – Documentary Screening 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Welcome back! I hope you all had a pleasant and restful Spring Break holiday. I am looking forward to seeing you next week, Wednesday, 18 April, for the Student-Led Conferences. I am excited to see the learning the students plan to share with you that day. Please remember to sign up for a time. More detailed information can be found at the Elementary News Home.

3C/3D Assembly Sharing

3C and 3D combined forces this morning during the Grades 2-5 Assembly to share what they have been learning about fractions and multiplication. They came together with some great ideas given a very short amount of time. Kudos to Ayaan for taking a leadership roll and writing the majority of the script with some help and input from fellow classmates.


The students have been working on writing narratives lately. We have focused a lot of our time and effort on the following narrative writing elements.

These are good things to discuss with your child. For example, talk about and locate Complications (problems) and Resolutions (solutions) you see in books, stories and movies.

  • “I wonder what the complication in this story/movie is?
  • “Where does the story take place?”
  • “Who are the main characters?”
  • “When is this happening?” (year, era, time of day)
  • “What is happening?”

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

The students are using the following planning sheet to help them think about a message they want to express using one of the techniques and art forms we have been researching. You can support them by asking them about some of the messages they are thinking about expressing and what kind of materials they plan to use. I have encouraged them to bring any items from home they would like to use to create their art. The deadline to finish the artwork is Friday, 27 of April.

29 March – 3C Happenings

Have a chat with your child about…

  • Field Trip!
  • Fractions
  • Buddies
  • This video! – It is amazing what one little indigenous town is doing to positively impact our planet.
  • The Grade 2 and 3 Concert!
  • Fun Sports Morning – Please make sure you wear sun block, a hat and have your water bottle.


We have been playing with a lot of different fraction models, specifically using area models and linear models but also making connections between them.

One thing we do is sort out our fraction subitizing cards. These cards have area models, set models and linear models. It is really neat hearing the students defend their thinking and develop their “fractioneeze” vocabulary. It really is a whole other language.

We had a very tough challenge to determine the fractional size of each piece within the rectangle. The students made some great connections and discoveries but they kept forgetting to define each shape according to the whole rectangle. Here is the original shape.

Ask them to defend their thinking. Ask them why the medium triangle is four-one sixteenths.

Below are examples of some of the reasoning and then a look at where we put each piece on the number line.

Finally, on Wednesday, I wanted them to see where they can see fractions so I asked them where they thought two and a half was on the rulers. What an interesting discussion this turned out to be.

Again, ask your child to explain to you where they think two and a half is. Make them explain it to you. If they really understand fractions, can they draw it as an area model too?

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Artists choose from a variety of techniques to express their message

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Artists communicate their ideas in a variety of ways
  2. The choice of technique communicates an artist’s message
  3. Perspective influences an interpretation of the artist’s message

We have begun looking at different techniques artists use. A big question you can encourage your child to be asking is, “What forms and techniques can artists use?” If they do not know much about the technique or form, the students have two resources they can use to find out: Library Guide for HWEO and 3C Websites. The students also have access to the videos and websites about plastic instillation art.

Another big question you can encourage the children to ask is, “What might the artist’s message be?” This is very similar to what we should always be asking our children to think about when reading, “What is the author’s message?” “Why do you think that?”

Here are some pictures of art you can discuss with your children using the two questions above:

This is a bronze sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Rickshaw Kid by Banksy

G2 and G3 Concert

Congratulations to a job well done at the concert! The students were so poised and proud.

22 March – 3C Happenings

Topics to Discuss With Your Children

  • Come support us at ES Fun Sports Day
  • Save the date – Art Show
  • Direct speech in narrative writing (what do they notice about it?)
  • 3 Act Math Task – Fruit and Nut
  • Fractions!

UNIS Fun Sports Day – Friday 30 March

Please come share our celebration of movement, teamwork and school spirit at our UNIS School Sports day.
G1-G5 starts at 8:20 and finishes at 11:20 and we would love your support.

Narrative Writing Success Criteria

In my last blog I mentioned some of the success criteria and learning objectives we have for our narrative writing unit. Many of you came in to observe our Literacy class last Thursday and saw how we were incorporating this criteria by expanding sentences, in our Telescopic Sentence activity. Below are some of the results from the simple sentences we began with. It was a very helpful exercise because it helped me see that we need more work with consistent use of past tense of verbs, among other things.

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15 March 2018 – 3C Happenings

Topics to Discuss With Your Child

  • Important Grade 2 and 3 Music Concert Information
  • TIG lessons with Mr. Dylan, our Counselor
  • Different ways to represent a multiplication expression like 4 x 6 =24. How would representations look different than 6 x 4 = 24?
  • Time connectives and descriptive adjectives in narrative writing
  • UOI Mission inquiries
  • 3C Classroom Meetings

Reading and Writing

We have been focusing much of our time lately on Narrative Writing and have been using Roald Dahl as mentor author. Here are a few of the learning objectives we have been focusing on:

  • I can use descriptive adjectives to describe nouns
  • I can use time connectives to progress the story
  • I can write with capital letters, correct punctuation

This is a graphic organizer we use with the students to help them develop their characters by using more descriptive words to describe their characters. They are all adjectives with one exception. “Doing” refers to verbs. One of the activities we have done has been to search for examples in the texts we have been reading. The students were paired up with a partner in search for examples of sentences that had descriptive adjectives or doing verbs. They each have access to one of two documents we have shared to add their examples (ask them to show you! Group 1 or Group 2)

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Open Classroom – Thursday 15th March and Friday 16th March.

8 March 2017

Here us a message about our upcoming Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday 15th March and Friday 16th March.

This is very similar to how we did it earlier in the school year. The schedule is here and more information can be found in our Elementary News section.

Class 3C   Homeroom Teacher – Mr Aaron Davis

I look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 15th March and Friday 16th March.  


Mr. Aaron

3C Happenings – 1 March

Topics to Discuss With Your Children

  • ISA testing. How was it?
  • New multiplication math game – Rolling Groups
  • Array Mania – What do they notice?
  • Where We Are in Place and Time – What inquiry question do they have?


A big part of our current unit is to explore how to make a good research question. As you can see, our bulletin board has been filling up with some great, and very researchable questions. Continue reading

3C – Community Building

Here at UNIS we value the following:

  • That our social curriculum is as important as our academic curriculum.
  • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need to develop their social and self-management skills

One change that was made in the schedule this year was to make time in the morning (15 minutes) and in the afternoon (25 minutes) for us to work on developing these skills in our students. Over the course of the year, we have used the time to research idoms, practice projecting our voice while playing “Lego Oracy“, read and discuss good books, practice communicating while playing math games or counting off in a circle to practice skip counting.

Recently I taught the students a fun way to greet each other. “Boomerang” allows us to learn new dance moves and be silly in front of everyone. In my experience, the more comfortable students are around each other the more learning occurs. When we feel like we can do a silly dance in front of each other without fear of being mocked or teased, then we will most likely feel comfortable making a mistake in our learning too. This is how the magic happens.