3C Updates


We have begun reading books about idioms. Help! I’m Cracking Up! by Tedd Arnold is a hilarious book by the same author of Fly Guy. We learned what some idioms mean like, “hold your tongue,” and “give me a hand.” For example, “hold your tongue” does not mean to pull your tongue out of your mouth (literally) and hold it. It means, you have to be quiet. We are also reading, “Monkey Business” by Wallace Edwards which is also a book with other phrases and expressions but with animal drawings. (written by 3C).


We were able to visit with our K1 Buddies again today. 3C students are split up among the three K1 classes because we have Music immediately after our buddy time during period one. This allows everyone to share a buddy with a student from another class. Here is a video from K1A that shows the K1 students sharing some of the things their G3 buddies taught them. Ask your child what they think they are teaching their buddies?

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3C Updates

So far, In the year we have celebrated the moon festival, have done MAP testing, celebrated Birthdays, celebrated our learning, Me – bags, all about me T – shirts, hopes and dreams for the year, gymnastics, and have been building community. – From Evie 3C

Things to discuss with your child

  • What is the Moon Festival about and how did UNIS celebrate it
  • Wasting food in the cafeteria
  • How they felt about MAP testing.
  • What they’re writing about – We are writing reports about our UOI endangered animal. – Anesu
  • What cooperative math games they have been learning to practice math skills and practice explaining and justifying their strategies
  • What have they blogged about lately

MAP testing

We’ve just completed our first round of MAP testing for the year. The results of the three tests; reading, language use and maths, will be used to guide my practice and give me a better picture of areas for attention for each child in the class. There were 3 MAP tests. One was Language, Math and Reading. I felt excited and challenged because it was kind of hard. – Hjalte.

Guided Reading and RAZ Kids

This week, we began guided sessions. In Grade 3 we believe that guided reading is making meaning by differentiating, role modeling, targeting specific skills, improving comprehension, and supporting multilingualism. Students will receive attention based on their individual needs as a reader and will engage in fun and meaningful activities to build their expression and fluency. Plenty of time will be allocated to developing their comprehension skills to help develop as a strong reader.

Also, on Wednesday I introduced the whole class to RAZ-Kids. The students were so excited to see the books in their personalized “Level Up” room. They all have their login information but you also have the opportunity to receive activity and progress reports for your child and send him or her messages. A fantastic way to keep them motivated.

  • After your child logs in, click on the green parent button at the top right of the screen and enter your email address.

  • Send your email address(es) to me at adavis1@unishanoi.org

We revisited the poster we made about why it is important to read and how we can we become better at reading.

UOI Presentation Rubric

We spent some time creating a rubric together for their Sharing the Planet Unit presentations. It was hard work but helpful so the students know what is expected of them. The students have been given plenty of time to research their respective endangered animals and biomes. Now they have two weeks to organize it into a presentation. Students can access a copy of this rubric in their UOI Folder in their Google Drive.


We dedicate one period a week to build upon our blogging skills. Every Thursday, we learn about ways to blog about what we are learning during the week. Last week, we used the Explain Everything app to help justify why an image is, or is not symmetrical. This week, we made a list of things we can blog about:

What did your child blog about?

Special Visitors to Grade 3 Inspires Students to Take Action!

On Monday, 25 September, we were lucky to have two special guests speak with our students: Dr. Ben Rawson, from World Wide Fund for Nature and Alison Davis, from the US Embassy, who spoke to the students about endangered primates in the region and plastic in the oceans, respectively. The students found the presentations very interesting.


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We have a lot to celebrate this week!

Today is the International Day of Peace! Here is a short video about it:

My goal is to get the students to contribute to videos or images like this one so please look forward to that in the near future. For example, this is a great opportunity to talk about what they can do to help make UNIS, and our world, a more peaceful place.

Blogging is an opportunity to provide more meaningful writing experiences to the students because they will know that their parents will be their audience. This may mean we may revise today’s blog post. We will see what happens

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What is happening during Closing Circle?

Closing Circle is being designed as a time to check-in, engage, and connect with our classroom community. We look for ways to fine tune ourselves into responsible and respectful citizens of the world and we are using our Classroom Expectations and the IB Learner Profile to guide us through this process.

The last two Closing Circles we read a bookby Julia Cook called Well, I Can Top That!. 

In the story, Brad is quite the braggart.  In fact, his classmates call him “Brag” instead of “Brad.” He doesn’t seem to notice why nobody invites him to sit with them at lunch, schedule a playdate at their house or play with him at recess. It wasn’t until his teacher pointed out that he often times is ONE UPPER and things can change for him if he tries to be a PULL UPPER instead.

Below is the list the students made of each type of upper and I will encourage them to come up with more specific examples of ways we can become a classroom of PULL UPPERS. Maybe ask your child how being a PULL UPPER can benefit them and benefit our classroom community.


Home Reading Folder – Very Important

Today, 3C visited the Book Room, which is located in the courtyard. Here is a picture of it.

This is where your children will visit to find a Just Right Book for themselves to take home. Yes, they can take library books home to read but the book room is where they can find books that are categorized and labeled in a way that will help them find a book that is not too easy nor not too challenging. Parents should expect to see this folder…

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International Dot Day! Make Your Mark with your Buddy

Friday, 15 of September, is International Dot Day. This is a great opportunity for us to further instill a growth mindset attitude amongst our students. 3C joined our K1 buddies today to make our mark on the world. Below are some pictures and links to read the book.

Ask your child who is their buddy from K1. We discussed which of our classroom rules we think will help our buddies be an awesome individual. Ask them which one they think is most important for their K1 Buddy.

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3C Looking for Student Council Association Representatives


I already shared this with the students earlier this week so hopefully the students who are interested have already prepared a video or a speech by this Friday! Also, know that we are very interested in the students who want to make a difference for our school in some way so if your child does not get chosen as our student council representative, Mr. Lush and I will look for ways you can also make a difference.

I look forward to seeing the speeches and/or, videos.

Here are some examples of speeches:

The Process for Creating the Classroom Rules

Our Essential Agreements for Classroom 3C are finally coming together.  The overarching goal of making these together is to help the students create a comfortable and safe working environment that will support each of them as they pursue their goals for the school year.  To quote Ruth Sidney Charney from her 2002 book, Teaching Children to Care:

“I believe that rules can lead us in positive directions, serving as guideposts and guardrails as we move toward our goals and ideals.”

To begin the process, the students thought about their goals, hopes, or dreams for the 2017-2018 school year.

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