Week 16 Tomorrow is Maker Day

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who sent in plastic bottles for our Maker Day activity tomorrow. We have plenty and are excited to make our water filters to follow on from our UOI lesson this week. Please remember to send your child wearing clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting dirty and a little wet. You can send a change of clothes if you wish and there will be time to change at lunchtime.


This week we shifted our focus on limited resources from education to water. We thought of all of the ways that we use water in our daily lives and came up with some charades to demonstrate our ideas. Then we had a special lesson from Ms. Keri where we learned about a village in Africa that did not have access to clean water. One girl from the village had to walk long distances to carry water from a spring. We each had the experience of carrying a bucket of water on our heads and trying to walk.

We also discussed where we find conflict in our own lives and then connected it to how limited resources can cause conflict in our school playground and canteen.


This week we finished up our unit on time. We also had Ms. Beth as a special guest teacher to show us a new 3 Act Math task to get us thinking and problem solving while practicing our addition and subtraction strategies.


In reading we continue to look at Non Fiction texts and started to learn how to take notes of facts and discoveries we found in our books.

We also completed the class fiction book, “Mr Popper’s Penguins”. We really enjoyed this very funny book.

In writing we  planned using the OREO planner a persuasive piece of writing about why we should live in our country or city. After we planned we used the writing template to structure our first individual attempt at a persuasive text.

A message from Ms Sally. 

We started a new partner song this week, reading music notation and singing together.
Several students in your class wanted the sheet music to practice playing on the piano at home.
Could you add this link to your blogs, so that students can access the sheet music? http://blogs.unishanoi.org/soxenberry/2017/12/05/partner-song/
Friday December  8th – WinterFest at UNIS

Week 15 – Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

It was great to have visitors today for the UOI open classroom in 2A. If you still wish to attend the open classrooms you can visit tomorrow, Friday 1st December, between 8.25am and 11.35am. Please look at the Post from Week 14 (last week) which has the times and locations for where 2A will be. Our schedule is World Languages, PE, Recess, Art, Snack/Reading (10.55-11.30 homeroom) and then lunch.


This week we examined the vocabulary of our unit and in particular the words resources, limited, causation and perspective. We also introduced what education can be like with different access to resources. We will look at water and food in relation to limited resources next week. Students will choose one of these topics to inquire into in the coming weeks.

Working on dirty floor. Limited Education.

Too loud and crowded.


Space, many teachers and lots of resources.

This is better now I can achieve my best


Our new type of writing is persuasion. Below is the structure and an example of what students will aim to achieve throughout this unit. This week we learned the structure and how to plan using the “OREO” method.


Checklist for Persuasive Writing

  • Title
  • Opening Statement (What is it?)
  • Linking Sentence (How do you feel about it?)
  • 3 reasons
  • Adjectives from at least 2 perspectives of Description Bubble
  • Sequencing words/phrases (“First”, “Second”, “Finally”)
  • Compound sentence (“and”, “but”, “so”)
  • Capital letters and full stops correct


Hamsters as Pets

Hamsters are a kind of mouse. They make great pets. Here are three reasons for this. First, hamsters do not take a lot of space at home so you can keep them in your own bedroom. Second, hamsters are fun to play with and they run around. Finally, hamsters have soft fur and cute black eyes and are nice to hold.


We are completing our unit on time this week by looking at calendars and understanding elapsed time. Please continue to talk about time at home to support your child’ s learning using the language of o’clock, half past, quarter to and past. Our number focus continues to be subtraction strategies and place value though expanding numbers. We have been using the hundreds, tens and ones die to help us understand how we make and read large numbers. Our focus until winter break will be fractions to follow on from the language of time (half, quarter) and consolidating our growing knowledge of subtraction strategies (chunking, split, number lines, shift and more).


This Friday and Saturday at 5pm many of the 2A students will perform in “How to Eat like a Child” at the UNIS THEATRE. I hope you all have your tickets as it is sold out. Congratulations and well done to all the wonderful 2A performers.

Week 13 – New unit of inquiry next week.

Dear Parents,

Here are  some of the images from the Digital Citizenship Fair which we presented today.

Thank you to all the parents that attended.


Math current focus – Time

  •  Tell time to the quarter-hour, using language of ‘past’ and to.
  •  Name and order month and seasons.
  •  Use a calendar to identify the date and determine the number of days in each month.
  • We continue to focus on addition, subtraction and place value during our number sessions.

English – New Unit Focus

Standards to be covered in Non-Fiction Reading / Expository Writing Unit
Understand that different types of texts have identifiable text structures and language features that help the text serve its purpose  – Expository (Persuasive)
Discuss different texts on a similar topic, identifying similarities and differences between the texts 
Re-read and edit text for spelling,  punctuation and text structure 
Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to analyse texts by drawing on growing knowledge of context, language and visual features and print and multimodal text structures 
Understand that simple connections can be made between ideas by using a compound sentence with two or more clauses usually linked by a coordinating conjunction
Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purpose 
Identify the audience of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts 
Write legibly and with growing fluency using unjoined upper case and lower case letters 
Use interaction skills including initiating topics, making positive statements and voicing disagreement in an appropriate manner, speaking clearly and varying tone, volume and pace appropriately

New UOI – Parents as Partners

Please be advised that Grade Two will next week begin their new Unit of Inquiry, entitled Sharing Limited Resources!

The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.

Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

If you have any expertise or can help us find a guest speaker in relation to  the limited resources of water, food or education please contact me.

Central Idea:
An inquiry into actions people take to share limited resources.
Inquiry into:
  • reasons resources are limited (causation).
  • causes of conflict (local and global limited resources) (causation)
  • different views on how to manage limited resources (perspective)
  • our responsibility as global citizens (responsibility
  • fair, unfair, choice, equal, decisions, power, responsibility, resources, limited, conflict, causes, manage, local, global, perspective, empathy


Week 12

Hi Parents,

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful UN Day celebration. To all the parents that supported our class parents, Winnie and Geralda, in preparing the wonderful lunch, we really appreciated all your efforts. To all of you thank you for supporting your children with celebrating their cultures through their clothing.


Well done to all who participated in the walkathon we had a great time. Now is the important time to show action and return all the donations so we can support the Blue Dragon children. Thank you to all the parents that helped and supported.

Meeting Time

During our meeting times we have been discussing some problems that have arisen in the playground such as teasing, being bossy and excluding others. Our focus is to work on being kind and inclusive with all our fellow class members at all times.


We have been developing our subtraction strategies.

We have been understanding fact families using addition and subtraction.

Telling the time: Parts of the analog clock.

Using o’clock, 1/2 past, quarter to/til, quarter past/after.


We wrote and published a response for our selected technology for the Digital Citizenship Fair.

On Monday I sent home the usernames and passwords in the home reading books for  students who want to use Wordmania at home.


Using the selected website or app for the Digital Citizenship Fair, we have been working on our presentations.


Monday 13th and  Tuesday 14th November No School – Teacher School Professional Development

Digital Citizenship Fair

On Thursday, November 16, from 8:45- 9:30 students in Grade 2 will be sharing their learning about what it means to be a safe and responsible digital citizen at a Digital Citizenship Fair. We were tasked with the challenge of educating students at UNIS about using digital technologies safely and responsibly. Please join us in our classrooms if you can to celebrate our learning and taking action.

Yearbook Cover Competition

Dear Students,
This year is UNIS Hanoi’s 30th Birthday – what better theme for the 2017-2018 Yearbook!
And it is now time for all students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 to get your creative juices going for our Yearbook Cover Design Competition! We want the best possible book cover for this special edition of the Yearbook and we want YOU to create it!
Your design should be all about UNIS Hanoi’s Birthday! Make it festive and make it unique! We are happy to accept designs created in a variety of formats: drawing, painting, digital (using Photoshop template), scrapbooked collage… let your imagination run wild!
And you are not limited to one! Students can submit multiple designs – no limit to the number of entries.
You can also work with your friends, just be sure to list full names of all those involved if it is a team effort.
For more information contact Ms Quyen in the Advancement Office.


Week 11 – UN Day See you tomorrow

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is our 30th UN Day Celebration. It will be a wonderful experience to celebrate the day together. I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can on this exciting day.


We shared and discussed our  addition and subtraction strategies within the 100 range. We also completed activities around the number 30 to connect to to the 30th UN Day. Next week we will start to focus on telling the time in digital and analogy time.


What is new in English? We started to use Wordmania to help with our word study activities. We will send home usernames and passwords next week for those students who want to use at home.


We selected our website or app for the digital fair and have started to become experts in that media so we can share our learning at the Digital Citizenship Fair.

Dress up Day – Tuesday 31st October.

Tuesday we had a fun day dressing up as imaginative and creative characters. Enjoy our photo.


UN DAY Tomorrow 3rd November

  • 10.30 – 11.45: UN Day Assembly in the Sports Centre
  • 12.00 – 13.00: Community Lunch: Students eat with their families (and faculty and staff) in grade level lunches with pot luck food provided by families on international theme.
  • 13.00: Early Dismissal for Students – No ASAs/UMA etc.

Walkathon Wednesday November 8th – Starts on field at 1.00pm – 3.20pm

13th and 14th November No School – Teacher School Professional Development

Digital Citizenship Fair

On Thursday, November 16, from 8:45- 9:30 students in Grade 2 will be sharing their learning about what it means to be a safe and responsible digital citizen at a Digital Citizenship Fair. We were tasked with the challenge of educating students at UNIS about using digital technologies safely and responsibly. Please join us in our classrooms if you can to celebrate our learning and taking action.


Week 10

Dear Parents,

Another busy week in Grade 2A. Hope all is well in your family.


This week we have continued to  understand addition strategies at our own individual levels but have really focused on our knowledge of subtraction strategies through number talks and math games.

We have also started to look at reading large numbers and place value to 100 and through to 1000.

Here the class went on a field trip to a Grade 5 exhibition of large numbers where they saw place value up to a million as a provocation to our large number of 1000.

Grade 5 place value to a million.

Our problem was how many cubes do we have?

The problem?

Estimate 1 after the Grade 5 field trip discussion.

Sorting and structuring numbers into place value.

Estimate 2 after sorting.

The answer 2324

UOI and English

We have been learning positive and negative judgement words to use in our writing responses and Digital Citizenship Fair.

We also have been evaluating apps and websites in preparation to select a type of media to focus on in our presentation.

Positive and negative judgement words.


Traffic lights of being responsible and safe with media.

Personal evaluation of the app or website.



Friday 3rd November – UNIS United Nations Day Celebrations

Grade 2Digital Citizenship Fair – 16th November 2017 8.45am -9.30 am – Parents welcome to attend.

Tuesday 31st October Dress up day.

Our Elementary Student Council would like to support the Middle School and High School Spirit Week by participating in a fun dress up day next Tuesday, October 31st. Students will have the opportunity to dress up if they would like.

All students, Discover to Grade 12, have the freedom to dress in a costume of their choice. There is no theme so it can be something creative, a book or movie character, an astronaut, alien space creature, sports player,…whatever they like. We just ask that students use the guidelines below.

Costume Guidelines:  In an effort to enjoy the dress up day at UNIS Hanoi appropriately, respectfully and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume.

  • Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students.  (e.g.,  Full face masks should not be worn.)
  • Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of costume.  Costumes should not be frightening or gory. Remember that UNIS student ages range from 3-18. Costumes should be appropriate for the full school community.
  • Costumes and choices should not be violent in nature. Fake weapons are not allowed and no military-style costumes.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.
  • Costumes should not hinder a student’s ability to participate in their classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt learning or present issues of safety.

Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire. A change of clothing for all students is required.  

Talking points for teachers and parents to assist students in selecting appropriate costumes: 

  • Remind students of their audience in the school (students, teachers, parents, community members,).
  • This is a school—what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning.
  • We are a community, and we want students to think about how their costume choice may impact others within this community.


Week 9 – Welcome Back

Dear Parents,

Hope your children had an enjoyable break. I am looking very much forward to continuing our learning journey together.

Unit of Inquiry

The final assessment task has been introduced through an urgent email from Ms Megan. The students are now exploring and evaluating a variety of digital media so they can become experts in one and share their knowledge at the Grade 2 Digital Citizenship Fair.

Grade 2 Digital Citizenship Fair – 16th November 2017 8.45am -9.30 am – Parents welcome to attend.

Dear Grade 2 Teachers,
 really need your help.  Students at UNIS Hanoi are surrounded by technology every day, both at home and at school – computers, mobile phones, ipads, televisions and video games.  I am very worried that not all students, or their parents, know exactly how to be safe and responsible when using these digital tools and especially when they are online.  
I know that your students are learning about these things at the moment.  Do you think that your students might be able to put together some kind of presentation to teach the other students and perhaps even the parents in our school, about the ways that they can be safe and responsible when using technology?  
I think that our Grade 2 students could really be great communicators by sharing this with our community.  Please let me know if you think this is something that they could help me with.
Ms Megan


Tonight Thursday October 19th

There is a Grade 2 to 5 Parent Math night this Thursday from 7pm to 8pm in the Community Room. The focus for this is “What does Math look like at UNIS and How can I Support my Student.”

This week

We have been modeling addition of 2 or more digit numbers and developing as many different strategies to answer these equations. We have also been inquiring into place value and the base ten system.


We have continued to develop our reading skills through our reading activities and now have become expert in each task.

In writing we published a response a book we read for the Global Readaloud and you soon will be able to see the whole writing process on our individual blogs. Draft/Published with connected visual literacy.


The deadline for submitting photo orders is Friday October 20.

Friday October 20 Wear Blue to support the UNIS Volleyball team playing in APAC.

Friday 3rd November – UNIS United Nations Day Celebrations

Grade 2Digital Citizenship Fair – 16th November 2017 8.45am -9.30 am – Parents welcome to attend.

Week 8 – Thank you and safe holiday.

Dear Parents,

The first 8 weeks of school have been exciting and we cannot believe it is already the October break. To all the families of Grade 2A we wish you a happy and safe holiday. Thank you to all the parents who came to the parent and teacher conferences. I really enjoyed my time discussing your child and look forward to continuing the positive home school relationship we have started.

Digital Citizenship UOI overview.
How​ ​We​ ​Organize​ ​Ourselves.
The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great
assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and
vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make
connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students.
Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop
their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.

Any extra reading, websites, DVD’s or learning experiences you may give your
child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central​ ​Idea:
Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.
Inquiry​ ​into:
● What is a digital citizen?
● What are the purposes and forms of technology?
● How do we use digital technology safely?
● What are responsibilities as a digital citizen?
citizen, computer virus, digital, digital citizen, digital footprint, download, email,
internet, media, message, offline, online, private, technology, URL, website, World
Wide Web (WWW)
Thank you,
The Grade 2 Team

Reminders and important information.

No School October Break – 7th October to 15th October

Photo orders have gone home today. The deadline for submitting photo orders is Friday October 20.

Friday 3rd November – UNIS United Nations Day Celebrations

End of Unit Digital Citizenship learning Celebration early notice of  a parent  invite.

Digital Citizenship Fair – 16th November 2017 8.45am -9.30 am – Parents welcome to attend.

UNIS Hanoi Elementary Recommended Booklist – Please click here for ideas to read.

Week 7- Moon Festival

Dear Parents,

We have shown open mindedness this week by listening to the legends, stories and songs about the Moon Festival in Vietnam.


In math this week we worked on understanding how the structure of 2,5,10, etc can help in identifying numbers quickly. We created tally charts and bar graphs for our own questions in data handling. Finally in probability we used spinners to relate our math vocabulary of likely, unlikely, certain and impossible to mathematical situations.


We learned the structure for writing the genre of a response by looking at our playground and the Moon Festival celebration. We started to develop our knowledge of word study (spelling) by correcting spelling errors from our own writing. In reading we commenced our reading groups to improve our independent reading levels.

Home Reading – Please support.

This week students are changing their home readers before school commences or during their snack time. This allows us to use our reading sessions to focus on improving our independent reading levels through our reading daily 5 activities. I will check reading journals once a week to monitor reading at home. Students should be changing books regularly once they complete the book they have chosen. Once again home reading can be parents reading to a child, individual reading of a book from school, library or home and re-reading books to develop fluency and comprehension. It should last 20 minutes.

Thank you for your support.


No school or ASA for Elementary School -Tuesday 3rd October – as it is Parent – Teacher Conferences. Please sign up through Veracross.

Images from the week in Math and UOI

Purposes of Technology Inquiry

Math game using structure to read numbers quickly. Relating game to our skip counting knowledge. Includes addition, subtraction, arrays, division and remainders.