October Break

Dear Parents,

The students had a great week of inquiry and learning. They are ready for a well earned break. Enjoy your time away from school next week and return healthy and safely on Monday 15th of October.

UOI

  • Online responsibilities
  • Purposes and forms of digital technology

This week we inquired into how we should be safe, responsible  and respectful on the internet. We used a  Book I am reading Padlet and Flipgrid to tune us into this and gave us real experiences as a digital citizens. We were challenged to use these apps and websites independently  and this gave us  many real examples of being responsible. We also learned about using the the traffic light tool from Common Sense Media to evaluate different software and created a Super Digital Citizen.

  • Ways to evaluate media

After the holiday we will have fun exploring and evaluating technology we have experienced in this unit: Gmail, Seesaw, Padlets and Flipgrids.

English

We had a very good week in our reading groups. Individually we became more independent in organising our schedules and staying focused throughout independent sessions.

We completed our second word inquiry using the base word “help” as a class.

Here are some inquiries we need to follow up on after the holiday which we found as we were proving that “ing, s, ed, er, ful, ly” are suffixes.

  • In saving where does the “e” go?
  • Using “ing” as a suffix what happens in “running” and “putting” and why?
  • In beautiful is the base word beauty? Does it have 2 suffixes, i and ful?

Math

Parents have asked for some ideas to use at home. Ms Beth the UNIS Math Coach shared these websites for some ideas.

MAKER SPACE

This week 2A were introduced to the maker space during UOI. Here are some photos of the inquiry that took place.

Goodbye Kanata

Today was the last day for Kanata at UNIS. We had a nice day saying goodbye to him and wish Kanata and his family a successful transition to Japan.

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the parents that were able to attend the math morning. I hope you enjoyed yourselves Next Monday is Parent Teacher Conferences. Please sign up though Veracross if you have not already. I look forward to meeting all parents who are able to attend. This conference is not for students.

Math – Data Handling, Place Value

Outcomes

  • Identify a question of interest based on one categorical variable. Gather data relevant to the question.
  • Collect, check and classify
  • Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them

This week we have created class graphs that are related to our current unit of inquiry and the UN SDGs as this week is Global Goals week. We also developed our own question, surveyed our class mates and created graphs. We developed our skills in writing statements about our own interpretations in relation to this data.

We watched and discussed this interesting infographic in relation to the Global Goals.

We created a graph to show how we would take action for Global Goals week. We also created statements about what we learned from the graph.

 

Number Outcomes

  • Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 1000 in hundreds, tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting
  • Explore the connection between addition and subtraction

 

We have been playing games to increase our fluency in addition and subtraction to 20. We have been using number talks to develop a variety of strategies to add numbers less than 100. We have been playing games and creating models that allows us to structure numbers to make them easier to see and manipulate then recording our number models.

Math Talk with many different strategies conducted on Thursday. Students selected by the lucky sticks. All students shared their strategy with a partner before we placed on the board.

English

This week we completed our first genre of writing which was writing a recount. Our next genre of study will be the response.

In reading we are now managing our own timetable in relation to our daily reading. The activities included in the rotation are reading to self, guided reading with a teacher, word inquiry with a teacher, Raz kids and writing time for pleasure. Ask your child about their favourite activity.

UOI

What is a digital citizen?

We have been tuning in to what a digital citizen is. Our focus now has moved to being safe, responsible and respectful digital citizens.

Activities this week have included

  • Visiting the Technology centre to see and learn about the internet and connections within our school
  • Drawing and labeling a digital citizen
  • Being respectful and responsible when we place a comment on a friends Seesaw account

Reminders;

  • The morning bell ring at 8.07am and class starts at 8.10am. Some students are arriving late regularly which interrupts our morning meeting. Please support your child to be punctual.
  • Library is Wednesday
  • Your child needs to change their home reader independently each day either before school or during snack time. Please check at home to see if they are. I will support by giving time and encouragement at school.
  • Monday 1 Oct Parent-Teacher Conferences:   During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend.
    Please note: There will be no school for ES students. Also there are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students.
  • 8-12 October:  Autumn Break – no school

Moon Festival and New Unit

Welcome to our New Unit

Digital Citizenship – An inquiry into “How We Organize Ourselves”.

Parents, you can support your child’s language development by discussing the information below in your mother tongue at home.

Central​ ​Idea:  Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.

Inquiry​ ​into:

  • Purposes and forms of digital technology
  • Online responsibilities
  • Ways to evaluate media

Vocabulary:  citizen, computer virus, digital, digital citizen, digital footprint, download, email, internet, media, message, offline, online, private, technology, URL, website, World Wide Web (WWW)

International Day of Peace

This Friday is the International Day of Peace and Grade 2 has used our community time this week to learn more about what peace is and answering the question, “How will you make peace?” For our SDG Week action we’ve created a Flipgrid to record our responses and would like to invite other teachers and students to add their pledges for peace. Please follow the link below if you would like to add to our Flipgrid. This also supports our current unit of inquiry, HWOO, by demonstrating the power of digital technology to connect people.

Visit our Peace Flipgrid to see how we are spreading the word digitally about peace!

Reading and Math

Students organized their own literacy rotations this week by selecting and scheduling activities, then smoothly and independently moving through the activities.  In math, we continue our exploration of the structure of numbers.

Reminders;

  • Library is Wednesday
  • Grade 2 Math Coffee Morning with Math Coach Beth Murray on Wednesday, Sept. 26th from 8:30-9:30 am Topics include
    • Second Grade  Big Ideas
    • What math looks like in grade 2
    • How you can support your student at home
  • EAL Coffee Morning with EAL Laura Berrish on Thursday, September 27th from 8:30-9:30 Turtle Tower & Temple of Literature Rooms, Ly Thai To Centre, B8b
  • Monday 1 Oct Parent-Teacher Conferences:   During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend.
    Please note: There will be no school for ES students. Also there are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students.
  • 8-12 October:  Autumn Break – no school

 

IMAGES FROM THE WEEK

Tuning into our new unit with class 2B.

Using structure to recognize numbers including Matthew’s birthday cupcakes.

Moon Festival and learning how to email for our new unit.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Daniel

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5

Dear Parents,

This week in  2A

English

We have continued to learn about the structure for writing a recount. In pairs we have practiced using time connectives (First, next), writing descriptive sentences and adding evaluative sentences about events. Next week we will try and write a recount about a small moment at school and show how our knowledge of structure has grown. Also we have started to learn about word families in spelling and continued to read at our own independent levels in groups, by ourselves and with our buddies.

Math 

We have focused on skip counting, forwards or backwards, starting from any number.  We created our own patterns and identified patterns created by classmates and the teacher. We also looked at the skills of estimation and how structure helps us to understand numbers easily. You can see some of our work through our digital portfolios on Seesaw.

UOI

This week we completed our first unit and have been using our 2A values to make our classroom an excellent community. Well done to all!

We also have been working on our year long unit, “Cultures express creativity in may ways.” Throughout the year we will spend time working on this unit as Vietnamese and other festivals occur. We know a great deal now about the Moon Festival, so next week when Hanoi and UNIS celebrate this special festival we will be knowledgeable.

Making Lanterns

Next week we will start our 6 week unit about becoming a digital citizen. More information will follow.

 

 

Buddies again check out the SEESAW blog posts.

Reminders;

  • Monday 17 September is ES Healthy Snack sale; please send your child with money if you would like them to purchase a snack.
  • Library is Wednesday
  • Students should read for at least 20 minutes at home each day.
  • Grade 2 Math Coffee Morning with Math Coach Beth Murray on Wednesday, Sept. 26th from 8:30-9:30 am (location TBD). Topics include
    • Second Grade  Big Ideas
    • What math looks like in grade 2
    • How you can support your student at home
  • EAL Coffee Morning with EAL Laura Berrish on Thursday, September 27th from 8:30-9:30 Turtle Tower & Temple of Literature Rooms, Ly Thai To Centre, B8b

 

Student council Representative and Parent Evening Slideshow

Student Council

Congratulations to Trisha and Logan for being selected as the 2A student council representatives. Thank you for your fantastic presentation. You were amazing and we know you will do a great job.

Parent Night Slideshow

Thank you for those who attended the evening. Below is a copy of the slideshow that was shared.

I look forward to seeing you all again at Parent Teacher Conferences in October. More information will follow.

 

 

Helpful Information

  • Your child should be reading for 20 minutes a night or 80 minutes a week either individually or with another person. They have a home reading folder but may select to read books from home or be read to by an adult or older sibling.
  • Library – Will be Wednesday.

 

Week 3 Reminder Library is Wednesday.

Images getting to know our Buddies

Using our chrome book with our own headsets

Dear Parents

In Math we have continued to develop a positive attitude towards math through playing number games, exploring skipping counting starting at different numbers forwards and backwards, talking about time in relation to a calendar (days of the week/months) and completing a variety of inquiries from different areas of math.

In English we have establish the guidelines for reading by ourselves and with a buddy, completed a preassessment for our first genre, “recount”, organised our class library and learned about important story elements. We have been changing books to read at home and improving our ability to record in our home reading journal. Some students have not been changing books throughout this week. Please ask your child to return their books daily at this stage of the year so I can monitor their reading.

In UOI we have identified communities we are involved in and the values which are important to us and our families. We are now a Grade 2 Community establishing what we value most and what this looks like in our class and during recess.

Student Council. Please discuss with your child:

  • Think about whether you want to stand for election. One boy and one girl can be elected.
  • Write a short speech or make a presentation explaining why you would be a good representative for your class. 
  • We will have the election Tuesday 4th September so bring your speech after the long weekend.

Helpful Information

  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 6th September from 6-8pm. Learn more about 2A and the Grade 2 Team.
  • The take-home folder (including the home reading book and reading log)  should live in your child’s backpack.  Please make sure your child brings it every day.
  • Library – Will be Wednesday.
  • School will be closed on Monday (September 3rd) as we celebrate Vietnam’s National Day.

If you have not signed up to Seesaw please do so.

Introducing Seesaw 

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/772-969-784
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

Daniel Lucardie

P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Week 2

Dear Parents,

During our first full week in grade two, students focused on building a strong community of learners and began laying the foundation of solid work habits for our math, reading, and writing workshops.   Students celebrated their unique characteristics and interests by sharing the special items from their paper bags.

Students also learned about our new portfolio platform, Seesaw. Please see below for instructions to access your child’s portfolio.

Helpful information

Home Reading starts Monday 27th August – Students have been preparing in class. Here are the expectations and students will bring a book from school to read. Any questions will be answered at ES Back to School Night.

  • Read at least 20 minutes a day or 80 minutes a week.
  • Choose a book that is just right for you, not an uphill (hard) or downhill (easy) book.
  • Write What – Title, Where – you read your book and Who – you read with (you can write by myself).

Example: Harry Potter on my bed by myself.

Helpful Information

  • 2A school photographs are this Monday 27 August at 1pm.
  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 6th September from 6-8pm. Learn more about 2A and the Grade 2 Team.
  • This weekend, we ask you to discuss the question  “what do we value as a family?” A sheet to record your values has been sent home today in  your child’s take home folder. You or your child can record your answer.
  • The take-home folder (including the home reading book and reading log)  should live in your child’s backpack.  Please make sure your child brings it every day.
  • Library – Will be Wednesday.  Please send your child with a waterproof library bag.

Introducing Seesaw 

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/772-969-784
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

Daniel Lucardie

P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Images from the week.

Just right books

Choosing just right books.

Using equipment to model math in a math game.

Welcome to 2A

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous week. I have so much enjoyed getting to know your children. We have been exploring and inquiring into our learning space and becoming a connected community.

Important for Monday as this is helping us to start our first unit of inquiry.

Paper Bag Activity for this weekend. Check your child’s  bag after school on Friday. All instructions are included on the bag. Please place objects that your child wishes to share that tell us about themselves in the bag and return to school by Monday 20th August.

Some helpful information to get the year started.

  • Lunchtime – remember to send ID card with money credited to your child’s account or send a home packed lunch.

  • Buses. If you child is not going home on the bus you need to contact the transport coordinator and cc me into the email.

  • Hats are required during recess breaks and PE.

  • We have a snack time in the morning at around 9.50am inside the classroom. In the afternoon there is no snack time provided in class but children may eat during during recess if needed.

  • A class schedule was sent home Wednesday. Here is a more detailed schedule that includes homeroom subject areas.  I am not sure  when library will be yet. I will keep you notified. 2A -2018-2019 Schedule

  • The UNIS Calendar was sent home on Thursday.
  • If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is dlucardie@unishanoi.org. During the school day I do not regularly check email; for urgent matters please contact the E.S. office elementary@unishanoi.org.

Warm regards,

Mr Daniel and Ms Ha

Photos from the first week.