Week 22

Dear Parents,

Chuc Mung Nam Moi.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you all have a wonderful Tet break.

Playing with our Discovery Buddies today.


This week we focused on measuring for accuracy and choosing the most appropriate tool to measure with. We also discussed measurement vocabulary such as length, width, height and connected vocabulary such as widen, tall and long.

Math Blast: Each week during a part of our math sessions we continue to consolidate our knowledge of subtraction, addition, counting, place value and word problems using Math Talks and math games. We are really becoming experts with our use of numbers to 20 and using many math strategies.


In reading we have looked at the many types of fiction genre. We sorted our class library into different fiction categories such as realistic, fantasy, poems, science fiction, historical, traditional and many more.

Using these categories in writing we selected a topic such as a “cold day” and thought of the title of a story we could write in each category. For example in fantasy we thought of “The Talking Snowman” and realistic fiction, “The Stolen Coat”.

We chose one of the titles and wrote a beginning, middle and ending supported by an appropriate drawing (visual literacy).

We now are creating more story ideas on our own topics.


Investigating the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases.

Recorder Practice at home.

A message from Ms Sally showing where students can practice their recorder music. Please click on this link. For any questions please contact Ms Sally.


For more information

Aquathlon Site or contact Martin Hamilton


  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Week 21 – New Unit

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending the parent teacher conferences today. I enjoyed talking with you about your child’s successes and goals for second semester.

New Unit Provocation on Wednesday.

Making Ice Cream – We had so much fun!!


  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Wednesday 7th February Snack Sale
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Week 20 – Taking Action

Dear Parents,

This week has been the last week of our current UOI – (Sharing the Planet) and genre of writing – (persuasion/exposition). In math we have started measurement and have continued to develop our knowledge of number.

Next week we will commence our new science UOI, Materials can be changed and used for different purposes, and genre of writing, narrative.

Importantly next week are the second Parent Teacher Conferences of the year, which are being held next Thursday, 1st February, 2018. Please check your emails to clarify how to sign up using Verascross. I look forward to meeting with you all Thursday. Also please read the Semester 1 Report which you will receive in Veracross. You will receive an email from the ES Office next week to inform you of when the reports have been added to the system.


A week of taking action at home and listening to people who have taken action in our Hanoi Community. Thank you for your support at home and sharing your child’s enthusiasm for their chosen action. We wonder if you can sustain this action into the future.

Blue Dragon


Grade 6 students talking about action during their exhibition.


Math – Measurement

We commenced our measurement by understanding what we already know about measurement and completing a scavenger hunt in class.


  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on Thursday, 1 February. There is no school/ASA’s for students that day.  Information about signing up for conferences has been sent to you.
  • Wednesday 7th February Snack Sale
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Week 19 Limited Resources Action Week

Dear Parents,

Next week, we will be finishing up our current unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet-Actions people take to share limited resources. Our final assessment will begin next week and we are asking that students take an action at home or outside of school to share or save a limited resource. The students will be performing this action at home next week and will make a daily blog entry at school to reflect on how it is going. We ask that you and your child talk about what action they might take that would be meaningful but not too disruptive to your normal routines. Here are links to two websites with many ideas for action:

20 Easy Ways to Conserve and Save the Environment

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

Thank you for your help and support with this!


This week we have had a math blast of number talks and practicing our subtraction strategies using a variety of math games. We also have been revising counting patterns and extending our knowledge by counting forward and backwards starting at numbers not usually in the pattern. For example 23, 25, 27, or 41, 36, 31 etc.


In English our word study was completed into the long vowel E. We found the following word combinations make this sound e, ea, ee, y, ie, e-e and then created list of words that use the long vowel E sound.

We started to write our limited resource expert topic persuasive piece of writing. We will complete these next week.

In reading we had a fun week completing a rotation of our different reading tasks. The students enjoy this time and have become experts at each reading activity completed throughout the week.

We also spent time updating our student blogs with work we would like to share with you.


This week we continued to learn about limited resources by breaking out into experts groups in one of the three areas: quality education, hunger, and water. Students delved deeper into each topic to learn more about why these resources are limited, who is affected by it, and what action can we take to help.


Library Friday

Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.

Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on Thursday, 1 February. There is no school/ASA’s for students that day.  Information about signing up for conferences will come out soon.

Week 18- Welcome Back

Dear Parents,

Welcome back. Hope your children had a restful break and enjoyed their time over the winter break.

We started 2018 by preparing for and then leading today’s assembly in collaboration with our neighbors in 2B.  As communicators, students presented the structure of persuasive or exposition writing that we are using in class.  Linking to our current unit of inquiry, they described how water is a limited resource and actually made it rain in the auditorium!

Students did a fantastic job showing many PYP attitudes, such as enthusiasm for their topic (students should have a longer recess), confidence to present onstage, respect of each other’s ideas when working on the shared persuasive pieces, cooperation by working together, and integrity by doing the right thing when they were an audience onstage.


We constructed a joint exposition with friends from 2B for the assembly. In reading we started a new classroom serial called Billionaire Boy and read non fiction books and database websites trying to find facts we can share with our classmates. In word study we looked for the long vowel, E, and the different ways we can create word combinations using ee, ea, y, e_e, ie


Students used their knowledge of nonfiction text features to research the limited resource they selected (food, water, or education) in books, on the computer, and through a study of maps.


Students described a target number using a variety of models, including addition and subtraction sentences, pictures, tallies, fact triangles, and more.  They also reviewed addition  and subtraction strategies using two two-digit numbers. Out of interest we have started to check the temperature daily to understand how temperature changes and how it feels.


Library Friday

Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.

Week 17 Winter Break

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support throughout the first part of the school year. It has been a pleasure to work with your children and they have all have grown so much physically, socially and academically. I wish you all a wonderful Winter Break and look forward to seeing everyone on the first day after the break, Monday January 8th 2018.

Below is a little bit of inquiry on the holiday if you have a computer available. You are not required to add to the padlet.

On your holiday write on the padlet any observations you have about the use of the below resources as you travel or stay in Hanoi

Education, Water and Food


We published and displayed our expositions about our country and independently chose a new idea to try and persuade our audience about.  We have planned these and are now drafting our thoughts using the template for an exposition.

In reading we continued to build our skills of using non-fiction texts, worked on our own individual spelling words and as a class watched “Mr Popper’s Penguins” the movie. We really enjoyed celebrating this book we shared by watching the movie and had fun using a Venn Diagram to compare the book and the movie. We learned that the movie was different in many ways from the book, however we know the book was created first.


This week we focused on using the stretch it out strategy to solve two digit subtraction and addition problems. This helped us to develop our understanding of how to partition numbers into tens and ones. Some of us could even use hundreds.  We also continued to practice our preferred strategy for addition and subtraction which could be chunking, open number lines, algorithm or shift.


We had a special lesson organized by Ms. Christy about the SDG of Hunger. We went to the cafeteria in groups of six and were given paper plates. One plate had a sticker on it, which we thought was special. It turned out that the sticker meant that we went hungry and couldn’t draw our favorite foods on the paper. Afterwards we reflected. Those that went “hungry” said they felt sad, hungry, left out. Those that had food said they wish they could share their food, and that they wanted to help the hungry student but couldn’t. It was a deep conversation about an important topic. We look forward to inquiring more into limited resources after the break.

Have a great break!


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