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
Vocabulary:
  • 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.

Walkathon.

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.

Math

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.

English

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.

UOI

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

Reminders

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.

Math

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.

English

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.

UOI

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.

Reminders

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.

Math

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.

 

Reminders

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.
Thanks,
Ms Megan

Math 

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.

English

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.

Reminders

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?
Vocabulary:
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.

Math. 

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.

English

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.

Reminders

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.

 

Week 6

Happy Birthday UNIS

All in blue Happy Birthday UNIS

This week we were tuning into our New Unit.

Our central idea is, “Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.

During the unit the inquiry will follow these teacher questions.

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?

One of our provocations was about this image.

What do you see, think and wonder?

Student holding the ruler is the leader. Student with the paper is the scribe.


Another Provocation requiring us to use our communication skills was working with 2B. Answering questions about Digital usage and our knowledge. Finally math data we have collected this week. Discuss with your child where your information would be placed.

 

Reminders
Headphones we nearly have a set for every child.
2A Library borrowing will be on Friday.

Week 5

Hi Parents,

This week in Grade 2A.

Student Council.

We are all very proud of Ngoc, Alice and Max for being risktakers and trying out for the Elementary School Council. They gave fantastic speeches and showed enthusiasm, commitment and independence to write their speeches and prepare for homework.

Congratulations to Alice and Max who were elected representatives for 2A.

Class Parent – A big thank you.

Thank you to Ellie’s mum, Winnie, and Simon’s mum, Geralda, who have taken on this important role in the 2A community. A big thank you from all of us.

We met our Buddies from Discovery Today

 

UOI

We completed our first unit of inquiry which inquired into communities, values and the tools we use to be a successful member. This week included role play activities, group challenges and finally reflection activities to assess the individual growth of each child.

Our next unit is about becoming a responsible digital citizen.

Math.

We have been focusing on:

Skip counting patterns; forwards, backwards and starting from any given number, not just zero.

Probability language of likely, unlikely, certain and impossible. Applying to the real world and number.

Time – Exploring the months of the year.

We will continue our focus in these areas next week.

English

In reading we can now successfully read to ourselves for a longer period, listen to a buddy for extended period, use Raz Kids and monitor our own home reading.

In writing we are understanding the characteristics of a good writer and have planned and started to write a story of our own choice.

We continue to develop our knowledge of descriptive circles to improve our writing.

Next week we will explicitly start to learn how to write a “response”.

Reminders

Snack Sale – 2A contributing

Next Wednesday (Sept 20) is the ES Snack Sale from 8.10 – 9.45am.

Contributing classes:
ECC – K2A, K2B
ES – G2A and ALL Grade 5 Homerooms
Headphones we nearly have a set for every child.
2A Library borrowing will be on Friday.

Cooperative challenge and reflection

Writing the tools that we use in 2A

 

 

Week 4- Back to School Night for Parents

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Back to School Evening tonight. I have attached the slideshow presentation for all to read.

Reminders.

  • Headphones needed. Please send in headphones labeled with your child’s name if you haven’t yet.
  • 2A Library borrowing will be on Friday.
  •  We are still looking for a class parent. If you could assist in this role please contact me and I will provide you with further information.
  • Student Blogs.   UNIS Hanoi Grade 2 is using Easyblog! Our students are currently using Easyblog portfolio to capture and reflect their learning, and we would like you to be able to view your child’s work in real time. Please click this 2A subscription link and follow the instructions to subscribe if you are a new parent at UNIS Hanoi, or if you are a returning parent but have not yet subscribed to your child’s portfolio. Once you subscribe, you will receive an email notification when your child adds a blog post.
    If you are a teacher parent at UNIS, please use your personal email to subscribe to your child’s Easyblog account.