Presentations, Maths and Virtual Reality

After a couple of weeks of researching in a chosen area, our HWOO unit culminated in students presenting to the class what they had learned. Their classmates responded with feedback in the form of “2 Stars and a Wish”. Please ask your child for further information – they may also have chosen to blog about their findings.
A couple of weeks ago, 3D students were grappling in maths with a 3 Act Task, Cover the Floor. Ms. Beth came to help. You might like to work with them at home to attempt Act 4.

We have now started our new unit Where We Are in Place and Time. The central idea is: “Our solar system and our understanding of it is constantly changing.”
In TIG time this week, Ms. Michelle brought us Virtual Reality headsets to try out and take a look at Space close up. 3D were SUPER excited!

Wednesday next week is the Tet Assembly. Some of 3D are helping to present. Parents of those involved are welcome to attend the second sharing at about 9:10am in the Centre for the Arts.
Next week is a 3 day week for students due to the Tet Holiday.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi everyone!

Do you know about the UNIS Hanoi Elementary Youtube Channel? Students are loving the regular episodes of “Reading. What’s up with that?”. You can find them on the link along with lots of other great videos from UNIS ES.

We are working lots in class on inference. Riddles are a great way to build inference skills. Create a riddle for your child and challenge them to answer it. They must say why they think the answer is “X” by using evidence from the words in the riddle and their personal knowledge. Here’s a fun online site you and your child can also use.

Reminder: Thursday is Parent Teacher Conferences so no school for students. Please remember to sign up for an appointment.

Have a great weekend.

New student for 3D – So Hyeon

On Monday 3D will have a new student joining the class: So Hyeon. She is from Korea and has been at St. Paul American School in Hanoi. So Hyeon will kindly be looked after, over the next couple of weeks, by our Phoenix Buddies Junmyeong and Jesse.
We started our Friday with a fun workout chosen by our Leader of the day, Laibao:

If your child is wanting something in particular this weekend, challenge them to persuade or convince you with at least 2 reasons backed up by elaborations or examples. This is the structure for the text type, “To Persuade” that we have been working on in class:

Enjoy some sunshine, hopefully, this weekend!

Yearbook Cover Design Competition – for students

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 Digital designs please:
    • DO NOT compress/flatten your Photoshop design into a single image. Keep all layers.
  • For Drawing/Painting etc designs please submit two pieces of artwork:
    • A4 front cover
    • A4 back cover

Contact for any questions or guidance with any of the above.

DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE the following two titles/information on your front cover:
  • Yearbook 2017-2018
  • UNIS Hanoi
16:00 on Friday, January 26
  • Bring your cover(s) to Advancement Office (Room 102, Admin Building) or share your digital file with
  • If your creation is a drawing or painting, please clearly mark the envelope with your artwork with your FULL NAME & HOMEROOM
  • Please use the following naming convention for digital files:
    • YB1718_Cover Contest_Your First Name Last Name_Homeroom
    • (example: YB1718_Cover Contest_John Smith_5JH)
There will be an all school vote after the Tet Break to find the winner for the yearbook cover from the finalists. The cover will remain secret until publication of the Yearbook which will go out to all school on the last day of school, June 14.
Thank you,

Happy New Year – 2018

Welcome back and best wishes for 2018!

For one of the maths activities this week, students were challenged with representing a 3 digit number (435) using a particular number (23) of base ten blocks. Is it possible or not? Here is a video of some of their explorations:

We will soon be starting to focus on multiplication in maths. The following video is a great explanation of the progression of multiplication in terms of learning:

In English, we are continuing to work on persuasive text, but constantly considering punctuation, grammar and spelling. Sometimes the Morning Message needs editing by students, or there is a short language-based activity to be done.










Is your child reading at home? If not, ask them why not? If yes, can they give you a summary of a page or chapter or book they have just read? Can they give you a more detailed retell – using the characters names, key vocabulary from the text and the important events in sequence? Can they make a connection between what they have read, and their life, another text or the general world knowledge? This kind of book talk can be done in your home language and is a great way to develop understanding as well as have some interesting conversations.

How We Organise Ourselves

At the start of the unit “How We Organise Ourselves”, students went through a couple of “simulations” aimed at having them gain an understanding of how fair, unfair or sustainable some economic practices can be. In one, they were tasked with “growing bananas”, in the other, making paper bags for a supplier.
The students were in “family groups” and had to “work” for a set period of time, submit their product to quality control and get “paid” accordingly. Market forces were at play through out, with conditions changing as they often do in real life.
At the end of the “work” time students had to work out how much they had earned against outlays for shelter, clothes and food for their families. below are some pictures taken from the “Paper Bag” simulation:

For the last few uoi lessons students have been finding out about fairness and sustainability in growth and development as well as the effects of economic activities. Each student looked at these lines of inquiries through food and drink (with Ms. Chris), textiles (with Mr. Josh & Ms. Julia) and  travel, plastics, footballs and some other things we consume as a “good” or “service” (with Mr. Aaron). Some of the examples used were based within UNIS, with students interviewing Chef Adam (from the canteen) and Ms. Phuong (from the Boutique) about “sustainable practices” and “fair trade” with goods and services at UNIS.

Students will now decide which area they are most interested in and will delve more deeply with their inquiry after the break.

As part of the Morning Meeting, 3D students have been practising their editing skills by reading and then editing Ms. Julia’s morning message using an editing code. Please ask them to explain what they are doing in this video:

Finally, Ms. Thuy and I would like to wish everyone a very happy, safe and restful holiday. See you in 2018!


At the end of last week, Grade 3 students shared the “machines” they had created with other G3 students and their K1 buddies. Here are a few photos:

In maths, in addition to the regular number work, students have been exploring capacity and working out quantities in a 1.5 litre bottle. If cups of juice for a party hold 150ml each, how many cups can you fill from 1 bottle? How many bottles will be needed for 8 people?

I hope the parents who came to Open Door today enjoyed seeing the class. There is another Open Door tomorrow from 8:45 – 9:45.


23rd November

This week 3D have been busy designing, making and improving a (should be compound) machine (using their knowledge of simple machines) to go in a Fun Fair. The classroom often looked like this:

Students have now been tasked with using the app “Explain Everything” to describe their journey through a Design Cycle, explain what their machine does, the simple machines it is made from and the forces that are involved in it. Watch out for this on their blog.

Reminders: Open Door next week, Thursday and Friday at specific times. See here for FULL details. The schedule is also below.


Fast and Furious!

3D were super excited this week to try out the ‘cars’ they have been making and see how far each could travel. We had a “Fast and Furious” Car Competition! After first making an estimate of how far they thought their vehicle would go, they measured the distance their creations travelled in metres and centimetres.

Today, 3D shared their achievements with their K1 Buddies and had another go at the “Fast & Furious” competition.

As a final, summative assessment project, the students have now been tasked with using the Design Cycle to individually create a game/ride for a Fun Fair i.e. create a COMPOUND machine made up of the simple machines they are now knowledgeable about. This is an in-school project. Students will have until next Wednesday to “think, design, make, fix, improve and make better” their compound machine. They will be assessed on their ability to name and explain the forces used within their machine, the number of simple machines their compound machine uses, their ability to explain these, and their ability to use and explain the Design Cycle.
To help with this project, please send in any empty cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, bottle/jar caps, or anything else you think might be of use when students are “making”. Thank you.

Reminders: Wednesday 22nd November there is another Healthy Snack Sale. Items cost 10,000VND and students can purchase up to 2 items.
Walkathon money is still being collected – thank you for any donations you may have!



Thank you so much to those parents who were able to attend and/or help at yesterday’s Walkathon. 3D had a lot of fun. As part of maths today, they worked out how many laps they had run in total as a class – 261!  We have started recording the amount of money we raise on 2 charts in the classroom’ one for VND and one for USD. Please send in your donations as soon as possible. THANK YOU!

Hope you’ve seen the earlier blog posts this week with photos from UN Day and lots of information about 3D’s inquiry into Simple Machines.

Reminders: no school for students Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th November. These are PD days for staff.
Wed. 15th Board of Directors Community Meeting 18:30.