Thank you, Projects, Summer Learning

Dear Parents,

I have truly enjoyed teaching your children this year. They are a wonderful bunch and I am so proud of each and every one of them. I also appreciate your support and I am honored to work with such dedicated and caring parents.  Thank you for being part of such a wonderful year.

Thank you for joining us for our presentations. I am so impressed with the amount of work they put into their presentations and the new skills they’ve learned. These will be very useful in the future!  Here are the links to Linh’s website on technology use by children and Sienna’s website on Healthy Eating. All videos can be found on the UNIS Hanoi Elementary Youtube Channel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Learning:

As we start the summer, several parents have asked for resources where their children can continue learning. Most importantly, read often and find math in everyday life. As always, there are many resources on the G4 Learning Space and students have accounts for many online tools.

Khan Academy Mappers: Students can input their latest MAPS scores and build upon suggested areas. Learn Zillion has many lessons and videos that support our curriculum. Math Playground has many games to help students review their learning in grade 4 or they can challenge themselves to play some 5th or 6th grade games.

 Think math also has some great games organized by grade level to review concepts. These lists of Math board games and books and digital resources have a lot of great ideas! 

 

If your child is very ambitious, they might want to enter the K-12 Gameathon contest which encourages students to think critically and creatively to design a game that solves a mathematical problem.  They can invent card games, board games, apps, outdoor games or anything else.

Once again, the best thing you can do is play fun math games and read a lot! If your child needs to spice up their reading, check out this reading Bingo! If you need some fresh ideas, check out UNIS’s Recommended Book Lists. 

Our final day was filled with lots of laughter and appreciation of each other. Here are a few pictures of our class and a hilarious game of “Hug Tag.” Have a wonderful summer!

Swim Relay Extravaganza Tomorrow! Bring Swimming things!

Friday, June 1st @ 2:00: Swim Relay Extravaganza  

Friday, June 8th: Moving-Up Morning

  • Students meet their G5 teacher and class!

Tuesday, June 12: How We Express Ourselves Share Fair! Parents invited!

  • Students will share about our final unit.
  • Potluck lunch to follow
  • Details coming soon

Tuesday, June 12 @ 1:15 ES Leavers Assembly

Wednesday, June 13: G4 end-of-year party

Thursday, June 14: Last Day of School. Dismissal @ 12:00!

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Friday, June 1st @ 2:00: Swim Relay Extravaganza  (More details to come!)

Friday, June 8th: Moving-Up Morning

  • Students meet their G5 teacher and class!

Tuesday, June 12: How We Express Ourselves Share Fair! Parents invited!

  • Students will share about our final unit.
  • Potluck lunch to follow
  • Details coming soon

Tuesday, June 12 @ 1:15 ES Leavers Assembly

Wednesday, June 13: G4 end-of-year party

Thursday, June 14: Last Day of School. Dismissal @ 12:00!

 

Book Week Next Week!

Enjoy the 4-day weekend….

Next Wednesday-Friday is book week. Watch this video for some of the events.

 

For the ES book character dress up day Grade 4 are having a whole group theme!

Please help your child dress up as a character from 101 Dalmations on THURSDAY MAY 3rd!

If you are lost for ideas please send your child to school in black pants / leggings and a white t-shirt and we will do the rest (stick black dots on the t-shirt!).

All grade 4 teachers will be part of the fun 🙂

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April 19

Thank you for coming out to Student-Led Conferences yesterday! Students were very excited to share their learning with you and have your undivided attention for a bit. While they had some encouragement and direction from me, ultimately it was up to them to prepare for and guide a conversation about and demonstration of their learning in a (hopefully) informative and interactive way; your feedback was essential to help them understand from a parent’s perspective. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me!

Weeks Ahead:

  • Students are working on their Who We Are 20-Day Challenges to explore how our body systems can be effected by our choices
  • Wednesday, April 25: No School
  • Monday, Tuesday (April 30-May 1) No School
  • Wednesday May 2- Wear a Word Day- students wear a word somewhere on their clothing that they identify with, have fun pronouncing or simply enjoy!
  • Thursday May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade– Buddy classes will parade together during assembly time in the Sports Center.
  • Friday May 4 Pajama dress up day + bring your soft toy friend + SCO Book Sale!  The class with the most donations for the book sale will get to visit the sale FIRST!

Busy Learners!

Student Led Conferences: Wednesday April 18th, 2018. 

We’re looking forward to sharing our learning with you next Wednesday. Students will plan the conferences, but you can expect them to reflect on their learning, share some of their work and discuss some of their learning goals for the remainder of the year.

During each conference time slot there will be up to 4 families in the classroom, creating a relaxed environment and giving you time to engage in some activities with your child. Each child and his/her parents will have conversations going on around them, but will still have enough privacy to conduct a personal conference.  Conferences may be conducted in English or in your home language – whichever is best for both students and parents.

During conferences children and parents discuss all aspects of the learning together with openness and transparency so that children continue to feel empowered and responsible for their behavior and learning.  

As the students are guiding the discussion, I will not be part of the conference. I will be nearby, if needed, but I will do my best not to interfere with the conference unless necessary. (This is more challenging than you would think!) Please give your child the upmost attention and ask them any questions…if you would ask me, ask them instead!

UOI: We have begun our new unit. The students will be inquiring into how our body systems are affected by our choices. They are at the beginning of a month-long personal inquiry in how they can make choices that can improve a body system. For example, some of our students are making plans to become faster runners, improve their memories or decrease stress.

Book Drive: Please donate books! 

This Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase used books in their native tongue, or another language, at bargain prices! Please donate books that you don’t need any more, so that other families can enjoy them! Click here for more information on the the Book Sale, including how you can get involved.

Support Grade 5 Exhibition:

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. They are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Click here for more details

Almost Ready for Market Day!

Thank you to all of you who came to UNIS today to see the concert or visit our Open Classrooms. Today our math was connected to our UOI, as it is essential that students finalize their budgets and think through their proposals. While it was not a normal math session, in which we would have student stations and targeted teacher instruction in small groups, it was essential and I was grateful for all the parents who offered an extra set of eyes, ears and ideas!  As today was a combination of math and UOI, tomorrow’s open classroom will focus on literacy.

Market Day

Market Day is next Thursday, 12:30-1:30. Priorities over the next week include:

    • Product Testing and Making: Groups working together to test and make their product. Can they make enough in an hour? Does their game work? What problems might they encounter? They may need to meet outside of school! They should not wait until the night before to know if they have problems.
  • Shopping: Students will receive money tomorrow to shop for their needs. They need receipts for everything. They are encouraged to look for the best deals. If the store does not give receipts, please write one up for documentation.
  • Advertising: Students can advertise their product around school.
  • Creating their stall: How will they attract customers? How will they display their product or design their space?

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, March 16th: open classrooms. Join us for Literacy 10:50-11:35
  • Thursday, March 22, 12:30-1:30 Grade 4 Market Day This is one of 4th grade’s highlights for both parents and students!
  • Thursday March 23rd, 8:30am: ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning-‘Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.”
  • Friday, March 30th: ES Fun Sports Morning 8:20-11:20
  • March 31st-April 8th: Spring Break

See you soon…again and again and again! :)

UOI:

We are working hard on developing our social enterprises. Each student is grouped according to what child right they would like to to action towards helping.  In these small groups the students developed an idea of what they would like to “DO” and are now organizing a social enterprise that will raise money to support their chosen child right / SDG.Company names, logos and slogans have been developed and they are busy developing their business proposal that will put their social enterprise into action.

In order to do this they are learning the basic skills required of good entrepreneurs.  They has worked on gaining an understanding of market forces that will affect their business, they have surveyed potential customers, have analyzed these results to enable them to decide what they will produce, calculated predicted costs and have started to make good decisions based on all of this information.  Throughout all of this we have been focusing on what it means to be a good team mate and how to use skills such as organisation, time management and problem solving.

We request that you don’t help the children too much.  At this stage of the process you may be asked to take your student grocery shopping to, first cost the items and then next week to purchase the items. Part of the organisation aspect for the process is the students will be working on HOW they will be producing their products. This may require your assistance. In the past teams have met at one house for an afternoon and made all the batter, flavours, cupcakes, popcorn, cookies….etc… and then they were done ready for the stall the next day. Others have divided up the work and each done their part at home and brought it in the next day…there is no set formula other than the work needs to be distributed equally and it is a team effort!

Things you can ask your child about:

  • What is the social enterprise you will be a part of forming?
  • What action are you hoping to undertake with your social enterprise group?
  • What are some books you are now interested in reading? Can you show me what your classmates are reading (they have a shared document for recording their nightly reading!)?
  • Can you tell me about supply and demand / profit and loss / goods and services?
  • What did you do with your buddies last week?
  • What makes a good team? How do you feel like your group are going?

Literacy:

  • Students are looking at what a narrative is and how to plan for writing one.
  • Students who need support with paragraphs and sentence structure are working  in small teacher groups.
  • Grammar workshops in small groups.
  • Always working on reading strategies. This week we focused a lot on inferencing.

Math:

  • Data handling is a big focus as students use surveys to inform their decision making in their social enterprise groups.
  • Relationship between multiplication and division
  • Multiplication strategies are being investigated and discussed.

Websites to help practice multiplication tables:

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER!

  • Monday, March 12; No School for students- This is a Professional Development Day for teachers!
  • Thursday March 15, 9:00-10:15 am Music Concert: Grades 4 and 5 students will perform for their parents, teachers and peers. See previous blog post for more information.
  • Thursday, March 15th open classrooms. Join us for Math from 10:50-11:35! (We will have snack and recess after the concert)  See here for more details!
  • Friday, March 16th: open classrooms. Join us for Unit of Inquiry 10:50-11:35 See here for more details!
  • Thursday, March 22, 12:30-1:30 Grade 4 Market Day This is one of 4th grade’s highlights for both parents and students!
  • Thursday March 23rd, 8:30am: ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning-‘Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.”
  • Friday, March 30th: ES Fun Sports Afternoon
  • March 31st-April 8thSpring Break

Music Concert Next Thursday!

Dear Grade 4 Parents,

Our 1st rehearsal! VERY exciting!

The Grade 4 and 5 Music Concert is on Thursday, March 15th at 9am. The students are excited to share with their parents and the UNIS community some of the wonderful music that they have been creating in their classes.

On the morning of the concert, please take your child to their homeroom class as normal wearing their concert clothes (please bring a change of clothes for after the concert). Following student drop off, parents may proceed to the Center for the Arts foyer where tea and coffee will be provided. Doors will open for seating in the theater at 8:50am.

Concert Attire for Grade 4 Students:

  • Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt
  • Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please)
  • Formal black shoes (no sneakers please)
  • ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt

Concert Duration:  9 – 10:30am

Dress Rehearsal

We will have a full Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14th. We request that your child comes to school wearing their concert clothes and brings a change of clothes to change into following the dress rehearsal.  Concert clothes will be sent back home on Wednesday and should be worn to school again on Thursday, March 15th for the Parent Concert.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much for your support.

ES Music Team

Behind and Ahead…

February flew by and it’s hard to believe it’s already March! Here’s some details on what we’re up to…

UOI: 

  • We  have started a new unit with the central idea: Social enterprises consider purpose and market forces when creating products and services.
  • We are exploring different market forces that affect businesses such as supply and demand, location and weather.
  • Students have been sorted into groups based on the purpose for their social enterprise. They will be working to support an organization that helps children. (This connects to our previous unit.)
  • End Goal: Grade 4 Market Day March 22, 12:30-1:30 (More details to come, but please keep those times on your calendar!)
    • Each group will be selling a product or a service.
    • ALL money that goes into setting up the business comes from the school. They may not accept parent contributions. (No matter how much they beg you, you must say no!)
    • The profit from their business, after they pay back UNIS for supplies, will go to a charitable organization.

Literacy:

  • Students are in book clubs with leveled books, mostly novels. They have about a month to complete the novel and are expected to come to weekly book meetings prepared to talk about their book.
  • While students are encouraged to write in a variety of genres, we are focusing on report writing, as well as a return to persuasive arguments. For each genre, they have a checklist of success criteria that they should be improving upon.
  • Students should be frequently posting on their blogs. They are expected to edit for grammar and punctuation!
  • Continued focus on grammar and conventions.

Math:

  • We are always focusing on number as they must develop a strong foundation understanding of how numbers can be manipulated to solve problems.
  • We are learning multiplication strategies. We will start with many conceptual models and fade away to algorithms, if/when appropriate.
  • Students who have mastered multiplication will move into division. All students will explore how multiplication and division are related.
  • Problem Solving will continue to be a huge emphasis all year. Being able to compute numbers is not enough…they must be able to apply and reason with these skills!

How you can help at home:

  • Make sure your child reads every night!! This is the most important thing they can do to become a better reader.
    • Students should be logging their books on Biblionasium. 
    • If you are looking for ideas on books to read, check on the Resources Tab for book recommendations.
  • Refer to the  Grade 4 Learning Space for ideas on math games you can play at home.
  • Encourage independence. If your child asks an interesting questions, help them to be resourceful and find the answers. Encourage your child to try new things and post about them on their blog.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (February 27-March 1): ISA Testing. This is an international assessment taken once a year. It assesses math, reading and writing progress over time. It is not something students can study for and results are not available for a long time after. It is just one small piece of information about your child’s and UNIS’s progress. All you can do to help is make sure your child sleeps well and eats a good breakfast! 🙂
  • Thursday, March 1st 8:30-9:30: Stephen Graham Writing Workshop for parents in B9-G16 (Mr. Nathan’s, G5, classroom). Click here for more details.
  • Monday, March 5th, 6pm. Mathematics expert Dr. James Tanton will present to parents in the theater. Do not miss this opportunity to see him- you will look at math in a totally different way! Click here for more details.
  • Thursday March 15, 9:00 am Music Conference: Grades 4 and 5 students will perform for their parents, teachers and peers. See previous blog post for more information.
  • Thursday & Friday, March 15th and 16th: Parents are invited to open classrooms. More details to come!
  • Thursday, March 22, 12:30-1:30 Grade 4 Market Day This is one of 4th grade’s highlights for both parents and students! 
  • Thursday March 23rd, 8:30am: ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning- ‘Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.”
  • Friday, March 30th: ES Fun Sports Afternoon
  • March 31st-April 8th: Spring Break

March is a busy, busy month for events and learning! Looking forward to seeing you a lot over the next month! 🙂

In the meantime, check out this video of some of the math games the students created during I-time. Their challenge was to create a fun and engaging game to help students learn and practice their math facts.

Music Conference: Thursday, March 15th at 9am

Dear Grade 4 and 5 Parents,

The Grade 4 and 5 Music Concert is on Thursday, March 15th at 9am. The students are excited to share with their parents and the UNIS community some of the wonderful music that they have been creating in their classes.

On the morning of the concert, please take your child to their homeroom class as normal wearing their concert clothes (please bring a change of clothes for after the concert). Following student drop off, parents may proceed to the Center for the Arts foyer where tea and coffee will be provided. Doors will open for seating in the theater at 8:50am.

Concert Attire for Grade 4 Students:

  • Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt
  • Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please)
  • Formal black shoes (no sneakers please)
  • ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt

Concert Attire for Grade 5 Students:

This year the Grade 5 students have two options for their final Elementary School concert.

Option 1 – Formal Wear

Wearing formal wear at the concert provides an opportunity for Grade 5 students to both express themselves and celebrate their musical achievements in their final year of elementary school. Examples of appropriate formal wear include what your child would wear to a wedding, graduation or special occasion (suits, dresses, dress pants/dress shirt). There are no color limitations, however girls’ dresses or skirts should be at least knee length or below the knee.  Please remember formal shoes are required (no sneakers).

Option 2 – Black and White

    • Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt
    • Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please)
    • Formal black shoes (no sneakers please)
    • ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt

Concert Duration:  9 – 10:30am

Dress Rehearsal

We will be having a full Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 14th. We request that your child comes to school wearing their concert clothes and brings a change of clothes to change into following the dress rehearsal.  Concert clothes will be sent back home on Wednesday and should be worn to school again on Thursday, March 15th for the Parent Concert.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much for your support.

ES Music Team

Welcome Back!

Our Week in Review:

Literacy

  • Wrote a report for a pre-assessment.
  • Wrote a proposal and created a plan for an information reports.
  • Started a new read-aloud: Sputnik’s Guide To Life On Earth
  • Set goals for 2nd semester

Math

  • Began inquiry into multiplication & Improved our fluency with multiplication facts up to 10 X 10
  • Self-evaluated our problem-solving abilities
  • Used a rubric to determine where we are at in different areas
  • Set goals for 2nd semester
  • Inquiries in areas we need to improve

UOI:

Inquired into:

  • What circumstances affect children’s abilities to access rights?
  • What action could we take to help children access their rights?

I-time

  • Used the design process to design a working marble roller coaster. Check them out!

No time for distractions…we have 6 more busy days of learning before we break!

Open Classrooms:

It was a pleasure seeing many of you last week during Open Classrooms. For those of you that couldn’t make it to the Heritage Museum, your child has videotaped their presentation and should have posted it on their wall by now.

New Unit of Inquiry:

We began a new unit of inquiry last week.  The students are inquiring into children’s rights.

The central idea is “Children’s rights and responsibilities exist to enable equal opportunities.”

The students will be looking more closely at:

  • Circumstances that determine a child’s access to opportunities
  • The role of social responsibility and action
  • Children’s rights and equity

The overarching question the students will need to be able to answer throughout this unit is: “As students of the United Nations school, what is our responsibility?”

Our week in review:

UOI:

  • What are Childrens’ Rights?
  • How do circumstances effect our ability to access rights?

Literacy:

  • Write complete paragraphs
  • Identify features of a report
  • Write simple and compound sentences rather than “run-on” sentences
  • Grammar work: Introduced No Red Ink program and took diagnostic test to determine needs.
  • created Book Clubs (some students by choice)
  • Teacher independent assessments to check for growth in reading.

Math:

  • Persevere in solving problems
  • collecting data and making presumptions about probability based on it.
  • represent data in a clear way
  • explain the probability of every day events (Impossible, very unlikely, unlikely, even-chance, likely, probably and certain)
  • solve problems involving the passage of time (depending on student needs)
  • Number work (addition and subtraction strategies (depending on student needs)
  • 3-Act Math Task: Dill ‘er up! (check the link to work on this very challenging problem!)

Solving Problems, Analyzing Data

Things you can talk to your child about:

  • What rights do you think all children should have?
  • What events might happen to make it hard for a child to get their rights?
  • What action could you take to help?
  • How do they have choice in their learning? What do they want to improve?
  • Where do you see data and chance in real life?
  • Think about some of the games you play. How is math involved? (ex: the scoring on Farkle gives higher points for less likely combinations.)

Upcoming Events:

  • Maker Day- December 8
  • Festive Fundraiser- December 8
  • Winter Holiday- December 18-January 8

Other:

We helped our K2 buddies observe structures around school.

November 23

Open Classrooms Next Thursday and Friday! (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1)

Next Thursday and Friday, parents are invited into our classrooms to share in their children’s learning. Each day, one block from our homeroom class as well as all specialists that day are open for parents to attend. Please read this invitation for Open Classrooms for all of the details and expectations.

Please note on Thursday that students will be doing their Heritage Museum again. It’s an exciting opportunity to perform, reflect on their performance, and improve it for the next time:)

Heritage Museum Summative Task:

Alternative title: A Lesson on Meeting Criteria, Time-Management, Self-Reflection and Improvement

Today we had our final task for our UOI on Where We Are In Place and Time, which focused on Heritage. Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about the requirements and success criteria and had time to work on meeting them in class, although I have not been purposely not taking over and reviewing each individual task. I give feedback and encouragement, but as the requirements were very clear and repeated often in several different formats, I wanted them to show independence and initiative. All of the students did something fantastic:

  • Many had 3 excellent examples of personal, Vietnamese and world heritage.
  • Many had at least one or more very good blurbs (short explanation telling about their example.)
  • Many posted their selection criteria for why they chose their example of heritage.
  • Many went beyond the requirements and built a physical or computer generated model of their site.
  • Many were very organized about the way they displayed the information.
  • While they all had parts, only a few met all of the success criteria.

We will now take some time to reflect on their work to determine their strengths and areas they could improve. Once again, they know the success criteria and now they have a lot of feedback from myself and peers. They will have a 2nd chance next Thursday, although they will not be given class time to work on this. They may use their recess and at-home learning time to make any improvements for next week, but this is THEIR assignment. Please allow them to show initiative and independence at home, but this is not your work to stress about. 🙂

Heritage Museum: Part 1:

Week in Review:

English:

  • Writing to Persuade: A UNESCO World heritage site
  • Writing blurbs and short explanations
  • Reading for information
  • Using criteria checklists to set goals for improvement

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Using place value to mentally solve problems
  • Time
  • Area and perimeter
  • Problem-solving strategies and mathematical thinking.

UOI

  • Preparing for our unit summative task, The Heritage Museum
  • Field trip to see Heritage around Hanoi
  • Reflecting on the field trip, our understanding of the unit and our summative task.

Things to ask your child about:

How were the sites we visited in our field trip connected to heritage?

What were the highlights of your heritage museum? What would you like to improve before next week?

What skills have you been practicing in math? How can you practice at home, as well?

What book are you reading? How often do you log your reading time and write reviews?

What is World Children’s Day? What are your wishes for children around the world? What is Flip Grid?

Dates to Remember:

Friday 24 Nov: ES Parents & Admin Coffee Morning

Thursday & Friday Nov. 30, Dec 1: Open Classrooms- Details coming soon!

Click on this image to see all of the photos from our Hanoi Heritage Field trip!