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!

Exciting week behind, exciting week ahead….

Thank you all last Friday to celebrate our 30th UN Day! We painted rocks with our K2 buddies and wrote our wishes for a better world. We then used all of our rocks to make a Mandala, which is meant to help us feel more peaceful. The UN Day assembly is always a special occasion and we’re still singing “The World Is Ours!” And of course, thank you to all of you who have contributed to making the special day happen by sending in food, setting up, cleaning up or just hanging out and sharing our joy.

 

UOI: Heritage

We are in the later half of our current unit on heritage. For their final assessment, students will be presenting as if they are in a museum. They must share pictures of or examples of personal heritage, local heritage and world heritage. Each students has chosen a UNESCO world heritage site to research for the global aspect. Next week, we will have a field trip to the Old Quarter where we will find evidence of local heritage. Please assist them in thinking about personal heritage and what they may talk about. Heritage can be anything that has been passed from previous generations to future ones, so it is very open-ended. Have fun with it!

Things to ask your child about this week:

What is the purpose of the Blue Dragon Walkathon? Who do they help? How many laps did you do? Encourage them to calculate how much they earned!

What UNESCO World heritage site are you learning about?

What challenges you in problem solving? What is estimating and how can it help you?

How do they find resources to research?

Week in Review:

English:

  • Previewing articles to determine which words they don’t know and which words they don’t know because they are proper nouns (Names of people or places) This helps them to determine if the text is too hard.
  • Introduction and conclusion paragraphs in persuasive writing
  • How to write short responses to the work they post on their blog
  • Recognizing when they don’t have the background information necessary to understand what a text is talking about and trying to find that information

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Elapsed Time challenges
  • Estimation
  • Open-ended problem solving
  • Reflecting on math tasks
  • Modeling with math

UOI

  • Choosing a UNESCO World Heritage Site we would like to learn more about
  • Researching about our site

Dates to Remember:

Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 14th and 15th: NO SCHOOL for students

Thursday, Nov. 16: (Tentative date change for field trip to Old Quarter)

Friday 17 Nov.: Youth Sports Carnival at St Paul’s School, Field trip to Old Quarter (Waiting for approval for changing date to Thursday due to Youth Sports Carnival

Wednesday 22 Nov.r: ES Snack Sale

Thursday 23 Nov.: Student’s UOI Summative Assessment “Heritage Museum”

Friday 24 Nov: ES Parents & Admin Coffee Morning

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

The World We Want…Make It Happen!

This week we spent time gearing up for our biggest event of the year, UN Day. In addition to taking some time to practice our UN Day song, we also spent time reflecting on what it means to be students at a United Nations school. We researched about what the United Nations is, how it formed and then later taught our buddies about the United Nations.  We discussed that one of the important roles of the UN is to promote peace. One of the ways we do that is by building relationships with people from other countries. We are lucky to go to a school with such amazing diversity and tomorrow we get to celebrated that diversity and our unity.  I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow for the UN Day celebration.

Things to ask your child about this week:

If you could make the world a better place what would you do? How would you do it?

What is the United Nations? What are the SDG’s?

What are some criteria for determining world heritage sites?

Week in Review:

English:

  • Read and identify the big idea and important information.
  • *Use keywords to locate relevant information.
  • Write a persuasive text using three clear arguments.
  • Reviewing their written work so far and analyzing their strengths and areas for improvement

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Telling time and determining elapsed time
  • Assessing students mental and written strategies in addition and subtraction to determin next steps
  • Open-ended problem solving
  • Algebraic expressions (ex: 13 x ___ = 14 + 12)

I-time:

Problem solve and overcome challenges without giving up.

Website of the Week:

Literacy Planet: Students have sign-in names and passwords for this site in which they can practice many different important literacy skills. There are activities in phonics, site words, reading comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing. Next week, UNIS will compete against schools around the world on a world-building competition called Word Mania, so if they have time to practice, that would be very helpful!

Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, November 3rd: UN Day
      • 8.10 – 10.15: All students off regular schedule: UN themed activities
      • 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.
      • Please let transportation know if your child will not be taking the bus home!
  • Wednesday November 8th: Blue Dragon Walkathon
  • November 13 & 14: NO SCHOOL- Teacher Professional Development Days!

 

Time flies when you’re so busy learning!

Things to Ask Your Child About:

  • What kind of applications do you use on Ipads to help you learn or share your learning?
  • What is heritage? What are examples of personal, national and world heritage?
  • What math skills are you learning and developing and how do you do this?
  • How do you select a ‘just right’ book? How can you practice reading with fluency and accuracy?
  • What problem are you going to try to solve in I-time?
  • How can you learn at home?

At-Home Learning:  Many students have expressed that they do not like the Home Learning Grid to document their learning. Some students preferred to continue this method, but others chose this instead:

  • Document their daily reading in their Biblionasium Reading Log
  • Write one blog post each week about how they learn at home

We will see how this goes, determine if there is an improvement in accountability and re-evaluate soon!

The Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • How to evaluate our problem-solving strategies and process

Literacy:

  • Literacy Centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Recording our oral reading in order to evaluate our fluency and accuracy
  • Subject-Verb Agreement, Paragraph writing, fact vs. opinion

UOI:

  • Examples of personal heritage
  • What is the connection between what is valued and what is preserved?
  • What criteria should something meet to be called ‘personal heritage?’

I-time:

  • Design process thinking- students started working to solve basic problems. Some students may need to bring materials from home.

APP of the Week:

 

  • Bedtime Math: The Bedtime Math app for iPhone/iPad or Android, is a great way for families to have fun with math together! Click for the daily math problem, a surprise problem, or any math problem in our archive, which you can browse to find your favorite topics. It’s a great way to talk about math every day! (You can also do it at dinner, at breakfast, in taxis, etc.)

 

Dates to Remember:

 

  • Tuesday, October 31st, ES Spirit day

 

      • Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students.  Eg.  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.
      • Fake weapons are not allowed. 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.

 

  • Friday, November 3rd: UN Day

 

      • 8.10 – 10.15: All students off regular schedule: UN themed activities
      • 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.

 

 

Welcome back!

I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing week off…the children certainly came back to school ‘ready to learn!’

Things to Ask Your Child About:

  • Farah’s amazing presentation!
  • Why is it important to do pre-assessments before beginning a new writing genre? What was yours about?
  • What math skills are you learning and developing and how do you do this?
  • How do you select a ‘just right’ book? How can you practice reading with fluency and accuracy?
  • What problem are you going to try to solve in I-time?
  • How can you learn at home?

New Unit of Inquiry: Heritage

We have begun a new unit on Heritage. The students are inquiring into, “How connections to our past and present influence future generations.”

We will look into

  • The different forms of Heritage
  • the connection between what is valued and what is preserved
  • who decides what is worth preserving

I would love for students to make personal connections to Heritage.  On Monday, please send your child to school with an artifact that could be considered Heritage. (if possible) That might be pictures from a trip to Halong Bay or it might be something personal such as a recipe that has been passed down.  Next week we will look at everyone’s artifacts and discuss them.

Recommended Books:  Many parents have asked for book recommendations. I sent some student recommendations in a former blog post, but on this blog, under ‘Resources,’ you’ll notice that there is a list of many grade-level appropriate books.

At-Home Learning:  Many students have expressed that they do not like the Home Learning Grid to document their learning. Some students preferred to continue this method, but others chose this instead:

  • Document their daily reading in their Biblionasium Reading Log
  • Write one blog post each week about how they learn at home

We will see how this goes, determine if there is an improvement in accountability and re-evaluate soon!

The Week in Review:

Math:

 

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Base-10 numbers system and other number systems (Base-2, Base 4, etc.)

 

Literacy:

 

  • Literacy Centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Recording our oral reading in order to evaluate our fluency and accuracy
  • New writing genre: Persuasive Writing
  • Organization of ideas into paragraphs

 

UOI:

 

  • Introducing our new UOI (see above) by reading “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco and breaking down the central idea.

 

I-time:

 

  • Design process thinking; choosing projects they would like to work on based on inconveniences or problems that they would like to solve somehow.

 

Website of the Week:

 

  • I-Time inspiration Links: This document has many links to various sites that can inspire projects for I-time. Many involve coding and making things that solve problems. There are a lot of fun, inspirational sites on this page!

 

 

The answer is…

Grade 4 Learning Space
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Grade 4 Learning Space

Now that I have your attention, I’d like to answer the most frequently asked question at parent conferences, which was, “how can I help my child at home?” The Grade 4 Learning Space is the Website of the Week and the Website of the Year!

Where do you find out about Unit of Inquiries?

Where can I find activities to help with reading?

Where can I find math games and activities to help my child?

Please take time to look through it with your child and enjoy all of the resources and information it has to offer! It is a continuous work in progress and we will add more throughout the year.

On another note, thank you all for taking the time to come in and meet with me this week. It was lovely to have a chance to chat with you and learn more about your child. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work with you this year to support your child.   

Week in Review:          

  • Math:
  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
    Subtracting over 100 barriers
    Reflecting on their work.
  • Literacy:
    Reading for information about the UOI
    Note-taking strategies
    Response writing
    Writing comments on each other’s blogs and giving feedback that is kind, specific and helpful.
  • UOI:  Use scientific language to explain how the earth’s surface changes.
  • I time:  Use the design process to make straw rockets.

Reminders:

  • Oct. 9-13 Autumn Break- No School
  • October 19th (Thursday) @ 7:00pm in Community Room: Understanding Mathematics at UNIS and How to Support as a Parent.
    • This is just for grade 2-5 parents and will be VERY informative!   

Pictures:

4C shared space: Photos: (This is where I store all photos taken in class. Last modified dates will help you to find more recent photos)

Happy Moon Festival!

Week in Review:

  • Math:
    • Understanding place value in numbers to 1,000,000
    • Learning how to approach problems using the SKATER problem solving process.
    • Introduction and practice using the NAPE problem-solving rubric to assess their work
  • English:
    • Conference with teacher and set individual reading goals
    • Continued practice using Biblionasium to document their learning.
    • Response writing- learning to write a response reflection to our Math problem
    • Reading for understanding of non-fiction
  • UOI: How the World Works
    • Experiments to understand the effect of physical and chemical weathering on rocks
    • Note Taking, observation and data collection skills
  • Other:
    • Celebrating Moon Festival
    • Listening Skills

*Please note that these are only general ‘snapshots’ of what your child is doing in school. More specific instruction varies upon the needs of each child and individual needs were catered to within these areas. Ask your child for more details and please check out the Grade 4 Learning Space for ideas to practice at home. Please see Curriculum section for curriculum details for each unit if you would like to know more about what is next.

Website of the Week:

Reading: RAZ Kids has over 400 eBooks and open-book eQuizzes, with new books added every month. There are also orresponding eQuizzes test comprehension. Each student has an account already!

**Last week we featured Biblionasium.com as a website of the week but I want to explain it to you so that you can log in and connect to your children’s reading. This is the format we are using to log students reading both at home and at school. Once you create an account, you can see your child’s reading history, reading logs, favorite books, reading preferences, book reviews and more.

To Register:

Go to Biblionasium.com register as as parent

Confirm your email

Enter this code: SAVNS-70007

*There are MANY helpful websites available on the Grade 4 Learning Space!

Reminders:

 

  • Tuesday, October 3rd: Parent-Teacher Conferences- Student Free Day
  • Oct. 9-13 Autumn Break- No School

 

Pictures:

  • Check out our Twitter Feed to the left of this blog post!
  • 4C shared space: Photos: (This is where I store all photos taken in class. Last modified dates will help you to find more recent photos)

PE days- Change of Clothes!

PE is on MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS! Students MUST bring a change of clothes!

While they are encouraged to wear their PE clothes to school, students must be prepared with a change of clothes for after! This is for hygiene, as well as days like today. Due to construction, there is no covered pathway to get to get to and from the gym. After PE class, the students were instructed to change back at class into their dry change of clothes. Students were soaked on the return, but this was not a problem for those that had their change of clothes. Those that didn’t have a change of clothes dried up during recess and lunch and have hopefully learned another good reason to bring a change of clothes!

 

 

Read, Read, Read!

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”

-Joseph Addison

A large body of research informs us that the activity that has the most positive impact on students’ academic success in elementary school, is daily reading for pleasure. We are teaching students how to choose appropriate leveled and interesting books but you might also want some ideas on books that might interest your child. Here is a list of books that last year’s Grade 4 students recommended at the end of the year. Here are the books that last year’s students voted as top ten best books they read that year.

Once again, please make sure your child reads at least 20 minutes every night. Read with your child. Model reading. Let me know if they’re not coming home with books- they are encouraged to go in small groups during reading time during the week, but they can go every single day at lunch recess! There are no excuses for not having a new book to read!

The kids are very excited about our website of the week, Biblionasium , in which they can log the books they read, write book reviews, and share what they are reading. Please see “helpful websites” section below for more details.

***Finally, I am sorry that the link to the How Independent Are You? survey didn’t work. It has been fixed! You may do it and discuss with your child ways they can show more independence and self-management skills.

Week in Review:

  • Math:
    • Using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to solve problems
    • Using place value to work with large numbers mentally
    • Measurement pre-assessment
  • English:
    • Response writing- how to write about a work or experience and make judgements about it
    • Building reading stamina.
    • Introducing Biblionasium to log reading time, books and share their reading with each other
    • Visual note-taking
  • UOI:
    • Erosion and deposition.
    • Weathering
    • Scientific Observations and documentation
  • Other:
    • Setting up our blog portfolios and learning to use Chromebooks and Ipads.
    • UNIS’s 30th birthday celebration!
    • Organizing our room with new furniture and developing systems to help us to stay focused and organized
    • MAPS testing
    • We got brand new, super cool furniture and have been having fun how to best arrange to optimize learning. 

*Please note that these are only general ‘snapshots’ of what your child is doing in school. More specific instruction varies upon the needs of each child and individual needs were catered to within these areas. Ask your child for more details and please check out the Grade 4 Learning Space for ideas to practice at home. Please see Curriculum section for curriculum details for each unit if you would like to know more about what is next.

Websites of the Week:

  • English: Biblionasium is the fun, reading-focused social network for kids ages 6-13. Connecting kids in an encouraging community of friends, family and their educators, Biblionasium excites, engages and encourages a love of the written word. Kids can log their reading, play games, complete reading challenges and earn rewards within a safe social network built especially for them. They also can write book reviews and talk to other students about books!
    • Group Code: Jenny4167….Parents may also join! If you join, you can see what they are reading and they can ‘friend’ kids in other classes! One parent from each child has been sent an invitation with a one-time special verification code. Please use this email to sign in and share a password. (You make up one for yourself, this is different than the student accounts)
  • Math: Prodigy: Prodigy is a free, online, math-based, curriculum aligned, role-playing game. It will adapt by itself to ensure that each child is receiving the right material at the right time. The game is self-paced, so while students might all be working at different levels, they’ll still get to experience the same rich and exciting world, while each one is working on the content that is right for them. (Class Code: B8AD0A)

*There are MANY helpful websites available on the Grade 4 Learning Space!

Reminders:

 

  • Thursday, September 28th: Moon Festival- Don’t forget to wear your ao dai!
  • Tuesday, October 3rd: Parent-Teacher Conferences- Student Free Day
  • Oct. 9-13 Autumn Break- No School

 

Pictures:

  • Check out our Twitter Feed to the left of this blog post!
  • 4C shared space: Photos: (This is where I store all photos taken in class. Last modified dates will help you to find more recent photos)

Check out 4c kids building independent reading stamina in our new room design…we’re still getting organized, but it’s feeling really good so far!


Long & Detailed (The one with A LOT of information!)

“The more we read, the better we are informed.”

-Hailah Gifty Akita

Staying informed about what is happening at school is the best way you can assist your child at home. Below I have outlined the best sources of information for information about what is happening in 4C. (Please see ES Tin Tuc and UNIS Tin Tuc for more whole-school information.) If you would like further information on how to access specific information please feel free to pop in and ask me directly!

  • Class Blog: On Thursdays, you will see my latest posts as part of ES Tin Tuc. You can also ‘subscribe by email’ on the home page.
    • a weekly overview of what we’ve worked on in class
    • updates and reminders
    • all information relevant to 4C
    • links to math curriculum & English curriculum. You can see which standards we are focusing on during 6-week units.
  • Grade 4 Learning Space:  Your child should have ‘bookmarked it’ in their Chrome browsers. You may want to ‘bookmark’ it in yours. Click around with your child…there are LOADS of information and resources there to make at-home learning easy and fun!
    • Detailed information about all of our Unit of Inquiries, Maths and Literacy
    • Ideas and activities you can do at home to help your child
    • Lots of games and educational websites
  • #4C on Twitter: For some ‘snapshots’ of what your child has done that day in school. This feeds into the left column of this blob. You can also follow @Ms_Jenny_UNIS
  • Your Child’s Blog: Posts about what they are working on in school. This is also their portfolio. While we are just getting started, they will be reflecting frequently on their learning here.
    • *SUBSCRIBE to your child’s blog. (Look for “subscribe” or “follow” by email button) This way you will receive an email anytime they post.
    • Comment on their posts- This is the biggest motivator!
    • share with family members and encourage them to comment on their posts.

We also discussed the Home Learning Grid – which should go home with the students next week. The grid focuses on Reading, Physical Activity and Housework as being important things that students should be doing daily. You can sign, stamp or date the grid, which should come back to the school every two weeks, so that teachers can check to see that students are being active readers, active individuals, and active helpers in the household.

How Can I Help At Home?

  • READ: Make sure your child reads at least 20 minutes every night. Read with your child. Model reading. Let me know if they’re not coming home with books- they are encouraged to go in small groups during reading time during the week, but they can go every single day at lunch recess! There are no excuses for not having a new book to read!
  • Stay Informed about school, talk to your child about school, ask questions, etc.
  • Play games and spend quality time with your child (check out Grade 4 Learning Space for ideas)
  • SUBSCRIBE to your child’s blog. They can see how many views and comments they get and this means a lot to them!
  • Encourage independence and self-management skills. Here is a link to the How Independent Are You? survey we did in class. You may do it and discuss it with your child!
  • Check out the Back to School Night Presentation for more ideas

Week in Review:

  • Math:  
    • Place value and rounding;  Using 1,000 books to find numbers that we can round up and down to; solving problems using the strategy of rounding
    • For example students mentally added 533 + 469 by rounding 533 to 530 and 469 to 470.  Adding those together to make 1000 and then figuring out that they needed to add 2 from before they rounded to make 1002. They then applied this strategy to other problems.
  • English:
    • Reading: using the 6 thinking hats to take notes and reflect on what they were reading; reading informational articles on Newsela
    • Writing: how to write response texts– They are writing a response to the field trip we had last FridayGrammar Focus: Judgment words (positive and negative), past tense verbs
  • UOI:  Investigating the soil samples that we collected from our field trip; Learning about deposition and erosion through hands-on experiments.
  • PSEL: Appreciation, Independence, Self-management skills
  • Other:  Former SpaceX engineer Philip Kassouf visited and spoke with the Grade 4 students this week. He spoke about overcoming challenges and taking advantage of the opportunity they have to study at UNIS.

Helpful websites:

  • Math: Manga High Students can get assignments that are catered to their individual level. If I have not assigned anything, the program will suggest activities based on their progress. I can see their progress and then help them in school.
  • Reading: Newsela: Class Code-QZBW2C  A great website full of news articles that are written in kid friendly language. Students can adjust the difficulty level of the text to fit for them. I can assign specific articles for them to read and they can also choose their own.

Reminders:

  • Class Parent Needed! Please let me know if you’re interested!
  • MAP testing will take place next week
  • Snack Sale- Wednesday, September 20
  • Moon Festival Thursday, September 28th…Don’t forget to wear your ao dai!

Pictures:

  • Check out our Twitter Feed to the left of this blog post!
  • 4C shared space: Photos: (This is where I store all photos taken in class. Last modified dates will help you to find more recent photos)

For now… 🙂

Short & Speedy!

“All assessment is a perpetual work in progress”

-Linda Suskie

For a short week, it sure has felt like we’ve done a full week’s work! A lot of focus at the beginning of the year is on getting to know our students. As we continue to establish norms and expectations, we are also assessing our students so we can design lessons that best meet their needs. Much of this is one-on-one to give us the most comprehensive picture of your child as possible. In a few weeks, we will also administer MAPS tests which will give us more standardized data as well. In the meantime, we must remember to be patient and that this is only the beginning…for every goal we meet, new goals will be set and assessment is something that happens year round.

Week in Review:

  • Math: Identifying patterns in numbers to 1,000.  Learning word problem solving strategies.
  • English: Practicing reading routines and expectations, while completing individual reading and spelling assessments. Learning to write responses and reflections.
  • UOI: Practicing making scientific observations. Inquiring into how the movement of water changes the earth’s surface.
  • I-Time:  Learning the inquiry process of asking questions and setting up experiments to answer those questions.
  • Other: Setting up our blog portfolios and learning to use Chromebooks and Ipads.

A large body of research informs us that the activity that has the most positive impact on students’ academic success in Elementary School, is daily reading for pleasure.

* Please see Curriculum section for curriculum details for each unit if you would like to know more about what is next.

Reminders:

  • Back-to-School Night, Thursday, September 7th @ 6:00pm
  • Field Trip to Sac Son Friday, September 8th (Where sensible walking shoes!)
  • Students should have a hat and water bottle every day.
  • Students should have a pair of headphones to keep at school.
  • HEALTHY snacks only, please!

Thank you for those of you who were able to make it to Back to School Night! For those that missed it, here is the slideshow. Feel free to ask any questions!

Week 3 in 4C

“When choosing between being right or being kind, be kind.”                                         -Mr. Browne’s September Precept (Wonder by R.J. Polacio)

4C has been very busy establishing ‘norms’ of our classroom learning community. We’ve had a lot of discussion about what it means to be internationally-minded and how we can make the PYP Attitudes and IB Learner Profile part of who we are every day. As we read aloud Wonder, we reflect on the characters, the choices they make and how they demonstrate positive characteristics that we can learn from.

Week in Review:

Week in Review:

  • Math: Exploring patterns, their relationships, and in general, what it means to be a mathematician.
  • English: Setting up routines and expectations, including Independent Reading and Writing Responses.
  • UOI: Introducing our Unit of Inquiry “How the World Works,” which is an inquiry into Earth’s surface and how it changes over time as a result of natural processes and our activity
  • I-Time: Build a balloon-powered: Students worked in small groups with the same materials to create a balloon powered car. They learned a bit about data collection and fair testing, but even more about team work and solving problems.
  • Reading Buddies: We met with our K2 Reading buddies (Ms. Andrea’s Class) and played some games, interviewed each other and read.
  • Other: Setting up and learning to use Chromebooks and Ipads.

* Please see Curriculum section for curriculum details for each unit if you would like to know more about what is next.

Reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL Monday, September 4th!!
  • Back-to-School Night, Thursday, September 7th @ 6:00pm
  • Field Trip to Sac Son Friday, September 8th (Where sensible walking shoes!)
  • Students should have a hat and water bottle every day.
  • Students should have a pair of headphones to keep at school.

Daniel and Kai are playing Reckon, in which they have to use all four operations to create numbers.

Sunjae and Wonsik were very competitive playing math games!

  • Isa and Hannah reading to their K2 buddy.

    We also played some games with our Reading Buddies to get to know them!

  • Ben, Tommy and Mai worked as a team to try to create a balloon-powered car.

    Farah, Sienna and Na had good design ideas!

Ariana and Quan used Google Maps to look at and inquire about the Earth’s surface

What did you learn this week?