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Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
Grade 4 Learning Space
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?

 

First Full Week: Total Success!

We’ve had a great week getting to know each other as we are develop expectations and routines that will help the rest of the year run smoothly. It’s very important to take things slow in the beginning as we focus on community building, getting to know each other, focusing on behaviors and developing a growth mindset! As we work on these and lay the foundation for our Math, English and UOI work, I will be doing many individual assessments to get to know your child more.

Let’s hear what the kids have to say!

                                
We have created essential agreements as a class that will set us up for learning. These are:

  • We will be self-aware of our actions and attitudes so we are more supportive of and respectful to others.
  • We will focus, stay on-task and do our personal best!
  • We will work as a T.E.A.M by encouraging and helping each other. (Together Everyone Achieves More)
  • We will make mistakes and learn from them.
  • We will demonstrate the Learner Profile and Attributes

Reminders:

  • Class Photos on Monday, August 28th!
  • Back-to-School Night, September 7th @ 6:00pm
  • Students should have a hat and water bottle every day.
  • Students should have a pair of headphones to keep at school.

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

My name is Ms. Jenny. I am thrilled to be your child’s 4th grade teacher, along with my amazing sidekick/teaching assistant, Thao. We’ve had a wonderful first week of school, the first of many. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our room full of curious and enthusiastic young learners and am keen to see where our learning will take us this year.

This is my 7th year at UNIS. With the exception of my childhood home, I’ve never lived anywhere longer than 5 years, so that is a strong testament of how much I love UNIS and Hanoi. Prior to Vietnam, I’ve lived in Florida (USA), Shanghai and Munich. I love traveling, exploring and new experiences in general, whether it is a new city, new nooks within a place, ideas, books, and my own creativity! My husband, Chris, and I are now exploring the new world of parenthood, as we just welcomed our little girl, Lorelie, into the world last April. Her big, furry brother, Brody (our Black Labrador) has adjusted well to sharing the attention, although he is a bit disappointed that she is not able to throw a frisbee yet.

We will spend the next week ahead setting up classroom routines and expectations, as well as developing a strong community. Creating a positive and safe learning environment is our number one priority to ensure that children feel ready to learn. We will continue to work on this over the next few weeks, as it is important to take the time at the beginning of the year to lay the foundation for continued excellence.

In the meantime, please make sure your child brings a water bottle and hat to school daily. If they prefer, they can leave in their locker so they never forget them!  Also, make sure both are clearly labeled with their name and class. (4C)

More detailed information will be coming in the next few weeks regarding communication, home learning, and other important information. Also, here is a link to the schedule, although there may be minor changes in the following weeks.

Just in case you missed it, here is the introduction video I sent to the kids last June.

Thank you,

Ms. Jenny