3B Updates

Dear Parents, This week we are doing Maker Day on Friday. Maker Day is about making stuff out straws or other things. We are learning about creating and making things. The Walkathon was raised today and 3B got the second p lace in money raising for Blue Dragon. We’ve been practicing choosing good choices in Literacy. So like, if I was going to do typing Club, I’d have to tick off one box or if you’re doing read to someone you can only have 2 tries at it. In Maths we are also making good choices. In UOI we have been learning about wants and needs and how we organise ourselves is out unit. It’s all about how people get paid fairly and fair trade. So far in this unit I feel sad that some banana growers aren’t getting paid properly and there is some child labour where kids have to make clothes or other stuff and not get to go to school. From, Xander

Things to discuss with your child

  • Our Blue Dragon Walkathon efforts
  • What does Fair Trade mean?
  • What is a consumer?
  • What is unit central idea in their home language?

Maker Day

This year we will be holding Maker Day twice in the elementary school. The theme for our first edition which we will hold tomorrow is: empower students to take action through problem solving and design. We will also integrate maker and design thinking across our curriculum. Students will join together to create a huge Rube Goldberg Machine. More details and photos to come next week.

Unit of Inquiry

Our new unit is moving along well. Students have begun to look into how they have a choice on how money is spent and how our economic activities have an impact the environment.

We are looking into fair trade organisations and choosing a perspective on whether they are the type of companies that we would like to support. Students are beginning to realise that they have a responsibility as consumers. I would love to know of any discussions or action that your children are taking at home as a result of their learning. One example of this that I learnt of recently was a student who decided not to eat Pringles anymore because he found out that they occasionally use conflict palm oil. I would love to hear more examples.

Open Classrooms

Thanks to all our parents who visited our classroom last week. I was hap

py to see so many parents engaged with their children and those who

visited on Friday, thanks for making paper bags. I hope it gave you some insight into what happens each day in our classroom.

Celebrating Language Diversity

We’ve recently begun to encourage students to speak and use their home langauge to carry out some of our activities. It was with great excitement that we recently translated our Central Idea into various languages.

One student commented that it makes so much more sense in our own language.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

 

 

3B Updates

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Open Classrooms
  • Making choices with our money
  • Making bananas and paper bags
  • Which units of measurement we use for various types of measuring
  • Deadly Reading Assessments

Open Classrooms

Thanks to those parents who joined us today in our Literacy groups. I hope your children were able to share their learning with you and you got some insight into what happens in our reading and writing classes. You’re all very welcome to come back to join us tomorrow morning from 9-10am for our lesson on UOI and math integration lesson.

 

New Unit of Inquiry

We began our new unit this week. It falls under the transdisciplinary theme of How we organise ourselves. Our central idea is: Economic activities affect people and impact the environment. The unit will inquire into:

  • Fairness and sustainability in growth and development
  • The effects of economic activities and globalization
  • Our power as consumers to affect change

As always, we appreciate any support you can offer in the way of sharing your knowledge or expertise with us in this area. We are also anticipating some school-home connections to take place as we ask the students to consider the choices that you make as a family on your economic decisions. This is done intentionally to encourage students to make real world connections to their learning. If you have any questions about the unit, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

 

3B Updates

Dear parents, This week we’ve been finishing UOI projects for How the World Works and improving them. We have been reflecting too. We celebrated World Children’s Day and learned the dance for What about Us, a song World Children’s Day. We have learned about empathy and being nice to others and feeling what they’re feeling. From Kaya

Things to discuss with your child

  • Making good choices to help their learning
  • Deadly Reading Assessments
  • Their compound machine made up of simple machines
  • Different types of forces
  • The design cycle
  • World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day

We’ve just celebrated World Children’s Day at UNIS. Students were asked to share their thoughts on children’s rights. you can find some of their answers by clicking this link. I encourage you to watch some of the videos and leave a response.

 

 

Open Classrooms

You are all invited to join us in our classes next week for Open Classrooms. Please see the schedule below for the times that you’re welcome to come and participate in our lessons. If you have any questions about Open Classrooms, please let me know.

 

End of our UOI

We’ve come to the end of this unit of inquiry and we’ve had a great deal of fun learning about simple machines and forces. For their culminating task, students, had to create a compound machine made up of various simple machines while applying their knowledge of forces. We have some very creative games, devices, toys and machines scattered around our classroom. this has been a great opportunity to inquire into the design cycle of: THINK, MAKE, IMPROVE. We’re very excited to being our new unit next week. More information to come next week about how we could use your support with the upcoming unit on fair trade, sustainable consumerism and the impact of our economic activities.

3B Updates

 

Things to discuss with you child

  • UN Day
  • Why we participate in the Blue Dragon Walkathon
  • Our simple machines field trip to the Fun Park
  • How to write a procedure or an explanation

UN Day

Last Friday we celebrated our biggest day of the year at UNIS. Students looked fantastic in

their national outfits and all enjoyed an amazing international buffet lunch. We worked on a couple of collaborative art projects during the morning which we will continue this week and hopefully complete soon. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to making our day a successful event.This truly is a an event that symbolises the unique values and qualities of our school.

 

Field Trip

Our field trip was a very informative learning experience with students getting to observe simple machines working together to make compound machines. The students all took notes, photographed evidence and drew diagrams to support our work for later in the unit when it comes time to build our own simple and compound machines.

Teacher Professional Development

All teachers will participate in professional development on Monday and Tuesday. There will be no classes for students on Monday or Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

 

3B Updates

Dear parents, tomorrow at November the 3rd, there is the UN Day. People are going to come with flags and wave them and we are going to sing a song called The World is Ours. We were measuring our bodies but split into different groups and measured how long our arms are. We split into boys and girls. We measured how much water there is in buckets. In UOI, we were making cars from plastic water bottle caps and from recycled stuff. We did it to make cars and learn about simple machines. In writing we needed to write a procedure on how to make a paper glider. Today we at buddies we were making new cars cause last time we made it with 3A but today we made them with K1. From Gilad

Things to discuss with your child:

  • What does UN Day mean to your family
  • Simple machines around your house
  • The difference between millilitres and litres
  • What the capacity of a sink in your house could be

UN Day

I hope you’re all as excited for UN Day as we are here at school. It is possibly our biggest celebration of the year and a great day for us to unify around the values that we as a school share with the UN. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up and hungry for our community lunch tomorrow. The students have a very exciting performance for you. I guarantee you’ll be impressed.

MAP results

You should have received your child’s MAP results last week. MAP stands for Measurement of Academic Progress and is a standardised test that we participate in twice a year. The results for this round will only really make sense when we have results to compare to later in the year. I’m happy to meet with any of you if you’d like to discuss these results in more detail.

UOI Field Day

We are excited to visit the local amusement park next Tuesday as part of our unit. The G3 teachers and I recently visited the park and have come up with a range of activities for the students to gain a greater understanding of simple machines and forces. This field trip supports of end of unit project which focuses on designing and building simple machines.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

 

3B Updates

 

 

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Simple machines around our class and school
  • What 1squared metre looks like and how many could be in their bedroom
  • What does Blue Dragon do
  • Why we have a central idea in our units

UOI updates

We are well into the finding out and sorting out elements of the inquiry process for our current unit on Forces and Simple Machines. Students will begin to share their learning on the blogs and with students in K2 who are doing a similar unit. If you would like to work with your child to further develop their understanding on our unit, you can click this link and find a range of fun scientific activities to do at home on forces and simple machines.

UN Day

Next Friday, we will celebrate UN Day at school. This is possibly the biggest event on our school calendar. You are all invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the festivities. You should have received information from the school by now on the schedule and expectations for the day. For more information you can contact our advancement office or one of our class parents, Emily or Quynh.

Maths Focus

We spend a big portion of our week focusing on number tasks in our maths lessons. We are looking to strengthen automaticity and flexibility using numbers up 5000. We are using games and activities to support our students to visualise numbers in various ways. Another focus of our maths lessons is solving problems in multiple ways. One way you can support this at home is playing card games with your children. They have learnt a number of games in class. You could ask them to share these with you.

 

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

 

3B Updates

Dear parents, we have been having fun and solving problems. We started with a new unit for UOI about simple machines and forces. We had 4 trucks and each truck had a different way to move. Mr. Josh and the other three teachers were part of it and Mr. Josh used a catapult to move his truck. Mr. Aaron used his strength to move his truck. Ms. Chris used a ramp to move her truck and Ms. Julia used a slingshot to move her truck. We are doing Newsela where we can check what’s going on in the world. Like News. So first we read and then we take a quiz. We are using rulers to measure and we also made a circle airplane.     From Tom

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your break and spent time with family and friends. We are straight back into another Unit of Inquiry and plenty of events and activities in our weekly schedule to keep us busy.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Our new unit on Forces and Simple Machines
  • UNIS vs. Seoul Foreign School
  • What they want to get better at as a reader
  • The app Explain Everything
  • Flying trucks – yes, really. Flying trucks.

New Unit of Inquiry

We began our new inquiry this week. Our central idea is ‘Understanding forces helps humans to create effective machines’. This unit is very hands on and gives the students plenty of opportunities to investigate what makes machines work. Under the transdisciplinary theme of How The World Works, we will inquire into what forces are and how they affect movement and the design of simple machines. As always, we could do with your support. We’re looking for any engineers, architects or construction experts to help us to investigate the design process. If you feel like you could help us out, please email me.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

 

3B Updates

Thank you for coming to share in our learning this afternoon. I hope that you got as much out of the experience as your children did. They were certainly very excited to share and I was very happy with the confidence with which they presented their projects. My hope is that these projects will inspire some action on their behalf. I ask that you encourage them to keep researching their animals and look for opportunities to take action to do what they can to help the plight of their animal.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • How they felt about their presentations
  • What they will do know with their new knowledge
  • Your thoughts on the parent conferences

Reading Lists

You may have noticed a new tab just above in the drop down menus for Resources. We have added a school recommended reading list of suggested books for students of all ages. This was put together by our English Subject Coordinator and contains some great recommendations to engage your children in reading.

Guest Speakers

We have been extremely fortunate to have three UNIS parents come in and share their expertise and knowledge with our students to support our unit of inquiry. We had Alison Davis, who visited us from the Environment, Science, Technology & Health Unit at the U.S. Embassy. We also had Blake’s dad, Dr. Ben Rawson who is the Conservation and Program Development Director for WWF Vietnam and then we had Max’s dad, Dr. Scott Roberton who is the Director of Counter Wildlife Trafficking with WCS here in Vietnam. We are very grateful for these members of our community giving up their time to help our students learn more about animal conservation.

Autumn Break

School will be closed next week as we celebrate our Autumn holidays. The students have worked very hard for this first session in the year and are very deserved of the break. I hope that you enjoy some relaxing time with your family. See you all on October 16.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

3B Updates

Dear Parents, Today we make the masks and we do projects on our animal. We look at a show about the moon festival. We learn about symmetry lines. We looked at what letters have symmetry lines and what letters do not have symmetry lines. Some parents explained to us about the ocean and the man explained to us about monkeys. From Alina.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The difference between diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry
  • The Moon Festival
  • How many times they have been to the library this year
  • Their gymnastics performance
  • Making people smile

Parent Teacher Conferences

I’m looking forward to meeting with you all next Tuesday at the Parent Teacher Conferences. if you have not already done so, please use this link: https://portals.veracross.com/unishanoi to log in to reserve a time. Please remember that there will be no school for students on that day.

Celebrating Learning

The students are busy preparing their final projects to share with you for our end of unit celebrations. You’re welcome to join us next Thursday afternoon from 2:15 in our classroom to see the great work that the students have put in to their endangered animals projects. I would also encourage you to visit the other classes to see the great work that the other classes are doing as well.

Tet Trung Thu

 

 

 

 

3B Updates

Dear parents, it was UNIS’s birthday. We went to a special assembly with Dr Barder at the sport center after that we ate cupcakes. 1 for each. 3B also did our gymnastic performance on stage. We did MAP testing 3 times. We also wrote information reports about anything we liked to write about. It was fun. From Duc

Things to discuss with your child

  • What does the UN International Day of Peace mean to them
  • Wasting food in the cafeteria
  • How they felt about MAP testing
  • What they’re writing about

MAP testing

We’ve just completed our first round of MAP testing for the year. The results of the three tests; reading, language use and maths, will be used to guide my practice and give me a better picture of areas for attention for each child in the class.

Student Council

Last week we held student council nominations and an election. I’m very please that we had 6 candidates for these leadership positions. I’m also happy to announce that Tom Prins and Aoife Brown were elected by their classmates to be our class representatives.

Guided Reading

Next week, we will begin guided sessions. In Grade 3 we believe that guided meaning is making meaning by differentiating, role modeling, targeting specific skills, improving comprehension, and supporting multilingualism. Students will receive attention based on their individual needs as a reader and will engage in fun and meaningful activities to build their expression and fluency. Plenty of time will be allocated to developing their comprehension skills to help develop as a strong reader.

Happy International Day of Peace.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith