Book Week

Everyday of Book Week will offer special activities!

Wednesday May 2– Wear a Word Day:

Students wear a word on their clothing-

Can be a word they identify with, have fun saying or simply enjoy.

Thursday May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade

Students dress up as their favourite BOOK character

Friday May 4 Pajama dress up day and bring your

best buddy soft cuddly toy to school day

+ SCO Book Sale!

Plus week long activities including Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time, Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays!

The Book Week Team

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Reminders

The Book Drive is on. Please send in your used, unwanted books to school. We have collection baskets in the classroom. Books in any languages are welcome!

No School, Wednesday April 25th for Hung King Day

No School, Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1st, Public Holidays

May 2-4 Book Week

May 3-Dress up as your favorite book character day.

May 4-Wear your pajamas and bring your soft toy to school day. Book Sale Day.

Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences were the main focus for much of the beginning of this week. Students were busy preparing how they wanted to share their learning with you on Wednesday. They were very excited and a bit nervous to be “in charge” of sharing their learning with you. Thank you for your supportive questions and positive reinforcement of all the work they have done this year.

UOI

Students continued to work in their Expert Group this week. Each student is inquiring into an aspect of exploration based on their interest. Students chose their focus topics this week and the media they will use to make their brochures and pamphlets to present their learning.

Math

We are nearing the end of our work with multiplication and will soon be moving on to fractions and reiterating some of our earlier work on number.

Literacy

Students are drafting their information texts and have been learning to organize their writing into paragraphs with a topic sentence.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

It was great to be back in the class after a fun filled and sunny Spring Break. Based on the conversations I heard on Monday morning all of the students had a wonderful break from school. See the picture of our small fire conversations on Monday morning below.

Reminders:

  • Wednesday, 18 April – Student Led Conferences (please sign up on Veracross)
  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • Library Exchange is on Mondays
  • Monday, 30 April – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 1 May- International Labor Day NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK DRIVE: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May

UOI

This week students in Grade 2 broke out into their self-chosen “expert group” to further their inquiries into exploration. The three groups to choose from were: land, sea/water, and space. Each group is finding out more about their locations and will be presenting their learning in the form of a travel brochure. Ask us which group we picked and how our inquiries are going! We also had a student make a presentation about his explorations in Laos over the spring break. If you have any photos of explorations you have done recently send them in. We love to see action!

Math

We continued our work with multiplication and arrays by designing our own zoos this week. We had to map out the spaces our animals would occupy using arrays and our knowledge of area.

Literacy

This week we began to plan and draft our own information texts based on topics that we know. Students are currently writing all about dogs, cats, horses, Italy, Korea, and many more fascinating topics. In reading, we learned how to skim and scan a text to find out the main idea and locate information.

 

Field Trip and other news.

Dear Parents,

Reminders

  • Sports Fun Day tomorrow morning from 8:25-11:40. Students should come to school dressed in PE clothes and house colors. They also need to bring a hat and water bottle.
  • Next week is Spring Break, see you back at school on April 9th
  • Library book exchange every Monday

We just got back from a fantastic field trip to the Hanoi Botanical Garden. Students had a lovely picnic under the trees and spent the afternoon as explorers wandering around the park. It was so much fun watching the students discover and be curious about the many plants and small animals we encountered. When we reflected on the trip some of the the comments were, “exploration can be dangerous,” “you need to have water when you explore,” “exploring can make you tired,” “explorers explore because they want to learn more about a place see something new.”

UOI

In addition to the field trip, students got to experience “expert groups” that focused on exploration at land, sea, and space. Students are choosing an expert group this week based on their personal interest and will be divided up along with all students in grade two to inquire more into their areas. Ask us which group we chose!

Math

We continued working with multiplication by talking about using equal groups and skip counting to solve equations. We also began to write and solve multiplication word problems.

Literacy

This week we wrote and Information Report about our extra cool guest speaker, Mr. Griffin. He is an explorer who spent 150 days hiking the entire length of the Great Himalayan Trail across Nepal. We also looked at many different information texts and reports to learn more about their structure and purpose.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

This week has been jammed packed with learning, exploration, a music concert, Grade Four Market, and more. Thank you for all your support during this busy time of year.

Reiminders:

  • Spring Fair, March 25th
  • Grade 2 Field Trip to Botanical Garden, March 29th
  • ES Fun Sports Day, March 30th
  • Spring Break March 31st-April 8th

Grade 2 Field Trip

The grade 2 students will be going on a curious adventure to the Hanoi Botanical Gardens. Please help us to prepare.

When: Thursday, March 29

Where: Hanoi Botanical Gardens

Time: 11:40-2:30

What to bring: Packed Lunch from home, hat, water bottle, backpack to carry your things. 

UOI

We have started a new unit of inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time. The students are inquiring into what motivates explorers to discover. Here are some photos of the grade two students drawing versions of their own explorers. Grade two also explored our UNIS-Hanoi campus as a provocation. You will also find the new unit of inquiry vocabulary letter below. Please read over it and use it to discuss the concepts and vocabulary in your home language.

Math

This week we continued our multiplication learning using arrays, repeated addition, and equal groups. Enjoy the photos below of last weeks open classroom.

Literacy

This week we returned to non-fiction reading with a fun Jeopardy style review of non-fiction text features. In writing, we are just beginning to learn about information reports.

Backstage at the Concert

I managed to snap a few photos of what was happening backstage at the Grade Two and Three Concert. It was awesome!

 

Concert Information

Dear Parents,

Please be sure that your child brings their recorder everyday next week for rehearsals and the concert. Also, we will be having a dress rehearsal on Wednesday. Ms. Sally would like all students to be wearing the white tops and black pants, black shoes on Wednesday. The rehearsal will be after PE, so students can come to school in their PE clothes. Change for rehearsal and then change back to PE clothes so they don’t get their clothes dirty.

Thank you!

The 2D Weekly Update

Dear Parents,

While it has been a short week for students, we teachers were here on Monday learning from each other and building relationships across the school. The time we had on Monday was well spent. Students came back to school so excited to prepare for their Science Expo on Thursday morning, at 9:10. Please see last weeks post for the open classrooms timetable.

Reminders

Grade 2 and 3 Music Concert is on Thursday, March 22 at 9:00 am in the Center for the Fine Arts.

UOI

This week students finished publishing their scientific reports, and practiced their experiments for the Science Expo on Thursday. The Science Expo is the final assessment for our How the World Works unit of inquiry. They are looking forward to sharing everything they have learned about conducting experiments, what scientists do, types of materials, and how materials change and behave.

Science Expo-Thank you very much to all who came for the expo. We felt so accomplished and proud to share our learning.

Math

We have finished off with our last unit on measurement and moved on to the exciting world of multiplication. Students are first learning about multiplication through the use of arrays and repeated addition. There’s lots more to come next week!

Literacy

Students are working on the final procedural text. We learned to add adverbs into our steps so that we can give our readers more detailed instructions. In reading, we are learning to find the author’s message. We also started a new read aloud, The BFG by Roald Dahl! It was an obvious choice for our class of Roald Dahl fans since many of us haven’t read it.

Our Visit to the Grade One Wax Museum

 

This week’s highlights and important news.

Dear Parents,

Once again, we have had a full week of learning and fun in 2D. The heat has returned and I am happy to see that most students are remembering to bring water bottles and hats to school. The kids work up a real sweat running around at recess so lots of water is necessary.

No school for students on Monday, March 12th for Teacher Professional Development.

Open Classrooms

Next week, we have our second installment of open classrooms. Open classroom days are on Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March 16th. Our home room will be open for one period on each of the days and specialist lessons will be open all day Thursday, and Friday until 11:30 AM.  The Science Expo will be on Thursday, March 15th period 2 (9:10-9:50). It is our chance to share our experiments and learning from our most recent unit of inquiry. Please see the attached schedule below and feel free to email any questions to me.

Sayonara Shota!

This week we have had to say goodbye to Shota and his family as they are returning to Tokyo. I think it is safe to say everyone is sad to see Shota and his family leave but, we know he will be a great success in his next school. Take care Shota and stay in touch!

UOI

This week, we have been busy planning our experiments for the Science Expo! Plus, we got another chance to visit Ms. Kate in the middle school science lab. We made a fire extinguisher using vinegar and baking soda. Curious? Ask us how we did it!

Math

This week we continued with to find the area of shapes. We have started to compare the areas of two shapes and find the difference. We also used the balance scales to measure the mass of an object. Did you know that there is a difference between mass and weight? It’s a little hard to explain but it’s interesting to talk about…

Literacy

This week we continued our focus on procedural writing by looking at the parts of a procedural text and writing the steps. Students wrote their own versions of How to Sneak Your Monster into School by Christopher Francis. In reading, we learned how our schema helps us to make inferences and connections when we read. Don’t know what schema is? Ask us, we can help!