The Final Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

It’s hard for me to believe but this is my final post for the 2017-2018 school year. In some ways I feel like the year has only just begun and in other ways I feel like we have known each other for a very long time. I have had a great year as the teacher of 2D and want to thank each of you for your support and kindness. I wish you all a wonderful summer vacation and look forward to seeing you around the school next year.

Summer Learning

If you are looking for ideas of how to incorporate math into your summer experiences, you can always add more talk about math using Table Talk Math.  Another way to enjoy math this summer is to play math games or digital math games.

To encourage reading over the summer, please check out our summer book list.  We also have a Summer Reading Bingo to encourage students to read different genres as well as books from grade three units of inquiry.

Grade 2 Extravaganza

The water slide and water play at the end of the day on Tuesday was absolutely epic. I personally had a great time on the giant slip and slide and based on the smiling faces and laughter I wasn’t the only one. Thanks to those who came and those who brought us snacks. I don’t have a single photo from the event. I was too wet to use a camera!


Students completed their tangram story projects by using Book Creator App record their illustrations and their voices. The class then enjoyed watching the videos and books on Thursday. Ask us about our story!

The photo below was taken at the very beginning of the school year. I thought it would be fun to try and recreate the same picture on the last day of school. Notice any changes?


Our Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Things are starting to wrap up for the school year in 2D. We are beginning to the signs of summer all around. There are special events happening at school, some goodbyes, and finishing of projects. See some photos from our week below.


Tuesday, June 12th at 14:00-15:15 behind the Sports Centre Grade 2 End of Year Extravaganza. We will have a water party and you are invited to attend. Please see the information which was sent home earlier this week. Simple snacks are welcome.

Tuesday June 12th at 1:15-1:45 the Leavers Assembly in the Sports Centre

Thursday, June 14th Last Day of School, students go home at following the end of year assembly at 12:00

The Swimming Extravaganza was Wednesday. Students had a great time getting in the pool and showing off their skills. The crowds went wild!


We are continuing to express our culture and creativity, this week through masks. We learned about how masks are used in cultures around the world and then designed our own.


We are combining what we have learned about shape to use tangrams to tell a narrative story. Students are finding ways to use tangram puzzles to represent characters and shapes from a narrative story. They are then designing and creating background to the scenes in their story. Eventually, this will come together so students can use the stop motion app or Book Creator app to film their story with narration. Stay tuned!


Culture and Creativity in 2D

Dear Parents,

We have had an amazing week filled with cultural expressions of creativity. You will find photos of all the fantastic and interesting learning experiences below.


Friday, June 1st at 12:30 is the Grade 2 and 3 Swimming Extravaganza. See you at the pool!

Tuesday, June 12th at 2:00 PM-3:15 PM Grade 2 End of Year Extravaganza Water Party, see previous blog post for more information, a flier was sent home on Thursday

Return all library books by June 1st, Friday


This week we started of our exploration of How We Express Ourselves by learning about mandalas and creating mandalas of our own using flowers. Then we learned about rhythm and culture by watching videos and tutorials. We then created our own presentations using rhythm. Some of our presentations used clapping, cups, kitchen items, singing, and dance. We learned a  new game from Nigeria called dara. Ask us how to play! We also have a special guest teacher, Ms. Ronke, come to teach us about how different cultures express themselves through their hairstyles. We got to try on different wigs and created our own styles. Absolutely fabulous!


We continued to review our subtraction strategies for extra practice. We also created an estimation game where we chose class items, counted them, then asked other students to estimate the number.


We learned how to write a flash fiction narrative story in 20 minutes. Then we shared our stories with our groups and the class. It was so much fun to write fast and furious! In reading, we are still working with narrative texts and our reading groups.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that:

Friday, May 25th students will be leaving school at 11:30 AM due to high school graduation

The Swimming Relay Extravaganza for Grade 2 is on Friday, June 1 from 12:30-14:00 at the school pool

All library books are due back to the library by June 1st.


This week we continued to inquire into how cultures express their creativity. We learned some new games to play from Egypt and made cultural totem poles that represent our values and what symbolize who we are. Ask us what we put on our totem poles and what it means to us!


We started to explore 3D shapes this week. We learned the names of shapes, and how to classify them based on their edges, faces, and vertices. We sorted shapes and even made them out of clay and paper.


This week we continued to work on our narrative story writing using art and architecture from around the world as inspiration. We also practiced some readers theatre, read fiction stories, and listened to our latest Roald Dahl book, The Witches.


The Shapes of 2D

Dear Parents,

The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment. Thank you to everyone for sending in snacks for the snack sale on Wednesday and keeping track of all the announcements. It is helping  us to keep things running smoothly through the heat and end of year events.


Mondays are library exchange days. Send books to school in a book bag.

Friday, May 25th is the last day to check out resources from the library.

Friday June 1st, all materials must be returned to the library for inventory.

Friday, May 25th is Graduation Day at UNIS and students D-8 are dismissed at 11:30.


This week we inquired into the meaning of culture. We discussed what are the aspects of culture that we see and the parts of culture that we don’t see. Students explored websites and books looking for different aspects of culture and started to ask interesting questions to guide their inquiries. One questions this week was, “What is the connection between community and culture?” Another question was, “What ways to people physically show their culture?” Feel free to discuss the concept of culture at home and ways that your family represents your culture.


This week we started off by folding paper shapes into 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 segments. Then students cut out parts of those shapes to create pictures and write sentences about what fraction of the shape they used. We ended the week by using shapes to construct the largest triangles we could. Students built triangles using hexagons, trapezoids, rhombuses, and triangles. They had to add up all of the shapes they used to prove theirs was the largest. It got very competitive but the largest triangle had over 300 shapes!


We started Readers Theatre this week. The students learned ways to use reading fluency and expression to make their characters seem real and their performances interesting to watch. We also started to write narrative stories using pictures of famous art and architecture as inspiration.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

It’s May and the heat is on! It has really gotten warm outside. Please remember to send a hat to school and always send a water bottle. We have talked a lot this week about the importance of drinking enough water to stay healthy.


Healthy Snack Sale on Wednesday, May 16th. And it’s 2D’s turn to contribute snacks!

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in each snack saleplease send him/her to school with money on all four snack sale days (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

What to bring if you are in a contributing class?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients.When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 individually wrapped homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • A labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyard

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks

Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies or chocolate bars.


This week we have started a new unit, How We Express Ourselves. The central idea is, cultures express their creativity is many ways. We started off by using an iceberg model to see how our values influences our actions. The iceberg model compares what we can see with what we can’t see underneath. Then we explored the UNIS campus to look for examples of our school’s three values in action: community, responsibility, and learning. Ask us how we express ourselves and what values motivate us!


We really got into fractions this week. We explored some fraction games and we designed our own Fraction Avenues using what we know about fractions. Ask us what our fraction avenue looked like.


This week our reading and writing workshops were combined while we learned about the parts of a narrative text. We are using books to identify the different parts so we can begin to write our own narratives. Some of the books we read as a class were: The Paperbag Princess, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and The Most Magnificent Thing. Ask us what the orientation is in a narrative text.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please find pictures from Book Week below as well as some important announcements.

Tomorrow is wear your Pajamas Day. Students may also bring a small plush toy with them if they wish. The Book Sale begins tomorrow as well. We have time to visit the sale as a class and students may bring money to buy their own books.

Grade two is going to start it’s last unit of inquiry next week. It is, How We Express Ourselves: cultures express their creativity in many ways. This is a fantastic unit to utilize the diversity of our UNIS community. We would like to ask for parents to come in to grade two and present different aspects of their culture and creativity. Some ideas of culture that could be shared might be: language, music, art, dance, clothing/textiles, theatre, food, games, and sports. If you are interested in presenting, please email your child’s classroom teacher. We appreciate your help!

Book Week

Grade two has just finished their Where We Are in Place and Time Unit. Students shared their exploration brochures with another class. There was a lot a great listening and presenting happening. Many students have said they now have a passion to explore a region of the planet or space. Be sure to ask us where we would like to explore!

Math and Literacy

We are at the stage of finishing off our information writing and non-fiction reading. Our next units will be narrative reading and writing. In math we have been reviewing our addition and subtraction games and beginning some of our work with fractions. More to come!

Our Week

Dear Parents,

This was a wonderful short week of school. We had many events and visitors over the course of the week. Please find the photos below.


No school on Monday and Tuesday next week. School resumes on Wednesday, May 2.

Next week is book week. Please refer to last week’s post for details.

Grade 8 Buddies

This week our grade eight buddies came to read with us and help us with our information writing. There was also time for some games of Connect Four and hangman.

Super Cycling Man

We had a visit today from the Super Cycling Man. This amazing super hero is cycling on every continent on Earth to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease Research. His message to us was to find ways to be a quiet super hero doing small, good deeds. He’s also an explorer! To learn more about his adventure and action visit

Grade 5 Exhibition

Today students in grade two had a chance to visit the grade five exhibition. Students had the opportunity to learn more about how individual passions and the UN SDG’s combine to motivate us to action. There are truly so many incredible and inspiring students who are taking action to make the world a better place. Ask us about what we saw there today!

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,


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.


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.


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.


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