This Week in Grade 2D

Dear Parents,

It was great to be back at school this week well rested from the break and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Based on the conversations and excitement on Monday morning, students had a wonderful time relaxing with friends and family last week. We started off the week writing a small moment story to recount some of the fun adventures we had over the holiday. This week UNIS welcomed the APAC volleyball players from around Asia to our school. Grade 2 was tasked with welcoming a school from Shanghai. We prepared signs and a banner to wave at a volleyball match to support this school on Friday. Grade 2 is representing UNIS well by being such gracious hosts! Ask us how the game was on Friday.

Math

This week in math we continued to explore place value and adding and subtracting numbers. We built two digit numbers using unifix cubes and then, using a base system of 10, began to add our numbers together. Eventually all of our numbers were added together to come to final problem of 243+370=613. We used mathematical thinking to find multiple methods to solve our math problems.

Literacy

In reading, we continued to practice visualizing a story and improved our group reading skills by talking about what it means to be a good group member. We continue to work on our reading skills and be better at listening and talking about books. Response writing has been the focus for writers workshop this week. We used our work from our unit of inquiry to write responses to websites we explored. Ask us about what websites we used in class and what are opinions are of those websites.

UOI

Students used their chrome books to finish writing their draft emails to Mr. Kenny. Most students chose to write about what they like about school or just to say hello. Now Mr. Kenny needs to write us back! We inquired into how to evaluate a website to know if it is just right for us. We used a graphic organizer from Common Sense Media to record our thoughts.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences and more!

Dear Parents,

I enjoyed talking with each of you on Tuesday at the parent teacher conferences. It was great to have time to sit down and make some connections between school and home. This week we had the opportunity to spend time with our buddies in Discovery. Students in 2D showed how kind, caring, and open-minded they when playing with their much younger buddies. There are some photos below. Also, please find the tab on this blog for a UNIS list of recommended reading books for students.

UOI

This week we dived into our second line of inquiry and learned more about our online responsibilities. We talked about what some of the dangers of being online are and what we should do when we find ourselves in the wrong place online. Many of the lessons we using for this unit come from Common Sense Media. They are a great resource of information for teachers and parents regarding how to talk about technology, the internet, and which games and moves are appropriate for children. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Math

This week to started to learn about place value and making two digit numbers using unfix cubes and solving what number am I puzzles. We also talked about how to use number lines to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Literacy

We continued to learn about parts of speech with Ms. Laura by playing games with plural nouns. We practiced our response writing skills by watching a clip of Master Chef Jr. and learning about adjectives to describe and respond to cookies. Then we got to eat some cookies and write our responses. In reading, we continued with our reading groups. We switched roles to practice our skills of leading, predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing what we read. We also learned about why rereading our books can be good to increase our reading expression and fluency. It is okay to reread leveled books at home to practice fluency and expression!

Announcement

Learning Celebration for our current unit of inquiry on Thursday, November 16th from 8:45. Parents are invited to come to school and listen to our presentations about digital citizenship. More information is coming after the Fall Break. This is a save the date so hope to see you there!

Also, please find a pdf document attached to this post that you can download to learn more about our current unit of inquiry. There are vocabulary words and concepts you can discuss with your child in their mother tongue.

Have a wonderful Fall Break and see everyone back at school on Monday, October 16th!

What is a digital citizen?

Dear Parents,

2D has had a great week of fun and learning. I got to experience my first ever Moon Celebration today and it was fantastic. We started the day with an interesting and entertaining assembly and finished the day with artists who helped us create our very own rice dough puppets. We all looked great dressed up in our ao dai. What do you think?

UOI

We started this week by asking the question, “What is a digital citizen?” We came up with this definition: A digital citizen is someone who use technology devices and the internet to become part of the global community. Then we thought of how a digital citizen uses is a responsible, respectful, and safe user of technology. After that we looked at the forms of technology, how they have changed over time, and how they are used. Some of us were very surprised by “primitive” forms of technology!

Math

This week we started to learn about collecting data and using charts and graphs to present that data. We thought of a question to ask students in the class, collected the data using a tally chart, and used a chart to present the information. Then we made interpretations based on the results.

Literacy

This week we continued with our response writing by practicing how to write positive statements about a piece of art and a book. In reading, we learned about visualizing and how important it is to see a movie of the story in our heads while we read. We visualized a setting based on the book Puddles by Jonathan London and character based on part of the book The Twits by Roald Dahl. Ask us what was in Mr. Twit’s beard!

Have a great weekend!

 

Day of Peace

Dear Parents,

Happy International Day of Peace! Students in 2D used their class meetings this week to learn more about what peace means, and make peace pledges to take action on Peace Day. They also colored in peace tokens to give to students at recess to promote peace and ask the question, “Who will you make peace with?” Ask us how we will make peace.

UOI

We started our new unit of inquiry this week, How We Organize Ourselves, Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community. We answered questions about how we use digital technology and learned more about the key concepts, attitudes and skills in this unit.

Math

This week we solved our first numberless word problem. Just ask us if you are wondering what that is. We also learned about probability and used vocabulary to decide whether something is certain, unlikely, likely, or impossible to happen.

Literacy

This week we talked about many skills that good readers know such as making predictions, asking questions, and clarifying to understand. We also started our reading groups and used these skills to create jobs for each member of the reading group.

 

Highlights of our week.

Dear Parents,

Grade 2D have had an exciting week of learning. We were very excited to have Ms. Michelle come to our class and show us how to log in to our Chrome Books. Grade 2 students will be learning more about how to use their laptops in their learning this year. After they logged in they played Typing Tutor to practice their keyboarding skills. It’s is surprising how much fun learning to type can be!

Announcements:

Please send headphones for your child to school so that they can be used with the Chrome Books. We ask that the headphones stay here at school so that they can be used when necessary. If you can label them with names or initials it would be helpful. Thank you!

Tomorrow 2D is holding elections for two class representatives for the Student Council. Talk to your child about running for election on Friday, September 15th. Any student interested should prepare a short speech or presentation to say why they would like to join student council and how they are best suited. Some buzz words we talked about today are: community of learners, responsibility, kindness, caring, and commitment. I hope we have many risk takers running for election tomorrow!

Literacy

We continued to build on what we have learned in previous weeks in reading and writing by learning about making connections when we read and drafting our small moment stories. This week in literacy we also practicing speaking and listening by playing a game of I Spy.

Math

In math, we are continuing to learn about adding numbers up to 10 with automaticity. We are learning this through a serious of fun dice games and bingo activities.

UOI

Our current unit of inquiry is ending this Friday. We will wrap up our inquiry into communities and values by setting some goals for ourselves to be positive contributors to our school community this year. To help understand the attitude of cooperation we played some fun games with balloons and legos. The next unit begins on Monday and is How we Organize Ourselves, Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.

 

This week in 2D.

Dear Parents,

We finished last Friday with a blast by building this block tower together as a group. It was like a giant game of Jenga in reverse. From the photo, you can see that it was a lot of fun.

UOI

Thank you very much for sending back the completed family values activities on Tuesday. We had some conversations about similarities and difference between our values and then put them all into a word cloud to make conclusions. Students were able to write conclusions about what values students and families in our close hold close and which are the most common. We’ll continue by inquiring into what a community is and how our values shape it.

Math

This week students began math centers to work on addition strategies and number talks for numbers 0-10.

Literacy

In reading, we talked about building our reading stamina and how to retell a story. For writing, we planned the beginning, middle, and end of our small moment narratives and started drafting our stories.

 

 

And away we go!

Dear Parents,

We have had a great week settling into our class routines and really starting to dig into our learning in Grade 2. Students in 2D made their first blog posts this week with the help of our technology coach, Ms. Michelle. They also began taking home their leveled readers and recording their reading in their reading logs. Thank you very much for your support with this.

Helpful Information

  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 7th September at 6pm. Learn more about 2D and the Grade 2 Team.  Location will be in 2D homeroom B9 128 and you can meet with the Specialists in the foyer for Centre for the Arts.
  • School will be closed on Monday (September 4th) as we celebrate Vietnam’s National Day.
  • Ask your family, “What do we value as a family?” A sheet to record your values is in your child’s take home folder. You or your child can record your answer. This will be used next week in class to support our Unit of Inquiry.

Literacy

This week we started our Reading Workshop by learning how to select just right reading books and reading leveled books independently to build our stamina. In Writing Workshop, we discussed how to find topics for our narrative recounts using the strategy of finding small moments. Students in class did a great job with their first week of remembering their reading books, reading logs, and exchanging their books.

UOI

We kicked off our UOI this week looking in depth at our key concepts: causation, responsibility, and form. We looked at thought provoking images and used a See Think Wonder graphic organizer to record our thinking and discussions. The central idea for our unit is: our values shape our communities. This Friday students will bring home a short activity to complete at home where they will ask what values are important in their families. This activity should be returned in folders on Tuesday to be used next week in class.

Math

In math, we continued our week of exciting learning and building our growth mindset. We sorted and categorized emojis, and various math resources from our classroom. We also wrote about our thinking.

Have a fantastic three day weekend!

Home Reading Journals

Home Reading starts Monday 28th August – Students in Grade 2 will be bringing home their reading journals and home reading books starting Monday. The books will come home every night in the clear plastic folder, along with their journals. Please return the books and journals the next day in the folder so your child can choose a new book to read. Home reading can also be in home language so if your child has a favorite book in their language to read that is fine as well. Other details are outlined below. You can email me if you have any questions, otherwise we will briefly discuss this during Back to School Night.

  1.    At least 20 minutes a day or 80 minutes a week of reading.
  2.    Choose a book that is just right for you, not too easy and not too hard.
  3.    Write the title of the book you read, the number of minutes read, and the date on which you read it.

Happy reading!

Kenny