Winter Break

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe how quickly this first semester has gone. Part of me feels like I just arrived in Hanoi while another part feels like I’ve been here for much longer. Thank you all for your support and positivity these past few months. You have all made my experience as a new teacher at UNIS very enjoyable.

Winter Break begins this weekend! I wish you all a wonderful vacation and safe travels if you are leaving Hanoi. School starts again on January 8, 2018.

Padlet

While you are on holiday here is a link to a Padlet site where your child can add a post about their holiday and whether they notice any limited resources where they are. It could be in Hanoi, or somewhere abroad. There is an example post already made. This is not required, but it is available in case students make any connections between what they see over the break and our current unit of inquiry.

UOI

This week we looked at how we can share limited resources. Students brainstormed ideas to share resources in our classrooms and then thought about how we can share limited resources at school, home, and the world. Interestingly, some of the same strategies might work in class as around the world. Do you think we could share our limited resources more equally?

We also had a special lesson organized by Ms. Christy about the SDG of Hunger. We went to the cafeteria in groups of six and were given paper plates. One plate had a sticker on it, which we thought was special. It turned out that the sticker meant that we went hungry and couldn’t draw our favorite foods on the paper. Afterwards we reflected. Those that went “hungry” said they felt sad, hungry, left out. Those that had food said they wish they could share their food, and that they wanted to help the hungry student but couldn’t. It was a deep conversation about an important topic. We look forward to inquiring more into limited resources after the break.

Math

This week we focused on using an open number line to solve two digit subtraction problems. We are building our understanding of how to partition numbers into tens and ones and then move forwards or back on the number line depending on the math operation we are trying to perform. We also exercised our math brains by trying to solve the magic square. Every row, column, and diagonal had to equal 15. Ask us if we found a solution!

English

We continued to read nonfiction books this week. We learned about asking questions when we read and how to find specific information in a nonfiction text. As part of this unit we listened to a read aloud about snakes. Before we read we had to say if we thought snakes were awesome or not. While we listened to the book we wrote down any information that supported our opinions. After that we debated the opposite side to try and persuade them to change their opinions. Our class started out with 12 out of 20 thinking snakes were awesome but ended with 10 out of 20 thinking the same. It was an even split and those that believed snakes are not awesome felt very persuasive.

Here are some photos of when our Grade 8 reading buddies came to see us this week.

 

Maker Day!

Dear Parents,

Today was Maker Day at UNIS. Grade 2 had the challenge of designing and creating water filters to ensure a source of clean water for a village. Before we began we learned about the design cycle. It starts off with ASK a question, IMAGINE your ideas, PLAN your solution, CREATE, and IMPROVE. Here are some photos from our morning. It was fun and very hand ons. Many of us came so close to creating a clean water filter using materials like: clay, cotton balls, napkins, gravel, and sand.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who sent in some plastic bottles for our Maker Day activity tomorrow. We have plenty and are excited to make our water filters. Pictures will be coming soon!

UOI

This week we shift our focus on limited resources from education to water. We thought of all of the ways that we use water in our daily lives and came up with some charades to demonstrate our ideas. Then we had a special lesson from Ms. Keri where we learned about a village in Africa that did not have access to clean water. One girl from the village had to walk long distances to carry water from a spring. We each had the experience of carrying a bucket of water on our heads and trying to walk. It isn’t easy! Afterwards our reflections showed that we are wondering why some people have access to clean water while others don’t. Other questions were: Do rich people only get access to clean water and poor people don’t? Why do some countries have clean water and other countries don’t? Why do some countries have more water than others? These are excellent questions to start a discussion at home and to begin some deeper inquiries. We also made a Padlet to sort out our work from last week about limited resources.

Math

This week we finished up our unit on time. We also had Ms. Beth as a special guest teacher to show us a new 3 Act Math task to get us thinking and problem solving while practicing our addition and subtraction strategies.

Literacy

This week we continued learning about nonfiction books by focusing on asking questions about the book before, during, and after we read. We also talked about strategies to find the main idea of a nonfiction book using the headings, and first and last sentences. In writing, we focused on ways to be more persuasive in our speaking and writing. We had an class debate about whether city life was better than country life. At first the class was a nearly even 50/50 split but after our debate most of the class had moved to side of country life being better than city life. It was a pleasant surprise! Ask us what side we were on and why.

 

Our Week

Dear Parents,

This morning we were delighted to invite many parents into our classroom to watch and take part in an unit of inquiry lesson. There were lots of smiles and discussion around what limited resources are and what resources are limited at school, home, and on our planet. In fact, I was so immersed in the lesson that I forgot to take photos! Don’t forget there is another open lesson tomorrow morning, at 10:10-10:50 in our 2D classroom if you would like to attend. The full schedule can be found on last week’s blog post.

Buddies

We had lots of fun reconnecting with our buddies in Discovery this week. The relationships between us and our buddies is getting stronger and we are developing our sense of responsibility and community through play.

UOI

This week we focused on what is a limited resource. First, we looked for limited resources in our classrooms and talked about why that resource is limited. Thinking about SDG 4 Quality Education, we had a surprise when all four grade two classes were moved to the same room with just one teacher to try and learn a lesson about conflict. The real objective was for students to experience first hand what it was like to learn in a classroom where resources like space, teachers, pencils, and desks were extremely limited. Students also commented on how having quiet space to think and work is a resource which we are lucky to have in our day to day UNIS classrooms.

Math

This week we explored strategies we can use to solve subtraction problems. We also continued our work with telling time to the hour, quarter hour, and half hour.

Literacy

We began planning and drafting our persuasive texts this week. First, we planned a text as a whole class and began to draft it out. Then we thought of our own opinions and at least three reasons to support our opinions. Ask us about our persuasive writing topics! In reading, we are learning more about non-fiction books. We started to learn about the parts of a non-fiction text and how those parts can help us to be better readers.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please find out timetable below for next week’s open classrooms on Thursday, November 30th and Friday, December 1st. The times highlighted in green indicate that it is a lesson open for you to come and watch or join in. If you have any questions let me know. The students and I will look forward to seeing you next week.

UOI

This week we began our Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry. The central idea is: actions people take to share limited resources. As a provocation, we played a game that was predetermined to be unfair. It was interesting that once the students realized how the game was unfair they decided that they didn’t want to play, even if it meant they knew they would win. This sparked a conversation about fairness and empathy. Ask us what we understand about what it means to be fair and have empathy for others.

Math

This week we continued to look at time. We talked about different units of measurement for time such as; seconds, minutes, hours, and days. Then we looked at tools we use to measure time like clocks and calendars.

Literacy

In reading, we have turned our attention to non-fiction books. Students have talked about the differences between fiction and non-fiction and have started to look at the parts of a non-fiction text. In writing, we are learning about exposition texts. Students are learning to state their opinion and support it with reasons. For example: a hamster is the best pet because… or legos are the best toy because… Watch out for our increasing powers of persuasion!

 

 

 

The Digital Citizenship Fair

Dear Parents,

It was a short week for students here at UNIS, but once grade two students returned to school they got busy practicing for the Digital Citizenship Fair on Thursday.

Literacy

We still found time for our reading groups in the midst of our preparations for the fair. Our reading groups are run by students who each have a job to do when discussing their story. Please ask us about the jobs and what each job is responsible for. The names of the jobs are: Leader, Questioner, Clarifier, Summarizer, and Predictor.

Walkathon

Most of the Blue Dragon Walkathon pledges have been returned to school. If there are any still to come in, the deadline is Tuesday, November 22nd. Students in 2D have turned counting the money into a math lesson. We calculated that our class has raised over $500.00. According to Blue Dragon it only takes $100.00 to send a student to school for a year. 2D has raised enough money for 5 students! We are very proud of this achievement and thank you all for your support.

New unit of inquiry.

Please find the vocabulary letter for the next unit of inquiry attached. We will be starting this unit next week. It is helpful if you read over this and discuss these concepts and vocabulary at home. Thank you!

 

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

This week we were very excited to participate in the annual walkathon to benefit Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. All of the students in 2D submitted their pledge sheets and ran their hearts out on Wednesday. Those sheets have now gone back home for you to calculate and return with the contribution to Blue Dragon. Please has those back to school by November 22.

Annoucements

Next Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14, are staff professional development days and there will be no school for children.

Next Thursday, November 16, is our Digital Learning Fair. You are welcome to come and listen to presentations from all grade two students about their learning from our current unit of inquiry. The fair starts at 8:45 and goes until 9:15 in the grade two classrooms. We look forward to seeing you here.

UOI & Literacy

This week we are busy consolidating our learning and preparing our presentations for the digital learning fair. We have worked very hard to reflect on our unit, choose topics for our presentation, record our notes, and prepare our prepare our presentations. All students are putting together a presentation for next Thursday. Some have chosen to make posters, while others are using digital tools to present their learning.

Math

This week we have changed our focus to time. We are staring with the parts of an analog clock and telling time to the hour, quarter hour, and half hour. This involves learning a lot of vocabulary. Please see the list vocabulary below if you would like to support at home.

Vocabulary-calendar, days, date, month, year, seasons, time, clock, analog, digital, hour hand, minute hand, o’clock, half past.

Brain Break!

We have been working so hard on our presentations that we needed a brain break so we took a little time to do some Just Dance! Enjoy!

Fun in 2D

Dear Parents,

As I am writing this we have just finished up our first dress up day of the school year. Students came dressed in fun and creative costumes today to show school spirit. Please see our photos below.

Save the Date

On Thursday, November 16, from 8:45- 9:30 students in Grade 2 will be sharing their learning about what it means to be a safe and responsible digital citizen at a Digital Citizenship Fair. We were tasked with the challenge of educating students at UNIS about using digital technologies safely and responsibly. Please join us in our classrooms if you can to celebrate our learning and taking action.

Thanks,

The Grade 2 Team

Math

This week we have continued to build our addition and subtraction skills by demonstrating flexible thinking and using multiple strategies. Ask us to show you some of the ways we have to add and subtract numbers to 20 or two digit numbers.

UOI

This week we are sorting out our learning up to this point in the unit. We have evaluated many websites and forms of digital technology. Our focus this week is to look at what we know and combine it with our knowledge of digital citizenship and our online responsibilities. We are preparing for our Digital Citizenship presentations on November 16th.

Literacy

This week students have moved from looking at adjectives to describe setting to finding adjectives to describe character. We are trying to use more adjectives and descriptive language in our writing. Here are some of our new words below.

This Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Annoucements

Tuesday, October 31st is a dress-up day at school. Please look for Mr. Lush’s announcement about this in this weeks Tin Tuc. Please be aware that while students are invited to dress-up for school there are guidelines:

  • No students face should be completely covered.
  • No violent or gory costumes that might scare younger students.
  • No costumes that might be offensive to any particular group of people.
  • No weapons of any kind or military style costumes.
  • No costumes that inhibit a students ability to participate in class or move around. Even in P.E.
  • Please let me know if there are any questions. Thanks!

Friday, November 3rd is U.N. Day. Please see Lindsey Bean’s email regarding the Grade 2 community lunch. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Math

This week students continued to explore ways to build numbers using unifix cubes to show place value. We continued on from our lesson last week and decided to use our building strategy to count the entire box of unifix cubes! We were very surprised when our result was over 2,000 cubes. We used our grouping strategies to make tens, hundreds, and even thousands. This was a great collaborative effort by everyone in the class. 2D also began to explore the connection between addition and subtraction through fact families. Ask us all about it!

UOI

We are really diving into our final line of inquiry this week: Ways to evaluate digital technology. Using a graphic organizer we are explore different websites and apps to see if they are just right for us. This week students have explored, Gmail, Padlet, and Google Earth. This is all building up to our final presentations in a few weeks where students will share their learning about one of these forms of digital technology at a special grade two fair.

Literacy

Students focused on visualizing setting this week in readers workshop. They built up a bank of adjectives to describe settings in stories. Students also carried on with their response writing by reviewing the digital technology they have been evaluating. We have continued with reading groups and improving our speaking and listening skills when working together collaboratively.

 

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.