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.
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.
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.
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!
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.