Get Ready for Book Week!

Next week is book week; we will be celebrating books in many ways:

  • Wednesday May 2Wear 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 3Character 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
  • Many other events, such as…Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time, Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays!

Our book clubs continue with a focus on having a dazzling discussion with our friends.  Our objectives are to prepare our roles (discussion leader, predictor, clarifier, connector, summarizer, and questionner) thoughtfully for book club discussions, and to participate actively and respectfully.  With our upcoming days off and our book week focus, ask your child to lead a book club discussion at home!

In writing, students worked with partners to make their information reports more interesting by adding technical describing words.  They edited their spelling independently, and are in the process of publishing their reports by writing or typing a final copy.

In exploration, students continue to research fascinating facts about their destination for their travel brochures.  Students also created a map from UNIS to their destination.

In math, students finished up our multiplication unit and began to work on fractions.

Reminders:

  • Please check your student’s goal in their reading log and remind them to read regularly
  • BOOK DRIVE: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May 
  • Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • 10-13 May, the Wizard of Oz (tickets go on sale the first week of May)

Thank you for your time today!

2B students enjoyed celebrating their learning with their families today.  In preparation, we had an opportunity to practice our student-led conferences and provide feedback to our neighbors in 2A:

In Social Studies, students selected a specific geographic area that they are curious about in the ocean, on land, or in space.  They also chose one of three formats they will use to make an informative travel brochure.

In Math, students are finishing up multiplication and will be diving into the topic of fractions in the coming weeks.

Book club discussions continue to be lively and thoughtful In Reading.  Students are also skimming and scanning nonfiction books to help them add detail to their information reports in Writing.

Reminders:

  • Friday, 20 April – Deadline for submitting photo orders for students who retook photos
  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • Please check your student’s goal in their reading log and remind them to read regularly
  • BOOK DRIVE: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May 
  • Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL

Exploring space, land, and water

In Social Studies, students are following their curiosities as they discover and learn about new places on land, in the water, and in space.  They are working in research groups to identify fascinating facts and specific places they might want to explore.

In Language Arts, students have brainstormed about topics they are an expert in.  Building on their understanding of the structure of an information report, students began to write paragraphs that will serve as the body of the report.  Students also checked out library books to learn more about their area of expertise and incorporate new ideas into their writing.

In Math, students continue to explore multiplication by using a variety of strategies.  Writing and solving word problems was this week’s focus.

In Community time, students are discussing how they can best use our Essential Agreement (we are kind and caring, we are safe, we respect others and ourselves, we concentrate and focus, we take care of our school) during specialist classes and during social times such as lunch and recess.  After brainstorming different activities and places to play at recess, students were challenged to try something new, in a new place, with a new friend.  Please ask your student how their recess time has been going this week.

Reminders:

  • Today – Thursday 12th April Grade 2 -5 Art Show 5-7pm in the Centre for the Arts Centre
  • Wednesday 18th April – Student Led Conference – Sign up for your ALLOCATED time through Veracross. You received an email yesterday explaining the process and how the Student Led Conference is structured. This is not a parent/teacher conference but a time for parents and students to share their learning and progress.
  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • Please check your student’s goal in their reading log and remind them to read regularly
  • Monday, 20 April – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK DRIVE: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May 
  • Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May – NO SCHOOL

A message from a dedicated group of grade 5 students; please consider attending this documentary next Tuesday from 6-8.

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

 

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

 

What are you curious about?

We are launched into our exploration unit in grade 2, with two exciting guest speakers followed by a field trip.  Students also selected the destination they were most curious about (land, water, or space).  They will join a research group to learn more about that destination after Spring Break.

Students planned for our field trip by first mapping the route from UNIS to the Hanoi Botanical Gardens.  They next used Google Earth to zoom in to a street view of the gardens, and identified several features of the park they were curious about.  Here is a glimpse of our exploration today:

In math we continue to focus on arrays, repeated addition, and other strategies building to an understanding of multiplication.  In reading and writing, we continue to focus on the information report genre.

From the music department, please find the concert link here.

UNIS Fun Sports Day 

Please come share our celebration of movement, teamwork and school spirit at our UNIS School Sports day. Friday 30th March.
Times specific for Grade G2  – 8:20-11:20 (The calendar has a different starting time please ignore the calendar.)
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
Reminders:
  • Sat 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

Exploration begins

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy week in 2B with two concert rehearsals, a concert (!), and a navigation course throughout the campus.  Please read all the way to the end to find out about our week and exciting happenings for next week.

First, WOW what an incredible job in the concert today.  Well done 2B!

In English, students are focusing on the genre of report writing.  After reading and examining reports, students discovered the purpose of this type of writing, and are beginining to understand how an information report is structured.

In Math, students continue to explore multiplication through the use of  arrays, their knowledge of area, repeated addition and using the multiplication equation.

In Social Studies, we explored the UNIS Campus by using a map and recording our observations using photos and written notes.  We completed a preassessment to show what we understand about explorers and learned about the concepts, profiles and attitudes that will be required in this unit.  Following is a letter from our team that further explains our new unit of inquiry.

Dear Parents:  

Please be advised that Grade Two will begin a new unit of inquiry into Where We are in Place and Time on March 26, 2018.  The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.  Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central Idea:  Curiosity drives exploration to discover and understand the world around us.

Inquiry into:

  • Types of exploration (form)
  • How people explore (function)
  • Outcomes of exploration (causation)

Vocabulary:  

world, map, adventure, ocean, river, lake, sea, continent, country, space, technology, mountain, exploration, to explore, curiosity, geography, to motivate, outcome, journey, to discover, to understand, to trade

Thank you!  the Grade 2 Team

And…next week…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.

From the PE Department:

Reminders

  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

 

Scientists in Action!

Congratulations to our 2B scientists for an excellent Science Expo!  Thank you to the parents who were able to attend our Open Classrooms. We enjoyed sharing our learning and having you in the class!

Open Classrooms #2- Friday 16th March – I will be away for Professional Development; Ms. Ha and Mr. Paul will be in 2B.

  • 8:15 – 8:45 MRISA Sport assembly.  If we finish we will have a small world language lesson until PE.
  • 9:10 – 9:50 PE
  • 10:10 – 10:50 Reading
  • 10.55 -11.30 Choir

Next week

New Unit: Where we are in place and time: Explorers

Math: Multiplication using arrays, modeling, repeated addition and the written equation

English: Reading and writing focus will be the Information Report.

Reminders

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Fri, 16th March:  Open Classrooms #2
  • Thu 22nd March, Grades 2&3 Music Concert 9am
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

 

Science Expo next week!

Next week we have open classrooms; on Thursday you will have an opportunity to see your student’s work in Science.  Here’s our schedule for your planning:

Your scientists in action!

Reminders

  • Library Wednesday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Monday, 12th March, NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development Day)
  • Thu/Fri, 15th/16th March:  Open Classrooms #2
  • Thu 22nd March, Grades 2&3 Music Concert
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

Scientists in Action

Dear parents,

Welcome back from the Tet break!  Your students came back enthusiastic and ready to learn.  We are having a busy, exciting week as you will see…

This week in science, students inquired into the scientific process through a series of experiments focused on the properties of matter and how matter changes states.

Grade 2 was visited by Henry Evans, an explorer who skied to the South Pole as a provocation for our next unit of inquiry into Where We Are in Place and Time.  Students listened carefully, asked questions, then wrote simple and compound sentences to describe what they learned.

In reading, students started book clubs this week.  Ask your student what their role was, and how lively discussions around books helps us better understand what we are reading.  In writing, students focused on character development to add interest to their fiction narrative story.

In math, students investigated the measurement of area using nonstandard units of measurement.

Reminders

  • Library Wednesday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Math evening for parents with expert Dr James Tanton 7pm on March 5th in the theatre
  • Monday, 12th March, NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development Day)
  • Thu/Fri, 15th/16th March:  Open Classrooms #2
  • Thu 22nd March, Grades 2&3 Music Concert
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

In-School Field Trip to Middle School Science Lab

2B students brainstormed about how scientists behave and work before heading to the middle school science lab.

Scientists…

  • are safe and careful
  • are communicators
  • cooperate
  • are creative
  • have integrity
  • make predictions
  • keep trying
  • are curious and ask questions
  • are sensible

Students explored “change” by combining a variety of liquids and solids with cabbage juice.

From the music department:

Dear Grade Two and Grade Three Parents,

The Grade Two and Grade Three Music Concert will be held on Thursday March 22nd at 9am. We are excited to bring all the wonderful work the students have been doing in Music, Choir and Ukulele to the stage and perform for the UNIS Community!

Please note the following information about the performance.

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Thursday March 22nd, and will be brought to the Center for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Center for the Arts Foyer at 8:30am and the music concert will begin promptly at 9am.

Concert Attire for Grade Two – Grade Three Students:

Students should wear black pants or skirt and a white shirt. Here are some ideas:

    • Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt
    • Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please)
    • Formal black shoes (no sneakers please)
    • ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt

Dress Rehearsal

We will be having a full Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 21st. We request that your child comes to school wearing their concert clothes and brings a change of clothes to change into following the dress rehearsal.  Concert clothes will be sent back home on Wednesday and should be worn to school again on Thursday, March 22nd for the Parent Concert.

Concert Duration:  9am-10.15am

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

Kind regards,

The Music Team

Have a wonderful Tet break!

What are the characteristics of materials?

Chuc Mung Nam Moi.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you all have a wonderful Tet break.

Building on our understanding of what scientists do, students observed and investigated several different materials.  They recorded their initial observations from their sense of sight, then they again recorded their observations of what they felt, smelled, and noticed after investigation.  Students then compared characteristics and sorted materials into categories solids, liquids, and gases.  Next week we begin to focus on how  materials change.

In math, students focused on measuring for accuracy and choosing the most appropriate tool to measure with. Measurement vocabulary such as length, width, height was introduced and connected vocabulary such as widen, tall and long.

Math Blast: Each week during a part of our math sessions we continue to consolidate our knowledge of subtraction, addition, counting, place value and word problems using Math Talks and math games. We are really becoming experts with our use of numbers to 20 and using many math strategies.

In reading, students are monitoring for meaning by stopping regularly to retell and/or visualize what they have read.  Students reorganized our class library by genre, and are beginning to extend their reading by trying books from different genres.

In writing, our focus was on building ideas for stories based on authors we love, small and special moments from our own lives, and from things we wish existed in the real world.

From the music department, here is a link for all student to access the recorder recordings at home to practice.http://blogs.unishanoi.org/soxenberry/grade-2/

Reminders:

  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break
  • Library Wednesday
  • Please check your child’s home reading log, and make sure they have a comfortable routine to get their reading done each week.