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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Matter Matters!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending the parent teacher conferences today. I enjoyed talking with you about your child’s successes and goals for second semester.

In Reading, we shifted our focus from non-fiction to fiction.  Readers are learning about the importance of reading from many different genres.

In Math, students continue to inquire into measuring length by jumping and using different non-standard forms of measurement.  They are beginning to focus on accuracy in measurement, making estimates, and identifying reasons why a common form of measurement is important for comparing the length, width, or height of things.

In Science this week, we began a new inquiry into How the world works.   Students drew and labeled their idea of the characteristics of and equipment used by scientists.  On Wednesday, students acted as scientists using the “see, think, wonder” approach.  After reading a procedure, students selected ingredients, followed directions, and collaborated to make ice cream.  Students reflected on their frustrations, failures, and successes to build on their understanding of what scientists do.

From our Grade 2 Team:  Please be advised that Grade Two started a new unit of inquiry into How the World Works this week of January 29.  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:  Materials can be changed and used for different purposes.

Inquiry into:

  • How materials behave (form)
  • How materials can change (change)
  • Why materials are manipulated to suit a certain purpose (causation)


  • prediction, materials, experiment, procedure, property, method, matter, hypothesis, conclusion, observation, diagram, substance, solid, liquid, gas, evidence, state, temperature, reversible, irreversible
  • to change, to heat, to cool, to freeze, to melt, to observe

Thank you,

The Grade 2 Team


  • Library Wednesday
  • Please check that your child is reading for at least 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Wednesday 7th February Snack Sale
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Action Week

Dear 2B parents,

Please make sure each week to click on the link from your email to take you to our complete blog entry.  There are many pictures and updates from our week that your students will enjoy sharing with you at home!

This week has been the last week for our current UOI – Sharing the Planet and genre of writing – persuasion/exposition. In math we have started measurement and have continued to develop our knowledge of number.

Next week we will commence our new science UOI, Materials can be changed and used for different purposes, and genre of writing, narrative.

Importantly next week are the second Parent Teacher Conferences of the year, which are being held next Thursday, 1st February, 2018. Please check your emails to clarify how to sign up using Verascross. I look forward to meeting with you all Thursday. Also please read the Semester 1 Report you will receive in your Veracross. You will receive an email from the ES Office to inform you of when the reports have been added to the system.


A week of taking action at home and listening to people who have taken action in our Hanoi Community. Thank you for your support at home and sharing your child’s enthusiasm for their chosen action. We wonder if you can sustain this action into the future.


Math – Measurement

We commenced our measurement understanding what we already know about measurement and completing a scavenger hunt in class.


  • 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.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on Thursday, 1 February. There is no school/ASA’s for students that day.  Information about signing up for conferences has been sent to you.
  • Wednesday 7th February Snack Sale
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Next week is “Action Week”

Dear Parents,

Next week, we will be finishing up our current unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet-Actions people take to share limited resources. Our final assessment will begin next week and we are asking that students take an action at home or outside of school to share or save a limited resource. The students will be performing this action at home next week and will make a daily blog entry at school to reflect on how it is going. We ask that you and your child talk about what action they might take next week that would be meaningful but not too disruptive to your normal routines. Here are links to two websites with many ideas for action:

20 Easy Ways to Conserve and Save the Environment

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

Thank you for your help and support with this!

News:  We look forward to welcoming our new student, Seungmo Kim to our 2B Special Sea.  Seungmo will start school on 22 January.  Thank you to Sophie and Sungwoo for serving as Seungmo’s Official Phoenix Buddies.

UOI:  Our Expert Research Groups have continued inquiring into the limited resources of food, water, and education.  Students are investigating what these resources are, why they are limited, and different ways they can be shared.

ENGLISH:  Students set SMART goals for in-class reading, complementing the work they’ve done all year setting weekly goals for home reading.  To be able to successfully achieve their goals, students identified the necessary ingredients and directions or steps they should take.  In writing, student typed their drafts, then revised, edited, and published their persuasive letters on the computer.

MATH:  In math, following last week’s math blast of addition of two-digit numbers, students worked on four different strategies for subtraction of two-digit numbers.  In addition, students had daily practice developing their automaticity to 20 using 20-frames.

Our 8th grade buddies visited us on Monday to extend our knowledge of persuasive writing to the art of debate.  2B students enjoyed learning how to prepare for, then conduct a debate.  Students considered perspective as many had to argue a different point of view from their own.


For your calendar:  Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on Thursday, 1 February. (there is no school/ASA’s for students that day).  Information about signing up for conferences will come out soon.


Happy New Year!

2B students started 2018 by preparing for then leading today’s assembly in collaboration with our neighbors in 2A.  As communicators, students presented the structure of persuasive or exposition writing that we are using in class.  Linking to our current unit of inquiry, they described how water is a limited resource and actually made it rain in the auditorium!

Students did a fantastic job showing many PYP attitudes, such as enthusiasm for their topic (students should have a longer recess), confidence to present onstage, respect of each other’s ideas when working on the shared persuasive pieces, cooperation by working together, and integrity by doing the right thing when they were an audience onstage.

Here is a link to a Google Drive folder that has videos of the assembly.  Please let me know if you have any difficulty accessing the files.

In writing, students selected their favorite persuasive letter to take through the rest of the writing process.  They will be typing those letters, and learning how to revise and edit on the computer in the weeks to come.

In reading and UOI, students used their knowledge of nonfiction text features to research the limited resource they selected (food, water, or eduction) in books, on the computer, and through a study of maps.

In math, students described a target number using a variety of models, including addition and subtraction sentences, pictures, tallies, fact triangles, and more.  They also reviewed addition strategies using two two-digit numbers.

Finally, students reflected on their learning in 2017, and are in the process of setting SMART goals for 2018.  They look forward to sharing their thoughts with you in the report cards.

Food is a Limited Resource

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support throughout the first part of the school year. It has been a pleasure to work with your children and they have all have grown so much physically, socially and academically. I wish you all a wonderful Winter Break and look forward to seeing everyone on the first day after the break, Monday January 8th 2018.

Below is a little bit of inquiry on the holiday if you have a computer available. You are not required to add to the padlet.

On your holiday write on the padlet any observations you have about the use of the below resources as you travel or stay in Hanoi

Education, Water and Food

Students explored the idea of food as a limited resource by doing a simulation in the cafeteria that showed that one in six people in the world don’t have enough to eat.  Check your student’s blog to see the picture of the plate they drew, what they learned, felt and wondered about the experience.

Students continued their study of limited resources by doing research, exploring new vocabulary and taking notes about new facts we learned.

In Math, students build on their knowledge of subtraction strategies while beginning an exploration of place value.

In Reading, students focused on different ways to clarify new vocabulary encountered in non-fiction texts.  In Writing, students are writing persuasive letters with a specific audience in mind.

A Long Walk to Water

This week, grade 2 is exploring how water is a limited resource through the eyes of 7-year old Fatamatou from Doussiaradou, Guinea.  Students visualized a life in the day of Fatamatou, which includes a long walk to get water as well as a choice of where to get the water.  This experience is leading to our Maker Day tomorrow, where students will help Fatamatou with a problem she has.  Please ask your child to tell you about their experience this week, the problem that Fatamatou faces, and the ways we came up with to solve that problem.

In Math, students completed an assessment on time.  Using this assessment, they checked on their progress toward their own individual goals in learning time.  We will continue to practice telling and using time as a form of measurement all year; please continue practicing at home as well.  In addition to working with double-digit subtraction strategies this week, students tackled a 3-Act math task called “Candy Bowl”.  Students were encouraged to keep trying, even in the face of a very challenging problem.   Here are some of the tools and strategies students used to work on this problem.

In Reading, students focused on pre-reading strategies for nonfiction as well as defining the purpose of nonfiction text features.  In Writing, students inquired into the reasons writers write persuasive topics.  Students also brainstormed topics and began drafting their first piece independently.

Thank you to everyone who sent in plastic bottles for our Maker Day activity tomorrow. Please remember to send your child wearing clothes and shoes that you do not mind getting dirty and a little wet. You can send a change of clothes if you wish and there will be time to change at lunchtime.

A message from Ms Sally:  We started a new partner song this week, reading music notation and singing together. Several students in your class wanted the sheet music to practice playing on the piano at home.  Could you add this link to your blogs, so that students can access the sheet music?

Friday December  8th – WinterFest at UNIS

Exploring resources in our classroom

Thank you to all the parents who came for our Open Classroom today!  We hope to see more parents tomorrow during our Open Classroom times.  You are welcome to join your child for:

  • Morning Meeting 8:10-8:25
  • World Language 8:25-9:05
  • PE 9:10-9:50
  • Math in 2B 10:10-10:50
  • Choir 10:55-11:35

This week in UOI we examined the vocabulary of our unit and in particular the words resources, limited, causation and empathy. We also introduced what education can be like with different access to resources by completing an activity in two different classrooms..They then explored what was available in 2B, and decided on actions to take based on whether we had too many, just enough, or not enough of that resource.We will look at water and food in relation to limited resources next week. Students will choose one of these topics to inquire into in the coming weeks.

In Math, students are completing our unit on time this week. Please continue to talk about time at home to support your child’ s learning using the language of o’clock, half past, quarter to and past. Our number focus continues to be subtraction strategies and place value though expanding numbers. We have been using tens and ones to help us understand how we make and read numbers. Our focus until winter break will be fractions to follow on from the language of time (half, quarter) and consolidating our growing knowledge of subtraction strategies (chunking, split, number lines, shift and more).

In Reading, students continue to focus on reading nonfiction.

Our new type of writing is persuasion. Below is the structure and an example of what students will aim to achieve throughout this unit. This week we learned the structure and how to plan using the “OREO” method.


Checklist for Persuasive Writing

  • Title
  • Opening Statement (What is it?)
  • Linking Sentence (How do you feel about it?)
  • 3 reasons
  • Adjectives from at least 2 perspectives of Description Bubble
  • Sequencing words/phrases (“First”, “Second”, “Finally”)
  • Compound sentence (“and”, “but”, “so”)
  • Capital letters and full stops correct


Hamsters as Pets

Hamsters are a kind of mouse. They make great pets. Here are three reasons for this. First, hamsters do not take a lot of space at home so you can keep them in your own bedroom. Second, hamsters are fun to play with and they run around. Finally, hamsters have soft fur and cute black eyes and are nice to hold.

Finally, we enjoyed outside time with our buddies.


This Friday and Saturday at 5pm many of the 2B students will perform in “How to Eat like a Child” at the UNIS THEATRE. I hope you all have your tickets as it is sold out.  Congratulations and well done to all the wonderful 2B performers.

Invitation to open classrooms next week

2B began an exploration of limited resources through two activities this week.  Both activities (building a large number in a team, designing “the best” poster for World Children’s Day as a house) challenged students to manage limited resources and reflect on our successes, challenges, and strategies to deal with problems.

In Math, students continue the exploration of time based on the goals they set from their initial assessment.

In English, students explored the characteristics of fiction and non-fiction books.  They finished up our response writing unit with a final on demand piece, and moved directly onto our new unit of Exposition/Persuasive writing.

We in 2B look forward to welcoming you to our open classroom days next week, Thursday 30/11 and Friday 1/12.  Following is our schedule – we hope you are able to come to our homeroom and to many of our special classes as well.