Enjoy your summer!

Dear 2B parents,

Thank you for a fantastic year of learning and growing with your wonderful students.  It has been my privilege and pleasure to support and collaborate with our Special Sea community of learners.  I wish your famlies a spectacular summer of relaxation, fun, and adventure.

If you are looking for ideas of how to incorporate math into your summer experiences, you can always add more talk about math using Table Talk Math.  Another way to enjoy math this summer is to play math games or digital math games.

To encourage reading over the summer, please check out our summer book list.  We also have a Summer Reading Bingo to encourage students to read different genres as well as books from grade three units of inquiry.

Photos from our last visit with our grade eight buddies:

Here are pictures from our final book clubs:

Hare are pictures from our publishing party for our Flash Fiction stories:

Here’s a link to highlight film from our Relay Extravanganza 2018.

All the best,

Ms. Keri

 

Last Full Week of Grade 2!

Dear Parents,

Reminders

We will be bringing class books home on Friday 8th June (tomorrow). Please send an extra bag to help carry books home. We will keep one book to work in for the last week.

You’re Invited To the G2 End of Year Water Extravaganza!

When: Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00pm- 3:15pm

Where: UNIS Large field near tennis courts

What: Water Play Extravaganza to celebrate a fantastic year and good friends.

Who: All grade 2 students and their parents who want to join in on the fun!

Details:

  • Bring an optional water toy – though NO water balloons. We will have plenty of items (buckets, slip and slide, small wading pools) for students to use but we also know that sometimes they like to have their own toys.
  • Bring your bathing suit or something you are happy to get wet in, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and a change of dry clothes– you will get wet!
  • Bring a small snack to share at our potluck party on the field. (Fruits, chips, cookies, juice) We will have reusable cups and plates but no cutlery. This potluck will be the whole of grade 2 out behind the swimming pool where there are a few tables. Children will be able to come and go with snack to play with water.
  • This is to celebrate the entire Grade 2 experience, build friendships for the next year and to have a whole lot of fun!

Any questions please contact Ms. Christy at cheitmiller@unishanoi.org

Thank you,

Your G2 Teachers

This week, students created rhythms with cups, claps, kitchen utensils, dance, and basketballs to express themselves creatively.  Students learned games from different cultures.

In reading, book clubs continue:

In writing, students revised, revised, and revised their Flash Fiction stories to include perfect paragraphs, spectacular settings, creative characters, perplexing problems, and reasonable resolutions.  We will hold our final publishing party next week.

In math, students used their knowledge of trapezoids, hexagons, and rectangles to create seating for the classroom.  What were our limited resources?  What challenges did we face?  Which design do you like best?

 

Mandalas, Masks, and More

NEWSFLASH!!!!  Relay Extravaganza tomorrow, Fri, 1 June from 12:30-14:00.  Parents are invited to come and support.Relay Extravaganza 2018 (1)-27w0nf5 . Please check the link http://blogs.unishanoi.org/aquatics/swim-meet/ for more information.

We started this week as a grade two community learning about then making mandalas out of natural materials.  Through respect and teamwork, each group used their creativity to express values through this beautiful form of cultural expression.

After enjoying our beautiful mandalas all day, our 2B community decided to create one special mandala that represented our 2B Special Sea community of learners.

We continued to use our creativity this week to create masks that represent our values, use our intiials to model geometric transformations, and to revise our favorite flash fiction story.

FROM THE GRADE TWO TEAM:

You’re Invited To the G2 End of Year Water Extravaganza!

When: Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00pm- 3:15pm

Where: UNIS Large field near tennis courts

What: Water Play Extravaganza to celebrate a fantastic year and good friends.

Who: All grade 2 students and their parents who want to join in on the fun!

Details:

  • Bring an optional water toy – though NO water balloons. We will have plenty of items (buckets, slip and slide, small wading pools) for students to use but we also know that sometimes they like to have their own toys.
  • Bring your bathing suit or something you are happy to get wet in, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and a change of dry clothes– you will get wet!
  • Bring a small snack to share at our potluck party on the field. (Fruits, chips, cookies, juice) We will have reusable cups and plates but no cutlery. This potluck will be the whole of grade 2 out behind the swimming pool where there are a few tables. Children will be able to come and go with snack to play with water.
  • This is to celebrate the entire Grade 2 experience, build friendships for the next year and to have a whole lot of fun!

Any questions please contact Ms. Christy at cheitmiller@unishanoi.org

Thank you,

Your G2 Teachers

Totem Poles as a form of Cultural Expression

*Reminder:  early dismissal this Friday!

This week in UOI, students learned how some North American cultures express themselves through totem poles.  They reflected on their own personal stories and family values, and selected three animals that represent those ideals.  The finished totem poles depict their stories and are accompanied by either an information report or a narrative story.

We visited our 8th grade buddies in the middle school this week to read a book and discuss its narrative structure.  In our last visit, we taught the 8th graders our five finger method for identifying the structure of a narrative.  This week, the 8th graders taught us their method for organizing and planning narratives!

With tongue twisters as warm-up, students continued to collaborate to perform Reader’s Theater focusing on speed, volume, expression, articulation, and accuracy.  Students continue to write Flash Fiction stories; next week we will revise them to incorporate dialog, sentence fluency, and detailed describing words.
In Math students finished up with fractions while continue to reinforce automaticity and reciprocity in subtraction facts to 20.  We are moving onto geometry and geometric transformations.
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.
  • Hats and water bottles are needed everyday.
  • Fri 25 May 11:30 Dismissal due to High School Graduation.  Please be on time to pick your child up.  Buses leave campus at 12:05.
  • 1 June 12:30-2:00, parents invited!  ES House Relay Extravaganza 2018-qco185

Forms of Cultural Expression

2B expanded their understanding of the iceberg model by considering what culture is and how cultures express themselves.  They started with a silent “chalk talk” activity, built a culture iceberg in the classroom, then investigated different forms of cultural expression independently.

In Reader’s Theater, students focused on using an expressive voice and clear articulation to act out a book with friends for an audience.  In writing, students began to experiment with microstories (a.k.a. Flash Fiction), which are very short stories that use narrative structure and respond to a picture prompt.

In math, students focused on naming and counting fractions (halves, fourths/quarters, eigths, and thirds).  Students are also practicing subtraction facts within 20 to develop automaticity and using mental math for mutli-digit subtraction.

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.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Please check your child has a hat for these times.
  • Grade 2 & Grade 4 will begin their Trampolining unit. What we ask students to be ready for this is: socks, long sleeved top and tracksuit pants/tights. Olympic trampolines have an abrasive surface so your child will get injured without this clothing. Please put them in a bag and leave them at school for the next 5 weeks. Your child will change into them before and after PE.
  • 1 June 12:30-2:00, parents invited!  ES House Relay Extravaganza 2018-qco185

 

Narratives, fractions, icebergs…oh my!

2B began our final units of the year in Math, English, and Social Studies.

Our focus in English is on narratives.  Students literally used their fingers to identify the structure of narratives read aloud by wonderful storytellers.

Ask your student to use their fingers to retell a fictional narrative.  If you are coming to see the Wizard of Oz this weekend, that would be an incredible opportunity to practice narrative retelling skills.

In Math, students began an inquiry into the language and use of fractions.

In Social Studies, students applied their understanding of the structure of an iceberg to identify what they can see in their family, classroom, and school (the visible part of the iceberg), and what is important or valued by their family, classroom, and school (below the surface part of the iceberg).  With our friends in 2A, students walked around the school to take pictures of what they can see at UNIS, and then think about how these pictures show our UNIS values.  Check out their inquiry on Flipgrid, (code d5675f).

From our team:  Grade two has started it’s last unit of inquiry this week. It is, How We Express Ourselves: cultures express their creativity in many ways. This is a fantastic unit to utilize the diversity of our UNIS community. We were hoping some parents would come in to grade two and present different aspects of their culture and creativity. At this stage we have had no offers. If anyone would be prepared to assist next week 14th-18th May would be the best time as we will be looking at forms of cultural expression. Some ideas of culture that could be shared might be: language, music, art, dance, clothing/textiles, theatre, food, games, and sports. If you are interested in presenting, please email me and we can organise an appropriate time and I can help with ideas for the presentation. We would appreciate any support we can receive.

Many Thanks!

Grade Two Team

Reminders:

  • Please check that your child is meeting their own personal reading goal each week.  They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Please check your child has a hat for these times.

 

Celebrating books

We have very much enjoyed Book Week in 2B.  Wonderful words, character costumes, mystery readers, and publishing parties filled our week.

In exploration, students published their travel brochures by sharing with our friends in 2A. As students presented their brochures, they spoke enthusiastically and convincingly.  As they listened to their friends, they gave specific, helpful, and respectful compliments and suggestions.

In writing, students published their information reports by writing neatly and drawing beautifully for their readers.

Here’s a glimpse of our publishing in action:

From the Grade 2 Team:

Dear Parents,

Grade two is going to start it’s last unit of inquiry next week. It is, How We Express Ourselves: cultures express their creativity in many ways. This is a fantastic unit to utilize the diversity of our UNIS community. We would like to ask for parents to come in to grade two and present different aspects of their culture and creativity. Some ideas of culture that could be shared might be: language, music, art, dance, clothing/textiles, theatre, food, games, and sports. If you are interested in presenting, please email your child’s classroom teacher. We appreciate your help!
Many Thanks!
Grade Two Team

Reminders:

  • Please check your student’s goal in their reading log and remind them to read regularly
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May 5

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