This Week in 1B…

This Week in 1B…


During our UOI time, we learned about significant people and how we can learn more about them in our library. Ms Conroy taught us about Biographies and Autobiographies. We  also learned how to find them in the library. We look forward to learning more about significant people in the weeks to come.

Mystery Reader

Our first Mystery Reader this week was Julia dad, Mr Todd. He read us a book of feelings titled In My Heart by Jo Witzek. We loved hearing and talking about how our hearts can feel so many different things. Thank you for bringing in the story and sharing it with us, Mr Todd.

Mystery Reader

We had another Mystery Reader this week. Alana’s mom, Ms Rozeth, came and read us a book in her mother tongue, Sinhalese. This is the native language in Sri Lanka. We learned that Ms Rozeth also speaks Tamil, English and a little bit of Vietnamese. The story was familiar with some of our friends because the book is over 70 years old and has been translated to many different language. Thank you for coming and sharing your wonderful story with us.

💯th  Day of School

What a fun filled 💯th  Day of School that we had in Grade 1B. We counted our special items with partners, made special 100 boards, counted to 100 in many different ways and ate 100 cupcakes. Thank you to the families that brought in the cupcakes. They were delicious.


UOI Fieldtrip

And today we saw a very significant person from Vietnam. Mr Ho Chi Minh. The children made some great connections with our new unit and understood that he was a man who helped the people of Vietnam to live a happier life and helped the country to become independent (make their own rules!) The children were awesome, they showed great respect and our Grade 5 buddies helped to keep everyone safe and organized.



TET Assembly Wednesday, February 14th 9:10am

See you back at school, Monday, February 26th. We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới



This Week in 1B…

UOI-Light and Sound Gallery Walk

Thank you for coming to our Gallery Walk on Friday for our end of Unit of Inquiry showcase. The students loved showing you all of their learning about Light and Sound. The box creations were an amazing example of the hard work and some of the things that the students learned.


UOI-Musical Performances

Last week, the students were able to bring in a musical instrument and play for all of the Grade 1 classes. The students were so excited to share their talent with their peers. It was so fun to see the amazing abilities of our students. Our students played the piano, guitar, ukulele, cello and drums.

UOI-Where We are in Place and Time is our new Unit of Inquiry. Please take a look at the special dates.

UOI-The Contributions of Significant People Affect the Way We Live

We had our provocation for our new unit on Tuesday. You might have heard about it! The teachers all dressed up as significant people and created a ‘wax museum’. The children moved around the different classrooms and found out about each person, who they were and what they had done in their lives that was significant/important. Ask your child who was their favorite and what they remember. Is it Amelia Earhart, Dr Seuss, Frida Kahlo, Edmund Hillary or Edward Lear?

Reminders-Next week is a very busy week in Grade 1. Please take a look at the special things that are happening. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

  • Monday: Please bring in 4 photographs of significant events in your child’s life. You may email them and I can print them at school or send in photos if you have them.  Some significant events might be, day of birth, first time eating food, first steps, first tooth, brother or sister being born, moving to a new country etc.
  • Tuesday: Is the 100th Day of School. Your child might like to create something that has 100 things/pieces to bring to school. It might be a necklace with 100 beads or a t-shirt with 100 tally marks on it, 100 lego pieces, 100 fishy crackers, 100 cotton balls…the ideas are endless. If you need further ideas there are a load in Pinterest. Just search 100 days of school ideas. Please note this is optional- not compulsory! 
  • Wednesday: On Wednesday we will celebrate Global Play Day. The children are allowed to bring one toy to school. It must not require batteries or electricity. No devices. Some possible ideas might be board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The games will be returned on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Wednesday is also the Snack Sale. G1 are required to bring in healthy snacks to be sold. Please see email that has already been sent out for guidelines.
  • Thursday: We will go on our field trip to see Ho Chi Minh, as part of our unit on significant people. Please remember good walking shoes, warm clothes and a snack and drink.

Thank you for supporting and helping your child be organized and ready for the amazing week ahead. Again, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you for coming to Parent Teacher Conferences today. It is always so nice seeing each of you and hearing about what your child talks about at home. I hope that you have a good understanding of where your child is at and what goals they are working on.






This Week in Grade 1B…

Welcome Elliot

We would like to welcome Elliot and his family to our 1B and to UNIS. Elliot has made lots of friends this week and is staring to learn all of the new routines of our classroom. If you see Elliot’s parents, Susanne and Paul, please give them a warm welcome.

Mystery Reader

This week we had the pleasure of having Zofia’s mom, Ms Magdalena, came in and read us a very familiar book in Polish. She read the story of Winnie the Pooh. The book that she brought is over 50 years old and Ms Magdalena read this very same book when she was a child. We learned that she can speak Polish, German, Chinese and a little Vietnamese. Thank you for coming and making a difference in our class.

Gallery Walk Friday

Please come to our classroom on Friday to see all of the great work the students have been doing on their Light and Sound boxes. They are so excited to share them with you. See you Friday, January 26th at 2:50pm.


Please sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences. They will be held on Thursday, February 1 from 10am-5pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

This Week in 1B…


During our Unit of Inquiry time, we learned how to make sounds through vibrations. The students were paired up and given a rubber band. Then they had to take a video of the rubber band making the vibration and sound. Then we took the video and moved it into an iMovie to slow down the video. The videos will be on the student’s blog tomorrow.

Mystery Reader

Thank you to William’s Mom and Dad (and his youngest brother, Freddy) for coming and reading such a fun to book to us. We loved hearing the story Do Not Open the Book Again by Andy Lee. We heard the first story when Matthew brought in the book and we were so excited to hear the 2nd book. We learned that William and his family speak English and Pidgin English. Thank you for making us laugh and for coming to our class.


During our UOI time this week, we were able to visit Ms Sophie’s High School orchestra class. We first listened to a unique piece of music and then got to walk around the students as they were playing the violin or viola. The we met with the students in small groups to listen to the instruments up close. We even got to play the violins! We learned that these instruments can make lots of different sounds with a bow.

Mystery Reader

This week we had another Mystery Reader. Lina mom, Ms Yuki, came and read us a story about 100 floors in the ocean in Japanese. We loved reading the story especially seeing that Japanese is read from top to bottom instead of left to right. We also learned that Ms Yuki speaks Japanese, Korean, English and a little Vietnamese. Wow! Thank you for coming in and sharing your story with us.


  • Operation Smile Toy Drive-We would like to inform you that, from January 8 to February 8 of 2018, Operation Smile will be running a toy drive. There will be a large bucket placed outside the nurse’s office, and we would greatly appreciate it if you could encourage the students to donate toys they no longer want or need, to be placed in the bucket. All of these toys will be given to children awaiting mouth surgery in hospital, to make the waiting process more bearable. Thank you!

This Week in 1B…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you and your families. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday. The students have returned refreshed with so many stories of their adventures, quality family time, travels, yummy food and lazy days. Ms Lam and I had wonderful holidays too and are so happy to welcome in 2018.

Mystery Reader

This week we had Ashley’s mom, Ms Della, come and read us a story in her mother tongue of Mandarin. So many of our students are talking Mandarin lessons or already speak Mandarin so it was easy for some to follow the story. The rest of us had to look at the pictures and carefully figure out what was happening. Thank you to Ms Della for reading to us. We also learned that she speaks Mandarin, Malay, English and Vietnamese. Wow, four languages.

The Nutcracker

Today the students performed with Discovery, K1 and K2 for a special assembly based on The Nutcracker. Here are some photos and a video of their dance.


  • As we are studying light and sound, some of our students are interested in brining in their musical instruments and playing them for the class. If you would like your child to bring in his/her instrument, please email me at We will arrange a time. Thank you.

This Week in 1B…

Maker Day

What a wonderful day exploring light and sound materials in our Grade 1 Maker Day. We mixed the students up into groups and they were able to investigate six different areas. The students had the opportunity to visit the following stations.

Here are some photos of our fantastic morning together.

Mystery Reader

This week we have Julia’s mom, Ms Amie come and join us. She read us one of Julia’s favorite books titled Children Make Terrible Pets. We loved the story and thought it was so funny. We learned that Ms Amie spoke English first and also speaks French and a little Vietnamese. We love having our Mystery Readers come and are so excited for our next round in January.


Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season with your families. Safe travels for those who are traveling and we will see you in 2018. Happy New Year. School resumes on Monday, January 8, 2018!



This Week in 1B…


This week we started our new Unit of Inquiry:How the World Works. Our central idea is Sound and Light Affect our Lives in Many Ways. We started our inquiry by taking a mini-field trip to the theater. Mr Duc, the sound and light manager, showed us some amazing lights (of all different colors) and then we played a Guess the Sound Game. We then headed upstairs to the control booth to see all of the light and sound equipment. It was a wonderful way for us to have an introduction into light and sound. Here is our unit overview and some photos of our first provocation.

More UOI with Ms Michelle

This week Ms. Michelle joined us during our TIG time and  introduced us to circuits and the components needed to create a functioning circuit. We learned about the electrical pathway that flows from the source through the conductive materials and also learned how to identify the positive and negative parts of both batteries and LED lights. We had the opportunity to create our own circuits using connective play-dough and can’t wait to explore more in our next session.


This week in Math, we did a 3-Act Math Task centered around Pokemon cards. The students were shown a photo of a group of Pokemon cards. They had to make an estimate. Then I gave them some more information: There are 5 groups of 4 Pokemon cards and 2 more Pokemon cards. The students had to draw their work and then show their work in numbers. They had to complete their work by giving the answer. Our two learning intentions were:

The next day, we took a copy of the Pokemon cards and tried to show our thinking in three different ways. Here are some of the examples of our student’s thinking:


Quick Chat with your Child

Who was the Mystery Reader last week?

Who lost a tooth during lunch this week?

What is happening in our Dory Fantasmagory book?

Mystery Reader

Our Mystery Reader this week was Yago’s mom, Ms Virginia. We learned that Ms Virginia speaks 3 languages: Spanish, Italian and English. She read us a familiar story, but it was in Spanish called Eres Tu Mi Mama? by P.D. Eastman.  It was so fun for the students to hear a familiar book, but in a different language. We look forward to our future mystery readers. There will be another round of sign ups beginning in January.

Open Classrooms

Thank you to all of the parents that attended Open Classrooms last week. We had 30 total adults join our 1B classes. It was wonderful to see you all participate in a Language and Math lesson. We enjoyed your participation very much. Thank you for taking an active role in your child’s education.


December 8-UNIS Winterfest, begins at 5:00pm (the musical students are performing at 5:30pm on the stage area)

December 14-Gymnastics performance in Sports Center for Grade 1B starting at 1:15pm. Please meet us there. Thank you.

December 15-last day of school for the calendar year. Have a wonderful break and see you back on January 8, 2018!




30 November

Mystery Reader

Our Mystery Reader this week was Yeonjae’s mom, Ms Boyoun. She read us a very funny book in Korean. We laughed so hard hearing about the community of people in the book trying to do funny things. We learned that Boyoun speaks two languages, Korean and English. We look forward to our future mystery readers. There will be another round of sign ups beginning in January.

Collaborative Mindfulness

During our Unit of Inquiry, Ms Anissa has guided us through some meditations. She has also talked to us about how we can be calm and use our words in times of frustration. We learned Star Breathing and also enjoyed some mindfulness with coloring. The students were paired up in twos and have started to create beautiful butterfly posters.


If you do not have your tickets yet for the musical, please go to the Center for the Arts and buy them. The show is fantastic and we have 10 students in our class in this show. The musical runs Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5pm.

Quick Chat with your Child

Each week I will put some questions or topics on this section of the blog. Please ask your child and hopefully you will learn more about what happens in Grade 1B.

  • Which student lost a tooth last Friday?
  • Who’s birthday did we celebrate on Monday?
  • What was your favorite part of the musical review we saw in the theater?


  • December 1 & 2-How to Eat Like a Child Musical Friday and Saturday at 5pm-tickets on sale now (Tickets are SOLD OUT for the Friday show)
  • December 8-UNIS Winterfest 3:30pm

23 November

Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school. Below are the times that Grade 1B is open for you to join us. Please let me know if you have any questions. See you next week. 

Mystery Reader

Last Friday, we had our first Mystery Reader. Thank you to Harutaka’s mom, Ms Akiko, for coming and reading to us in Japanese. We learned that Akiko speaks three languages and that she loves to read. We noticed that Japanese is written in characters and is written vertically (unlike English that is written horizontally). We look forward to our future mystery readers. There will be another round of sign ups beginning in January.


We have 10 students from our class in the musical, How to Eat Like a Child. We hope that all families will be able to attend this wonderful show and support our Grade 1-3 students. Our students have been practicing so hard and are very excited about showing us their hard work. Tickets are very limited and are on sale now in the Center for the Arts.


Fivimart Field Trip

We arrived at school on Wednesday with huge excitement about our field trip to Vivimart on Thursday. We first reflected on what we have inquired into so far about nutrition and making balanced choices and set to work designing healthy, balanced snacks. We organized ourselves into groups and planned our recipes, listing our ingredients and deciding as a group what we needed to buy.

We set off on foot to Vivimart in our snack group teams. In previous years this was not possible but thanks to the new sidewalk we were able to integrate some exercise into our balanced and healthy field trip! Our shopping lists and plans kept us focussed as we explored the supermarket to find our ingredients. There were so many wonderful learning opportunities to be had. We weighed items, made group decisions, interpreted signs and labels and interacted with shop assistants. We also made the conscious choice to bring along our backpacks to carry our purchased items to reduce the use of plastic bags.

After returning from our field trip we set to work making healthy and balanced snack from the array of ingredients that we purchased and what fun it was!! We observed wonderful examples of delegation, team work, creativity and endurance (it takes a lot of energy to slice, chop and peel!) as each team consulted their plans and produced a balanced feast. Reflecting on the experience we realized how proud we were to create our own snacks independently and to be risk takers by trying new recipes and ingredients. We hope to see some action in the form of independently made and balanced snacks as a result of our trip today.

Thank you to Ketia’s mom, Matthew’s dad, Yago’s mom, Alana’s mom and Quang’s mom for coming and helping us with the trip and snack making. What a wonderful trip.


  • Musical Tickets on Sale Now
  • Parent Coffee Morning, Friday, November 24, 8:30am Community Room
  • Open Classrooms November 30 and December 1-please see schedule above for times to attend class

16 November

Professional Development at UNIS

This weekend, the Grade 1 team along with the other ECC teachers at UNIS and 40 colleagues from all around Asia, had the pleasure of attending the EARCOS workshop Listening to Learning in the Early Years, presented by Fiona Zinn. Fiona is an Educational Consultant based in Hobart, Australia. Drawing on 25 years experience in the early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors, Fiona consults widely with International Schools around the world to boldly re-imagine early years and primary pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments in response to research. During our two-day weekend workshop, we explored some of the ideas that underpin the pedagogical experience of Reggio Emilia, investigated our ‘image of the child’ and shared some deep reflection on the importance of relationships within our schools. We also examined the role of provocation and documentation for our work with transnational children in international school contexts.

Ms Anna, Ms Sue, Fiona Zinn, Ms Kristin and Ms Penny

Digital Citizenship Fair

On Thursday, we went to the Grade 2 Digital Citizenship Fair to learn about different technology programs. Sharing our learning with each other is an important skill that we are learning about in Grade 1. We really learned many new things and provided some feedback about what we liked about the fair. Ask your child about Google Earth. We loved learning about this app and so many others.


We are very excited about our upcoming field trip to Fivimart on Monday. During our UOI we have been talking about making healthy choices. The students chose from a variety of options of what snack they wanted to buy at the store and make once we get back to class. Each group wrote out their recipe and has a plan of how to make their healthy snack. Here are two examples of the recipes and the snacks. Yummy!

Blue Dragon forms-if you have not turned in your Blue Dragon donation form and money, please send to school on Monday. Thank you to all of the families that donated. We are excited to see our final class number.



Monday 20th Nov– Our trip to Fivimart. Please wear suitable clothes and shoes for walking.

Wednesday 22nd- Healthy Snack sale. Your child may bring 10,000 or 20,000 to spend on a healthy snack.

December 1 & 2- Grade 1-3 musical, ‘How To Eat Like A Child’. Tickets are now on sale in the Centre For The Arts. Get yours quick as they will sell out fast. The performance dates are Friday 1st Dec, 5pm and Saturday 2nd of December at 5pm.

November 24- ES coffee morning from 8:30am – 9:30am in the Community Room. It will be about blogging.

Yearbook Cover Contest

This year is UNIS Hanoi’s 30th Birthday – what better theme for the 2017-2018 Yearbook! And it is now time for all students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 to get your creative juices going for our Yearbook Cover Design Competition! We want the best possible book cover for this special edition of the Yearbook and we want YOU to create it!

Your design should be all about UNIS Hanoi’s Birthday! Make it festive and make it unique! We are happy to accept designs created in a variety of formats: drawing, painting, digital (using Photoshop template), scrapbooked collage… let your imagination run wild! And you are not limited to one! Students can submit multiple designs – no limit to the number of entries. You can also work with your friends, just be sure to list full names of all those involved if it is a team effort.


  • For Digital designs please:
    • Use the Photoshop template. Download the template here 
    • Use high resolution photos/graphics of 300dpi (dots per inch)
    • DO NOT compress/flatten your Photoshop design into a single image. Keep all layers.
  • For Drawing/Painting etc designsplease submit two pieces of artwork:
    • A4 front cover
    • A4 back cover

Contact for any questions or guidance with any of the above.

 DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE the following two titles/information on your front cover:

  • Yearbook 2017-2018
  • UNIS Hanoi


16:00 on Friday, January 26

  • Bring your cover(s) to Advancement Office (Room 102, Admin Building) or share your digital file with
  • If your creation is a drawing or painting, please clearly mark the envelope with your artwork with your FULL NAME & HOMEROOM
  • Please use the following naming convention for digital files:
    • YB1718_Cover Contest_Your First Name Last Name_Homeroom
    • (example: YB1718_Cover Contest_John Smith_5JH)