5 October

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all of the parents that attended the Parent Teacher Conferences this week. It was so nice meeting you and talking all about the learning that your child is experiencing in Grade 1B. Creating a home and school connection is an integral part of our community. Your participation is vital to your child’s eduction. Thank you again.

What Do You See?

This week in our math lesson, we talked about spatial patterns with numbers. I showed the students this pattern and asked them What Do You See? The mathematical minds in our class are being challenged and each student is growing in his/her thinking. Well done Grade 1B.

Unit of Inquiry: How We Organize Ourselves

This week we became experts in our chosen system! Some of us visited Chef Adam in the Canteen to find out all about the Canteen System. 

And some of us visited Nurse Susan in the Health Center to learn about the Health Center System.


Now we are experts too! We had to take our new knowledge and describe our chosen system using pictures and words. We also made a blog post and had to describe how our system worked, how it helps our community and what would happen if we didn’t have this system at UNIS. Watch out for some awesome blog posts!


We hope that you all have a wonderful break and enjoy some family time. We look forward to hearing all about the adventures that you will have when we return to school on Monday, October 16th.

28 September

Moon Festival

We had a wonderful day today celebrating Moon Festival. The Elementary School assembly was full of traditional Vietnamese music and performances by the upper elementary students. After the assembly, we learned more about the holiday from Ms Lam. We then painted animal masks. The students looked awesome in their áo dài today. Here are a few photos from our festive day.

Response Writing

We continue to work on our response writing and are slowly learning that a response text gives an opinion. The students have written different responses about their stuffed animal and moon cakes. They also worked in a group to write a response about a classroom item. Our writing includes many descriptions like color, texture, action, numbers and size. We have some examples hung in our room. Please come take a look at them.


Next Tuesday, October 3rd is Parent Teacher Conferences. There will not be school for the students. Please sign up for an appointment time.

21 September

Happy 30th Birthday UNIS

This school year, UNIS will be celebrating turning 30 years old many different times. Yesterday, we had a big birthday party for the entire school. We gathered in the sports center and sang Happy Birthday to UNIS and to some special people that were celebrating their birthday on the same day. We were so lucky that Matthew and Ms Anna, one of the other Grade 1 teachers, celebrated their birthdays yesterday and the entire school got to sing to them. We then went out to the field to take a whole school photo. We then went back to our classroom to enjoy a special cupcake.

Mr Jeff as Mortimer

Mr Jeff, Grade 4 teacher, came and read us the story Mortimer by Robert Munsch. He was in full character and was very animated telling us this wonderful book. We loved having him read to all of the classes in Grade 1. Thank you Mr Jeff for making the story come alive!

Unit of Inquiry (UOI): How the World Works

During our UOI time, we have been learning more and more about communities and the systems and routines within our communities. We went on a systems hunt to see if we could find different systems at UNIS. We went to the following areas to find the systems: nurse’s station, playground equipment, cleaning supplies and cleaners, recycling bin and the canteen. The students then had to decide which system they wanted to learn more about. The made a human graph of their favorite system. Our top two choices were the canteen and the nurse. We will be interviewing the people that are involved with those systems to learn more about how they work and why they are important to our school.

Descriptive Writing

We have been practicing our descriptive writing this week during our Language time. The students are learning about nouns, pronouns and adjectives in writing a text based on each child’s opinion of an object. We started with doing it orally and now have moved into having each child write his/her own responsive text.


  • Moon Festival, Thursday, September 28-please have your child wear his/her Ao Dai to school that day for a fun day of celebrations. 
  • Swimming continues for 3 more weeks. Please send your child to school with the following item in a swim bag:
    • swimming costume
    • towel
    • googles
    • hair cap (for medium-long hair)
  • Please send take home books back to school each day. 
  • Mondays are library days. Please send library books back each Monday. 
  • Please send in headphones for your child as soon as possible. 

Dot Day

We had such a wonderful day celebrating International Dot Day, a day about being creative and making your mark in this world. We placed dots all over the wall with our Grade 5 buddies and made lots of estimates on how many dots there are on the entire wall. We also read the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Please come and look and make an estimate with your child. Happy Counting!!!

14 September

New Math Games

This week during our math lessons, we introduced some new games. Two of the games that the students LOVED learning were 3-2-1 Salute and Flip 10. The students are becoming fluid with their number knowledge from 1-5 and 1-10. We also had other math sessions having the students describe their thinking by drawing and writing their thoughts. Grade 1B are amazing mathematicians.

Unit of Inquiry

During our UOI time, the students were given a puzzle that they had to put together in teams. One of the puzzles was of a typical Hanoi traffic intersection and one was of a highway in Australia. While working collaboratively, the students realized that the Hanoi puzzle was very hard because the cars and motorbikes were driving in every direction. The Australian highway puzzle was a bit easier because there were lines and it appeared that everyone stayed in a line to drive. During reflection time, we learned that having a system and a set of routines is easier for us to function. This was another example of learning about our central idea: Communities have a set of Routines and Systems to help them Function.

Introducing our ECC Counselor

Ms Anissa, our ECC School Counselor, came in and introduced us to what she does at our school. She read the book Mrs Joyce Gives the Best High-Fives: Introducing the School Counselor by Erainna Winnett. The students loved hearing about all of the things that Ms Anissa will do to help our students this school year like talk about feelings and emotions. We look forward to learning more from Ms Anissa.


  • Tomorrow is Dot Day. Please have your child wear dots to school tomorrow. Please remember to have your child read his/her take home reader to you each night and sign the communication book. Please return each day in the green take home folder. Thank you for your help.
  • Please join us for a UNIS’ 30th Birthday Assembly Tuesday, September 19th at 2pm in the Sports Center. Please have your child wear BLUE!!!
  • Swimming during PE class starts next Wednesday. Please have your child bring his/her swimming costume, towel, google and swim cap (for long hair students). Your child will need all of these items for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for 3 weeks.
  • Snack Sale, Wednesday, September 20th. Please send 20,000 VND for your child to pick 2 snacks for that day. 
  • Please send in Headphones for your child.
  • EAL Coffee Morning Friday, September 15th, 8:30 – 9:30am in the Community Room Explaining the EAL programme for EAL parents.

8 September

Unit Overviews: Unit of Inquiry, Math and Reading

During this quarter, we will be focusing on the following things during our Unit of Inquiry (UOI), Math and Reading lessons. Our learning intentions and goals are outlined below. 

Self Portraits

The students have been working very hard on his/her self portrait. They each drew themselves and then had the opportunity to draw a classmate. We then reflected on the self portraits by asking the following questions:

  • Tell me about your Self Portrait.
  • Was it harder to draw yourself or your friend? Why?
  • What do you think of your friends drawing of you? Why do you think that?

Please come into our classroom and see the amazing artist in Grade 1B.


Thank you to Kai’s mom, Kanako, for being our Room Parent this school year. We are so happy to have her guide us with the social events and activities throughout the year. Thank you, Kanako.


  • Please bring a soft, small stuffed animal for your child to have at school (as a reading buddy)
  • Please bring in a set of headphones for your child. These will be kept at school until the end of the school year.

Grade 5 Buddy Class

This week we had our first meeting with our Grade 5 Buddies. Grade 5 classes will come down to our class bi-weekly. We will create experiences for all of the students to learn and grow from one another. The purpose of the UNIS Hanoi Buddy Program is:

  • To build and strengthen community by providing opportunities for cross-grade collaboration and learning for both students and staff members.
  • To provide opportunities for older students to develop leadership and mentorship experiences.
  • To provide role modes for younger students.
  • To give students the opportunity to build strong relationships throughout the year with their buddy classes.

When the Grade 5 students entered our classroom, we introduced each other, asked each other some questions about ourselves and we were paired up with a buddy. We made self portraits of each other and included things that we liked (our favorite color, number, where we are from etc). We can’t wait to meet with our buddies next time.

31 August, 2017

Unit of Inquiry Provocation

Something crazy happened at school on Tuesday! When we got to school all of the Grade 1 classrooms were very messy and disorganized! It was such a mystery who could have made such a mess in our space! After we explored the messy classroom, we had a wonderful discussion about what happened. We used the See, Think, Wonder Visual Thinking Routine to discuss our ideas.

What do you see?

  • The chairs were upside down, the legos are on the sofa, the easel was in the Lego’s area. (Jevindu)
  • The table was upside down. (Amanda)
  • The beanbags were on the table and the chairs and tables were upside down (Lina)
  • The table went upside down, also the chairs and the books. The lego box was on Ms Kristin’s chair. (Alana)
  • It was so messy. The table was upside down, the chairs fell down. (Keita)

What do you think happened to our classroom?

  • Storm was really strong so it pushed things upside down (Yago)
  • Hook /Captain Hook turned the whole class upside down(Quang)
  • Table is on the carpet because it’s raining so hard (Matthew)
  • Teachers had a party in here (Zofia)
  • The cleaners messed it up (Yoenjae)
  • Teachers did it in the middle of the night (Zofia)
  • People came in, they ate and left the marks on the floor (William)
  • People practiced in here and they didn’t tidy up (Matthew)
  • Our classroom is ruined (Amanda)

What do you wonder? How do you feel about our classroom? How does it make you feel to see our classroom like this?

  • Freak out (Julia)
  • What on Earth just happened? This is weird! (William)
  • Strange (Yago)
  • Cuckoo cuckoo (Ashley)
  • Confused (Ms. Anissa)
  • Cray cray (William)
  • Wow! There are things on the ground (Kai)
  • I felt interested to know what happened (Zofia)
  • I was shocked! (Amanda)
  • I felt surprised (Harutaka)

What should we do? Does anybody have an idea of what to do now?

  • This is what happened when we don’t take care of the classroom (Yeonjae)
  • Tidy up (Yewon)
  • To make it fancy again (Yago)

Why should we clean up? Why can’t we leave it the way it is?

  • It was too messy. We can’t do our work when it is too messy. (Yewon)
  • How about we tidy up together? (Julia)
  • How can we work and learn if it is messy (Ashley)
  • This is our classroom (Ethan)
  • We need to have things in the right place (William)
  • Be organized (Yeonjae)

It turned out that the teachers had played a trick on the students! We were trying to help you to understand how important it is to have an organized space. How we can’t learn well when our space is all messy! This is linked to our new Unit of Inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves.

Math Activities

This week the students were able to engage in many different math stations. They are learning about counting both forward and backward, subitising numbers and estimating objects. The students are enjoying all of the new math concepts that are being introduced in Grade 1.


  • If your child auditioned for the musical, your child will be in the chorus. The first practice is September 8th from 3:30-4:30pm.
  • Please bring in a small, soft toy for your child to use for his/her first reading buddy. This toy will be kept at school for a few months, so please make sure it is not the toy that he/she needs to regularly sleep with. Thank you. 
  • No School on Monday in honor or Vietnamese National Day or Independence Day
  • Please save, and send in, your recyclables for us to reuse in our maker space! Thank you!
  • ASAs  will be starting on Tuesday
  • Back to School Night-Thursday, September 7th, 6:00-7:30pm
    • 6:00-6:30pm Presentation #1 in our classroom (B9, G32)
    • 6:35-7:05pm Presentation #2 in our classroom (B9, G32)
    • 6:00-7:30pm Specialist Presentations in Center for the Arts (B10)

Welcome to Grade 1B

Welcome to Grade 1B. We have had a wonderful time getting to know each other and learning the routines of Grade 1. Here are a few pictures from our week.

We started the school year with an opening Assembly with our entire school (D-12). We watched the Dragon Dance and cheered for the 2017-2018 School Year.


We made ‘All About Me’ posters and the students shared with a partner first and then were able to present them to the entire class. They were amazing risk takers and communicators.

Our students have enjoyed going to all of the specialists this week, especially PE.

Today, we had our first ECC Assembly. It was very special for our Grade 1 students to sit on the risers and be the big kids of ECC.


Monday 28th- Auditions for the musical. Please email me if your child is interested in auditioning.

Tuesday 29th- Grades D-2 Community Social. We will begin in the 1B classroom at 3:30pm and then move to the courtyard at 3:40pm.