This Week in Grade 1B…

Assembly

Congratulations to each of our Grade 1B students. They did an amazing job at our assembly. Each of them spoke with confidence in front of the entire audience (over 150 people). They worked so hard on our mixed up fairy tale. Thank you so much for coming and we hope that you enjoyed it. Here are some photos and the video of the big show. Enjoy!

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. We helped celebrate this month by wearing blue and talking about what people with autism are like. We found out that people with autism:

  • look just like you and me
  • sometimes don’t like loud noises
  • sometimes don’t like a lot of people
  • sometimes can find it hard to communicate/talk
  • have so many talents in the world

Play Based Learning Update

The Grade 6 & 7 UNIS design class is making some very important items to add to our Play Based Learning space. This year long project has been amazing for our students to watch. We visited the design class this week and the older students asked us for some feedback. We asked for different colors, characters and sizes of some of the items. This collaboration has been amazing and we look forward to our items sometime soon.

Reminders

  • Used Book Drive is still happening this week. Please send in books for the book sale.
  • Please send in used clothes for the Blue Dragon donations.
  • Poetry Cafe, May 4th

 

This Week in 1B…

Sports Day Fun!

We had such an amazing morning at Sports Day. The students did such a wonderful job of working together, cheering each other on and trying new games. I asked the students the following questions and here are there responses.

What was your favorite part of Sport’s Day? What did you like about Sports Day?

  • Zofia– I like Sports Day because of Temple of Doom and Mac Attack. I like those games.
  • Jevindu– I like Sports Day because there were so many games that I have not played before.
  • William– I like Sports Day because my mommy was watching me.
  • Yago– My favorite part of Sports Day was Monster Ball.
  • Matthew– My favorite part of Sports Day was Mack Attack.
  • Ethan– I like Sports Day because I likes Temple of Doom and I scored 3 treasures.
  • Yewon– My favorite part of Sports Day was Mack Attack.
  • Keita– I like Monster Ball.
  • Harutaka– I like Sports Day because it is fun.
  • Lina– My favorite part of Sports Day that Buffalos came in 2nd
  • Amanda– I like Sports Day because there are a lot of outside games.
  • Julia– I like Sport’s Day because there are funny games like Dress Up Race and lots of running. It’s so much fun.
  • Kai– I like Sport’s Day because new games and all the games I like.
  • Alana– I like Sport’s Day because it was fun.
  • Quang– I like Temple of Doom because it was fun.

Math

During Math this week, we have been learning about 100 charts. The students have been given lots of torn 100 charts and have had to place the numbers in the chart. They are working really hard on justifying their answers to their partner. Their mathematical brains have been working overtime.

Book Drive

Please bring your used books to school. We hope to have the most books in the whole school. Thank you in advance for helping the SCO. A big THANK YOU to Kai for being our first student to donate his books. Who will be the next?

Reminders

  • Student Led Conferences: Wednesday, April 18th (please sign up on Veracross)
  • Poetry Cafe: May 4th 2:30pm, Please join us for our End of Unit Celebration where each child will read their own poem. 

Special Announcement

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

This Week in 1B…

UOI

This week we continued our new unit exploration focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We learned about the following goals: #3 Good Health and Well-Being, #5 Gender Equality, #14 Life Below Water and #15 Life on Land. The students voted on which goal they are going to research and we put them in four groups. After the holiday, the groups will continue to research and learn more about these important goals.

Mystery Readers

This week, we had two Mystery Readers. Our first one was Kai’s dad, Mr Romel, who read us the thought provoking book, The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy. The three questions are: What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Ask your child how they would answer these important life questions.

Our second Mystery Reader was Matthew’s dad, Mr James. We learned that Mr James first language is Fijian. He also has learned German, French, English, Japanese, French, Bahasa Indonesia and Vietnamese. Wow, he knows so many languages! Mr James read us two stories titled I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems.

Language

This week, we continued our reading of familiar and unfamiliar fairy tales. We read the story Little Red Riding Hood and Little Red. We then did a Venn Diagram to compare what was the same and what was different in the stories. The students did an amazing job of writing the similarities and differences with a partner. This tool is an excellent example of how to make compare and contrast stories.

Reminders

  • Spring Break is next week. We hope you enjoy the week and we will see you back at school on Monday, April 9th.
  • Tomorrow is Sport’s Day. Please have your child wear his/her House T-shirt.

This Week in Grade 1B…

UOI

Thank you to all of the parents and special guests for coming to our Wax Museum. The students LOVED sharing their significant people with each of you. Your support is so valuable to their success. We think you’ll agree that the children did a fantastic job sharing their learning and showcasing their presentation skills.Before you came to the Wax Museum, we invited both Grade 2 and Grade 3 to come to hear the scripts that each student wrote. It was a wonderful way for our students to practice and hear some feedback about their presentation skills. Here are a few photos of our amazing day. Thank you to Ethan’s mom, Emily, for taking so many of these fantastic photos. If you would like any of them (and I have loads more), please let me know.


UOI Green Screen Experience

Once the students finished the research of their significant person, they practiced and then they were ready to record it on the green screen. Each student picked a background photo and then recorded their script. Please have ;your child show on their EasyBlog account. Enjoy!

Mystery Reader

This week we had Ethan’s mom, Ms Emily, come and read us two very funny books Baa Baa Smart Sheep and I Love Lemonade by Mark and Rowan Sommerset, We were tricked by the sheep, but we quickly learned the tricks before the second book. We learned that Ms Emily learned English as her first language and knows a little bit of many different languages. Thank you for coming and entertaining us!

Welcome Flora to Grade 1B

I would like to introduce you to Ms Flora Fang who will be joining our Grade 1B class as a student teacher. She will be in our classroom for the next five weeks. She will mostly be observing and asking lots of questions about how to become a better teacher. Flora will also be leading some of the lessons, under my guidance, toward the end of her five weeks. She will also be attending some of the specialist classes to see the whole program that the students are exposed to here at UNIS.
She is currently enrolled at Algonqui College and once she has completed her student teaching at UNIS she will graduate. Please join me in welcoming Ms Flora to our Grade 1B community. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.

UOI-New Unit Overview

This week we started our new Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves concentrating on Poetry. We are looking forward to this new unit.

Reminders

  • Come along and enjoy the Spring Fair on Sunday, March 25th.

 

This Week in 1B…

UOI

This week we have been busy doing our green screen performances. All of the students look fantastic and we can’t wait to share them with you once the wax museum is over. Thank you for helping your children with their costumes. They all look amazing and we are looking forward to sharing our research with you at the wax museum. Here’s a few photos of us dressed up as our Significant person- can you guess who each child might be?!

Language

We have been reading many different variations of fairy tales this week. Two our our favorites have been After the Fall and Dimity Dumpty. Please have your child tell you about what happened to Humpty Dumpty after he fell off the wall and find out about his sister and family.

 

Mystery Reader

This week we had William’s mom join us again and read to us. We LOVE all of William’s books. They are so funny and clever. Thank you for coming and reading and laughing with us, Ms Jo. We are looking for some more Mystery Readers. If you have not had a chance yet, please sign up to read a book in your mother tongue. Your child will be so happy!!!

Open Classrooms

Please join us for Open Classrooms next week. During Thursday’s Open Classrooms we will have our Wax Museum 2:30-3:15. The students are looking forward to you joining us at this time. Here is our schedule.

 

Reminders

  • Monday: No school- teachers have a professional development day
  • Thursday: Open classrooms / wax museum
  • Friday: We will have an all school spirit assembly. We will be welcoming the soccer players who are coming to UNIS for a tournament. The children can wear blue to support our UNIS players. Open Classrooms.

This Week in Grade 1B…

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

The students were vey happy to be back at school and have told us so many stories of their holiday adventures. We hope that you had a wonderful time on your holiday with family and friends.

Math

This week in math, we continued to work on addition and subtraction but we learned to measure with standard and non standard units. In small groups, we measured many things in the classroom with cubes. As a whole class we estimated how many cubes it would be for the length of our classroom. We worked together to make the cubes and then had so much fun counting the cubes. It took 424 cubes.


Language

We have begun to learn about a new writing genre- narrative / story telling. We made puppets of lots of different characters and have been practicing using our speaking skills to tell stories. The children are really enjoying using their imaginations and working together to create stories with characters, settings, problems and resolutions.

UOI

The children really enjoyed sharing their significant event photographs with each other. Please come in to the classroom and see the posters they have created. They look fantastic and all the children now understand the word, ‘significant’.

Mystery Reader

This week we had a very special guest be our Mystery Reader. Dr Barder came in and read us the story Odd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb. We loved the story and learned that Dr Barder’s first language is English and he speaks a little bit of many other languages including Spanish, French, Bahasa Malay and Vietnamese. Before Dr Barder left, he showed us a magic book that only Heads of Schools can have. What a fun treat to have him join us.

Wax Museum

We are currently writing our ‘scripts’ for the wax museum, about our chosen significant people. Please help your child to organize their costume over the weekend. It needs to be brought into school on Monday.  Remember to book Thursday the 15th, from 2:30-3:20 off work for our wax museum! You will not be disappointed!

Reminders

  • Please send costumes to school on Monday for your child’s Significant person. If you have any questions, please let me know.
  • Aquathlon

  • Rice Drive for Sin Chai

 

 

This Week in 1B…

This Week in 1B…

UOI

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.

 

Reminder

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.

Reminders

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…

UOI

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.

UOI

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.

Reminders

  • 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!