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)

9 November

UN Day

UN Day was a wonderful day honoring and celebrating our home countries and cultures. Each student’s flag as well as all of the United Nation country flags were flown. Ashley and Alya were our two flag bearers and we were so proud of them. We created a book about each of our countries, attending the fabulous assembly, took our class photo and then ended the day with a shared meal with food from all of our nations. Thank you to all of the parents who helped organize our lunch and thank you to all of the parents who brought the delicious food. Here are some videos and photos of our special day!

Walk-a-thon Success

The students in Grade 1B did an outstanding job of raising money for Blue Dragon. All of the students ran and walked around the track and were very excited to receive a check mark on his/her arm indicating another lap was made. A big thank you to Kai’s mom, Yeonjae’s mom and Harutaka’s mom for helping with the marking. The donation forms were sent home yesterday and please return them tomorrow. Thank you again for making such a big difference in the lives of the Blue Dragon children.


This week during our Unit of Inquiry, Who We are, we began to look at nutrition. You may have heard your child talking about Body Builders, Body Protectors, Energy Givers and Treats. We looked at what these different food groups are and how we need a balance of all of these things to be healthy. We are keeping a snack and hygiene diary to keep a track of how balanced we are. Does your child brush his/her teeth every night and every morning? Does your child wash his/her hands before eating? Does your child take a bath/shower every night or morning? These are some of things that we are recording to find out how healthy we are in Grade 1B.

On Monday the 20th of November, we are going to walk to Fivimart, just down the road from school, to go shopping for ingredients to make a healthy snack. There is a letter of permission in your child’s reading folder today. Please see Kai’s mom if you are interested in being a parent volunteer for the day. The children will choose the snack to make, write a shopping list, shop and pay for the food and then make the snack to share with everyone when we get back to school.


  • Please return your Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon forms. Thank you!
  • We are going on a field trip on November 20th. Forms are being sent home today. Please sign and return as soon as possible. 
  • No School Monday and Tuesday. Grade 1 will be in Professional Development Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. See you all on Wednesday, November 15th. 

2 November


Our students had many opportunities to make connections between the number of tens in a quantity and the numerals that represent the number. As they worked to construct a class chart of their results, they examined place value and investigated whether the pattern found would be present with all numbers.

We also worked on ten frames. We are using ten frames to build number sense, help students gain “mental math” fluency and to better understand how to use the math strategies of “composing and decomposing” numbers. We played a few team games this week to increase our knowledge and had some fun working together.

Happy Halloween

We had a wonderful day on Tuesday dressing up for Halloween. The students were very excited to see all of the costumes on our special day.


This week, we continued our investigation into our Unit of Inquiry. Our bread has started to turn moldy and we made predictions about what will happen next. The students were introduced to the Scientific Method (question, hypothesis, experiment, observations and conclusion) and are very excited about the steps in this process. Which bread is going to be moldy and yucky first?



26 October


This week in Math, we did a Number Talk about the number 12. We learned that we know  nineteen things about the number 12. Then the students took the number of his/her birthdate and found out what they knew about their own number. It was amazing to see how the students know so much about numbers.


UOI Who We Are

We investigated our lunch from last week and made several graphs to find out what food was the most popular amongst our students. We learned that almost everyone took cookies, but only one or two friends chose fruit. We then talked about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we concentrated on Number 3 Good Health and Well-Being. What do we need to eat to have a healthy diet? What foods can we eat more of and what foods should we eat less of? The students enjoyed being investigators of his/her own lunch plate.


October 31 Dress Up Day-please see dress up guidelines in your parent email

November 3 UN Day 10:20am in Sports Center-Please join us for a wonderful all school assembly celebrating all of our nations. After the assembly, we will have a shared lunch with the other Grade 1 classes. Please have your child dress in his/her country costume.


19 October Continued

Special All School Assembly for APEC Volleyball

Today we had the wonderful opportunity to support the APEC Volleyball players. Ten teams from around Southeast Asia are here at UNIS for the tournament. The Grade 1 students looked amazing in their yellow and black. They were ready to cheer for our designated team WAB (Western Academy of Beijing). The players were so happy to see us and greeted us with high-fives! We watched a game today and will go to one more tomorrow. The high school students loved our enthusiasm and support!