Chuc Mung Nam Moi

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tet Holiday. Happy New Year to you all.  Please see below for some questions you could ask your child about their learning as well as some activities they have been doing.

Things you can ask your child about:

    • What is the social enterprise you will be a part of forming?
    • What action are you hoping to undertake with your social enterprise group?
    • How was your book report? What did you do well? What could you improve?
    • What are some books you are now interested in reading?
    • Can you show me your Biblionasium reading log?


Vocabulary list for the current Unit of Inquiry:

Goods and Services, Product, Consumers, Market Economy, Money, Forces, Unique Selling Point, Price, Needs and Wants, Social Enterprise, Risk, Profit, Loss, Entrepreneur, Supply and Demand, Target Market, Surplus, Shortage, Competition, Business

Math Game of the Week:

4s a Winner-A fun, engaging game for working on multiplication and division.

Upcoming Events:

  • ISA testing will be held the week of 2/26-3/2


February 5-9

Thank you for taking the time to come meet and talk with me about your child last week. It is such a privilege to work in partnership with you to help your child.  I always learn so much from our conversations.  One thing that I came to understand is that we need a better system of accountability for the students home reading. This week I am reminding students that they should be reading every night for 30 minutes. They need to log their nightly reading into Biblionasium.  Please ask them to show you how to log in to Biblionasium so that you can see their reading log and book recommendations from friends.  They will now also be expected to complete one book report every two weeks. The reading for the book reports will take place at home but the book reports will be completed in school.  You will be able to view the book reports on their blog.

Our Week in Review:


  • We  have stated a new unit. With the central idea:
    • Social enterprises consider purpose and market forces when creating products and services.
  • We explored different market forces that affect businesses such as supply and demand, location and weather
  • Tomorrow we will hear from Emily’s Mom on her experience as a business owner.


  • Students presented their information reports to each other, gave each other feedback and  adjusted their writing.
  • Students who need support with paragraphs and sentence structure worked on that in small teacher groups.


  • We looked at how division and multiplication are related.

Here is a game we played this week to practice division facts.

Yesterday was the Global Day of Play (Wednesday 8th of February). We celebrated this by creating multiplication games and playing each others games.

January 22-26

Our Week in Review:


  • Creating a plan for action we could take to help children access child rights.


  • Solve problems involving least common multiple and greatest common factor
  • Break numbers apart to solve multiplication problems efficiently and accurately


  • Peer and self assess our information reports in order to set goals on what we need to improve on.
  • Improve sentence structure
  • Write in third person instead of first person for information reports
  • Write conclusions
  • Work on our independent reading goals.

Here is a game we played in math this week. It is great for helping students work with addition, subtraction and multiplication problems. It is also good at helping students visualize multiplication.

In the assembly this week 4th grade presented what we have learnt about child rights.  Below is a video that some of our students made. They asked children in the school what they thought their responsibility was as students at a United Nations school.


January 15-19

Sadly this week we say goodbye to Jaeyeon who has been a valuable part of our class. Jaeyeon will be moving to Korea.  We will miss you Jaeyeon.




Our Week in Review:


  • What organizations help children access their child rights?
  • What action can we take to help children access their child rights?


  • Identify important information for note taking.
  • How to organize our information reports into paragraphs.
  • How to write a good introduction.


  • Identify factors and multiples
  • Use arrays to visualize 2 digit multiplication problems and learn how to break them apart efficiently.
  • Improve fluency with multiplication facts






How to play Quick Draw Multiples

January 8-12

Our Week in Review:


  • Wrote a proposal and created a plan for an information report
  • Took notes for our information report using macro and micro groups.


Inquired into:

  • What circumstances affect children’s ability to access rights?
  • What action could we take to help children access their rights?


    • Used the design process to design a working marble roller coaster.


  • Used known multiplication facts to figure out the answer to larger multiplication problems.
  • Improved our fluency with multiplication facts up to 10 X 10


December 11-15

I hope you all have a wonderful end to the year 2017.  In the three weeks off from school I hope the children have plenty of time to play and enjoy their family. I also encourage the children to continue reading over the break.  I spent the week reading with each child and giving them feedback on their reading level so that they know what books are a good level for them. If you are looking for a good book please encourage your child to check Biblionasium for their friend’s book recommendations.

In Math, we did a pre-assessment for multiplication facts.  Later this year, the students will be working on three and four digit multiplication.  It will be important that they have their multiplication facts up to the ten times table memorized. If your child doesn’t have their times tables memorized yet, their is no need to spend the whole break working on it but it would be good for them to play multiplication games occasionally. I recommend 10 to 15 minute multiplication games a few times a week. I have included some videos of multiplication games below.  I have also printed off multiplication array cards for each child, for the times tables that they need to work on.  They should bring these home tonight.

Things you can ask your child about:

  • What action could you take to help children access their child rights?
  • What organizations do you know of that help children?
  • What is your responsibility as a student at the United Nations school?

Our Week in Review:


  • What is the structure of an information report?
  • Improve our writing through the use of revision checklists.
  • Improve our reading comprehension.
  • Improve reading fluency.


  • What are the rights of the child?
  • What circumstances affect children’s ability to access their rights?
  • How do the UN SDG’s connect to child rights?


  • What makes a good infographic?
  • Improve our problem solving abilities by identifying what information we need to know and how to approach a problem.
  • Improve our fluency with multiplication facts.

Here is a 3 Act Math Task that we did in class this week. Please feel free to try it at home.

Multiplication Games

December 4-8


Things you can talk to your child about:

  • What rights do you think all children should have?
  • What events might happen to make it hard for a child to get their rights?
  • What action could you take to help?
  • If you practiced your multiplication facts this week can you explain to me how you did that? or What multiplication facts do you need to think you need to work on?

Our week in review


  • What are Childrens’ Rights,
  • How do circumstances effect our ability to access rights










Math (whole and small group- 6 periods):

  • Persevere in solving problems (introduction to word problems involving multiplication)
  • analyze data
  • represent data in a clear way
  • explain the probability of every day events










Student independent work on a goal of choice (1 period):

  • recall multiplication facts to 10
  • subitize numbers
  • solve problems involving the passage of time
  • balance equations involving multiplication and division
  • persevere in solving problems
  • subtract 3 digit numbers mentally


  • Write complete paragraphs
  • Identify features of a report
  • Write simple and compound sentences rather than “run-on” sentences
  • Expand vocabulary

Upcoming Events:

  • Maker Day- December 8
  • Festive Fundraiser- December 8
  • Winter Holiday- December 18-January 8

November 27-30

Heritage Museum

It was a pleasure seeing many of you today. For those of you that couldn’t make it to the Heritage Museum, we have videotaped your children presenting and we will post those videos to the students’ blogs this week.  

We are beginning a new unit of inquiry this week.  The students are inquiring into children’s rights.

The central idea is “Children’s rights and responsibilities exist to enable equal opportunities.”

The students will be looking more closely at:

  • Circumstances that determine a child’s access to opportunities
  • The role of social responsibility and action
  • Children’s rights and equity

The overarching question the students will need to be able to answer throughout this unit is: “As students of the United Nations school what is our responsibility.”

Things you can talk to your child about:

  1. What do you think equity means?
  2. What does it mean to be a child?
  3. What do you think all children should have?
  4. Why do you think some children don’t have some of the things you mentioned?

Our Week in Review:


  • Children’s rights and equity


  • Calculate probability
  • Represent data in a clear way
  • organize data
  • Explain what different forms of graphs are used for


  • Write an effective blog post
  • Use an outline to write an effective persuasive paper
  • Write simple and compound sentences rather than “run-on” sentences
  • Improve reading fluency
  • Expand vocabulary

November 20-25

Open Classrooms Next Thursday and Friday! (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1)

Next Thursday and Friday, parents are invited into our classrooms to share in their children’s learning. Each day, one block from our homeroom class as well as all specialists that day are open for parents to attend.

Please note on Thursday that students will be doing their Heritage Museum again. It’s an exciting opportunity to perform, reflect on their performance, and improve it for the next time:)

Open House

Our week in Review:


  • how to write a good book recommendation (see Biblionasium for our class recommendations)
  •  how to write an effective paragraph
  • details to support arguments
  • use of research skills to find relevant information
  • improve reading fluency by listening to a recording of themselves reading and identified where they could improve.
  • Blog post reflection.
  • Individual reading goals


    • Individualized Math Goals:
      • I can balance an equation (algebra)
      • I can convert between units of measurement
      • I can solve problems involving time
      • I notice patterns between perimeter and area.
    • Improve problem solving ability by identifying what it is asking and how to begin working it out.

This week we have been trying out “Would you rather…?” questions.

Try out one of the problems below with your child this week.

Principal for the day: This week the elementary students had the opportunity to answer the question: “If you had a super power, what would you do to improve the lives of young people like you?” Based on the student’s answers, Ms. Megan chose two students from the elementary school to be the principal for the day.  We were so excited when we realized that our own Ivana was one of the winners.  She will get to be the principal tomorrow!  Take a look at the moment she was announced as the winner.

Things to ask your child about:

How were the sites we visited in our field trip connected to heritage?

What were the highlights of your heritage museum? What would you like to improve before next week?

What skills have you been practicing in math? How can you practice at home, as well?

What book are you reading? How often do you log your reading time and write reviews?

What is World Children’s Day? What are your wishes for children around the world? What is Flip Grid?

Exploring Hanoi’s Heritage

Thank you to everyone who helped make our field trip around the Old Quarter today possible both by returning permission slips and by chaperoning.  It was a wonderful opportunity for students to explore Hanoi’s Heritage. It also gave them an opportunity to apply their knowledge from earlier in the unit.

Next week the students will complete their final project for this unit.  They will need to bring in 3 examples of Heritage.  One global (their 3D models), one local (a picture from today’s field trip) and one personal.

Earlier in the unit some students already brought in examples of personal heritage. They can bring in the same object or they may choose a new object.  It is also possible that they can bring in a picture or drawing of a personal example of heritage.