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:

Literacy:

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

UOI:

  • 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?

Math:

  • 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

UOI:

  • 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


Literacy:

  • 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:

UOI:

  • Children’s rights and equity

Math:

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

Literacy:

  • 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:

English:

  • 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

Math:

    • 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.

Walk-a-thon, UN Day and plenty more to celebrate

Thank you to everyone for all of your help with UN Day and the Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon.  Both of these events  are at the very heart of what we strive for as a UN school. They wouldn’t have been possible without your support.  Please see the links below for more photos of the Blue Dragon Walk a Thon and  UN Day

 

Things to Ask Your Child About:

For the last 2 weeks the students have been working on a transdisciplinary project which requires them to use the Math and language skills that we are covering this unit in order to complete their tasks. Before starting the students reflected on their understanding of the independent skills they need to use and signed up for teacher led workshops which would allow them to accomplish their task.

  • What is their heritage project about?
  • How are you making your model?
  • What is something interesting you have learned about your heritage site?
  • What is an example of a high modal verb? How do we use it in our persuasive writing?
  • What did you focus on in Math this week? How did it go?  What do you still need to do to improve?

 More photos of the students at work on their Heritage project.

Math Game of the Week: “What’s the Difference” Subitizing Game

Printable Dot cards

Our week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Calculate perimeter of a shape
  • convert units of meusrement
  • read a clock confidently
  • solve problems involving elapsed time

English

  • choose key words for researching
  • effective note taking
  • find important information
  • using notes to write a persuasive paper
  • writing complete paragraphs
  • use high modal verbs in persuasive writing

Other:

  • Visiting Heritage sites on a virtual field trip using VR glasses
  • building scale models of heritage sites using the 3D printer, wood blocks, legos, straws, clay and other materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates to Remember:

Monday 13, Tuesday 14th November: NO school for students

Friday 17 November: Youth Sports Carnival at St Paul’s School

Wednesday 22 November: ES Snack Sale

 

 

 

Making the World a Better place

This week we spent time gearing up for our biggest event of the year, UN Day. In addition to taking some time to practice our UN Day song, we also spent time reflecting on what it means to be students at a United Nations school. We researched about what the United Nations is, how it formed and then later taught our buddies about the United Nations.  We discussed that one of the important roles of the UN is to promote peace. One of the ways we do that is by building relationships with people from other countries.

It was perfect timing that this week we received back peace cranes and letters from students in California, USA.  We had sent them letters and messages of peace at the beginning of the year. We explained what life is like in Hanoi and wished them peace. For many of our new friends in America it was their first time communicating to someone who lives in another country.  We are lucky to go to a school with such amazing diversity and tomorrow we get to celebrated that diversity.  We are looking forward to celebrating that diversity tomorrow.

Things to ask your child about this week:

If you could make the world a better place what would you do? How would you do it?

What is the United Nations? What are the SDG’s?

Which world Heritage site are presenting on?  How are you using Math in your project? How are you using reading and writing?

What materials will you use for your heritage model?

Week in Review:

This week the students are working on a transdisciplinary project which incorporates Math, Reading and Writing. They used their Math assessments to help them decide which learning intention they would need support in, in order to accomplish their project.

English:

  • Read and identify the big idea.   
  • Read and identify important information.
  • *Use keywords to locate relevant information.    
  • Read important information and  summarise in notes. 
  •   write a persuasive text using three clear arguments.   
  •  write supportive reasons using the UNESCO criteria.                                           

Math:

  • Convert between units of measurements
  • Calculate perimeter of a shape
  • Measure angles and lines
  • Use ratio to draw to scale

I-time:

Problem solve and overcome challenges without giving up.

Oct 23-26

Things to Ask Your Child About:

  • What is heritage? What are examples of personal, national and world heritage?
  • What is a 2-1 machine, how does it work? What is a 10-1 machine and how does that work?
  • How do you select a ‘just right’ book? How can you practice reading with fluency and accuracy?
  • What problem are you going to try to solve in I-time?
  • What can you do in Scratch? What coding can you do?

Week in Review

Math: Students developed their understanding of our number system by exploring other number systems.

This week our number talks focused on subtraction strategies.  Please have a look here at the Grade 4 learning space to access videos of various subtraction strategies. You will need to scroll down the page to see all of the videos of the strategies.

Reading: The students are working on their individual reading goals. 

Writing: Students are beginning to learn how to write persuasively and they have finished up their rock stories. Check out the student blogs to see their animations.

UOI:  Students can explain why people choose to preserve and pass on certain things.

They are inquiring into the connection between what is valued and what is preserved

I time:  Take apart and examine common objects to discover how they are designed and how we could improve them.

Website of the Week:

https://www.explodingdots.org/  Exploding dots is a fun, visual way for students to explore number systems and improve their mathematical abilities in everything from place value to division.

Dates to Remember:

 

  • Tuesday, October 31st, ES Spirit day

 

      • Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students.  Eg.  Full face masks should not be worn.
      • Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of costume.  Costumes should not be frightening or gory. Remember that UNIS student ages range from 3-18. Costumes should be appropriate for the full school community.
      • Fake weapons are not allowed. No military-style costumes.
      • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.
      • Costumes should not hinder a student’s ability to participate in their classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt learning or present issues of safety.

 

  • Friday, November 3rd: UN Day

 

    • 8.10 – 10.15: All students off regular schedule: UN themed activities
    • 10.30 – 11.45: UN Day Assembly in the Sports Centre
    • 12.00 – 13.00: Community Lunch: Students eat with their families (and faculty and staff) in grade level lunches with pot luck food provided by families on international theme.
    • 13.00: Early Dismissal for Students – No ASAs/UMA etc.

 

Heritage

We have begun a new unit about heritage. The students are inquiring into..

how connections to their past and present influence future generations.

  • The different forms of heritage
  • the connection between what is valued and what is preserved
  • who decides what is worth preserving

This week I brought in a few items that I consider either personal or global heritage. We also discussed places that are considered World Heritage sites.  

I would love for students to make personal connections to heritage.  On Monday, please send your child to school with an artifact that could be considered heritage. That might be pictures from a trip to Halong Bay or it might be something personal such as a recipe that has been passed down.  Next week we will look at everyone’s artifacts and discuss them.

Week in Review

Math: Students continued to work in groups towards their learning goals of either

    • Subtracting 4 digit numbers over barriers
    • Improve accuracy by estimating and checking work
    • Choose the most efficient strategy when solving problems.
    • Subitizing numbers from 10-20 using both regular and irregular patterns.

Reading: The students have been working on their individual reading goals in order to improve their comprehension, accuracy and fluency. 

Writing: Students are have worked on showing what is happening in their story of a rock rather than telling it. They have also worked on choosing “strong” descriptive verbs to put into their story of a rock.

UOI:   We examined various forms of Heritage in order to be able to answer the question: What is Heritage?

I time:  Use the design process to investigate problems that we could design a solution to. 

Coding: Learning how to broadcast and receive message in Scratch in order to create the story of a rock animation. 

 

 

 

Website of the Week: Tinkercad is a 3D design tool which improves students geometry skills while they create 3D models and prototypes. They can then print them using the school’s 3D printer. Students need parent approval in order to create an account.

Reminders:

  • Thursday October 19th- Beth Murray will be hosting a Mathematics Evening in the Community room, for Grades 2-5 parents.

October 2-5

Thank you all for taking the time to come in and meet with me this week. It was lovely to have a chance to chat with you and learn more about your child.  I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work with you this year to support your child. 

One way that we could use your support is in our upcoming unit. We will be learning about heritage and why we should preserve it.  We will be asking the children to think about anything they have in their family that has been passed down from precious generations. It might be a recipe, a necklace, a quilt or a family dance.  Please have a talk with your child about what has been passed down. After the break we will be asking interested parents to come share something from their family or cultural heritage as well. 

Week in Review

Math: Students were working in groups towards their learning goals of either

    • Subitizing
    • Subtracting over 100 barriers
    • Using summarizing to improve accuracy

Here are a couple of video’s of how to practice subitizing.  Remember to ask: What did you see? How did you know?  The purpose of the game is not the addition. It is getting the brain to see the numbers automatically without counting. (sorry for the poor video quality)

Reading: The students have been working on their individual reading goals.

Writing: Students are writing narrative stories about the life of a rock. They will animate this story in Scratch.

UOI:  Use scientific language to explain how the earth’s surface changes.

I time:  Use the design process to improve their straw rockets.

Other: Learn the basics of coding.  

Website of the Week: https://scratch.mit.edu/   The students were introduced to Scratch this week. It is a site where students can use block based coding to create animations, games and many other programs. We will be using Scratch throughout the year on various projects. Students learn many problem solving strategies and math concepts from it. 

Book recommendation list:

Parents are often interested in knowing about appropriately leveled books for their child.  In an effort to help you with this, UNIS has compiled a list of recommended books for each grade level. You can find a link to this list at the top of this blog. Or just click here.  

We are also encouraging parents to log in to Biblionasium in order to see a log of your child’s reading. Your child should have sent you an invitation this week.  Otherwise go to Biblionasium.com register as a parent then enter code KAJKY-25214 when prompted.

We will be asking your child to log the reading that they do nightly and during the school day.  

Reminders:

No school next week. Have a wonderful October break.