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.
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:
What do you think equity means?
What does it mean to be a child?
What do you think all children should have?
Why do you think some children don’t have some of the things you mentioned?
Our Week in Review:
Children’s rights and equity
Represent data in a clear way
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
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:)
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Convert between units of measurements
Calculate perimeter of a shape
Measure angles and lines
Use ratio to draw to scale
Problem solve and overcome challenges without giving up.
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.