New Math Games

Currently, the students are working on problem solving multi step problems in class.  However, one thing that students will continue to practice all year is fluency with numbers. The students should be able to work with numbers flexibly and calculate automatically.

In order to help students practice this at home the class bloggers for the week (Talya, Hung and Lucas)  created a video of three Math games.  The materials for these games have been sent home. You can also use a deck of cards to play most games.

These games are intended to be adjusted based on your child’s needs.  For example if your child can easily add  two one digit numbers and tell you how many more to 20 then have them add two three digit numbers and tell you how many more to 1,000. Or if they find that hard have them tell you how many more to 100.  Remember the purpose is to become quick and automatic with the calculations and to be able to work with the numbers flexibly.


Thinking Like Scientists

I hope everyone had a lovely week away from school last week. The students are right back in the swing of things. This week the students have started a new class job.  They will take turns helping document the class’s learning for the blog.  This week Talya, Hung and Lucas created a video of Math games and helped to create several more videos of our learning. We hope you enjoy them.

Our learning intentions Oct 17-21:

Math:  Understand the steps to take in order to break apart problems and solve them.


UOI:  Begin to understand how scientists think and work.  Note: We are beginning a new unit.  Please click here for more information about the unit.

Literacy:  Revise our own narrative stories by first learning how to identify features of good narrative writing. img_0222

I Time: Use the design process to identify personal solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals  


Building a Learning Environment

Our focus in 4C this week was setting up an environment that is effective for learning.


In Math we participated in Stanford’s Week of Inspirational Math during which the students completed number challenges which reinforced the Eight Mathematical Practices 8-math-practices-sm


In Literacy we set the stage for our reading program. We identified the types of thinking  good readers do as we read and  wrote reading response letters in which students described their thinking.

In writing we are getting ready to write memoirs. This week we drew maps of our neighborhood and identified what stories we would be able to tell from our own life.


In UOI we are focusing on the Central Idea: “Identity is Expressed in many ways”  Students are working to describe their own identity in various ways.











Buddy Time:

This week we also began buddy time.  Our class is buddies with K2C. Throughout the year we will be working with our buddies every other week.  We will be reading together as well as sharing our learning with each other.

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Next week students will be participating in the NWEA Maps Assessment  This will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The start of something great


The first day back from school is always a mix of emotions for students and sometimes parents as well.  With that in mind, I am happy to report that the students had a great first day.  We spent our day getting to know each other and setting up classroom routines and expectations. Creating a positive and safe learning environment is always very important to helping students learn. The kids have already set the tone for such a class.  They have been helpful and positive with each other which is great to see on the first day.  Over the coming weeks we will continue to build the foundation for a positive learning community.  It is going to be a great year.

Where to find Information:

News and upcoming events- Grade 4 blog or  Tin Tuc

Bi-weekly updates on what is happening in class- 4C class blog

Portfolio of student work- Student blogs

Real time photos and updates of what is happening in class-Twitter #4C





Made in 4MS

This week we have been putting the finishing touches on several big projects. Please have a look at the links below or on our student blogs to see our work.


We have been using music to practice adding fractions.  IMG_2167Then we learned to convert fractions into decimals so that we could write music in Scratch.   IMG_2166Here is a project that Akash made.  Check out more of our projects here 


We finished our narrative stories and had an opportunity to share them with our K2 buddies and our classmates.




We demonstrated our understanding of both the current UOI and narratives by creating animated stories about a rocks life.  Look at the 4MS Scratch Studio to see our work.

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We celebrated our last time by have our own mini Maker Faire.  Our K2 buddies and 5JH came by to see our work.



What we are learning in 4MS

The school year may be winding down but the students have been hard at work conducting experiments, learning about fractions and finishing their narrative writing.

Learning Intentions:


Subject Last Week Next Week
UOI We understand that the earth has layers and that at the top layer their are tectonic plates collide.  These collisions cause changes to the earths surface. We can identify examples of where the earths surface has changed. We can explain what has caused these changes.
Literacy We edited and revised our stories to improve our sentence fluency, grammar, organization and word choice.


We can use what we know about changes in the earths surface to write a narrative story about a rock.

We can identify equivalent fractions. We can order fractions on a number line.


 We can add fractions and apply our knowledge to create music.


What we are learning in 4MS

The students have recently begun a new Unit of Inquiry. The central idea is “Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity.”  

Learning Intentions:

Subject Last Week Next Week
UOI We understand what erosion and deposition are and can describe how they affect the surface of the earth. We can identify examples of weathering and erosion in our school and around us. We can give examples of physical and chemical weathering.
Literacy We understand what simple, compound and complex sentences are and we can identify them in our writing. We revise our stories to improve our sentence fluency.image image We understand how to check our grammar and edit it in our narrative story. (subject verb agreement , verb tense, punctuation, spelling)
Math We can demonstrate our understanding of division through the use of manipulatives.image  We can make connections between fractions and division.  We can explain fractions in real life.

Book Sale


DONATE BOOKS TODAY – Help promote literacy in Vietnam!

We are collecting books NOW until April 29 for the upcoming annual Used Book Sale.

Homerooms with the most books donated win a PRIZE!

The Used Book Sale  is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices. Kids’ books, adults’ books, fact or fiction, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, German, Swedish, French – we’re interested in books on any subject, in any language spoken within the UNIS Hanoi community. If it’s a book that someone else might enjoy, donate it by April 29!


We are actively looking for volunteers to help with book sorting (May 4 – 5) and book sales (May 6 – 7).  Click here to volunteer!


Questions?   Let us know!

Megan Todd and Kelly Kim, Used Book Sale Co-ordinators

Contact us at:

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Market Day Reminder

This is a reminder that Market Day will be Thursday 21st April 9:00—11:00

Parents are welcome to come and shop. You can spend up to 60,00 VND total.


Within the Transdisciplinary Theme of “How we organize ourselves” Grade 4 students have been inquiring into the principles of supply and demand. They have been investigating just how much market forces can affect the value of goods or services. They have discovered that determining the price of a product is a complicated matter.

To make this as realistic an experience as possiblethe grade 4 students have become entrepreneurs. They have thoughtfully constructed a business plan and have been loaned money from a financial benefactor.

On Thursday, 21st April they will attempt to sell their products or services to an excited band of consumers, namely the students of Grade 1,2, 3 and 5.