Not long until the Winter Break!

Hi everyone,

This week we have focused on looking at what action is and how they as students, can make a positive influence. They realised before they start thinking of ideas they need to find information first…here are the questions they are looking to answer…

The students brainstorming efforts

I encourage you to speak to your students about their learning that is happening in the classroom and help them find examples of different forms of action that is happening around the world.

Thanks to everyone who helped contribute to the fundraising for the ES Walkathon! This year was a record with over $17,000 US raised!

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?
  • What does transdisciplinary learning mean?
  • What is an infographic?

Our week in review

UOI:

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

Math:

  • Persevere in solving problems (introduction to word problems involving multiplication)
  • analyze data
  • represent data in a clear way as an infographic

Literacy:

  • Write complete paragraphs
  • Identify features of a report
  • Write simple and compound sentences
  • Expand vocabulary, including unit specific words.

Upcoming Events:

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

 

Week 13 has been a cultural week!

Please Note: PHOTOS AT THE END OF THIS BLOG POST!

As I write this blog post I am sitting here impressed by what a fantastic job the students in 4A did when presenting their Heritage Museum! The students did a fantastic job and the hard work that they have put in over the last 3 weeks as they focused on working across all areas of the curriculum, paid off! I hope you can make it to school next Thursday during our open house to see all of their great work as we will be presenting our museum for the last time, for you the parents!

Next Thursday and Friday will be our ES Open House at UNIS and you are invited to come and join in some of the lessons for the day to see the different types of learning that your child is involved in. Please see below for the schedule of lessons on offer!

Dates to Remember:

OPEN HOUSE – See below!

Period / Time Thursday 30th November 2017 Friday 1st December 2017

Period 1

8.20 – 9am

Homeroom → writers workshop

Period 2

9.10 – 9.50

PE (sports centre)
Period 3

Period 4

10.55 – 11.35

Music → Sally Oxenberry in room B10 G20

Period 5

12.30 – 1.05

Music → Ms Noor in room B10 106

Period 6

1.10 – 1.50

Homeroom → G04 Heritage Museum

Period 7

2.10 – 3pm

World Languages →


Dung, Tran Kim (Vietnamese) B9 144
Le, Dinh Thi (Vietnamese)       B9 135
Huyen, Nguyen (Vietnamese)  B9 105

Aiqin  Li (Mandarin WL)           B9 G40

Qiu Lin Tang (Mandarin MT)    B9 115

Kim Min Jung (Korean)            B9 101
Claire Holbein  (French)          B8 110
Christophe Denizot (French)   B8 108
Laurie Rombaut (French)        B8 109

Nicole Moodie (EAL)               B9 112

Homeroom → iTime

Things to Ask Your Child About:

  • What is a Flipgrid?
  • Tell me about the grade 4 museum! What did you learn?
  • What what the hardest thing about turning a 2D shape into a 3D model?

Next School Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
  • Reflect on our understanding of geometry and the different concepts we have covered

Literacy: 

  • Finishing off our writing of persuasive arguments to support opinions
  • Beginning to look at what is an information report.
  • Reading non fiction text for understanding
  • Writing descriptive phrases

UOI:

  • Central Idea: Children’s rights and responsibilities exist to enable equitable opportunities.
  • Lines of Inquiry:
    – Children’s rights and equity
    – Circumstances that determine a child’s access to opportunities
    – The role of social responsibility and action. (perspective, responsibility, causation)

The week that was “Week 12”

What a FANTASTIC field trip we had yesterday! The weather was sensational, the chaperones were smiling and the students were SO WELL BEHAVED! A true success! Please enjoy some of the photos from the day!

 

Dates to Remember:

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

Wednesday 22 November: ES Snack Sale

 

Things to Ask Your Child About:

  • Who is Rube Goldberg?
  • What are argument statements in persuasive writing?
  • What was the puppet show at the theatre about?
  • What is geometry?

Next School Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
  • Calculate perimeter of a shape
  • Convert a 2D picture into a 3D model

Literacy: 

  • Writing persuasive arguments to support opinions
  • Writing a non fiction blurb about a piece of heritage
  • Reading non fiction text for understanding

UOI:

  • Central Idea: Connections to our past and present influence future generations.
  • An inquiry into...
    the different forms of heritage (form)
    the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
    who decides what is worth preserving (perspective)
  • Students will continue to work on their independent inquiry projects

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.

A description of the task:

You are a UNESCO representative who has been asked to present in a local museum and you have been given the task of creating a museum display to show what you understand about heritage

To create your display, you must include three different things that represent heritage:

  • Personal – Your choice. This could be something that has been passed down through your family, or something that you think will continue to be of importance to you long into the future.
  • Local – This must be selected from one of the sites we visited during the field trip to the Old Quarter in Hanoi (The Citadel, Hoan Kiem Lake, ……. )
  • Global – As part of the lead up to creating your museum, you have been asked to create a piece of writing persuading others why a site should be preserved on a global scale. This piece of writing and this site should be included in your museum.

Learning Intentions

✅ I can create a list of criteria for articles to be displayed in my museum.

✅ I can select and describe one or more examples of personal, local and global heritage.

✅ I can use my criteria to explain my reasons for including each artifact in my museum and why it is worth preserving.

 

Week 11 has been a busy one! What did you find interesting about it?

Dates to Remember:

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

Wednesday 15 November: 4A and B field trip from 8.20 – 2.15

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

Wednesday 22 November: ES Snack Sale

Ms Mel’s Challenge to YOU!

The students don’t think you read our weekly blog! To prove them wrong and to add a bit of excitement I would love you to post a comment on this blog post providing some feedback regarding one of the things that we have talked about here this week!

Things to Ask Your Child About:

For the last 2 weeks the students have been working on a transdisciplinary, independent, inquiry project which allows them to view their Unit of Inquiry through the lens of geometry, reading and writing. 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 gain a clearer understanding.

  • What is their independent inquiry project about?
  • What is an example of a strong modal verb? How do we use it in our persuasive writing?
  • What is the design process robot?
  • What is a gathering grid?
  • How do we use an iPad to help us with using our time wisely?

Next School Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
  • Calculate perimeter of a shape
  • Measure angles and lines

Literacy: 

  • Writing persuasive arguments to support opinions
  • Writing supportive reasons using the UNESCO criteria.
  • Writing simple, complex and compound sentences
  • Reading non fiction text for understanding

UOI:

  • Central Idea: Connections to our past and present influence future generations.
  • An inquiry into...
    the different forms of heritage (form)
    the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
    who decides what is worth preserving (perspective)
  • Students will continue to work on their independent inquiry projects

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.

Blue Dragon Walk-a-Thon:

On Wednesday we had the Blue Dragon Walk-a-Thon and it was a fantastic afternoon! 4A are busily collecting the donations from their sponsors! Our goal is to raise over 25 million…can we do it? Thank you to the mum’s, dad’s and grandma’s who came and helped us for the afternoon!

UN Day 2017!

Hi everyone

Thank you for helping make today such a success! Please enjoy a slideshow of the class during the day! You can download any of them individually via the google drive that the students have access to!

Have a happy and safe weekend!

What a week the 10th has been!

Hi everyone,

I hope to see many of you at UN Day tomorrow. Please remember that the students will be dismissed at 2pm. Please see your email this evening for information regarding this dismissal.

Next Wednesday we have the annual walk-a-thon. Please contact me or James Nation if you are able to come and help us on the day!

 

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 the UN is and what it does.
  • What is task-o-poly?
  • Their independent inquiry time. See this link for the inquiry project all the students are working on

Next School Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
  • focus 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.

Literacy: 

  • Reading for information about the UOI
    Persuasive writing – how to use modal verbs to strengthen our arguments
  • editing and revising our drafts
  • Using positive and negative judgement statements in their response writing

UOI:

  • Central Idea: Connections to our past and present influence future generations.
  • An inquiry into...
    the different forms of heritage (form)
    the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
    who decides what is worth preserving (perspective)
  • Students will continue to work on their independent inquiry projects

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.

What problem do we want to fix?

When reading some online blogs over the last week I saw someone post about instead of asking your students “what do you want to be when you grow up?” you should ask them “what problems do you want to solve when you grow up?”

The idea behind this is that it will change the students focus from who they want to work for to what they want to work towards. I asked the students to answer three questions for me this morning in their blogs and I wanted to share what they wrote. My aim is to revisit these questions at the end of the year after we have spent time focusing on Human Rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how we as humans can take action.

 

PHOTOS OF THE CLASS!

Things To Ask Your Student About:

  • what the different types of heritage are
  • Newsela – have them show you and explain to you what they do!
  • the purpose of persuasive writing
  • the skills they needed when doing the team challenge “the human knot”

Next School Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
  • Developing mental math strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems
  • Subtracting 4 digit numbers over barriers
  • Subitizing numbers from 10-20 using both regular and irregular patterns.

Literacy: 

  • Reading for information about the UOI
    Persuasive writing – what are the features of a persuasive writing piece?
  • Creating descriptions using figurative language
  • Using positive and negative judgement statements in their response writing
  • Using the writing process to plan

UOI:

  • Central Idea: Connections to our past and present influence future generations.
  • An inquiry into...
    the different forms of heritage (form)
    the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
    who decides what is worth preserving (perspective)

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:

Our Elementary Student Council has decided to support the Middle School and High School Spirit Week by participating in a fun dress up day next Tuesday October 31st.  

In an effort to enjoy the dress up day at UNIS Hanoi appropriately, respectfully and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Fake weapons are not allowed. No military-style costumes.

  4. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.

  5. 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.

Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire. A change of clothing for all students is required.

  • UN Day November 3rd – all students to come to school in clothing that represents a place that they call home

 

October break is here already!

Thank you all so much for coming to meet with me this week! It was a great opportunity to talk together about your child and what are dreams and wishes are for them for the year! I look forward to speaking with you again in the future.

Have a great, happy and safe week break! I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures in a weeks time!

Things To Ask Your Student About:

  • Grade 4 learning space
  • the rock cycle
  • literacy rotations
  • numeracy rotations

Next School Week in Review:

Math:

  • Math centers to individualize learning according to individual needs
    Problem-solving strategies
    Subtracting over 100 barriers
    Reflecting on their work.

Literacy: 

  • Reading for information about the UOI
    Note-taking strategies
    Response writing
    Writing comments on each other’s blogs and giving feedback that is kind, specific and helpful.
  • Creating descriptions using figurative language
  • Using the writing process to plan

UOI:

  • Starting the new UOI, “where we are in place and time”
  • Central Idea: Connections to our past and present influence future generations.
  • An inquiry into...
    the different forms of heritage (form)
    the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
    who decides what is worth preserving (perspective)
  • 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.

Reminders:

  • Oct. 9-13 Autumn Break- No School
  • October 19th (Thursday) @ 7:00pm in Community Room: Understanding Mathematics at UNIS and How to Support as a Parent.
    • This is just for grade 2-5 parents and will be VERY informative!

PHOTOS OF THE CLASS!

Week in Review:

Things to ask your child about:

  • the new classroom furniture
  • Math 3 Act task about the dot wall
  • iTime
  • Task-O-Poly

Math:

    • Reading large numbers and understanding place value
    • Build an understanding of the value of large numbers.

    • Problem Solving strategies- How to identify what information you have, what information you need and then use that to calculate.

    •  Earlier this week we looked at a picture of the newly created dot wall. Our class wanted to figure out how many dots their were. We started this problem in class  Feel free to discuss it with your child to see if they can work it out and explain their thinking.

 

  • English:
    • Response writing- how to write about a work or experience and make judgements about it
    • Introducing Biblionasium to log reading time, books and share their reading with each other
  • UOI: Stages of the rock cycle
  • Other:
    • UNIS’s 30th birthday celebration!
    • Redesigning the layout of our classroom.
    • MAPS testing

*Please see Curriculum section for curriculum details for each unit if you would like to know more about what is next

Website of the Week:

  • Biblionasium Parental encouragement at home can make a considerable difference in students’ reading success. With Biblionasium you can see your child’s reading history, reading logs, favorite books, reading preferences, book reviews and more.

*There are MANY helpful websites available on the Grade 4 Learning Space!

Reminders:

  • Thursday, September 28th: Moon Festival- Don’t forget to wear your ao dai!
  • Tuesday, October 3rd: Parent-Teacher Conferences- Student Free Day
  • Oct. 9-13 Autumn Break- No School