December 13, 2019

UOI: How We Express Ourselves Overview

This week, we went to see some amazing performances. We were invited to see the high schools students rehearse for their winter concert. We saw some very cool instruments and loved the songs they played on the cellos.  We also went to the canteen to see some grade 5 students celebrate and perform some Christmas songs. Levin’s sister, Noema played the harp and we were so impressed by her performance. Mr. Charlie in grade 5 led a sing a long as well. Ms. Geralda (Thomas’ mother in 1B) came to meet us near the library for a very special story. She came on her bicycle and was playing music. She told us a very interesting and interactive story about a little girl who lost her piggy shoe. The story involved some letters a character named Gingerella received from her family and friends. We were excellent audience members and really enjoyed the story of Gingerella.

When we returned from each performance, we discussed what we enjoyed about the experience. WE used the TAG protocol to share what we enjoyed. It was so interesting to see how people all around UNIS express their feelings and ideas.

T=Tell a Compliment
A=Ask a Question
G=Give something to work on, a suggestion

 

The story of Gingerella

Grade 5 Musical and Dance Performance

UOI How We Organize Ourselves Overview

UOI Sharing the Planet and Literacy

This week, we learned more about habitats . We looked for digraphs, silent e words, suffixes and prefixes with Ms. Angela our Literacy Coach.  We are learning so much about spelling through word inquiry.

We also started to learn about writing and organizing information to write an Information Report. We picked two animals we really want to learn more about. We are writing interesting facts about all of the animals we are reading about  in guided reading groups and in our UOI book baskets. We also researched features of our clay animals on the internet and added some labels to our feature sculptures.

We celebrated two Birthdays this week! Happy Birthday to Taeung and Ayce. We wish you a wonderful year ahead. Thanks for the delicious cupcakes and yummy cakes! We had so much fun celebrating with you and your families.

Taeung’s Birthday

Ayce’s Birthday

Mystery Reader

Claire’s father, Mr. Anthony came by to be our Mystery Reader. He read a very interesting story about Sharks. Did you know there are over 400 different kinds of sharks? We learned a lot of new and interesting facts about Sharks. Thank you Mr. Anthony!

Math

We talked a lot about shapes this week in 1C. We compared shapes and talked about the differences and similarities in shapes. We made some cool Christmas trees with shape patterns and 3D snowflakes. We will graph our shapes when we return from the break. We played some winter themed dice Math games. We can add two numbers and 1 to those numbers very quickly. Our addition fact recall is getting stronger and quicker. In our math meeting, we are counting by 2’3, 5’s and 10’s. We are also discussing multiple ways to look at and solve problems.

Habitat and Animal Show and Tell

While you are on holiday with your families, please do continue to discuss animals and habitats. If you see or find a cool habitat, please do take some pictures of these animals and habitats. We would love to share your pictures at Show and Tell on the Monday we return from break. Please email any pictures you collect of animals and habitats during your travels. 

National Geographic Kids Habitats

This week’s reminders:

  • Please note that there will be no school from December 14-January 5. 
  • Term 1 ends on January 17th
  • Term 1 reports will be available for viewing on January 23 

We wish you all a wonderful Winter Break. 

 

December 6, 2019

December 6, 2019

We continue to discuss Sharing the Planet. We looked closely at the images of animals from our field trip and pictures in our UOI books to create clay animals. We are now working on labeling the external features and characteristics of animals. We looked closely at animal habitats and brainstormed adjectives to describe grasslands, wetlands, arctic tundras, deserts, oceans, rivers, ponds, streams and forests. Our list of adjectives to describe animal habitats is quite impressive. We helped each other sound out adjectives paying close attention to the the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words. Ask your child about phonemes (letter sounds) and digraphs. We are Word Detectives and can find digraphs in so many words.

Language and Literacy Centers

Students are beginning to research independently about animals. They are interested in learning more about so many different kinds of animals. We are writing complete sentences about animals. Ask your child if they learned some new animal facts!

Friends in 1C are learning to become amazing Partner Readers. Many parents are now commenting on the wonderful, very clear and exciting reading they can listen to and watch on Seesaw. Thank you for encouraging your child and recognizing their reading progress on Seesaw. This week, we watched some pretty fantastic Partner Reading posts on Seesaw and gave each other compliments about their reading.

Math 

We played Splat this week! We looked at collections of dots and counted groupings together by 2’s, 5’s and tens. Then, we hid some groups with a SPLAT and tried to determine how many hidden dots were under the splat. We are working on becoming more confident and sure when we take away and subtract numbers from a group. During our SPLAT math talk students:

  • Used numbers and words to understand problems.
  • Explained their math thinking about a problem.
  • Tried to be careful and accurate as they used math.
  • Explain how numbers and shapes are put together.

At our Math Centers, we counted tally marks and finger groups by 5’s and 10’s with a memory game. We played Teeny Tiny Dot and compared numbers.  We know if a grouping or number is greater than, larger than or bigger than another number. We know if a number or grouping is less than, lower than or smaller than another number. We also made our December calendar together and discussed how many more days we have before Winter Break. How many days do we have to enjoy our vacation? How many Saturdays do we have during our break? How many Wednesdays do we have over the break? We love asking each other questions about the days of the week during our Calendar Center.

Students also looked at 100 number chart puzzles. We took portions of the 100 chart and looked at where we place numbers. Students were given some pretty tricky puzzles to complete and they were able to sequence numbers, count forward and backward and explain their math thinking clearly.
Mystery Reader
Levin’s mother, Ms. Sheila joined us for a cool story today. She read a really interesting book about Animal Poop. We learned a lot of new facts about how some animal use their animal poop to protect themselves and some animals even use their poop to build homes. Some humans even use animal poop to make things like paper and notebooks! Thank you Sheila.
We hope you have a very enjoyable weekend.

Friday, November 29, 2019

What an exciting week in grade 1 C!

Mr. Brian came to talk to us about how we say letter sounds. He brought his friend Mr. Bob to help us pronounce certain letter sounds. We are currently practicing the digraph “th”. We used mirrors to look at how we place the tip of our tongues to move under our top teeth (slightly) as we say the Magic Words: This, That, These, Those.

We are now searching for “th” words in story books and saying/reading them with partners. Please do talk about how to say this tricky sound when you read at home.

Maker Space, Coding and Programming with Mr. Neal

We went to the our very cool  Maker Space and experimented with Lego WeDo. We are very inquisitive coders and programmers. Mr. Neal taught us how to make lego animals. Then, we coded and programmed colors and sounds with an ipad and our Lego robots. We also worked with our 1C Responsibility Partners to share our thinking and ideas and practiced taking turns.

Lego WeDo

Our Field Trip to Curious Kids

In our Sharing the Planet unit, we are learning about living things and how our understanding helps us share environmental resources. Did you know specific animals live in unique habitats? Did you know that our choices impact the environment animals live in? 

We had a fabulous adventure to Curious kids. We observed and investigated some  exotic animals. We played some exciting games with the animals and Mr. Kris. We had a great discussion about how living things such as endangered and rescued animals share our environment and resources. It’s our job to protect animals, keep the Earth clean and Share the Planet. Next week, we will look at pictures from our field trip and UOI books to discuss and label the external features of animals.

Literacy/Language/UOI
Students are bringing in all kinds of cool non-fiction books about animals. Please do send in any non-fiction animal books to share and remember to put your child’s name inside the cover of the book.
Also, If you have storybooks/fiction books in your home language, please do share these books as well. Students are thrilled to read their favorite home language books to each other during Literacy. 
 
In our How We Organize Ourselves unit, we are learning about languages. Did you  know that language is a cultural schema that we use to communicate?   We are inquiring about all of the languages we speak in 1C and we are also celebrating how our home language is a part of our cultural identity
Math
Ms. Beth, our Math Coach came into 1C for an exciting Math Talk. We choral counted and looked for number patterns. We counted as a group and started from many different points. We counted by 1, 5’s and 10’s. This week, 1C students noticed a lot of number patterns and shared their wonderings about where numbers are placed on a 100 number chart. We will continue to explore our 100 number charts and share more of our wonderings next week.
Finally, you will have seen that the students have new cloth bags for their home reading books. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading at home. We are seeing a real difference in the classroom.
We celebrated Brayden’s birthday with yummy chocolate cake. We sang Happy Birthday in German, Vietnamese and Chinese. Happy Birthday Brayden!

Reminders

  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical for students in Grades 2 & 3- Tickets are on sale now. 
  • December 14-January 5 UNIS Winter Break, no school

November 22, 2019

Open Classrooms November 19, 2019

Thank you for joining 1C for a lovely day of learning. Students so enjoyed sharing their Literacy centers and Math games with you. We hope you enjoyed us teaching you about our daily routines in both Literacy and Math.

Math

We continue to count forward and backwards and sequence numbers. Our number talks are becoming an enjoyable routine and as you saw during Open Classrooms, we are quite confident when we play Which One Doesn’t Belong. 1C also enjoys using their Number Talk hand signals. We continue to discuss our Mathematical Practices, especially when we are playing games together. We invited Grade 1 A over to share games and talk about our Mathematical Practices together.

Language and Literacy

We continue to discuss Prefixes and Suffixes in our Word Inquiry center. Students also looked for vowels in words. We continue to wonder if all words need vowels? We even found some of our Magic Words inside of bigger words.

When reading at home,  please do look for prefixes, suffixes and Magic Words. On Monday, you will receive Magic Words in the home reader bags. Be on the look out for a Word Inquiry activity your child will teach you. Get ready to be a Word Detective.

Response Writing

We completed our Response Writing about the snack sale. Wow, we certainly enjoyed the sale and all of the treats. We continue to use interesting adjectives in all of our writing. We also came up with more exciting adjectives in our descriptions about our parents during Open Classrooms.

Our counsellor, Ms. Kris came by to read us a story. We continue to talk about Our Group Plan/We Plan and a Me Plan. Sometimes we can do things by ourselves and not worry about others but a lot of the time, we work as a community  and we need to help each other. We are working on helping our friends when we transition in 1C and while traveling throughout UNIS.

Field Trips

Thursday, November 28th at 8:15 AM 1C will travel to visit Curious Kids in Hanoi. We will be introduced to some very cool animals. We will eat our lunch at UNIS Hanoi. 

Reminders: 

The PE Department will be taking 1C on another field trip. On Friday, November 29th, 1C and the PE Department will take their wheels to the Green Path. Please do sign all permission slips and return them by Monday, November 25th. As always, please make sure your child has a hat and water bottle to take with them.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

November 13, 2019 1C

We’ve come to the end of another great week of learning in 1C!

1C students completed activities in UOI and Literacy centers related to balance in our lives which promote Health and Wellbeing. Look on Seesaw for our food group pyramids, Balanced Me posters and our Healthy Plates which we created out of clay and labeled according to the food groups. We played the Tummy Ache Game where we matched healthy and unhealthy pictures and words. After we bought our snacks at the snack sale, we brainstormed adjectives to describe our healthy and unhealthy food choices.  Be on the look out for our writing responses about the snack sale.

At our Word Inquiry table, we were on the hunt for vowels a, e, i o and u. We even searched for vowels in our adjectives! 

Everyone in the ES Celebrated World Kindness Week!

We shared our Kind Letters from our 1C mailbox with our friends and read stories about being kind.

Our primary goals in Math at the moment are:

  • Counting forwards and backwards to 30 and beyond.
  • Looking for patterns in numbers, shapes, and pictures.
  • Representing numbers in different ways.
  • Sequencing numbers. 
  • Making number paths. 
  • Knowing our number facts to 10 and 20 in addition and subtraction. 
  • Practicing and getting used to explaining our maths thinking.
  • Our new Unit of Inquiry just started.
  • We have begun our new Sharing the Planet Unit in UOI and are looking forward to delving deeper into the environments of living things and human impact upon them. If you have professional experience in this area, we would love to hear from you.
  • Ask your child about our search for Non-Fiction books in the library! 
  • Check your child’s library bag and home reader bags for non-fiction books.  Please remember to discuss the Table of Contents, Glossary and Index pages in these non fiction texts.

 

Thank you so much to our very exciting Mystery Reader, Eni’s mother! Ms. Abi read us two hilarious books by Mo Willems. We love Mo Willems’ books and laughed a lot. We could even read along with the story. There were so many speech bubbles in the stories.Thank you Abi!

Happy Birthday to Simon! We celebrated Simon’s birthday with special cakes he made with his family. Happy birthday Simon!

Upcoming events and Reminders: 

We are looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible into our Open Classroom next Tuesday November 18th when our students will share with you some of the maths games we have been practicing in the classroom.

Enjoy your weekend! 

1C November 8, 2019

What an exciting week of learning in 1C! 

Our Literacy Centers were filled with activities related to our Unit of Inquiry. We sorted food groups in teams and created a balanced  food pyramid with clear labels. We explained our thinking with our friends and posted our thinking on Seesaw. We read UOI books with our friends and labeled pictures together. Labels give readers important information about pictures. We sounded out important words with our friends.

Partner Reading continues to be a wonderful experience in 1C. We read our home readers together and picked out Just Right Books in pairs. We are learning to listen carefully to our partners and ask them questions about stories. We are reading with expression and making sure to pause and breathe at full stops.

We continue to write kind letters to our friends and are now writing several complete sentences in our letters.

This week, we also made sure our story books have interesting sentences with capital letters full stops and some friends even included speech bubbles in their stories.  We are adding our books to Book Creator where we can also read and add audio to our stories. We tried to include excitement and voice intonation in our stories as well. Students helped each other add more detail to their characters and settings.

We continue to write Responses in 1C. This week, we had a taste test to decide if we prefer proteins or grains. We tasted chick peas and rice cakes. It was a tough choice for most of our friends but the ‘winner’ was food from the Grains group. We brainstormed adjectives to describe both food groups and included these describing words in our responses about the food we tasted.

Balanced Me Posters

Students worked in groups to brainstorm how they are balanced and make healthy choices. They started from “Head to Toe” and came up with many ways they are healthy, practice good hygiene and habits and take care of themselves.

Math 

Students worked in groups to solve word problems related to UOI. We drew pictures to show our thinking and included number sentences with our problems. Students were encouraged to show many different ways to solve the word problem. We continued our practice of discussing the calendar in math and made a November calendar. Students are now using ten frames, five frames and ones to represent parts of numbers. We can count forward and backwards using both subtraction and addition.

Outdoor Play Day  Thursday, November 7th

We had a lovely day on Thursday. Our grade 5 buddies showed us some of their outdoor games from their PE classes and we played with our friends in the ECC.

Reminder: 

Please note that Monday, November 11th students will not attend school. It is a Professional Development Day for teachers.

Enjoy your the long weekend.

November 1, 2019

Grade 1 C Writers and Readers

Grade 1 authors shared their storybooks with their friends. We have been working diligently to illustrate storybooks with interesting characters and settings. Students are now uploading their storybooks to the Book Creator App. We have some very expressive storytellers and narrators in 1C. During our Read to a Partner center, students are reading leveled readers and then posting their reading on See Saw. We are helping our friends to record their reading and are giving our reading partners positive feedback.

Healthy Snack Creations

On Tuesday each class set about making a healthy snack to share across the grade level. In connection with our current unit of inquiry into Balance in our lives promotes Health and Wellbeing we created snacks relating to each of the food groups that we have been learning about. In Grade 1C we created fruit kebabs using a variety of fruit. We collaborated to wash, chop and assemble our fruit and made enough for everyone in the grade level to enjoy.

Descriptive Writing

This week we started to incorporate more adjectives into our writing. As we made our healthy snacks, we brainstormed adjectives to describe the fruit. We use categories such as number, size, color and texture to describe objects, food as well as events that we watch together as a class. Our healthy choice creations provided a great opportunity to put this to good use!

Next week, we will write a detailed response about our healthy snacks and healthy food. Students will label parts of a response before they write their own responses. Stay tuned….

Math Centers

We talked about our Mathematical Practices in every center. Students continue to subitise, while also showing and explaining their thinking. Subitizing is an important Math Skill. It is the ability to instantly recognize the amount of objects without actually counting them. Students recognize groups and numbers while learning how to count on from a group. This mathematical skill also allows students to advance to higher levels of addition.

We are playing games where we count forward and backwards in a variety of ways. Students continue to pronounce and say numbers while they sort decade and teen numbers. Some of our favorite games this week were Crocodile Snap with decade and teen numbers and Decade Bingo with tallies and groups of 5. Students are also using ten frames to show how numbers are put together. Playing the card game Set helped us to strengthen our analytical thinking.

3-Act Math Tasks

This week, we tackled our first 3 Act Math Task and what better way to connect it than through Halloween candy. We shared our wonderings and noticings before setting out to estimate the total quantity and individually demonstrate our understanding in both pictorial and numerical form.  We estimated how many candy bars were on a table. Then, we grouped the candy bars. Next, we counted our groups in many ways and explained our thinking to our friends in 1 A and 1 D. In order to develop our mathematical thinking in flexible and creative ways we conduct 3-Act Tasks regularly throughout the year.

We had many Mystery Readers in Grade 1 this week. Yonghyo, Taueng’s mother, read us a story about a crazy goblin. She read in both Korean and English. We laughed a lot. Thank you Yonghyo.

Jenna’s grandparents came to read to 1C. They are visiting from Holland. We learned how to say vowel sounds in Dutch and put them together to make the word “ice cream”. They alkso read us a very funny story in Dutch. We talked about how Dutch and German have similar letter sounds and words. Thank you to the Van Tuijl’s for reading to us.

 

A Collaborative Kahoot

After creating our healthy snacks, we came together as a grade level to review what we have learned so far about food groups and balanced choices. We had a lot of fun taking part in a Kahoot quiz in small groups and demonstrated our knowledge by answering questions and reviewing our responses. We know so many vocabulary words from our Unit of Inquiry.

Ms. Monica came to grade 1 C to talk about the reading app Raz Kids. 

This interactive app helps to make home-school connections and gives students a variety of exciting books to read at their appropriate reading level.  Raz Kids provides independent reading practice for students at school and at home. We will send home passwords for this app very soon. Students can record the books they read in their home reading log too.

Phoenix Pride  On Thursday, we took part in the opening ceremony for the MRISA Middle School Basketball Tournament being hosted at UNIS. We were so excited to meet our mascot Phelix.

Grade 1 was assigned the International School of the Eastern Seaboard from Bangkok and we showed up in force to support them in their first game again the SSIS Dragons. We practiced counting by twos for each basket scored and had a lot of fun counting down with the scoreboard.

This week’s reminders:

  • November 7th: Outdoor Play Day. Please support your child in this ES-wide event by making sure they have their hat, water bottle and an extra set of clothing for the day. 
  • November 11: Professional Development Day for staff and teachers. There will be no school for students on this day. 
  • November 19th: All parents are invited to join us for open classrooms. More information will be sent closer to the time.
  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction. More information to follow from the Arts Team.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical
  • December 12th Winterfest
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break

Friday, October 25, 2019

UN Day

What a Special Day and Celebration! 

Thank you to everyone for joining us for this year’s UN Day celebrations. It was a fantastic celebration of our school’s identity and a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. An extra special thank you to Esther, Jenna’s mom, for all her hard work in organizing the delicious lunch buffet and to all parents for providing food for the event. Thank you Esther and parents!

I Wish…During SDG Week, we made  ‘I Wish’ posters and presented them to each other on UN Day. The students were so excited to see their special creations and talk about their wishes with parents, special guests and friends.

After UN Day, we had an opportunity to share our wishes with each other. We noticed that some of our wishes for the planet are the same. The future will be bright with all of these wonderful human beings in charge of our planet.

Our Current Text Type: Response

Writing

We have started the first of our text types for this year: Response. This text type focuses on responding to and analyzing objects or events in a structured format. Students will be learning to distinguish between nouns and pronouns, justifying their opinion using the terms like/dislikes and will build a repertoire of adjectives to support their opinions.

Mr Brian Visits Grade 1C

Mr Brian, our UNIS Speech and Language Specialist, came to our class this week to help us remember how to breathe when we are speaking and how we say/pronounce specific letter sounds. He even brought a special teeth and tongue puppet (Mr. Bob) to show us where to put our tongues when we say specific letters like D, T, K, G and more. Mr Brian will continue to work with our students throughout the year for special, whole-class lessons. Thank you Mr Brian for coming and teaching us.

Math and UOI-Graphing

During Math and UOI this week, we talked a lot about our special lunch from last week. Ms Jill came in and introduced why graphs are important.   We made a whole class pictograph and were able to make comparisons with our graph. We learned that we use a graph for various reasons such as:Collecting Data, Analyzing Data, Comparing Data

I can talk about data on a graph.
I can describe data on a graph using numbers and words like more and most and fewer and not very many.

At centers, Ms. Jill also taught us how to recognize, sort, write, place and say “Ty” and Teen” when we talk about  “teen” numbers and “decade numbers“.

Play Based Learning

Play Based Learning was a blast this week! The students are enjoying getting to know all our friends in Grade 1 and we are working together to explore the materials.

If you have any old electronics you want to donate, please do send some in. 

An Important Notice about Home Readers

Thank you for your patience with our paper folders. Please be assured that fabric book bags are coming soon. We ask that you support your child re-reading their chosen text with you each night and returning it to school the next day. This is an important daily routine to best support your child’s literacy growth this year.

Children are encouraged to choose a book that is a good fit (they can read the majority of the text with ease) and is of interest to them. While the level of the book may give some indication of the complexity of the book we fully encourage students to choose books that they are motivated to read and for this reason you may notice your child choosing to reread a book or from time. They might also choose a more complex book that they wish to tackle with your support.

Readers will be sent home to enjoy on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Reminders

October 31st ES Dress Up Day: Please discuss with your child what they may wear for our dress up day on Thursday. We ask that children do not wear masks and highly encourage some creative home grown costumes.

A Message from the PE Department

Dear Parents,

The Grade 1 Wheels Unit will begin next week, October 28th.
1. We request that all students bring their bikes and helmets to school on October 28th from 7:45-8:30 from the Main Gate. Upon arrival, you will be directed by the PE staff to the storage location where all bikes will be stored (see attached).
2. If your bike has training wheels on them, we request that you remove them.
3. To help us with organization, it would be helpful if you put a label on your child’s bike and helmet that includes your child’s name and homeroom.
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4. The unit will end on November 22nd, and all bikes can be collected on that day from 3:30-4:00.
Thank you for your support in this unit. Please email mmagowan@unishanoi.org with any questions.
Reminders: 

There will be no school on November 11 due to it being a staff professional development day.
Save the Date: On November 19th Open Classrooms will take place across the Elementary School. More information to follow.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Ms. Phuong and Ms. Kristen

 

 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Dear Families of 1C,

What a great week in 1C! W talked about the UN Sustainable Development Goals all week.

We started off our week with a very special lunch inside our classroom. Students served themselves rice, chicken, broccoli, pineapple, cookies and milk. Most of us chose our food carefully and made sure we had a balanced plate.

Check out our SDG Scavenger Hunt in Math. 

Also, we collected and gathered information about everyone’s lunch choices. We graphed what our friends chose to eat and talked about how to make a giant picto-graph together. We even wrote about our food choices during our Literacy centers. We read storybooks with all of our friends and teachers in grade 1 during our morning Read Aloud timing. During Read to Self and Partner Reading time, we read about healthy food and healthy choices in our OUI reading baskets. Students also wrote in their journals about their favorite foods and labeled all of their choices. We looked at the base word “like” at our Word Inquiry Table and added both prefixes and suffixes to it. Students wrote sentences about foods they like and dislike.

Next week, we will examine more prefixes and suffixes you can add to the word “play” and examine how some words can be in a “family”. 

Mystery Reader #4 Quality Education

A BIG Thank You to Mr. Thomas for coming in and reading a spooky and lovely story to us about Halloween. Love Monster by Rachel Bright is an excellent story and put us in the mood for Halloween. Everyone really enjoyed this storybook. We talked about Dress Up Day which will be on Thursday, October 31st.

We celebrated Bella’s Birthday on Wednesday! We ate some very special ice cream and sang Happy Birthday to Bell in Vietnamese, English and Danish. We wish Bella a very Happy Birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

In PE, we went swimming in a plastic ocean. Mr. Martin talked about what it would be like if we were swimming in an ocean filled with plastic. Ask your child about their experience swimming around the the sea of plastic rubbish. Students cleaned up the pool but are still very concerned about how we can help to make our oceans cleaner and safer for humans and animals. We talked about reducing our usage of plastic at home and in school. The students got to experience what it is like for animals to swim in our polluted oceans filled with plastic. We will be talking more about this in the weeks to come. At first the students were laughing and having a great time moving around the plastic and then they reflected on it a bit more. It was hard to swim in and around all the trash. It was so difficult. How do animals do it? What if the animals think the plastic is food? What is happening to the animals? These are some of the questions that we are going to explore.
Celebrating SDG Week with our Grade 5 Buddies
The Elementary School has a special, collaborative project happening to celebrate SDG Week and UN Day. Ask your child about our project and the story we read with our grade 5 friends.
UN DAY Monday October 21, 2019I hope that you are all getting excited for UN Day Monday, October 21st. I wanted to remind you of a few things:
  • Please have your child dress in your home country’s costume/colors or a country that you are attached to.
  • Please sign up for food to bring on the day. Please look out for Esther’s message about food sign up and drop off. We ask that each family send in a dish from their home country.  Thank you to the families that have signed up so far.Please look at Esther’s email for where to drop off food.
  • Please join us in the Sport’s Center.
    THE UN DAY ASSEMBLY WILL START AT 11.00 AM on MONDAY.
  • Please do let us know if your child’s transportation changes on UN Day. Some of you might decide to leave together at the early dismissal and some might choose their usual bus route. Please do let us know if you are changing your cild’s transportation on UN Day.
If you have any questions, please let Esther know.
This week, we began our outside Play Based Learning time. The students had a great time collaborating with members of the grade 1 community and exploring new resources. They played with slime, painted, made a cafe, built with giant blocks and took apart machines and electronic at the Maker Table using protective glasses and tools.
We wish you a peaceful and relaxing weekend.
Love, Ms. Phuong and Ms. Kristen

 

 

 

October 4, 2019

We continue to learn bout balance in our lives and how we can support our health and well being. This week during our UOI time, we read stories about being healthy, having good hygienic habits and eating habits. We also continued to discuss germs and bacteria. Students created their own germs in Math and we “Rolled a Germ” making addition combinations up to 12. We have our germs proudly displayed in 1C along with our thoughts regarding the following questions: What do you know about hygiene? How do you take care of your body at home and in school? What do you know about germs? How do your choices make you healthy or unhealthy?

1 C and Our Well Being

Our counselor, Ms. Kris came to talk to us about our thoughts and feelings. We continue to be Social Detectives in 1C and we are always looking at our friends to figure out their thoughts and feelings. We try to determine our friends thoughts and feelings so we can be kind friends to each other and help each other. We also talked about how to keep our bodies calm but also full of energy.  We sang the “Engine Song” and talked about knowing how we can find more energy to help ourselves concentrate and learn. 

Happy Birthday, Freddy! 

Freddy will celebrate his birthday over the vacation but we celebrated his birthday early in 1C. We were so excited to help him ring in another year! Happy Birthday to Freddy!!! Thank you to Freddy’s Mom and Dad for the delicious cupcakes and cake.

Math in 1 C

In Math, we continue to play lots of card games to reinforce number knowledge, math facts to ten and even to twenty and skip counting. We have been playing Go Fish, Flip Ten, Find the Match and High or Low. When we return from break, we will learn how to play “Garbage” and “123 Salute”. If you have playing cards at home, please do practice some games. We continue to discuss balance, shapes and calendar numbers during our center timings.

Word Inquiry

We are investigation words everyday in 1C. Our Word Inquiry table examined prefixes and suffixes this week. Ask your child what a prefix is or where we place suffixes.

SDG WeekIn preparation for our UN Day Celebration we will spend the week after the break investigating the United Nation Sustainable Development. Today, your child chose one goal from the 17 SDG’s that we would like you to translate into your home language. Please translate the title of the goal and discuss the goal with your child at home. Please only translate the title of the goal not the entire text. 

Please look at your child’s SDG and input the translation here is this document. We will be reading lots of books out the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and watching some interesting short films. We will also collaborate with other classrooms in the ES. Our activities will include painting pictures and writing poems. Please remember October 21st is UN Day, and please send your child to school in his/her traditional country costume or dress. We will have an early release day on UN Day.

Reminders

  • Students need to bring a swimsuit, towel, goggles and a swimming cap for long-haired students every Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays until further notice.
  • Home Readers need to be sent back to school each day. We do not send home readers on weekends. Please also help your child fill in their Reading Log.
  • October 5-13 UNIS School Holiday, No School
  • October 21st UN Day, please send your child to school in his/her traditional country costume or dress.