Enjoy your Winter Break – Week B when we return

Enjoy the break!

Dear Parents,

We wish you all a safe and wonderful winter break. Enjoy yourselves whether you are traveling or staying in Hanoi.

All the best, 

Daniel and Ha

Possible connections to learning for over the break:

  • Where We Are In Place and Time (Exploration)
    For several weeks, students in grade two have been inquiring into the central idea: We explore to discover and understand our world.
    “Exploration” can take place in another city, another country or even right here in Hanoi.
    Some areas to think about or talk about over the break are:
    – What did you need to pack?
    Where did you go? What transportation did you take?     
    – What interesting discoveries did you make? (landmarks, natural wonders, sights, food,
      culture)
    – How has travel and exploration affected your destination? Are there any negative impacts?
     

How We Express Ourselves
In this year-long unit we are exploring how cultures express their creativity. Some things you can discuss with your child over the break areAre you celebrating anything over the break? What do you do that is special? What traditions do you have? What does your family or culture value?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 14 January Grade 4 Market Day
  • 20 January Grade 2 Field Trip to the Temple of Literature (part of our year-long unit)
  • 22 January Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 24 January – 2 February Tet (Lunar New Year) Break

December 6th 2019 Next Week A

Dear Parents,

This week I sent home a Holiday Celebration homework sheet to collect information about any winter festivals your family celebrates. Thank you to the families that have returned this sheet. If your child has not completed yet please  complete and return this sheet by the 9th December so we can use in class. 

If any parent would like to come and share a short explanation of a particular festival that is celebrated in the winter break please let me know and I can arrange a time in our morning (8.10 -8.30) or afternoon (3.10 -3.30) meeting times.

Traveling Tale

As part of our Digital Citizenship unit we participated in writing a story with 5 classes from around the world. This week the tale was completed 7 weeks after it was started and was uploaded to youtube. Click on this link to enjoy our story. I wonder if you can guess which part 2A wrote?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Winter break Saturday 14th December 2019 – Monday 6th January 2019
  • Library Monday

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What facts did you put in your Google Slides presentation? How are you making your presentation more attractive, clearer, more interesting?
  • What is the difference between “tinkering”, “making” and “engineering” that you learned about in Maker Space?
  • Which part of the traveling tale did you create?
  • What was your favourite part of school this week?
  • What was the most challenging part of school this week?
  • Who did you play with  and what did you do during recesses?
  • How do you feel about adding and subtracting numbers?
  • What excited you about the exploration unit this week?

 

29th November 2019 – WEEK B next week

Dear Parents,

The week before winter break (9-13th Dec) we will be reconnecting to our Festivals unit  (How We express Ourselves) by exploring festivals that are celebrated around the world at this time of year. To help your child explain any festivals that you celebrate I will be sending home a homework sheet on Monday so that you can fill it in with your child. Please return this sheet by the 9th December so we can use in class. 

If any parent would like to come and share a short explanation of a particular festival that is celebrated in the winter break please let me know and I can arrange a time in our morning (8.10 -8.30) or afternoon (3.10 -3.30) meeting times.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday December 2: Field trip to explore the botanical gardens.We will be leaving school at 8:30 and taking the bus back at 12:15 to be back in time for lunch.  Your child will need a snack, hat, water bottle, walking shoes and a light bag to carry these things in.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • How do you use your “phoneme fingers” to sound out the word “looking”? Show me how you would spell it. 
  • How do you split 68, 38 and 27.
  • What is your favourite addition or subtraction strategy?
  • What things did you find on Google Earth? 
  • What is an information report? What is a “macro topic”? What is a “micro topic”? What are some ideas you put on your Brain Map?

November 22nd Next Week A

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all your support this week.

It was great to see so many of you take the opportunity to join us in our open classroom sessions. Your children and I really appreciated your time and interest.

Thank you also for all your appreciation on Teacher Appreciation Day. I am truly humbled by all the thanks I received. It is my great pleasure to spend so much time with your children every day and I enjoy my work immensely.

Daniel

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Students have been using the websites Brainpop and Brainpop Jr this week to explore places on land, in water and in space. If your child would like to use these websites at home, they know the UNIS username and password. Students should turn on the CC (Closed Captioning) function, so that they can read along.
  • Library Monday

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • December 2: Field trip to the botanical gardens.We will be leaving school at 8:30 and taking the bus back at 12:15 to be back in time for lunch.The permission slip for the field trip will be in your child’s Take-Home Folder today. Please return the permission slip by Wednesday, November 27.   

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What did you learn about building with cardboard in Maker Space this week?
  • What locations on land, in the water or in space did you explore this week? What did you learn?
  • What are some non-fiction text features and how do they help you understand what you are reading?
  • Is “ex” a prefix? How do you know? 
  • What is your favourite strategy to use when adding or subtracting?
  • Explain a math game you played this week.
  • What was the most challenging part of school this week?
  • Who did you play with and what did you do during recesses?
  • Who did you work with in class this week? Were you successful?

Open Classroom Tuesday 19th November – Week B

An invite to Open Classrooms 

Dear Parents, 

You are invited to share your child’s learning during open classrooms on Tuesday, November 19th.  Open classroom in 2A is being held in the following periods:

The green sessions are open to parents.

Math

After a number talk, your child will play a math game using addition, subtraction and number lines. They will also work on problems to show their knowledge of number strategies.

Reading

By using nonfiction text features, you will learn with your child about the area they plan to explore during this unit.

We look forward to your participation.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

December 2: field trip to the botanical gardens. We will be leaving school at 8:30 and taking the buses back at 11:45 to be back in time for lunch.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What was your favourite part of school this week?
  • What was the most challenging part of school this week?
  • Who did you play with  and what did you do during recesses?
  • What did you learn about space, land or oceans?
  • What are the parts of an information report?
  • What did you do in the maker space this week?
  • Which strategy do you like to use to answer subtraction equations?

8th November 2019. Next week is A

Week A

New Unit of Inquiry

To discover more please look on link.

WWAIPT Vocabulary Letter 2019.docx

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Is anyone an explorer who would like to come to school and share their experiences with Grade 2? Please email and let me know. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • November 11: no school for students, teacher professional development day.
  • November 13: Snack Sale. Students may bring up to 20,000 VND to buy a snack. Snacks cost 10,000 VND each.
  • November 19: ES Open Classrooms. More information will be coming.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your new Unit of Inquiry about? What did you learn about explorers and exploration this week? How were you an explorer in the Maker Space and on campus this week?
  • How did you try to understand the problem in the 3-act math task called The Cookie Monster?
  • What is one connection you made to your reading this week?
  • How do questions help us when we are reading?
  • How do you use a number line to help with addition?
  • What was your favourite part of school this week?
  • What was the most challenging part of school this week?
  • Who did you play with  and what did you do during recesses?
  • Who do you eat lunch with?

1st November 2019. Next week is B

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

We have had a great week working together in 2A. We were very focused and our 2A community worked extremely well together. I commend the students for their efforts throughout the week. Let’s have a great week next week. 

Library is Tuesday

UOI – We completed our Digital Citizen unit and will start our Explorers unit next week. We will be exploring the maker space twice next week.

Math – World problems, using benchmark numbers, number lines and lots of addition and subtraction math games.

English – Response writing, making connections when we read, finding suffixes, reading for fluency and different choices for independent reading.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • On Thursday November 7th, the Elementary School will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:

    -wears sunscreen to school
    -is dressed appropriately for the weather
    -has a hat
    -has a full water bottle
    Thank you for your support!
  • November 11: no school for students, teacher professional development day.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What math games did you play this week?
  • How do you use a number line to help you add and find the difference?
  • Which team did we make banners for?
  • What did you do with your buddy this week?
  • What judgement words did you think of to help you write a response?
  • Please share your digital citizen agreement with me.
  • What connections did you make during reading groups this week?
  • What suffixes did you find words for with Ms Ha.
  • Is your handwriting improving during the reading rotations?

October 25th, 2019 Next Week is A

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all your support on UN Day. It was such a wonderful day to celebrate as a school community.

Some highlights from the week.

UOI – Learning to use Google Slides and comment appropriately.

Math – Answering math riddles and word problems, using number lines and gaining a greater understanding of using the benchmark number 10.

English – Learning how to writing a response, using description and compound sentences. Using prediction and connections when we read.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • October 1 – November 1: Students must wear sport shoes for PE. If a student wears sandals, crocs, or other inappropriate footwear, they will not be able to participate in the skateboarding activities. Students are allowed to bring their own skateboards, helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads for this unit.
  • Library is Monday.
  • Week A

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • November 11: No school for students, teacher professional development day.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What did we write a response text about this week? What were the 5 parts of a response.
  • What did we learn about using a number line to help us add and subtract?
  • When we skip count by 5 or 10 what patterns did we see?
  • How can skip counting (by 10’s) help you add and subtract?
  • How can T.A.G. help you comment on someone’s blog post respectfully and responsibly?
  • What do you learn about using Google Slides?
  • What did you learn about when we spoke with our friends in India?

SDG Week

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 21: UN Day. Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!  Students are dismissed at 1:00 PM following the lunch. If you wish to take your child earlier than 1:00 PM please inform Ms. Ha or myself directly before leaving. Thank you in advance for all of your support with the food and clean up. We can’t do this without all of you.
  • November 11: no school for students, teacher professional development day.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • October 1 – November 1: Students must wear sport shoes for PE. If a student wears sandals, crocs, or other inappropriate footwear, they will not be able to participate in the skateboarding activities. Students are allowed to bring their own skateboards, helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads for this unit.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What did you learn about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this week?
  • Why are you thankful to go to UNIS? What did you write on the Quality Education Padlet
  •  How can you use benchmark numbers to solve addition and subtraction problems?
  • How did you make your fish unique?
  • What reading strategy are you working on?
  • (Select an object in your household or a food item.)  Can you describe this?

Enjoy Your Break

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone for your time on Monday. I really enjoyed the learning conversations and the students now have many goals to work on for the rest of the semester. I hope you all enjoy your break and look forward to seeing your all soon.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 7 – 11 October Break: No school. 
  • October 14 – 18 SDG Week: The week after Fall Break is SDG Week at UNIS.  During this week we focus our thinking and learning on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As part of our How We Organize Ourselves inquiry into digital citizenship, in Grade 2 we will explore the goals and share our learning through different websites and apps. 
  • October 21: UN Day. Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is the Book Creator app? What functions does it have? What did Mr. C have you do when you were learning about Book Creator this week?
  • What are different ways you can show the number 14?
  • What is the Internet Traffic Light? How do you use it?
  • What do you know about a Flipgrid?
  • What do you know about a Padlet?
  • What is punctuation and why is it important?
  • How do we tally in math?
  • What is a bar graph?
  • What is a fact family?