A fun-filled week of activities and learning

 

Dear Parents,

We had a great week at school. It started off with marking the International Day of Peace and finished with a celebration of Vietnamese culture and the Moon Festival. Please find some updates, requests, and a few photos below.

Reminders

  • Next Week is Week A
  • No School next Thursday, October 1 for our Learning Conversations
  • Fall Break October 12-16, no school

UOI

This week we unpacked the central idea of our unit of inquiry: choices that digital citizens make impact the global community. We talked about how pausing and thinking when we are online can help us to stay balanced and safe when we use the internet. We also used our UOI time to reflect for our learning conversations next week.

The lessons that we are teaching at school come from these online resources. Please check out the links below if you are interested in supporting digital citizenship at home.

family engagement resources  and how kids balance their media lives and boost kids’ privacy, safety and security

Questions

How can you stay safe, responsible and respectful outside of school? (in the real world)

How can pausing and thinking help you when you are using the internet?

How can we ‘trust our guts’ when searching websites?

Math

This week we continued to learn about place value through a game called I Spy a Number. Students have to guess a number from 0-99 using their knowledge of digits and places to find the correct number. We are also learning to compare numbers using greater than and less than.

Questions

What are the 10 digits used to show numbers? (0-9)

What is a number? What is a digit? What is the value of the digits?

Literacy

Students continued to practice giving a complete retell of a story including all 5 elements. They also learned about the “description bubble” and how to use it to add adjectives and description language to their writing. 

Questions

What is the description bubble? How do you use it to improve your writing?

What was your monster like? Can you describe it?

Can you retell the story you just read to me?

The week in 2A

Dear Parents,

 

Please read the reminders below and updates about our learning this week.

Reminders

Next Week is Week B

A Virtual Moon Festival Assembly will be held at school on Thursday September 24th from 9:25-10:15. Students are invited to wear their Ao Dai clothing on that day if they wish.

Grade 2 Virtual EAL Coffee Morning on Sep 25, 2020 09:15 AM Vietnam

Zoom Meeting link

Meeting ID: 959 3313 7463

Passcode: UNISG2

 

UOI

This week students began to unpack our next unit of inquiry. How We Organize Ourselves: Digital Citizenship. Students learned more about the central idea of the unit and our lines of inquiry. They also considered the questions: What is a digital citizen? Why do we use the internet? How does the internet work?

 

Questions

What is a digital citizen?

How does the internet work?

Why do we use the internet?’

How do we use the internet at home?

How can we be safe, responsible, and respectful in the real world and how are we safe, responsible, and respectful in the digital world?

 

Math

This week we had several number talks about estimating and did some dot day math estimation. We also talked about the ten digits used to make numbers (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) and how those digits represent different values when they are put into a number.

 

Questions

 

What is an estimate? When you see a large amount of objects ask: What is your estimate? Why do you think that?

 

What does the word digit mean in math? What are the digits?

 

Play the game guess my number with your child.

 

Literacy

This week students continued to plan and draft their recount texts. We learned about adding time connectives to our writing to order the events and writing recounts that are funny or retell a scary story. In reading we learned about retelling a story with the five elements (setting, character, problem, solution, and events) and how to buddy read.

 

Questions

Can you tell me about one of the recount texts you are writing?

Can I listen to you retell the book that you are reading?

 

 

 

 

What are the parts of a 5 Finger Retell?

September 11, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday 25th September: Virtual EAL Coffee Morning — more details to come
  • Next week is Week A.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What are the parts of a recount?
  • What is “real” reading?
  • What books did you enjoy this week during morning quiet reading time?
  • What values do the students in 2A share?
  • In what ways can we all in 2A try to maintain a balance in our community?
  • What are your “hopes and dreams” for grade 2?
  • How did you try to solve the math problem about the bundles of straws? (See pictures below.)
  • How can I use “structuring” to better count things?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship Unit

Dear Parents,

Grade Two is starting a new unit of inquiry next week. Please find some information below to help you participate in your child’s learning.

Digital Citizenship – An inquiry into “How We Organize Ourselves”.

The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students.

Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.  Any extra reading, websites, movies or learning experiences you may give your  child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central​ ​Idea:  Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.

Inquiry​ ​into:

-Purposes and forms of digital technology
-Online responsibilities
-Ways to evaluate media

Vocabulary:

citizen, computer virus, digital, digital citizen, digital footprint, download, email, internet, media, message, offline, online, private, technology, URL, website, World Wide Web (WWW)

Thank you,

The Grade 2 Team

September 4, 2020

Hello Families, we’ve had another great week in 2A. It has been interesting to learn more about your children as we explore ways to maintain a balance in the 2A community.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Photo Day for 2A is Monday, September 7, 10.35-11.25.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Next week is Week B.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is a recount?
  • What “seed” ideas did you think of for your recounts? 
  • What is reading “stamina”? How is your reading stamina?
  • What are the four Zones?
  • What are some ways to return to the Green Zone? What are Kelso’s Choices? What are ways to “not take the hook”?
  • What math rotations did you do this week?
  • What does our classroom look and sound like during math rotations? Were you able to do your personal best this week?
  • What Math Practices did you use this week?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click on thumbnail to see whole album)

The Human Recount:

September 4, 2020

Hello Families, we’ve had another great week in 2A. It has been interesting to learn more about your children as we explore ways to maintain a balance in the 2A community.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Photo Day for 2A is Monday, September 7, 10.35-11.25.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Next week is Week B.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is a recount?
  • What “seed” ideas did you think of for your recounts? 
  • What is reading “stamina”? How is your reading stamina?
  • What are the four Zones?
  • What are some ways to return to the Green Zone? What are Kelso’s Choices? What are ways to “not take the hook”?
  • What math rotations did you do this week?
  • What does our classroom look and sound like during math rotations? Were you able to do your personal best this week?
  • What Math Practices did you use this week?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (Click on thumbnail)

August 28, 2020

Thank you 2A families for attending last night’s virtual Back to School Night presentation. It was a pleasure to see you all and get to know you a little better. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your children.  

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Congratulations to Hugo, who is this year’s first 2A Student Council representative
  • Students should be reading for a total of 80 minutes at home every week.
  • Library Exchange day for 2A is every Tuesday, week A and B. Please have your child bring a book bag on Tuesdays.
  • Next week is Week A.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • Lily arrives on Monday. We cannot wait to welcome her to 2A!
  • Photo Day for 2A is Monday, September 7, 10.35-11.25.
  • EAL Coffee Morning — date for this event is being rescheduled (it will NOT be on September 27, as we mentioned at Back to School Night)

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What are some communities you belong to?
  • What does it mean to be “unique”? In what ways are you unique?
  • What unique way would you choose to travel through life?
  • What did you do in Maker Space this week?
  • What hand signals do you use in class?
  • What math games did you play this week?
  • How do you pick “just right” books?
  • What things can you write about from your own life?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click thumbnail below to see whole album)

Great First Week!

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous week. We have so much enjoyed getting to know your children. We have been exploring and inquiring into our learning space and becoming a connected community.

Some helpful information to get the year started.

  • Lunchtime – remember to either send a lunch or order a lunch from the canteen.
  • Buses. If your child is not going home on the bus you need to contact the transport manager, Mr. Lai, (transportmanager@unishanoi.org) and cc me into the email.
  • Hats are required during recess breaks and PE. Please be sure to send your child to school with a hat.
  • We have a snack time in the morning at around 10:05 a.m. inside the classroom. In the afternoon there is no snack time provided in class, but children may eat during recess if needed.
  • A class schedule was sent home on Monday. A link to the schedule is also here
  • Back to School Night (online) Thursday, August 27th 6:00-7:30 PM. Look for a letter from from me next week. 
  • Student Council: Next Thursday, 2A will be voting on its Student Council representative. Please talk to your child about running for Student Council. Here is a presentation on the role of Student Council representatives in the Elementary School.
  • Homework this weekend: Please check your child’s Take Home folder for information on some homework for this weekend.  Please have your child return the sheet on “Family Values” on Monday.

Next week in Grade Two:

In UoI, Grade Two is beginning the 2020-2021 school year with a unit of inquiry into Who We Are. The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and to help them make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development. 

Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central Idea: Our values shape our communities.

Inquiry into:

  • What community is (function)
  • How values influence our behaviours (connection)
  • Skills used to thrive in a community (responsibility)

Vocabulary:  values, community, behaviours, choices, feelings, teamwork, responsibility, to affect, to cooperate, to commit

Learner Profile Traits:  principled and caring

In Math, students are developing a community of mathematicians that uses routines and shares their thinking to help their learning.

In Reading, students are exploring what a community of readers does and how the classroom will look and sound during different reading activities.

In Writing, students will consider what they value in their lives to create a heart map of writing ideas for the year.

If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is berrish@unishanoi.org. You can also write Ms. Ha in Vietnamese: tthha@unishanoi.org. During the school day I do not regularly check email; for urgent matters please contact the E.S. office elementary@unishanoi.org.

Warm regards,

Ms. Laura and Ms. Ha

Photos from the first week.