5th June 2020

Dear Grade Two Parents,

Happy Transitions Week! Students enjoyed celebrating all they have accomplished this year in grade two and are excited for their move to grade three, whether it is at UNIS Hanoi or a different school around the world.  Students staying at UNIS visited one of the grade three classrooms and learned about the highlights of grade three.  Students moving on celebrated their time here in Hanoi by decorating ribbons and creating a beautiful banner.

Reminders

  • Tuesday, June 9 is the last day of swimming for Grade Two
  • The sun is out and it is getting hot. Always bring a hat, and a full water bottle to school.
  • All library books are due back in the library.

UOI

For our final week of inquiry into How We Express Ourselves, students learned about Native American totem poles as a form of cultural expression.  Throughout the week, students viewed, read, and discussed how and why totem poles are made, and what they mean.  Students then created their own totem poles based on their values and personal iceberg.

Math

In math, students investigated arrays and repeated addition as building blocks for multiplication. They created a birdseye view map of a zoo, using arrays to design rectangular enclosures for their favorite animals.

Literacy

In reading this week, students continued to practice reading with expression and fluency as they enjoyed performing fairy tales through  Reader’s Theater.  Ask them to tell you about the role they played. In writing, students learned about and wrote different types of poetry.

Best regards,

The Grade Two Team

29th May 2020

Dear Grade Two Parents,

Happy Arts and Music Week! Students had a great week getting musical and creative during our daily Arts activities.  They made wonderful music in our Assembly on Thursday! 

Reminders

  • Next week, Grade Two students will continue swimming in PE lessons. Please refer to the email sent home this week for more information or contact Mr. Hamilton at aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org
  • The sun is out and it is getting hot. Always bring a hat, and a full water bottle to school.
  • Next Friday is Moving Up Morning, where we will celebrate all we have accomplished in grade two and visit our new grade three community (either in the real world or digitally!).  Students moving on from UNIS will have special activities during this morning.
  • Students will need a paper towel roll for next week’s UOI final project.
  • All library books are due back in the library.

UOI

This week we inquired into different forms of cultural expression through workshops learning about and making masks and textiles, creating new hairstyles and dress, and performing plays. Ask us how we expressed our values and creativity during these activities.

Math

Continuing our inquiry into Shapes and Geometry, students explored nets and created 3D shapes.  They divided shapes into equal pieces, and began an exploration of multiplication through arrays.

Literacy

In reading this week, students practiced reading with expression and fluency.  They enjoyed performing Reader’s Theater with their classmates.  Ask them to tell you about the role they played. In writing, inspired by different Arthur stories by Marc Brown, students planned, drafted, revised, and edited realistic fiction stories.

Best regards,

The Grade Two Team

22nd May 2020

Dear Grade Two Parents,

Happy Wellness Week! We had a fantastic week of celebrating health and wellness. Each morning the PE department hosted a morning meeting full of fun, energizing activities. Next week is Art and Music Week and we are looking forward to getting creative and musical. 

Reminders

Swimming.    Next week, Grade Two students start swimming in PE lessons. Please refer to the email sent home this week for more information or contact Mr. Hamilton at aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org

Paper Towel Rolls Needed.   Grade Two is doing a project and needs paper towel rolls. Please send your rolls to school! Thank you.

Weather   The sun is out and it is getting hot. Always bring a hat, and a full water bottle to school.

UOI

This week we started our last unit of the school year: How We Express Ourselves. Cultures express their creativity in many ways. Students reconnected with the theme and central idea of this unit by thinking about how their values and actions have changed over the school year. Ask us how our values have changed and grown this year!

Math

We started our Shape and Geometry unit this week. Students began to learn the vocabulary to name, describe, and classify 2D and 3D shapes. They may be looking for shapes at home!

Literacy

This week students continued to read and write fiction stories. They drafted their stories and learned how to revise and edit drafts, and make their stories come alive for a reader using active, descriptive language.

Best regards,

The Grade Two Team

Friday 15th May 2020

Dear Grade Two Parents,

The entire grade two team was so happy to welcome students back to the campus, and for some, new digital classrooms. The students have handled the transitions skillfully, calmly, and with flexibility. No of this would have happened without your support. Thank you very much. Now we can, fingers crossed, look ahead to an eventful end of year in grade two.

UOI

This week students chose to take action by preparing a presentation about a resource. Students could choose to make a poster, piece of 2D or 3D art, or write a story, poem, or reader’s theatre. Our Sharing the Planet unit finishes this week. 

Next week we end the year with our last three weeks of How We Express Ourselves. This has been an ongoing unit of inquiry for grade two this year. We have inquired into festivals and learning more about Vietnamese culture and special events. To finish the year we will look at how similar values are expressed uniquely in different cultures. 

Math

This week students solved word problems using addition and subtraction and mental math. They also completed a 3 Act Math Task, number talks, and played math fluency games. 

Next week we start our final math unit of the year, Geometry and Shape.

LIteracy

This week students consolidated their reading and writing skills while recognizing Book Week at UNIS-Hanoi. Students read stories and identified fiction story elements and the author’s message. They also planned a monster themed story using a story map and began to draft a fiction text. 

Best regards,

The Grade Two Team

January 17th 2020 Week B next week

January 17

Dear Parents,

On Monday we will go on our field trip to inquire into the Vietnamese New Year. Please help your child to bring sensible walking shoes, a snack, water bottle, hat and small backpack or bag to carry these personal items in.

Next week will be Ippo’s and Jasper’s last days at UNIS. We are so sad to say goodbye and we wish them a wonderful future! Friends forever 2A!

After Tet our curriculum focus will be:

Reading – Narratives – Monitoring meaning, visualization, inferences and author’s message

Writing – Procedural

UOI- New unit – Science – How The World Works – Matter

Math – We have started inquiring into measurement – Length and time

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • January 17: Beginning of Semester 2
  • January 22 (Wednesday), 8.00 – 16:00: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • January 24 – February 2: Tet Holiday

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • Why do Vietnamese celebrate Kitchen God Day? 
  • What cultural expressions do you see at Tet? What do these expressions mean?
  • What do these words mean: length, width, height?
  • What is a “unit” when we are measuring?
  • Which information report did you decide to publish? What is it about?
  • What did you buy at Grade 4 Market Day this week.
  • What did you create as your final product in the maker space? What problem did it solve for you as an explorer?

Happy New Year 10th January 2020 – Week A

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to everybody.

During this month we will farewell Ippo and Jasper as they leave the UNIS Community. We wish  them a wonderful transition to their new homes and thank them for being such a special part of our class.

We would also like to congratulate Bao who will replace Ippo as our new student council representative. Thank you for taking action to help our class and school Bao.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • We will be going on a field trip on Monday morning 20th January 2020 as part of our Celebrations unit to inquire into Tet. We will be visiting the Temple of Literature. The permission form will come home Monday and please return by Friday 17th January. We will also need to 2 parents to accompany us. You would need to be available from 8.10 until 12.20, even though we expect to return earlier. Please email me dlucardie@unishanoi.org, if you would like to accompany us and help supervise a group of 2A students. The first 2 parents to email me will be chosen. Thank you for your support.
  • What:Grade 4 Market Day
    When: TUESDAY 14 January 10:45-12:00
    Bring: maximum of 100,000 VND to spend
    The products and services being sold will range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND.  All profits will go to organizations that support Children’s Rights
  • Week A Library is Monday

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • January 14: Grade 4 Market Day
  • January 17: Beginning of Semester 2
  • January 20: Grade 2 Field Trip
  • January 22 (Wednesday), 8:00 – 16:00: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • January 24 – February 2: Tet Holiday

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What problems might you encounter on your exploration? What are you designing and building to solve that problem in maker space? 
  • Do you need anything from home to help complete your maker space engineering project?
  • What activities did you do during Literacy Rotations this week?
  • What information report did you publish this week?

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?