September 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

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

REMINDERS

  • Grade 2 Virtual EAL Coffee Morning
    Time: Sep 25, 2020 09:15 AM Vietnam
    Zoom Meeting link
    Meeting ID: 959 3313 7463
    Passcode: UNISG2
  • 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.
  • Learning Conferences 1 October, no school or ASA’s for students
  • Next week is Week B

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 to ask your child:

  • 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?
  • 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 to ask your child:

  • 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?

Literacy:  This week students continued to plan and draft their recount texts. In reading we learned about how to buddy read. As word scientists, we had our first “Wordy Wednesday” and learned that words in a family share structure and meaning.

  • What is a word family?
  • What does it mean to “box the base” and “underline the affixes”?
  • What does Writer’s Workshop look and sound like in 2B?
  • What are you writing recounts about?
  • What does it look and sound like when you read with a partner?

Community Time

  • What problems have we solved during community time?
  • How did you “make your mark” in grade two this week?

Posted in 2B

September 11, 2020

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

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 books did you enjoy this week during morning quiet reading?
  • What values do the students in 2B share?
  • How did you count all the Unifix cubes?
  • What are your “Hopes and Dreams” for grade 2?
  • What are ways that we maintain balance in our 2B Community?
  • What is the shark fin?  How are we using the shark fin in 2B?

How many Unifix cubes do we have? How can we structure the cubes so that we can see the number?

Posted in 2B

September 4, 2020

Dear 2B community,

We have had a lovely week of learning this week in 2B.  As of today, Ms. Keri is back in 2B.  Mr. Micah will be joining the first grade team next week and will come back to visit often.  Please email Ms. Keri at kgiller@unishanoi.org with any dismissal changes or questions about our homeroom.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Photo Day for 2B 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 skills do you have to thrive in our 2B community?
  • 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? 
  • What jobs do we need to help maintain balance in our community?
  • What was your engineering challenge this week?

We wish everyone a great weekend!

Posted in 2B

Thank you for coming to Back to School Night!

Please check out our 2B Back to School Night Flipgrid to learn more about our community. Please leave a “Hope and Dream” for our 2B community on our padlet.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Students should be reading for a total of 80 minutes at home every week.
  • Library Exchange day for 2B is every Tuesday, week A and B. Please have your child bring their library books on Tuesdays.
  • Photo Day for 2B 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)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • Next week is Week A.

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?  How are books like shoes?
  • What things can you write about from your own life?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD:

“As you voyage out into the world…be you!”
Be You by Peter H. Reynolds

Posted in 2B

Building Community

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.

  • Back to School Night (online) Thursday, August 27th 6:00-7:30 PM. Look for a letter from homeroom teachers next week. 
  • Weekend homework – please check your student’s backpack for homework about our unit of inquiry. Please have your child return the sheet on “Family Values” on Monday.
  • Student Council: Next Thursday, 2B 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.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for sending in healthy snacks with limited plastic packaging!
  • A class schedule was sent home on Monday.

This week in Grade Two:

In Social Studies: 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 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 msmith@unishanoi.org. You can also write Ms. Hoa in Vietnamese: hphoa@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,

Mr. Micah, Ms. Hoa, and Ms. Keri

2B students compass activity: N-need to know, S-suggestions, E-excited about, W-worried about

 

Posted in 2B

Moving on up!

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 birds eye 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

Arts Week

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.

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

Wellness Week

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

  • 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
  • The sun is out and it is getting hot. Always bring a hat, and a full water bottle to school.
  • Grade Two is doing a project and needs paper towel rolls. Please send your rolls to school or save them at home! Thank you.

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

 

Week of May 11-15

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. None 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

Chúc mừng năm mới

Enjoy Tết!!

We wish you and your families a lovely Tết! break and a very happy new year.  See you again in the Year of the Rat!

Best wishes,

Ms. Keri, Ms. Hoa, and Mr. Minh

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

February 5 is World Read Aloud Day. In Grade 2, students are invited to bring a picture book in a language other than English to share with their friends in class. If you speak another language at home, please help your child to pick out a book that he or she could read/tell to classmates on the Wednesday after our Tet break.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 24 – February 2: Tet Holiday

Posted in 2B