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

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January 17th 2020 Week B next week

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.

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 is the story behind this tradition? Can you explain this video to me?
  • 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?

Images from our time with our buddies thie week:

 

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Happy New Year 2020!

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. 
  • 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • January 14: Grade 4 Market Day
  • January 17: Beginning of Semester 2
  • January 20: Grade 2 Field Trip
  • January 21:  Report Cards available on Veracross
  • January 22 (Wednesday), 10:00 – 18:00: 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 project?
  • What activities did you do during Literacy Rotations this week?
  • What information report did you revise and edit this week?
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Introduction to our new 2B community member…and enjoy winter break!

Dear 2B families,

We wish you all a safe and peaceful winter break in Hanoi or wherever in the world you are traveling.  When we return from winter break, we will have a student teacher joining our 2B community.  His name is Minh Le, he is originally from Vietnam but has been studying at the University of South-East Norway.  He is in his fourth year of the International Teacher Education for Primary School (ITEPS) program.  Mr. Minh speaks English, Vietnamese and Norwegian.  During his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching movies, and playing the guitar.  From Mr. Minh “I am really excited to be assigned to UNIS for my seven-weeks teaching practice (from Monday 06.01.2020 to Friday 21.02.2020).  During my time here I hope that I will be a big help to your teacher and teach relevant and interesting lessons to you all!”  We look forward to welcoming Mr. Minh into our 2B community.

As part of our Digital Citizenship unit, our 2B community collaborated with schools in the United States, Pakistan, and Angola to create a story together focused on a SDG.  Check out our published traveling tale, “The Crazy Chase“.

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 positive or 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

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What winter festivals did you learn about this week?
  • What winter festival rotations did you do this week?
  • Which academic choice activities were your favorite and why?
  • What are your reading goals over winter break?
  • How will you be an explorer over winter break?

Celebrating Winter Festivals

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

Please have your child return the Holiday Celebration homework sheet by Monday December 9 so that we can use it 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 during the week of December 9-13.

We are looking forward to an engaging “dip” into our year-long unit, “Cultures express creativity in many ways”.  Students will be exploring different forms of cultural expression, and thinking about cultural values linkned to festivals.

UPCOMING EVENTS

14 Dec – 5 Jan Winter Break

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your plan and draft of an information report about?
  • What was the book about that you read with Ms. Keri this week?
  • What subtraction activity did you do this week? What are the mathematical names for the numbers in a subtraction equation?
  • What does it mean to “interpret data in a bar graph”?
  • Tell me about your field trip graph.  What questions did you write for me to solve? (on Seesaw)
  • 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?

 

Please take some time with your child to look at our field trip slideshow – enjoy a glimpse of our exploration of the Hanoi Botanical Gardens!

Grade Two explores the Hanoi Botanical Gardens

 

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29th November 2019 – WEEK B next week

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

The week before winter break (Dec. 9-13) we will be reconnecting to our How We Express Ourselves unit 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. Could you please fill out this sheet with your child and return the sheet by Friday December 6 so that we can use it 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

  • 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. 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

  • What math practice behaviours help you when you play math games related to subtraction?
  • What math tools do you use the most when solving subtraction problems?
  • What is your macro-topic and micro-topics for your information report?
  • What discoveries have you made in your area of exploration (land, ocean, or space)?
  • How will you publish your discoveries?
  • What items will you pack in your explorer suitcase?
  • What things did you find on Google Earth?

 

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