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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We are explorers!

SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

The challenge: how to create something with cardboard without using glue or tape.

Dear Parents,

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 or 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 everyday and I enjoy my work immensely.

Keri

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 Tuesday

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?
  • 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?

 

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Open classrooms next week

2B Kindness Cards to celebrate World Kindness Day

Dear parents,

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

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 did you do in the maker space this week?
  • Which strategy do you like to use to answer addition equations?
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Exploration begins

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. 

Explorer TV interviewing Jacques Cousteau, Jane Goodall, Steve Irwin, and Jessica Meir

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?
  • What combinations to 100 do you know?
  • Give your child a two-digit number.  Ask which multiple of ten the number is closest to.
  • What connections have you made in reading this week?
  • What was your favorite part of response writing?

 

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Digital Citizenship at school and at home

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 31: ES Dress Up Day (more detail to follow)
  • November 11: no school for students, teacher professional development day.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What did you write a response text about this week?
  • Did you write the response in the real world or the digital world?
  • How do you clarify new words and ideas as you read?
  • Why do readers make predictions when they read?  Can you tell me a prediction you made this week?
  • What are benchmark numbers?  How do you use them to solve addition and subtraction problems?
  • Can you tell me a number riddle with at least three clues?
  • What is the purpose of Google Slides?  What is the traffic light color?
  • What is the purpose of Google or other search enginges?  What is the traffic light color?
  • What are the parts of a keyboard?  What are the purposes of those parts?
  • How does a keyboard work?

 

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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 that 1:00 PM please inform Ms. Hoa 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 is “response” writing? When do we use this type of writing? What are the parts of a response text?
  • 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
  • What are benchmark numbers?  How can you use benchmark numbers to solve addition and subtraction problems?
  • Can you make a number riddle for me?
  • 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?

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Have a peaceful Fall Break!

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 7 – 11 Fall Break: No school. We wish all families a fun and relaxing time.
  • October 14 – 18 SDG Week: The week after Fall Break is SDG Week at UNIS.  During this week we focus our 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 ideas 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 number bonds?  
  • What is the Internet Traffic Light? How do you use it?
  • What can you tell me about Flipgrid?
  • What can you tell me about Padlet?
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Being a safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizen

UPCOMING EVENT

 

  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): Learning Conversations (no school/ASAs/UMA). Please remember to sign up for your slot. There is no school that day, but students will attend the conversation with their parents. This is a meeting for teacher, parent, and student to share strengths and areas for growth, some goals for the year, and ask questions.I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

 

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Weekend of 28-29 September:  2B Parents have homework!  Please check your child’s take home folder.
  • October 1 – November 1: All 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 does it mean to edit our writing, and how do we use C.O.P.S.?
  • What does it mean to revise our writing, and how do we use A.R.M.S.?
  • Did you enjoy publishing your recount?  Where did you publish your recount?
  • Can you write and say the word sum for “playing”?
  • What suffix did we prove this week?
  • What can you tell me about 3-Act Math?  (hint:  it involved graham crackers)
  • How can you be safe, responsible, and respectful in the real world?
  • How can you be safe, responsible, and respectful in the digital world?
  • How did we connect with our partner school in Indonesia?  What did we learn about our new friends?

Meeting our partner school in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan in the digital world.

 

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