November 8

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • We have just begun our new Unit of Inquiry with the Central Idea: “We explore to discover and understand our world.” Is anyone an explorer who would like to come to school and share their experiences with Grade 2? If yes, please email me and let me know. 

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 are different ways we spell the long-a sound in English? 
  • What books did you read with Ms. Hue or Mr. David? 
  • How did you try to understand the problem in the 3-act math task called The Candy Bowl? Remember, in the beginning there were 48 Twix and Snickers. 26 Milky Way were added the next day and then there were a total of 54 candies. What did you try to find out?

Making sense of the Candy Bowl problem:

 

 

November 1

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • November 7: International Outdoor Classroom Day.
    To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:

    -wears sunscreen to school
    -is dressed appropriately for the weather
    -has a hat
    -has a full water bottle
  • November 11: no school for students, teacher professional development day

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is the Travelling Tale?
  • What did you write a Response on this week?
  • What did you learn about Google Slides? How would you evaluate this app?
  • How do you play the Commander and Robot math game?
  • What did you read with Mr. David or Ms. Hue this week?
  • What are the Magic 100 words and how do you practice them?
  • What is mindfulness? What is your “Yeti body”?

Click link: Video of a great writing session

Counting which group made the most towers of 100

 

Preparing illustrations for the Travelling Tale

 

October 25, 2019

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
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 it by yourself, with a partner or in a small group?
What is a Word Family? What is a “base”? What two things must a word have to be in a Word Family? What is a word “friend”? What is a “stranger”?
What math goals did you work on this week?
How can skip counting (by 10’s) help you add and subtract?
How can T.A.G. help you comment on someone’s blog post respectfully and responsibly?
What did you learn about mindfulness from Ms. Kris?

PHOTOS OF STRUCTURED WORD INQUIRY (click on arrow to see whole album)

 

PHOTOS OF RESPONSE WRITING (click on arrow to see whole album)

 

 

October 18

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Charlotte: We have a new student in 2C. Her name is Charlotte and she is from Australia. We are so happy she is here! Welcome to her and her family. 
  • 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.
  • RAZ Kids: We have glued the login information for RAZ Kids in your child’s Home Reading Log. You can use this information to access RAZ Kids at home.

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. Hue 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. 

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 is a 3-Act Math Task? How did you solve the M&M problem
  • What patterns did you see during this week’s Choral Counting?

October 4

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.
  • RAZ Kids: We have glued the login information for RAZ Kids in your child’s Home Reading Log. You can use this information to access RAZ Kids at home.

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 a “digital superhero”?
  • What did you learn about the heart and brain from Ms. Kris this week?
  • What is “editing”? What did you do when you edited your Recount?
  • 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 different ways you can show the number 14?
  • What is the Internet Traffic Light? How do you use it?
  • What patterns do you see in this picture?

September 27

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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

  • 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

  • Why did Ms. Megan visit your class this week? What did you learn?
  • What is the internet?
  • What is a digital citizen?
  • What is technology and how can it change over time?
  • What are different kinds of “computers”?
  • What does it mean to “plan”, “draft”, “revise” and “publish” writing?
  • What does it mean to “estimate” and “structure” in math?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click on arrow to see whole albums)

Math, Technology and Ms. Megan

 

Teaching Math to Our Buddies

September 20, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 27 Supporting Student Success, 8:30 am – 9:30 am Creativity Space
  • Monday, September 30 (10 am – 6 pm): Learning Conversations (no school/ASAs/UMA). Please remember to sign up for your slot. No school that day, however, 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.  
  • Next week is Week A.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What kind of assessment have you done with Ms. Laura so she can learn about you as a mathematician? 
  • What were some of your choices in math rotations this week? 
  • How  did we celebrate the International Day of Peace at school? 
  • Watch What Does Peace Feel Like? What does peace feel, taste, look, smell or sound like to you?
  • What is your next Unit of Inquiry about?
  • What did you learn about the Internet?
  • What did you write your recounts about?

PHOTOS OF OUR TRIP TO THE IT DEPARTMENT(click on arrow to see whole album)

September 13

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space
  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school/ASAs/UMA)  
  • Next week is Week B.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • How We Organize Ourselves: parent letter for new unit
  • Dance Mat Typing: In 2C, the students are using a typing program called Dance Mat Typing. Some parents have asked us for information on how children can use this program at home. This is the link: https://www.dancemattypingguide.com/dance-mat-typing/level1_stage1.html. You may need to install flash in order for the program to work on your computer (or disable the pop-up/ad blocker in Chrome). Also, if you would like to play the levels in full screen mode, make sure you click on the hyperlink (blue text) located towards the bottom of the screen.If you have anymore questions, you can contact our ES Technology & Innovation Coach, Neal Clart at: wclark@unishanoi.org

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is a recount?
  • What are the parts of a recount?
  • What does it mean to be “open-minded”?
  • Why is it important not to turn the volume up too high on headphones?
  • How do you plan to live our values Friendship, Learning,
    Fun, Teamwork, Communication, Trying Hard, and Caring for the Environment in 2C?
  • What do the people of Vietnam value and how do they show it during Moon Festival?
  • What are odd and even numbers? How do you say “odd” and “even” in our home language?
  • What are Number Trains? How can they be the same and how can they be different?

Video of 2C Telling a Recount: click on link

Part of learning about Moon Festival in our How We Express Ourselves unit.

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

September 6

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • UNIS Moon Festival celebration, September 12: Students are invited to wear the traditional Ao Dai costume of Vietnam.
  • Friday, September 13no school for students, teacher professional development day
  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space
  • Next week is Week A.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Thank you to all the parents who could make it to Back to School Night last night. As promised, here is the presentation with the additional information slides. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
  • Congratulations to Ian and Lian, our new Student Council Representatives. All candidates gave fantastic speeches. We know our representatives will do a great job.
  • 2C has a classroom parent: Ms. Laura Davies. Thank you in advance, Laura, for all your help this year.

I wish everyone a great weekend!

August 30

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Students should be reading for a total of 80 minutes at home every week.
  • Library Exchange day for 2C is every Friday, week A and B. Please have your child bring a book bag on Fridays.
  • Student Council: 2C students who are interested in becoming part of Student Council will have time to give a short talk to the class on Wednesday, explaining why they would be a good Student Council representative. Please let me know if you have any questions.  
  • Seesaw instructions were emailed last week. If you have any questions or did not receive the instructions please let me know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Parent Back to School Night – 5th September 2019. 6:00 pm to 7.30 pm. A time to learn more about the Elementary School and 2C.
  • Monday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • Next week is Week B.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your K2B buddy’s name? Where is he/she from?
  • What are some communities you belong to?
  • What did you do in Maker Space this week?
  • What hand signals do you use in class?
  • How did people count before then invented numbers? 
  • How do you pick “just right” books?
  • What is the difference between “real” reading and “fake” reading?
  • What kind of writing is a “recount”?
  • What does it mean to “sketch”?
  • What does it mean to be the “best version of yourself”?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click on arrow to see whole album) (If you have difficulties viewing, here is a link to the album.)