January 24

Enjoy Tet! 

We wish you and your families a lovely Tet Break — and a happy new year. See you again in the Year of the Rat! 

All the best,

Ms. Laura and Ms. Hue

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • February 5 is World Read Aloud Day. In Grade 2, we are celebrating home languages. Please help your child to pick out a picture book that he or she could read/tell to classmates on the Wednesday after our Tet break. If your family speaks a language other than English at home, we encourage your child to bring a book in your home language.  

Some photos from the field trip to the Temple of Literature this week

January 17

Goodbye Seoeun and Family.

This was Seoeun’s last week at UNIS. We are so sad to say goodbye and we wish her a wonderful future! 

Friends forever 2C!

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 did 2C decide: Did the class release the three fish into the pond or not? Why or why not? What is your opinion about this tradition?
  • 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 Ms. Angela do in her lesson in 2C this week?
  • What did you buy at Grade 4 Market Day this week?

Learning Objective: I can reflect on and participate in the traditions of a culture. Photos of 2C wishing all the best to our family and friends for the new lunar year before we release the three fish to deliver the Kitchen Gods to the heavens.

Some photos of publishing information reports and sharing Exploration presentations with buddies

January 10

Dear Families,

Welcome back from the winter break. I hope you and your families are well and ready for the final weeks of Semester 1 and are looking forward to the special time of TET in Vietnam

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Travelling 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 9 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 2C wrote.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • January 14: Grade 4 Market Day. Students can bring a 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 Childrens’ Rights. 
  • January 20: Grade 2 field trip. Grade 2 will be going on a field trip on Monday morning, January 20, 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, January 13. Please return the permission slip by Friday, January 17
  • 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

  • What 3-act math task did you do this week? (hint: Pringles)
  • What activities did you do during Literacy Rotations this week?
  • What did you plan and draft an information report on this week?
  • What problems might you encounter on your exploration? What are you designing and building to solve that problem in Maker Space?

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,
Laura and Hue

POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS TO LEARNING 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 things to think 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 areWhy do you celebrate a particular event? What do you do that is special? What traditions do you have? What does your family or culture value?

PHOTOS OF STUDENTS REFLECTING ON THEIR VALUES

December 6

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

Please have your child return the completed Holiday Celebration homework sheet by Monday December 9 so that we can use it in class. 

If any parent would like to come in to 2C 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Winter Break: December 14, 2019 – January 6, 2020


QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your plan and draft of an information report about?
  • What was the book about Ms. Laura used to test your reading this week?
  • What subtraction activity did you do this week? Online game? Leap Frog? Subtraction Strategies?
  • What does it mean to “interpret data in a bar graph”?
  • 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?

PHOTOS FROM HANOI BOTANICAL GARDENS (also some artistic ones from Mr. C)
Click on arrow to see whole album:

November 29

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 early next week. Could you please fill out this sheet with your child and return the sheet by the December 9 so that 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

  • 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.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • Structured Word Inquiry: How do you use your “phoneme fingers” to sound out the word “throwing”? Show me how you would spell it. 
  • 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?
  • How are addition and subtraction related?
  • How can you add by splitting/decomposing numbers and using an open number line?

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

Researching on Land, Water or Space

Students Thinking of Macro and Micro Topics

Structured Word Inquiry – Grade 2 Teachers teaching SWI skills to 2C Students

 

 

 

 

November 22

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • December 2: Grade 2 field trip to the botanical gardens.We will be leaving school at 8:30 and will return to UNIS by 12:15 to be back in time for lunch.The permission slip for the field trip is 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 topic did you decide to explore for your project?
  • What are some non-fiction text features and how do they help you understand what you are reading?
  • What words are in the “explore” word family? What is a suffix? What are some suffixes learned about?
  • What new facts did you learn about reindeer from the non-fiction text we read?
  • What is an “open / blank number line”? How does it help you add numbers?

PHOTOS FROM OPEN CLASSROOMS

November 15

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Is anyone an explorer who would like to come to school and share their experiences with Grade 2? Please email me and let me know.
  • Information on our new unit: WWAIPT-Vocabulary-Letter-2019.docx

UPCOMING EVENTS

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • PHOTOS OF 2C/2D ASSEMBLY PRESENTATION (click on arrow to see whole album)
  • How did you enjoy preparing for the assembly? What role did you have? How did you help your group? What did you prepare? What was it like to perform on stage?
  • What is the difference between fiction and non-fiction? What are some features of both?
  • What area are you going to focus your exploration research on: water, land or space?
  • How do you play the “Building Towers” game in math?
  • What connections have you made in reading this week?
  • What new book is Ms. Laura reading aloud?
  • What is the same about these groups? How do these towers help us add? How do we use groups of 5 and 10 to help us add?

 

 

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