October 25, 2019

Dear Families, 

Week of October 21st-25th

Thank you for all your support with UN Day. This being my first celebration, I was truly blown away!

4A Important Information

  • This is just a friendly reminder that students should be reading nightly for at least 30 minutes in English or home language.
  • In the coming days we’ll be launching our upcoming Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet. We’ll be exploring the central idea that access to opportunities affects equity for all children. We’ll be inquiring into the rights of children, the circumstances that determine a child’s opportunity, and our responsibility towards equity.Next Tuesday, October 29th, we’ll be putting students into random groups across the grade level where they’ll experience strikingly different perspectives of equity depending on the ‘luck of the draw’. We anticipate kids will raise compelling questions and might come home disappointed (or delighted) at the lot they’ve drawn. We encourage you to reflect together over dinner that evening.

Explorations This Week

  • Over the past two weeks we have been tracking our efforts relating to our goals. Today your child will bring home his or her reflections. This sheet is meant to prompt conversations rather than just be put at the bottom of a backpack. I would appreciate if you could speak to your child about how his or her goal is going. We will continue to track efforts relating to our goals until new goals are set the week of November 18th. 
  • Our unit of inquiry exploring How the World Works has come to an end. Students will be posting unit reflections and summative demonstrations on their SeeSaw blogs. This unit has sparked countless action in the form of students being researchers. I’m highly encouraging students to keep wondering about how the Earth’s surface changes over time. The rock museum will live on!
  • We have begun Book Clubs! For this first round, students across the class are reading the same book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, so that we can have common understandings about Book Clubs structure. This text might spark powerful conversations about our next unit of inquiry.
  • In math this week we have been focusing on rounding and estimating. Students are finding out about how numbers are connected through estimating and how to use a number line to model thinking. We are continuing to discuss the importance of referencing place value when rounding.

Something to Try at Home

  • Building mathematical fluency is critical. Yet, how is this done without prompting anxiety and arguments? Fluency without fear is a fascinating article that provides research and reasoning for why math is taught in a certain way in our classroom. While it is aimed at teachers in the profession, there are similar themes that apply at home. I’m happy to be building powerful teaching partnerships with you so that your child is best supported.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions. 

Warmly, 

Ms. Maggie

mmagowan2@unishanoi.org

Week of October 21st-25th

October 18, 2019

Dear Families, 

This week has built excitement with the SDGs and we’re looking forward to UN Day on Monday.

4A Important Information

  • October 21:UN Day. Please note that it’s early release at 1pm.

Explorations This Week

  • Learning how to create screencasts to teach and showcase our learning. Look out for these in the coming weeks on your child’s SeeSaw.
  • Taught skateboarding skills to our Grade One buddies.
  • Focused on varying perspectives relating to humans changing the Earth’s surface.
  • Continued to develop procedural writing using teaching skateboarding as a jumping off point. 
  • Problem solving using tickets at an arcade to provoke thinking and engagement.

Something to Try at Home

  • You’ll be seeing many flags at UN Day on Monday. With your child try to match as many flags as you can with the country. Perhaps even look into the symbolism behind the flags.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions. 

 

Warmly, 

Ms. Maggie

mmagowan2@unishanoi.org

October 1-October 4

Our week in pictures October 1-4

Dear Families, 

 

It has been lovely meeting with you all to discuss progress and set goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out if something slipped your mind during our meeting

4A Important Information

 

  • October 14-18 SDG Week
  • October 21 UN Day

 

Explorations This Week

  • We’ve had two fantastic guest speakers this week. Mr. Jackson (Jasper’s Father) and Ms.Naeeda (Sufi’s Aunt) brought insights for students to go further with their understandings about our unit of inquiry.
  • Within ‘Math Workstations,’ students are developing an understanding of number relationships. As a whole class, students are building on previous knowledge to analyze the number system to orally explain why and how a number’s value is determined by digits.
  • Students have been formulating and testing theories in Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) around why an “e” is dropped. After break we will continue to practice and explore tools we can use to investigate words. (Please see the poster relating to this in our slideshow).

Something to Try at Home

  • As we move into SDG week after break, students will be connecting SDG 15 “Life on Land” to our UOI. A great connection would be to see how this SDG applies to your home country (or countries). It would be fantastic to have students bring in and share research from home.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions. 

Warmly, 

Ms. Maggie

mmagowan2@unishanoi.org

Our week in pictures October 1-4