4B Week 5 2020

4B Week 5 2020

Math

In Math we have been investigating Pentominoes. A Pentomino is a shape made by joining five squares together side-to-side. There are 12 of them.

The students used 5 coloured tiles to make all 12.

The 8 Standards for  Mathematical Practices

The 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice describe the behaviours of mathematically proficient students.  The practices rest on “processes and proficiencies” of longstanding importance in mathematics education.

Mathematical Practices for Parents

SMP-Korean

Unit of Inquiry

This week we unpacked the Central Idea “Earths Surface Changes over time”

We also investigated the concept of a Fair Test in Science

What is a Fair Test?

Sit with your partner

  • Open 1 computer
  • Check your email
  • Watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv1nECoQLw4

Make the paper aeroplane

Test your plane

Modify your aeroplane

Try to  make a few more aeroplanes

Choose your best one  You have only 15 minutes to make your best aeroplane

Reminders:

Learning Conferences- October 1

During Learning Conference Day parents and students will be given the opportunity to attend a 15 minute scheduled Zoom meeting. Information about how to book a Zoom session will be sent home in the coming weeks from the Elementary Leadership team. This is an opportunity for your child to share their learning and goals with you.

On September 28 they will post to Seesaw their thoughts on who they are as a learner (reader/mathematician/writer/learner etc…) This will give you an opportunity to see the post before the Learning Conference. You are invited to add a comment to this reflection thread in the Seesaw post before the conference on October 1.

During the conference we will follow the format below:

  • Open the Learning conference by sharing your child’s reflection from Seesaw.
  • Discuss their goals and any work samples they want to share
  • Engage in conferences with you and your child.
  • Discuss how your child has settled into school and provide feedback on areas we will be working on.
  • Give you the opportunity to ask questions or clarifications.

Where is the place for adult to adult only conversations?

This conference is not like a traditional parent teacher interview. Please feel free before and/or after the Learning Conferences to raise concerns about learning, behaviour etc.  If you send me an email with a suitable time, we can schedule a Zoom or phone call to discuss your concerns.

4B Week 4 2020

4B Week 4 2020

Learning Conferences- October 1

During Learning Conference Day parents and students will be given the opportunity to attend a 15 minute scheduled Zoom meeting. Information about how to book a Zoom session will be sent home in the coming weeks from the Elementary Leadership team. This is an opportunity for your child to share their learning and goals with you.

On September 28 they will post to Seesaw their thoughts on who they are as a learner (reader/mathematician/writer/learner etc…) This will give you an opportunity to see the post before the Learning Conference. You are invited to add a comment to this reflection thread in the Seesaw post before the conference on October 1.

During the conference we will follow the format below:

  • Open the Learning conference by sharing your child’s reflection from Seesaw.
  • Discuss their goals and any work samples they want to share
  • Engage in conferences with you and your child.
  • Discuss how your child has settled into school and provide feedback on areas we will be working on.
  • Give you the opportunity to ask questions or clarifications.

Where is the place for adult to adult only conversations?

This conference is not like a traditional parent teacher interview. Please feel free before and/or after the Learning Conferences to raise concerns about learning, behaviour etc.  If you send me an email with a suitable time, we can schedule a Zoom or phone call to discuss your concerns.

Writing -Week 4

This week we have continued to explore the writing process and in particular, the planning phase. The students used this picture stimulus to write some very interesting narratives.

Math

In Math we explored a great activity called the “Broken Calculator”. The premise is simple, but Broken Calculators gets kids into rigorous mathematical thinking quickly and deeply. Great for skills practice and connecting addition to multiplication.

The Launch (5-10 minutes) Teacher: We’re going to play Broken Calculators today. Each calculator has at least one broken key and a target number we’re trying to hit.

For example, let’s say my target number was 11, but the “1” key is broken. How can I make 11 without using 1? I can’t hit “1,1” since the “1” key doesn’t work.

My first thought is 10 + 1, but that doesn’t work. Anyone see why? [call on a student.] So how could you do it?

Student 1: I would do 13 – 2.

Teacher: Anyone see a problem with that?

Student 2: Wait! That has a “1” in it! So we can’t do it.

Teacher: Maybe we can’t get to 11 after all.

Student: I see a way to do it. We could just do 9 + 2. (Other possible answers: 8 + 3, 33 – 22, etc]

We then completed some independent activities:

Round 1 The calculator has a broken 1 key and a broken 3 key.

Make the following numbers:

  1. 13
  2. 31
  3. 33

Round 2

The calculator has a broken 2 key and a broken 5 key.

Make the following numbers:

  1. 22
  2. 25
  3. 52

Round 3

The calculator has a broken 1 key, and

broken 7 key, and a broken + key.

Make the following numbers:

  1. 17
  2. 41
  3. 71

UNIT OF INQUIRY

Next week we begin a new unit of inquiry. It is a great unit where we look at the Earth’s surface, factors that change the surface and the impact of these changes. There are lots of hands-on science experiments during this unit.

How The World Works

Central Idea:

Earth’s surface changes over time.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Characteristics of the Earth’s surface
  • Factors that change Earth’s surface 
  • Impact of Earth’s changes 

Key Concepts:

Form, Change, Causation

Virtual Assembly this week-Dot Day

The Dot Club – click the link for ideas and further information

MAP Testing: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be taking the MAP test so it is important that students are doing their best and getting enough sleep, and plenty of water.  While this test is on the computer it is not a video game to rush through. Students need to do their best.

4B Week 3 2020

Week 3 in 4B

Thank you to the parents who were able to join us last Thursday for the Back the School Night. If you have any additional questions please send me an email.

Useful Resources-worth finding time to explore

Our Essential Agreements

  • We agree to try our best and give everything a try.
  • We agree to share and include others.
  • We agree to wear masks and use hand sanitisers.
  • We agree to be respectful by listening to teachers and kids.
  • We agree to use inside voices.
  • We agree to help others by working together.

Unit of Inquiry(UOI)

We are currently looking at the UOI “How we Express Ourselves” This is a year long year that we use throughout the year.

Central idea: People use a number of methods to express and communicate ideas.

Lines of Inquiry

• How reflecting deepens self-awareness

• Design thinking as a process to explore and express understanding

• Making and building understanding through connecting with others

Key concepts: Form, Connection, Perspective

Related concepts: Heritage, Legacy, Influence

Subject focus: Language, Social Studies, Performing Arts

During the week we unpacked the Central Idea and identified the methods that we use to express and communicate ideas.

Writing

In writing we looked at Narratives and in particular, focussed on the Australian Curriculum Standards listed below:

Text structure and organisation

Understand how texts vary in complexity and technicality depending on the approach to the topic, the purpose and the intended audience

Expressing and developing ideas

Understand that the meaning of sentences can be enriched through the use of noun groups/phrases and verb groups/phrases and prepositional phrases

Creating texts

Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features

We spent a considerable amount of time looking at different ways of planning and how this assists in our writing. We then used this planning to write narratives.

Here are some examples of the different ways we can plan.

Mathematics-from the G4 Handbook

In the PYP, mathematics is viewed as a tool to support inquiry and provides a global language through which students make sense of the world around them. Mathematics helps explain the why and how, and is a process of thinking. The conceptual framework of the PYP promotes a deep understanding of mathematical principles and the use of transdisciplinary themes ensures that connections with the real world are made.

UNIS Hanoi has a set of curriculum standards for Mathematics which are taught within the PYP framework. Our standards are drawn from the Australian National Curriculum.

The comprehensive philosophy and approach of the PYP’s written, taught and assessed curriculum is highly visible within the eight “Standards for mathematical practice”, drawn from the Common Core State Standards as evidenced in the following section. As students investigate mathematics and its application to the real world, the PYP provides an authentic framework for exploring the eight mathematical practices.

Important Dates

School Photos Tuesday 8 September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4B Week 2 2020

Week 2 in 4B  – School Photos Tuesday 8 September

4B had another amazing week of learning. We spent a considerable amount of time investigating the type of learning environment that we want to create this year. On Wednesday, the children completed a “bus stop” activity to record their ideas about things that would help them be successful learners in the year ahead. After recording their ideas we categorised them into one of three areas: Student, Teacher or Environment.

We then completed a “Pair Share” activity to create our Essential Agreements:

Back to School Night

Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the Zoom session last night.

04B Essential Agreements

  • We agree to try our best and give everything a try.
  • We agree to share and include others.
  • We agree to wear masks and use hand sanitisers.
  • We agree to be respectful by listening to teachers and kids.
  • We agree to use inside voices.
  • We agree to help others by working together.

Identity Self Portraits

Makerspace

On Monday we visited the UNIS Makerspace and Mr Neal. We had an amazing time completing a challenge task using spaghetti and marshmallows.

Maths

Over the coming weeks the students will be involved in a Maths  Inquiry with the big idea:

Each and every one of us is a mathematician.

Central Idea: There are ways that mathematicians think and share ideas.

Lines of Inquiry:

There are eight mathematical practices.

We will have certain routines in our class when we think about mathematics.

Our classroom is a mathematical community.

Sharing our thinking helps our learning.

 

SEE SAW

Dear Families,

This year we are will continue to use Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/558-865-581
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

REQUEST:

Please can you send you child in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.

Have a great weekend

David Logue

 

 

 

4B Week 1 2020

Week one in 4B

Welcome to 4B. My name is David Logue and I look forward to teaching your child this year.

My school contact details are dlogue@unishanoi.org

It has been wonderful getting to know all the boys and girls in 4B this week. We have spent a considerable amount of time establishing a sense of class community.

On the first day of school we shared holiday stories, interviewed other members of the class and completed a number of Math challenges working in pairs. It was wonderful to see the students working together in such an open minded manner. The returning students made the new class members instantly feel a part of the UNIS community.

On Friday we completed a PMI (pluses, minuses and interesting things chart) to record our feelings about Week 1.

We then worked in teams (following physical distance protocols) to complete a number of word and maths problems.

Next week we will  starting work on creating a personal “portrait” to represent our individual characteristics.  It will be  great fun to learn about each other in this visual form. Hopefully ours will turn out similar to the ones below.

We were excited to participate in our first PE lessons with our new teacher Ms Kirk. We have also enjoyed our specialist lessons in World Languages and Art.

In the morning session today today, 4B had fun working with  Mr Darren, Ms Beth and Ms Christy as part of our “Getting to Know Each Other” activities. Next week we are looking forward to completing a Scavenger Hunt using iPads to locate various places around the school.

Meet 4B

 

Student Representative Council -from Ms Aiqin

Student Council will be an ASA that takes place after-school every Tuesday. Members to the Student Council will be elected by their class. This year, only ONE representative will be elected per ASA session. The representative from each homeroom class needs to make the commitment to enrolling in the Tuesday ASA in order to participate. The first session starts on Tuesday, September 8th.

We believe this will allow more students the opportunity to participate in Student Council because the commitment is only one ASA session. A student may run for Student Council each session.

This year the Student Council will work towards supporting action in the Elementary School, contributing to school assemblies, leading a weekly morning meeting in each class, and developing student agency in the Elementary School.

We are asking for your support by holding an election for Student Council by Thursday, August 27th. The election process should include students “campaigning” to be elected by their class through a speech, or platform of your choice. Students should then vote secretly for the candidate of their choice.

4B will hold our election s on Wednesday 26th

HEADPHONES

All 4B students need a pair of headphones that they can keep at school for use with the Chromebooks and Ipads. Please send them in as soon as possible. These are available from the UNIS shop

 

Schedule

Here is a PDF copy of the  Schedule for 4B _04B 2020 Schedule Parents

REMINDERS

Please be sure to send your child to school with a hat. The hot sun can be uncomfortable and so we want children’s heads to be covered during play time. Water bottles and masks are also a must.

SEESAW

Dear Families,

This year we are will continue to use Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now (if you aren’t already signed up to Seesaw)

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/362-371-500
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

David Logue